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 10.04.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A morning of rain in a light Northeast wind, followed by a cloudy afternoon.

On a wet morning, seen from the relative comfort of the Scrape Hide at St Ouen's Pond were the drake Garganey, the Bean Goose, 20 Teal, 21 Shovelers, 2 Tufted Duck, 6 Lapwings ( one of them limping), 20 Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, a Little Ringed Plover, a Whimbrel, 5 Curlews, 4 Oystercatchers with one pair mating, a Water Rail and a Black-headed Gull. There were a few arrivals with a flock of 7 Yellow Wagtails dropping in and a trickle of Wheatears, 12 in all, passing through. A Water Pipit was at the back of the Scrape, 2 Willow Warblers by the path and 100 Sand Martins plus 20 Swallows feeding.

At Gorselands, a Short-eared Owl overflew heading into the Island and a Common Redstart was on the ground. A Wheatear was at La Rosiere and 4 Shelduck, 15 Brent Geese, a summer plumaged Dunlin and 2 Turnstones were in Petit Port Bay with the usual Oystercatchers.

Brent Goose counts in St Aubin's Bay included 31 pale-bellied Brent at St Aubin, 12 pale-bellied Brent at the Gunsite and 6 dark-bellied Brent in Beaumont Marsh.

At Grands Vaux mud pond today were a first summer male Pied Flycatcher, 2 Common Sandpipers, 15 Willow Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackcaps, 2 Bulllfinches, 6 Swallows, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper and 16 Tufted Duck and at Grouville Marsh were 4 Cattle Egrets, 4 Water Rails, a Snipe, 2 Willow Warblers and 2 Bullfinches.

A visit to the Ecrehous yesterday saw 2 Sandwich Terns, a Purple Sandpiper, a Curlew and 100 Turnstones. Also yesterday, 4 Cattle Egret were at Grouville Marsh along with a Reed Warbler, a Willow Warbler, 4 Swallows and a Grey Heron and at Grands Vaux mud pond area were 18 Tufted Duck, a Green Sandpiper, 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Blackcaps, 10 Chiffchaffs, 3 Sand Martins and 3 Swallows.

Picture: Green Sandpiper at the Scrape.

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 09.04.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A fair to cloudy morning in light Northerly winds, but with the threat of rain for later.

Migrants are still appearing sporadically almost anywhere in the Island. At Corbiere today were 2 Ring Ouzels and 9 Wheatears and just across at La Rosiere, a Common Redstart and another Wheatear. 6 Shelduck and 3 Brent Geese were at Petit Port.

North of St Ouen's Pond were a Reed Warbler and a Wheatear while on the Scrape were a Garganey, a Bean Goose, 20 Teal, 6 Shovelers, a Fieldfare, a Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Yellow Wagtails, a White Wagtail, 3 Wheatears, and a Willow Warbler with 200 Sand Martins feeding there. 2 Grey Herons were on the Pond with romance on their minds. In the Sandpits was a possible 2cy Caspian Gull, which flew off rather too soon!

Passing Sorel this morning were 79 Swallows, 6 House Martins, 4 Sand Martins, a Tree Pipit, 85 Meadow Pipits, 2 White Wagtails, 185 Linnets, 19 Goldfinches and 25 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Local raptors there included 5 Buzzards, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Peregrines and a Kestrel.

4 pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Bel Croute and 3 dark-bellied Brent were at Beaumont Marsh.

Off the North coast, 4 Puffins and 10 Razorbills were offshore with a Raven, 2 Choughs and 11 Swallows also seen.

At Portelet Common were 6 Dartford Warblers including two pairs, 15 Chiffchaffs, 3 singing Blackcaps, a Raven, a Peregrine and 4 Swallows. A Cuckoo was reported from there yesterday. In St Peter's Valley were a Grey Heron, a Firecrest and 2 Ravens.

Picture: A Yellow Wagtail at St Ouen's Pond, pictured by Romano.

Ringing often throws up interesting returns and can give a good indication on where birds have come from to be with us, as well as the bird's longevity. Here are a few nice records, recently to hand with thanks to Dave for the information:

Reed Bunting, ringed at Sillutes, Lithuania 31st May 2020 and trapped and released as a healthy bird at Grouville Marsh on 27th February 2021 - flight distance 1,740 km.
Black-headed Gull, ringed Weser Ems, Germany as a nestling 3rd June 2015 and found freshly dead at Beaumont Marsh 8th February 2021 - flight distance 800 km
Greenshank, a winter visitor from the far North or Northeast, ringed Grouville Marsh 10th October 2007 and found dead at La Rocque on 21st February 2021, at least 14 years old, so with many airmiles under it's wings during it's lifetime.

