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 24.11.2015   .Tony Paintin 

Back to the wet and windy weather.

At St Ouen's Pond, 38 Teal, four Wigeon and 53 Snipe.

In Le Braye Sandpits, 33 Cormorants, seven Little Grebes, 21 Shovelers and 45 Pochard.

In the conservation fields on the north coast, 250 Chaffinches, 100 Linnets, 50 Goldfinches and 27 wintering Skylarks.

Other records today included two Kingfishers at Le Pulec, 48 Curlew at Petit Port and 100+ Chaffinches in a stubble field near Beauport.

Some extras on sunday, a Bittern and a Water Pipit at the Wetland Centre, St Ouen's Pond. 47 Ringed PLovers, two Sanderlings and two Dunlin near the Cutty Sark, St Ouen's Bay.

Yesterday a walk along the sea wall from St Ouen's Pond to Lewis Tower found Black Redstart and a Snow Bunting.

Picture: some of the Snipe at St Ouen's Pond this afternoon.

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 23.11.2015   .Tony Paintin 

Another very pleasant day, with light winds.

Sea watching at La Coupe this morning, six Black-throated Divers, 15 Red- throated Divers, one diver spec, 7 Common Gulls, 11 Mediterranean Gulls, 33 Little Gulls, two Kittiwakes and a Red-breasted Merganser. Other birds seen included three Common Buzzards, a male Marsh Harrier, two Sparrowhawks, 1010 Redwings, two Fieldfares, 280 Starlings, several Bramblings and a Bullfinch.

In the conservation fields near Crabbe were 400+ Chaffinches, 120+ Linnets, five Song Thrushes, five Skylarks, two Fieldfares, and two Stonechats, plus a possible Cirl Bunting (one to look out for).

At St Ouen's Pond, 200 Chaffinches in the fields and two Bearded Tits.

In the St Helier Marina a roost of 200+ Pied Wagtails, six White Wagtails and a Kingfisher.

Other reports today included two Grey Wagtails at Beaumont Marsh, 460 Brent Geese and 20 Great-crested Grebes in Grouville Bay. 200 Wood PIgeons were seen over La Moye early this morning.

Picture: a Little Gull from the Gallery taken by Romano.

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 22.11.2015   .Tony Paintin 

Light northerly winds with the odd shower, quite a contrast to the last few days.

A good morning for our man at La Coupe, two Great Northern Divers, nine Black-throated Divers, four Red-throated Divers, a Red-necked Grebe, one Great-crested Grebe, one pale-bellied Brent, 10 dark-bellied Brent, two Common Scoters, a Gannet, one Arctic Skua, 25 Little Gulls, 15 Mediterranean Gulls, 17 Common Gulls, eight Kittiwakes, 294 Razorbills, 18 Guillemots, 550 Wood Pigeons, 600 Starlings, and 19 Redwings.

There was some visible migration at Noirmont this morning, 770 Wood Pigeons, five Skylarks, 66 Chaffinches, three Bramblings, and two Reed Buntings. Also in the area were , a Marsh Harrier, a Great-spotted Woodpecker, 5+ Dartford Warblers, two Chiffchaffs and two Stonechats.

In seeded conservation fields near La Haule, were five Song Thrush, 15 Redwings, a Fieldfare, 500 Chaffinches, 15 Bramblings, 10 Greenfinches and a Reed Bunting. Overhead, 350 Wood Pigeon, a Golden Plover and two Skylarks. Two Sparrowhawks were also present.

Other records today included, two Great-crested Grebes in St Brelade's Bay, a female Black Redstart at Le Bourg, 30+ Linnets at Gorselands and four Mistle Thrushes over Beauport.

Picture: taken by Mick of a Skylark passing Noirmont on November 1st.

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 21.11.2015   .Tony Paintin 

Gale force northerlies and feeling very cold.

Passing La Coupe this morning were three Gannets, 44 Kittiwakes, four Common Gulls, eight Razorbills, the obligatory Guillemot, one Grey Plover and a Fieldfare. Four more Fieldfares were in Vallee de Rozel.

