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Old Friday 18th June 2004, 12:04   #1
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Just browsing through this really interesting part of the forum. Very surprised to see nothing written here!
So here goes.
My first real visit to Alderney. Flew from Southampton in a Tristar (think thats the name...dont have my notebook with me ) very exciting apart from the noise of the engine. It seats about 17. Nearest thing to being like a bird!I think I'll try gliding one day...no engine noise. Major problem was I wanted to reach my Hotel by 3.00pm to watch my football team playing in the Play off final in Cardiff.(I'd booked my holiday when we were 19th in the league!)
Delay with weather...cloudy ....we flew in cloud the whole way...couldn't see a thing!Just reached my room at 2.55pm.We won! Great start .
Sunday Walked along the south coast up the zigzag and across heathland/ bracken to the cliff top to observe Gannets!
Saw Guillimot/Shag/Herring Gull/ Blackheaded Gull/Oystercatcher/ all plural!
heathland ...Stonechats and DARTFORD WARBLER a lifetime first! (There are apparently between 12 and 16 pairs nesting in this area.)as well as
Meadow Pipits. Then at a place known locally as the Gunnery (all 2nd world way guns removed by someman from Wales) brilliant views of Gannets nesting
on Les Etacs (two lumps of rock 1/2 mile away) I sat enthralled for about an hour....unfortunately its very accessible by road too....cyclists and other people kept arriving and visiting too...but the birds didn't care at all.
Walked back to the Hotel very tired, hot but happy. I meet a member of Alderney Wildlife Trust that afternoon at the RNLB open day at the harbour.
I asked about a hide I'd heard about and typical of the friendliness of Alderney people....she gave me good directions...then said she'd take me there the next day!Later on saw a Chaffinch singing his heart out in a tree
and he was still there 40 mins later (unless it was another one...but same place and same branch!)
(more later!)
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