Bird migration is everywhere, making it a universally accessible, constantly changing wonder of nature – and if you’re lucky enough to live on a coastal flyway at the edge of a continental landmass (well, it was more about planning and sacrifice than luck), then the possibilities for a migration junkie like myself are almost endless.
Better still, when you position yourself at the axis of various topographical, geographical and coastal features, there are different ‘subgenres’ of bird migration that open up to you – meaning that during the right season, there are different choices, depending on prevailing wind and weather conditions.
Bird migration is an endlessly fascinating phenomenon that taps into a variety of our basic impulses and desires. There's the sensual, animalistic connection it nurtures and strengthens with the cyclical changing of seasons, and the subtle sub-seasons within them;
the odd but very human urge to install order and a sense of control over the relative chaos, by meticulously counting and recording each and every bird - getting our 'ducks in a row' (often literally).
At the birding hot spots one observes several thousands of the globally roughly 50 billion migrating birds in fall. If they travel a short or a long distance is determined by the genes of each bird species.
Often the migrating birds fly in energy saving groups, sometimes not only with the own species. Our blog article discusses facts about bird migration and takes part in the adventure from the perspective of a young birder in Hamburg.
Alderney is the northernmost of the Channel Islands and belongs to the Bailiwick of Guernsey. It´s a very important place for migrating birds with an extraordinary long migration season. That’s why Alderney is perfect for long-term monitoring of bird populations and migration.
The Alderney bird observatory was established in March 2016 and is one of the most fascinating places in Britain for observing migratory birds as well as nesting seabirds. Learn more about this beautiful little Island, the tremendous potential for Birding and the people working there.