A the private ringing site near Handois, St John were 20 Redwings, five Firecrests, two Bullfinches and six Siskins.

In Vallee des Vaux, two Firecrests and two Siskins. 15 Tufted Ducks were on Grands Vaux Reservoir.

Trinty Manor, a Woodcock, 100 Starlings, three Fieldfares and 15 Redwings.

At a very windy St Ouen's Pond, four Wigeon, 33 Shovelers, 14 Teal, five Tufted Ducks, a Little Grebe, 22 Snipe, 29 Lapwings and a Stonechat.

Picture: tis the weather for Kittiwakes, this one from the Gallery was taken by Romano.

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 20.11.2015   .Tony Paintin 

The passage of the cold front this afternoon, finally cleared away the rain, leaving the Island in a cold northerly flow, that will hopefully bring us some birds tomorrow.

Just the usual in Le Braye Sandpit, 36 Cormorants, 20 Pochard, four Little Grebes and five Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Near the Cutty Sark, St Ouen's Bay, nine Dunlin and 14 Ringed Plovers.

At St Ouen's Pond Scrape, two Brent Geese, 21 Teal, one Wigeon, 20 Lapwing, 28 Snipe and nine Curlew. This evening 17 Marsh Harriers came into roost.

At La Rocque, four Red-breasted Mergansers, four Sandwich Terns and a Gannet. The Spoonbill is still on Icho Tower.

Picture: Two colour-ringed Great Black-backed Gulls have been in Le Braye Sandpit during the last week. Both were ringed in Chausey, one as an adult in May this year and the other as a chick in June 2012. The picture was taken by Mick in 2012.

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 19.11.2015   .Tony Paintin 

Wind, rain, drizzle, consequently very few reports so far today.

A flock of about 500 Wood Pigeons flew west over La Moye early this morning.

In Le Braye Sandpits, the possible Black-necked Grebe seen yesterday is confirmed, two Mediterranean Gulls and two Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

On the Scrape at St Ouen's Pond, a single Brent Goose, one Wigeon, 19 Lapwings, three Curlew and two Reed Buntings.

Some extras from yesterday, two Bitterns at St Ouen's Pond seen from the Wetland Centre. A Little Gull and a Great Skua passing La Coupe.

Picture: the November wader count figures are now in the download section.

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 18.11.2015   .Tony Paintin 

In the wake of the latest Atlantic storm there were a few more seabirds about this morning.

Passing La Coupe, two Great Northern Divers, 10 Gannets, six Common Gulls, eight Mediterranean Gulls, a Kittiwake, two Lesser Black-backs, 22 Razorbills and four Guillemots.

Up At Grosnez, two Great Northern Divers, 14 Kittiwakes, two Lesser Black-backs and 23 Razorbills.

Tens of thousands of Wood Pigeons have been seen leaving Portland Bill in the last few days, but very few seem to have come over the Island, however this morning a flock of 800 flew west over First Tower and 1400 in four flocks were seen over Gorselands.

In Queen's Valley today, were a Mandarin Duck, a roost of 150 Herring Gulls, 150 Black-headed Gulls, a Mediterranean Gull and one Lesser Black-back.

In Le Braye Sandpit late afternoon, 29 Pochard, 12 Little Grebe and a possible Black-necked Grebe.

Evening update.

At Le Hurel Slip, in Grouville Bay, 335 Sanderlings, 40 Dunlin, 13 Ringed Plovers, 30 Grey Plovers, 108 Turnstones, three Bar-tailed Godwits, five Sandwich Terns and three Common Gulls. 28 Redshanks were at Pontac.

Picture: what you would definitely call a "for the record shot" of a Great Northern Diver passing Grosnez this morning.

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 17.11.2015   .Tony Paintin 

A day of increasing winds associated with Atlantic storm Barney.

Passing La Coupe this morning one Great Northern Diver, one Black-throated Diver, four Gannets, six Common Gulls, 17 Razorbills and a Guillemot. A Short-eared Owl came in off the sea and a Mistle Thrush was also seen.

