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 19.08.2014   .Mick Dryden 

It is still fairly quiet for birds, given the date.

At St Ouen's Pond were 6 Wheatears, a Swift, a Sedge Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 12 Marsh Harriers and a roost of just 20 Sand Martins and 10 Swallows. In the Sandpits 12 Sand Martins are still attending nest holes with 10 Pochards also there.

A visit to the Ecrehous found 30 Turnstones, a Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plovers and 2 Grey Seals while at Queen's Valley 7 Greenshanks and 4 Grey Herons were present

Picture: Greenshank

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 17.08.2014   .Tony Paintin 

A few more records from yesterday evening, four Green Sandpipers were on the Srape at St Ouen's Pond, a Water Rail in the lagoon in front of the Wetland Centre and two Common Sandpipers in the Sandpits.

Today was cloudy with the odd shower and moderate to fresh westerly winds. Passing Grosnez this morning were 34 Balearic Shearwaters, one Kittiwake, three probable Whimbrels, but little else really just the usual Gannets, Fulmars and Gulls.

Seen by Mick from the Condor ferry en route to St Malo, 13 Balearic Shearwaters, one Storm Petrel, 17 Sandwich Terns and five Common Terns.

In the Sandpits at lunchtime, 48 Tufted Ducks, 12 Pochards, 254 Coot, five Little Grebes, nine Grey Herons, seven Little Egrets, 25 House Martins and just five Sand Martins.

Roosting at Le Pulec on the high tide, 21 Little Egrets and 31 Curlew.

Picture: a raft of Balearic Shearwaters to the west of Jersey, taken last week by Dave Nuth.

NB. Mick is in France for a few days, but will be updating the site from there, so sightings and pictures to him as usual please.

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 16.08.2014   .Mick Dryden 

A clear night and a pleasant day, but not much to report so far

Birds on the ground at Noirmont were less than yesterday, with 10 Wheatears, 7 Whitethroats, a Willow Warbler and 2 Dartford Warblers seen. There was very little in the way of visible migration, with a juvenile Marsh Harrier heading off south, another hunting in the area, 53 Swallows, 11 House Martins, 2 White Wagtails and 3 Grey Herons seen. Offshore were 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 4 Common Scoters, 26 Sandwich Terns, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Fulmar and 29 Gannets.

Roosting at Petit Port were 155 Oystercatchers, 24 Curlews, a Whimbrel, 5 Turnstones, 6 Little Egrets and 2 Sandwich Terns.

90 Ringed Plovers and a Wheatear were in Grouville Bay.

A visit to the Ecrehous found 20 Common Terns still there but only 2 flying juveniles, 200 Sandwich Terns, 200 Turnstones, 15 Ringed Plovers, a Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper and 4 Wheatears, plus the resident Rock Pipits.

Yesterday, a juvenile Firecrest was in a garden at Mont les Vaux, close to a previous breeding site.

Picture: Paul Wagstaffe took this nice image of one of the rocks of Les Maisons, at the Minquiers, two weeks ago.

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 15.08.2014   .Mick Dryden 

With a lighter wind today, there were more birds to be found around the Island

Starting at Noirmont, most interest was on the ground there with a Whinchat, 15 Wheatears, a Tree Pipit, a Redstart, 6 Whitethroats and 3 Willow Warblers among the migrants. Only 30 Swallows and 5 Sand Martins flew past, with one Dunlin, a Whimbrel, 2 Peregrines, a male Sparrowhawk, a juvenile Marsh Harrier and 3 Buzzards also seen. Offshore there, 8 Balearic Shearwaters, 68 Sandwich Terns and 73 Gannets flew past.

At Les Creux were 4 Dartford Warblers, a Wheatear, a Willow Warbler and a Sparrowhawk, and at Petit Port 19 Curlews.

St Ouen's Pond held 100 Sedge Warblers, 5 Willow Warblers, a Water Rail, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Bearded Tits, a Common Sandpiper, 20 Sand Martins, 50 Swallows, the Black-tailed Godwit, a Kingfisher and a Buzzard.

