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Read by Dave and Charley

ECOLOGIST'S UPDATE

Last Thursday we presented a mystery nest on Burhou and asked you what you thought it was. Well later in the day last Thursday Vicky was monitoring the shags on Burhou and checked this mystery nest. Not only was she able to confirm that it is a peregrine nest, but the first chick has hatched!

Peregrine chick

Peregrine chick

Congratulations to the pupils of Haydn Primary School, many of whom correctly said the nest was that of a peregrine.

Comments from Haydn pupils correctly identifying the nest as a peregrine

Comments from Haydn pupils correctly identifying the nest as a peregrine

Another example of our participating pupils noticing something even our ecologists missed now. On the 13th May we got a couple of comments from Freya, Annabel and Darcie at Mereworth Primary reporting sightings of a golden bird on Burhou.

Comments asking about a golden bird on Burhou

Comments asking about a golden bird on Burhou

Well, thanks to these tips we were able to go through the footage and find this mysterious bird. In fact we found 3 of them! They are yellow wagtails, a species that is known to migrate past Alderney but isn't a very common sighting and certainly very cool to pick up on the cameras.

Yellow wagtails; the variation in colour of their head is very wide

Yellow wagtails; the variation in colour of their head is very wide

So congratulations to Freya, Annabel and Marcie for reporting this sighting; and for everyone else check out the video below to see what they spotted. Remember, we are always interested to hear what you see so keep those comments coming in.

Yellow Wagtails

Our most recent piece of survey work was a round island trip that Vicky, Aurelie and I did to count the number of Shag nests all around Alderney. This meant spending two and a half hours on the boat scouting the cliff faces for occupied nests. A task that is actually very difficult and surprisingly tiring, but at least it was sunny and no wind whilst we did it!

Aurelie and Vicky look for shag nests

Aurelie and Vicky look for shag nests

By the end of the trip we were able to confirm 51 nests! This combines with the 14 on Burhou and 34 on Little Burhou that we have already counted. We will soon count the nests on Coque Lihou as well to get a full population total. Last year Coque Lihou had 77 nests on it; if this year is similar the full population will be about 175 pairs of shags. We will let you know when we count Coque Lihou and get the official total.