Fantastic week for summer migrants starting to arrive.
We are experience some problems with the back end of our website which is making impossible to publish the sightings in our usual way.
Please bear with us while we try our best to cope with this issue.
Brent Geese, Derbyhaven. 25/3/16. Photo by Beryl Quayle
Male Wheatear, Niarbyl. 23/3/16. Photo by Jerry Jones
Male Wheatear, Marine Drive. 21/3/16. Photo by
Black Guillemots, Peel Inner Harbour. Photo by Beryl Quayle, 25/3/16
Guillemot – Peel Breakwater. 25/3/16. Photo: Beryl Quayle
Still no summer migrants… this week we had with 97 records being sent in from 9 observers (where is everyone?) reporting 48 different species with a total count above 1711 birds.
…but no pictures…
What’s special about this week?
- Rarities: Little Egret, Goosander
- Whooper Swan, it seems that they are still arround after all…
- Golden Plover, 338 individuals is probably one of the highest counts for this winter. between 500 to 2,000 birds will winter on manx territory (Manx Bird Atlas, 2007)
- Bar-tailed Godwit, up to 10 birds are believed to winter in the Island although it can be seen during all months of the year (Manx Bird Atlas, 2007) .
Foxdale Shcool: Reception and Year 1
Starting this spring Manx BirdLife will be visiting Manx schools to teach young children about birds and their habitats on the island. The project started in March with the goal of visiting all the island’s primary schools within a year.
“At Manx BirdLife we believe that through birds we can teach both children and adults to value and protect Manx natural heritage as well as becoming part of the solution by becoming informed citizens who can actively participate and help to collect data that informs science and governments on the conservation status of birds.” says Dora Querido, Chief Operating Officer at Manx BirdLife.
Nicky Howard, the newly appointed Field Education Officer explains “Using songs, stories and various indoor and outdoor activities the children will hopefully have enjoyed their experience, find a new interest in their lives and continue to appreciate our birds as they grow up.”