3 Common Sandpipers were near the power station at La Collette and 15 Greenshanks plus a Grey Heron at Queen's Valley

Picture: A Balearic Shearwater pictured off the west coast last week, by Dave Nuth

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 14.08.2014   .Mick Dryden 

Another day of showers and westerly winds.

Around the south-east corner at La Rocque over the morning high tide there was a steady westward movement of Sandwich Terns with 220 counted in ninety minutes, many stopping to roost at Le Hocq. !00+ Gannets also passed as did 4 Mediterranean Gulls while waders in the area included a Common Sandpiper, 9 Dunlin, a Sanderling, 38 Turnstones, a Redshank, a Grey Plover, 140 Curlews and 200+ Oystercatchers. 10 Great Crested Grebes were in Grouville Bay.

A welcome sight was a troop of 7 Cirl Buntings near their breeding sites in Grouville. 13 Greenshanks were at Queen's Valley also 3 Grey Herons and the usual gulls. At Grouville Marsh were 5 Sedge Warblers, a Garden Warbler, 10 Willow Warblers, 3 Buzzards, 2 Marsh Harriers and a Water Rail.

The Black-tailed Godwit was at St Ouen's Pond Scrape for another day, also a Greenshank, a Shoveler, a Little Egret and a Grey Heron there, with 10+ Sand Martins feeding over the Pond. 20 Little Egrets and 72 Curlews were at Le Pulec. Meanwhile, in the Sandpits were 4 Little Grebes, 10 Pochards, 31 Tufted Ducks, 2 Swifts, 35 House Martins and 15 Sand Martins, but no waders.

5 Balearic Shearwaters and a Mediterranean Gull passed Grosnez with 10 Balearic Shearwaters and a Manx Shearwater seen there yesterday.

Picture: Our Puffins have now departed, the last report being on 27th July, offshore near the Pater Nosters. Thanks to Paul Marshall for this super image.


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 13.08.2014   .Mick Dryden 

The wind remains firmly in the west, but more was on the move past La Rocque over this morning's high tide.

Counts of passing seabirds from Seymour slip included 39 Balearic Shearwaters, an Arctic Skua, 233 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Terns, 13 Mediterranean Gulls, 450 Black-headed Gulls including those feeding in the bay, a Fulmar, 75 Gannets, 42 Cormorants and 2 juvenile Shelducks. Waders in or passing through Grouville Bay included 71 Curlews, 4 Whimbrels, 150 Oystercatchers, a Grey Plover, 23 Dunlin, 6 Sanderlings, 2 Redshanks, 29 Ringed Plovers and 31 Turnstones. 19 Little Egrets and 13 Grey Herons were around also a flock of 14 Great Crested Grebes, with a probable Great Egret distantly offshore. 50 Swallows and 6 Sand Martins also passed and 4 White Wagtails were feeding at Seymour Slip.

At St Ouen's Pond the Black-tailed Godwit was still on the Scrape along with a Shoveler, 5 Grey Herons and 2 Lapwings.

Picture: Sandwich Tern

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 12.08.2014   .Mick Dryden 

The strong westerlies continued today, not a good scenario for lots of birds in the Island and even seawatching is not supplying the goods

Among the little of note at Grosnez this morning were 3 Whimbrels, 6 Ringed Plovers, a Guillemot, 3 Little Egrets and the usual Gannets and gulls. There was nothing of note at La Coupe.

In St Ouen's Bay, a Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Shovelers, 5 Lapwings, a Swift and a Kingfisher were seen from Eddie's Hide at the Scrape, while in the Sandpits were 3 Common Sandpipers, the Turnstone with an injured leg, 7 Grey Herons, 3 White Wagtails, 4 Little Grebes, a female Teal, 46 Tufted Ducks, 56 Pochards, 226 Coot and 25 Sand Martins. 30 Little Egrets were roosting at Le Pulec.

