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 21.03.2019   .Tony Paintin 
Cloudy, with light south-east winds and little to report.

Up on the north coast two Puffins were seen today and have been here since tuesday and c20 Meadow Pipits and a Peregrine were at Plemont.

At St Ouen's Pond, 23 Teal, 24 Shovelers, 27 Snipe, 2 singing Skylarks and a Reed Bunting. A pair of Stonechats were near Kempt Tower and 3 Cetti's Warblers were very visible on the South Canal. This evening 17 Sand Martins were feeding over the Pond.

One Redwing was on the cricket field at St Martin.

Gallery Picture: Puffins are back along the north coast.

NB: Mick will be updating the website from tomorrow for a few days. Pictures and sightings to

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 20.03.2019   .Tony Paintin 
Fog and drizzle this morning, but clearing this afternoon.

Trapped in the murk over St Ouen's Pond this morning were 20 Sand Martins, other birds seen there today were 22 Shovelers, 6 Pochards, 12 Teal, 3 Curlew, 4 Lapwings, 40 Snipe, 3 Stonechats, a Wheatear, 2 singing Skylarks, 3 Chiffchaffs, 100 Starlings and a female Reed Bunting at the South Canal.

In Le Braye Sandpit 26 Tufted Ducks, a Shelduck and 3 Little Grebes. At La Saline 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and an adult Mediterranean Gull. The Grey Wagtail is still at Le Pulec.

In the east of the Island in Grouville Bay, 275 Brent Geese, 16 Red-breasted Mergansers, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Great Northern Divers, 4 Common Gulls, 120 Dunlin, 86 Turnstones, 78 Grey Plovers, 65 Sanderling and 8 Redshanks. Two Cattle Egrets were roosting inland and 175 Brent Geese were in St Catherine's Bay.

Late Afternoon at Sorel, a Wheatear, 80 Linnets, 60+ Meadow Pipits, 10 Song Thrush, a Peregrine and a Marsh Harrier.

At Dusk over St Ouen's Pond 23 Sand Martins and roosting near the Cutty Sark, 5 Ringed Plovers and 4 Dunlin.

Gallery Picture: Grey Wagtails are winter visitors only and numbers are reducing now, but there are still one or two about, occasionally they stay on to breed. Thanks to Tony Wright for the picture

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 19.03.2019   .Tony Paintin 
Calm and cloudy with the odd shower, a quiet day in terms of the weather and the birds.

Up on the north Coast, 23 Razorbills were in the sea between Plemont and Grand Becquet, which is an excellent number, 23 Meadow Pipits were at Plemont and 2 Wheatears and 5 Buzzards at Sorel. On the racecourse at Les Landes 15 Linnets, 10 Wagtails of which at least 3 were White Wagtails and a Grey Wagtail flew over.

A Shelduck was still at Petit Port, a Grey Wagtail at Le Pulec and a Black Redstart at La Rocque.

This evening roosting at St Helier Marina were 70 Pied Wgtails, 15 White Wagtails and a Grey Wagtail.

Picture: a Cirl Bunting taken yesterday on Grouville Common by Alan.

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 18.03.2019   .Tony Paintin 
The strong winds finally abated to leave us in a moderate north-westerly, mainly cloudy with the odd shower.

There were a few Wheatears around today, with at least 5 up at Plemont, 2 at Sorel and singles at Le Pulec and Grouville Common.

At St Ouen's Pond and Scrape, 49 Brent Geese, 32 Shovelers, 7 Teal, 6 Pochard, unusually a drake Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Lapwings and 40 Snipe. Roosting near the Cutty Sark were 5 Ringed PLovers.

At Le Pulec, 7 Little Egrets, 10+ Rock PIpits, a ringed Grey Wagtail and 32 Curlews. At Petit Port, 10 Curlews and 8 Little Egrets.

Up on the north coast, 16 Razorbills east of Plemont Point and at Sorel, 2 displaying Peregrines and a few Meadow Pipits.

In St Aubin, 50 pale-bellied Brent Geese, 20 Redshanks and 21 Turnstones.

Out east at La Rocque conservation fields were 150 Chaffinch, at Grouville Marsh a Firecrest, on Grouville Common, 15 Greenfinch, a Stonechat and 3 Cirl Buntings, and in Grouville Bay, 2 Shelducks.

On Grands Vaux, 13 Tufted Ducks, a Grey Wagtail and 10 Chiffchaffs including a sooty nosed migrant.

Blackcaps have also arrived, a garden in Quennevais had 5 males today, joining the wintering female.

