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 19.02.2017   .Glyn Young 

A Skylark was singing near the car park at Le Braye. At Beaumont Marsh there were 400 Brent Geese, 20 Common Snipe and a Firecrest. A further 30 Common Snipe and a Jack Snipe were at the Wetland Centre with 20 Shoveler, 20 Common Teal, 10 Tufted Duck, 70 Coot and 25 Lapwings.

Out east: 50 Chaffinch, one Reed Bunting, one Chiffchaff and two Raven were at the La Rocque Conservation Fields; 50 Chaffinch and six Reed Bunting were in the conservation fields near Queens Valley; 300 Chaffinch, 350 Linnet, one Skylark, two Marsh Harrier and two Common Buzzard including one of the pale birds were at mustard fields near Trinity Manor.

Five Mediterranean Gull, four Common Gull, two Sandwich Tern and a Shelduck were near Gorey. At La Rocque Harbour there were two Slavonian Grebes, two Great Crested Grebes, 10 Red-breasted Mergansers, three Grey Heron, 500 Oystercatchers, 50 Curlew, 500 Dunlin, 40 Turnstones, 100 Grey Plover, 30 Redshank and 10 Sanderling.

Today's photo, a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, was taken by Romano da Costa.

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 18.02.2017   .Glyn Young 

A Common Shelduck was at the Wetlands Centre and another was at Pontac Slipway. Fifty Common Snipe, 30 Common Teal, 17 Wigeon, 30 Shoveler, two Grey Heron, four displaying Marsh Harriers were also at the Wetlands Centre. Three Mediterranean Gulls and 40 Sanderling were on the beach in front of Big Vern’s in St Ouen’s Bay. At the Mont a la Brune Sandpit there were two Little Grebes, 17 Brent Geese, 50 Herring Gulls, eight Great Black-backed Gulls, 10 Tufted Duck and two Oystercatchers.

At Gorey Slipway there were five Mediterranean Gulls, eight Common Gulls, 10 Great Black-backed Gulls, 100 Black-headed Gulls, 20 Redshank, 50 Oystercatchers including the usual Dutch colour-ringed bird and two Great Crested Grebes. Twenty Bottle-nosed Dolphins were feeding offshore.

A flying Cattle Egret thanks to Romano da Costa.

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 17.02.2017   .Glyn Young 

There were 15 Cattle Egret in St Peter today. The Black Redstart was at L’Étacq with another singing in Journeaux Street, St Helier. A flock of 60 Redwing were in Trinity with small numbers moving through in the morning.

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 16.02.2017   Purple sandpipers, egrets and buntingsGlyn Young 

Three Purple Sandpipers and a few Turnstones were seen from the sea side sitting on the rocks around Ronez Point this morning.

It was back up to 16 Cattle Egrets for St Peter this morning. The Little Bunting was seen this evening at Grouville Marsh with 20 Reed Bunting. A Peregrine was chasing a Black-headed Gull in the fog.

Today's photo by Romano shows one of the St Peter Cattle Egrets.

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 14.02.2017   .Glyn Young 

Today there were six Greenshank at Queen’s Valley Reservoir (where is number 7?) with three Common Teal, one Wigeon and one Grey Heron. The St Peter Cattle Egret flock numbered eight. At St Ouen’s Pond there were 60 Common Snipe, 28 Lapwing, 16 Common Pochard, 25 Common Teal,18 Shoveler and three Little Grebe.

The Beaumont Marsh Brent Goose flock held 165 birds including one bird with a broken leg. There were 41 Common Snipe here too.

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 13.02.2017   .Glyn Young 

Just the three Cattle Egret seen in St Peter. Ten Common Snipe, two Wigeon and two Common Teal were in Grouville Marsh. Four Skylark were at Le Roncier with 14 Skylark in the flailed fields west of Crabbé where, to the east, there were also 20+ Reed Bunting, 120 Chaffinch, a Sparrowhawk and a Merlin. There is still a Black Redstart at Le Pulec.

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 12.02.2017   .Glyn Young 

The Spoonbill was on Icho Tower this morning, while 123 Grey plovers, 10 Red-breasted Mergansers, 42 Mediterranean Gulls and 13 Common Gulls were at Pontac. There were 104 Brent Geese between Le Hocq and La Collette in the afternoon with not a single wader at La Rocque with the fresh easterly wind and a couple of Peregrine hunting in the area. There were seven Greenshank at Queens Valley Reservoir.

There were only eight Cattle Egrets in the main St Peter flock this afternoon. However, there were two others in St Peter, one at Boulivot and one at Chateau Clareval in St Saviour.

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 11.02.2017   Little Bunting caught and ringedGlyn Young 

Today there were 70 Redshank, four Mediterranean Gull and a Common Gull at Pontac while, at Trinity Manor, there were 30 Redwing, 60 Linnet and 650 Chaffinch. A Little Bunting was caught and ringed at Grouville Marsh where there were 40 Reed Bunting, a single Woodcock, two Common Teal, four Marsh Harriers, a Sparrowhawk, a Barn Owl, a Firecrest, two Cetti`s Warblers and two Chiffchaffs.

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 09.02.2017   .Glyn Young 

Just 13 Cattle Egrets in St Peter today, with 18 Lapwing. At St Ouen’s Pond there were 10 Wigeon, 34 Common Pochard, 22 Shoveler, 32 Common Teal, 56 Common Snipe, two Curlew, a single Fieldfare, three Little Grebe, a single Lesser Black-backed Gull, two Grey Heron. Four Marsh Harriers were displaying.

This fine photo of a Fieldfare was taken by Romano da Costa ace photographer.

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 08.02.2017   .Glyn Young 

Today there were 220 Dark-bellied Brent Geese including 20 immatures and two adults with colour rings in Grouville. These birds, presumably a pair, were ringed in the Netherlands. A Black Brant was also present as were an an immature and an adult Pale-bellied, the adult ringed in Iceland. Fifty one Little Egrets and and 19 Grey Heron were also present.

In the La Rocque Conservation Fields there were 350 Chaffinch, six Goldfinch, three Linnet, one Chiffchaff and 200 Starlings. In the St Helier Marina roost there were 200 Pied Wagtail and one White Wagtail. The Pink-footed Goose was on the St Ouen’s Bay Scrape.

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