5 Wheatears and 3 Whitethroats were at Noirmont and 3 Swifts flew over. At Gorselands, our now resident correspondent there saw 4 Ravens, a Peregrine, 2 Kestrels and a Buzzard.

On the east coast, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 52 Ringed Plovers, 28 Little Egrets, 14 Dunlin and 2 Sanderlings were in Grouville Bay.

Back to yesterday and 6 Cirl Buntings including juveniles were seen at the two breeding sites. Near Handois, 13 House Martins nests are still active feeding second broods, also 3 Ravens, 2 Marsh Harriers, 3 Buzzards and 7 Bullfinches including juveniles, seen there.. The previous day at the same location, a Yellow Wagtail was feeding and Mistle Thrushes were feeding young from a second brood.

Butterfly News: Yesterday, a Queen of Spain Fritillary was seen at Pont Marquet in St Brelade

Picture: Swifts are getting very scarce now, most having already moved through to warmer climes.

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 11.08.2014   .Mick Dryden 

A day of showers, especially early on, and still with a strong westerly wind blowing.

Expectations of a post storm increase in seabird movement were soon dispelled. Although there was a reasonable variety of birds passing Grosnez, none had much to do with Atlantic storms! Waders were to the fore at Grosnez where 18 Ringed Plovers, 19 Sanderlings, a Dunlin, 5 Turnstones, 5 Whimbrels and 6 Oystercatchers flew by. Also seen were 5 Mallards, a Common Scoter, a Balearic Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 120 Gannets, 47 Fulmars, a Yellow-legged Gull, a Kittiwake, a Mediterranean Gull and 123 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. A single Swallow struggled in off the sea there.

At Queen's Valley were 40 Cormorants, 18 Greenshanks, 2 Grey Herons and good numbers of gulls including 500 Herring Gulls, 100+ Black-headed Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 2 Great Black-backed Gulls.

Picture: Ringed Plover in flight.

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 10.08.2014   .Mick Dryden 

The remains of Bertha duly passed today, bringing rain and winds up to 30 mph. So, sea watching it was then!

A generally disappointing day for seabird records saw 41 Balearic Shearwaters shared between Grosnez and La Coupe. Also passing La Coupe before the wind veered to the west were 34 Sandwich Terns, a Manx Shearwater, 60 Gannets, 7 Bar-tailed Godwits and a Mediterranean Gull.

Grosnez, in morning and afternoon sessions produced 235 Gannets, 41 Fulmars, a Shelduck which flew low across the racecourse, 92 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 6 Common Terns, 3 Sandwich Terns and 2 Peregrines. Another, or the same, Shelduck was at St Ouen's Pond earlier.

Some more records from yesterday included 150 Sedge Warblers, 50 Reed Warblers, 5 Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler, Cetti's Warblers with 3 young, 3 Water Rails, 3 Swifts, 20 Sand Martins, 1000 Swallows, 2 Ringed Plovers and a Sparrowhawk at St Ouen's Pond and 3 Cirl Buntings at the second nesting site in the east.

Picture: A Little Egret flying past Grosnez this afternoon.

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 09.08.2014   .Mick Dryden 

It was a very different day to yesterday with a fresh westerly wind and much less variety to report, ahead of tomorrow's forecast doom and destruction.

Birds passing by at sea off Noirmont this morning included 350 Gannets, 21 Common Scoters, 13 Sandwich Terns and 4 Common Terns. 5 Swifts and 6 Swallows were all the migrants of note overhead. 4 Wheatears, 2 Whitethroats and 2 Willow Warblers were on the ground. A flock of 6 Ravens were playing over Portelet.

At Queen's Valley, 5 Grey Herons were present, but not yesterday's Purple Heron. Others there were 14 Greenshanks, a Kingfisher, 70 Black-headed Gulls, 350 Herring Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 31 Cormorants.

Picture: An adult Common Tern, taken at the Ecrehous last week.

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