A few more adds and ends, 6 Jays and a drumming Great-spotted Woodpecker were in Vallee des Vaux this afternoon.

Picture: a Wheatear on Grouville Common today taken by Alan.

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 17.03.2019   .Mick Dryden 

A sunny day with a few heavy showers and a strong South Westerly wind.

In St Aubins Bay today were 50 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, a single Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 21 Redshank, 17 Turnstone and a Curlew while 80 Brent Geese were in the fields at La Haule.

Another 33 Brent Geese and a Little Egret were at Petit Port, a single male Black Redstart at La Rocque, a Bullfinch was singing at the Zoo and 6 Tufted Duck were at Avranche Manir.

Back to yesterday evening when 6 Woodcock and a Skylark were dotted around the South West and a Jack Snipe and 10 Snipe were on the Scrape l.

NB: I am away on my Norwegian adventure tomorrow so please send all your records to Tony who will be updating the website this week.

Picture: A female Black Redstart from the gallery, thanks to Alan Gicquel

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 16.03.2019   .Mick Dryden 

Another fairly grey day with a strong South Westerly wind.

Seen in Grouville Bay this morning were 450 Brent Geese, 2 Shelduck, 28 Black-headed Gull, 21 Sandwich Tern and a female Black Redstart.

Around Queens Valley were 12 Tufted Duck, 50 Black-headed Gull, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gull, 30 Chiffchaff, a Siskin and a Grey Wagtail.

Evening update: in Grouville Bay this afternoon were 2 Great Northern Diver, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, a Sandwich Tern and 10 Gannet while at La Sente were 100 Little Egret, 50 Brent Geese, 2 Buzzard and a few Raven.

Picture: The female Shelduck was seen again at Petit Port today. Photo by Mick.

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 15.03.2019   .Mick Dryden 

Mainly cloudy with a continuation of these strong Westerly winds.

Out West this morning a Merlin was hunting near La Braye and a female Shelduck and 13 Brent Geese were at Petit Port.

In Grouville Bay were 300 Dunlin, 60 Sanderling, 103 Grey Plover, a Golden Plover, 34 Turnstone, a Redshank, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Gannet and 6 Sandwich Tern while nearby at La Sente were 4 Cattle Egret, 84 Little Egret, 5 Raven and 2 Buzzard.

Fountain Lane held 4 Jack Snipe, 28 Snipe and 22 Magpie, a Grey Wagtail was at Grands Vaux and 10 Curlew were on the beach at First Tower.

Picture: A gallery photo of a Merlin.

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 14.03.2019   .Mick Dryden 

An overcast day with the odd shower and a strong Westerly wind.

At La Sente today were a Cattle Egret, 82 Little Egret, 22 Black-headed Gull, a Mediterranean Gull, 3 Curlew and a Raven while another 24 Little Egret were roosting at Samares Manor.

2 Sandwich Tern and 6 Gannet were seen off Le Hurel and in Vallee de Vaux were 2 Redwing, another Redwing was at the Zoo and a Grey Wagtail was at Grands Vaux.

Out West 8 Ringed Plover and 38 Dunlin were roosting near Big Verns, 11 Pochard were on St Ouens Pond and a Common Sandpiper was at Le Pulec.

Yesterday evening at La Haule were 80 Dunlin and a Ringed Plover.

Picture: A Sandwich Tern with a snack, taken by Mick.

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 13.03.2019   .Mick Dryden 

A fairly sunny day with a strong North Westerly wind.

Seen at St Ouens Pond this morning were 22 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 3 Teal and 17 Snipe while in the Sandpits were 4 Little Grebe and at Le Pulec were 25 Rock Pipit and 15 Little Egret.

La Sente held a Cattle Egret and 98 Little Egret while at Grouville Marsh were a Wigeon and 3 Grey Heron and at Grands Vaux were 15 Chiffchaff and 6 Tufted Duck.

Picture: A Rock Pipit taken by Mick.

Romano da Costa

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 12.03.2019   .Mick Dryden 

An overcast day with some heavy showers in the afternoon and a strong South Westerly wind.

Down at La Collette recycling area this morning were a first winter Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Rock Pipit.

At La Sente were 2 Cattle Egret, La Rocque held a Black Redstart and 2 Grey Wagtail were at Grands Vaux.

St Ouens Pond held 24 Shoveler, 14 Teal, 6 Pochard and 22 Snipe.

Picture: One of yesterdays Common Gulls in Grouville Bay, thanks to Alan Gicquel.

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