Very little was moving at Grosnez, just two Gannets and 10 Kittiwakes.

In Queen's Valley, three Mandarin Ducks, a roost of over 200 Herring Gulls and a Grey Wagtail.

Le Braye Sandpit held 61 Great Black-backed Gulls, two Lesser Black-backed Gulls and three Mediterranean Gulls.

Other reports today included a pair of Stonechats in front of the Wetland Cantre at St Ouen's Pond, a White Wagtail at Le Pulec, 60 pale-bellied Brent Geese in St Aubin's Bay and a male and female Black Redstart behind the sea wall at Fauvic.

Full details of sunday's Brent Geese count numbers are now available in the download section. The overall total was 1174 including 30 pale-bellied, this is about 600 fewer than the equivalent count last year, probably due to the lack of juvenile dark-bellied this winter, only about 2%, compared with 30% in November last year.

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 16.11.2015   .Tony Paintin 

The south-westerlies continue with rain until lunchtime.

In shelter of Le Braye Sandpits this morning a record 52 Cormorants, 30 Pochards, 17 Tufted Ducks, 29 Shovelers, 11 Little Grebes, 72 Great Black-backed Gulls, one Lesser Black-backed Gull and five Mediterranean Gulls. Two more Little Grebes were on St Ouen's Pond and 150+ Stock Doves were in the fields behind.

Seen from Eddie's hide at the Scrape, nine Teal, one Wigeon, 10 Snipe, 18 Lapwings and an evening roost of 14 Marsh Harriers.

Sea watching at La Coupe remains disappointing with just one Great Northerrn Diver, nine Mediterranean Gulls, two Kittiwakes and two Common Gulls the best on offer this morning.

Other records today include 55 Curlew and a male Black Redstart at Petit Port, 610 Brent Geese in Grouville Bay and a flock of at least 100 Chaffinches near Le Pres Manor.

A couple of extras for yesterday, a Short-eared Owl at Crabbe and the Water Pipit still in front of the Wetland Centre at St Ouen's Pond.

Picture: the Snow Bunting was still on St Catherine's Breakwater today and here is the picture (taken by Alan in very poor light) to prove it.

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 15.11.2015   .Tony Paintin 

A few more reports from yesterday, five Firecrests, a Coal Tit and 30 Siskins were in Vallee des Vaux and several hundreds of Wood Pigeon were flying south over La Rocque.

Today was mainly fair with strong south-westerlies and the first of the winter co-ordinated Brent Geese and wader counts took place, detailed numbers will be published later in the week, but there were good numbers of Brent seen with over 400 in Grouville Bay and 600 in St Aubin's Bay including 30 pale bellied. Among the waders reported were 225 Sanderlings and 240 Dunlin in Grouville Bay, 101 Redshanks, 107 Grey Plovers, 100 Sanderlings and 95 Dunlin at Pontac, with 67 Ringed Plovers in St Ouen's Bay.

Other birds seen today included a Snow Bunting on St Catherine's Breakwater, plus 10 Razorbills offshore, five Great-crested Grebes, eight Common Scoters and three Common Gulls in Grouville Bay. A Water PIpit was on Le Hurel Slip, a Spoonbill roosting in its usual place on Icho Tower, 25 Grey Herons roosting inland near La Rocque and a male Black Redstart in Robin Bay.

A Great-crested Grebe, six Mediterranean Gulls and six Sandwich Terns were at Pontac, a Kingfisher and two Firecrests were in Queen's Valley. Millbrook Reservoir held a roost of 90 Herring Gulls and 31 Tufted Ducks were on Dannemarche Reservoir.

Sea watching at White Rock produced a Great Northern Diver, only one Gannet, a Mediterranean Gull, four Common Gulls, 22 Kittiwakes and one Lesser Black-backed Gull. Finally, 15 Redwings, 12 Goldcrests, five Firecrests, 25 Siskins and two Coal Tits were in a garden in Valle des Vaux.

Picture: today's Black Redstart (wearing its ring) in Robin Bay, La Rocque, thanks to Alan for the picture.

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