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 08.04.2021   .Mick Dryden 
A fine day day and feeling much warmer at 12c in light winds.

After a slow start, Swallows were passing through the Island in reasonable numbers from mid morning. including 40 at Sorel around lunchtime and smaller numbers over Les Landes and along other points of the North Coast. Also counted along the North Coast were 22 Razorbills and 3 Puffins with another 2 Razorbills seen at Les Dirouilles, where 8 Turnstones and a Little Egret were also present.

A few Linnets were heading off from Sorel, also 8 Meadow Pipits but little else and a Sparrowhawk, a Willow Warbler and a pair of Stonechat were also seen there.

At Les Landes were a male Common Redstart, a Wheatear, a Willow Warbler , 25 Dartford Warblers, 7 pairs of Stonechats, 100+ Linnets and 50+ Meadow Pipits. 2 Buzzards and a Marsh Harrier were in the area.

On St Ouen's Pond Scrape were the drake Garganey, 17 Teal, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, 2 Oystercatchers and a Wheatear with another Common Sandpiper in the Sandpits and a pair of Stonechat at La Pulente. North of the Pond were 3 Wheatears and a Reed Warbler. At Kempt Tower, by the YOC Hide was another Reed Warbler, also a Chiffchaff.

A second male Common Redstart was at La Rosiere, also a Ring Ouzel and 3 Wheatears.

At Grouville Marsh were 4 Cattle Egrets, 2 Green Sandpipers, a Grey Heron and the first Reed Warbler at the location this year. The mud pond area of Grands Vaux held a Siberian Chiffchaff, 4 Chiffchaffs, a Common Sandpiper and 16 Tufted Duck

30 Brent Geese were feeding on weed in Rozel Harbour

Extras from the north side of St Ouen's Pond, yesterday evening, included 6 Snipe, a Grey Heron, 60 Sand Martins, 12 Swallows and 4 Water Rails.

Picture: The early Common Sandpiper catching the worm at the Scrape.

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 07.04.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A fine start to the day, replaced by cloudy conditions with showers this afternoon, in a light Northerly later Northwest wind.

St Ouen's Pond again featured with a good selection of species. 3 Yellow Wagtails were on the Pond while at the Scrape and surrounds were a Merlin, a drake Garganey, 31 Teal, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 2 Oystercatchers, a Wheatear, 2 White Wagtails, 50 Sand Martins and 100+ Swallows. A Whitethroat was singing near the Gap Hide on the Sandpits, the first of the year.

At La Rosiere were a Ring Ouzel, 2 Wheatear and 2 Dartford Warblers with another Wheatear was at Corbiere.

Sorel was quiet again with 25 Swallows, 136 Linnets, 11 Goldfinches, 12 Woodpigeons and a White Wagtail flying over and a flock of 30 Linnets on the ground there, along with 3 Song Thrushes. Passing offshore were 31 Gannets and 3 Sandwich Terns.

At Grouville Marsh were 7 Cattle Egrets, 2 Green Sandpipers and 2 Swallows with 4 Cattle Egrets seen by Grouville School and 4 Cattle Egrets also seen at Le Cattillon.

Grands Vaux reservoir held 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 House Martins, 10 Swallows, 2 Willow Warblers, a Siberian Chiffchaff and 4 Chiffchaffs.

Swallows were back on their nesting site at Mont a L'abbe and 2 White Wagtails were in the Zoo.

One significant extra for yesterday was a Swift seen flying over La Marquanderie in St Brelade.

Picture: The drake Garganey was on the Scrape again today, but the female was not seen so, just in case - female Garganey at the Scrape.

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 06.04.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A cold and mainly cloudy day with isolated wintry showers in a brisk Northerly wind.

The current cold airflow appears to be holding back the migrants, with little on offer today passing Sorel, where just 2 Swallows, 87 Linnets and 3 Meadow Pipits headed North in two hours. Passing offshore there were 51 Gannets, a Sandwich Tern, 6 Razorbills and 2 Kittiwakes.

The current usual suspects were on the Scrape at St Ouen's Pond and included a pair of Garganey, 21 Teal, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, a Bean Goose, 6 Lapwings, a Water Rail, a Snipe, 2 Song Thrushes and 2 Wheatears. A trickle of hirundines northbound included 35 Sand Martins, 17 Swallows and a House Martin. 9 White Wagtails were in the Sandpits.

At Petit Port this afternoon were 5 Shelduck, 4 Brent Geese, 6 Curlews, a Bar-tailed Godwit and 131 Oystercatchers. At La Rosiere were 2 Wheatears and 2 Redstarts, and at least one female Black Redstart plus a Dartford Warbler.

At St Aubin were 59 pale-bellied Brent Geese, 9 dark-bellied Brent Geese, 16 Turnstones and 2 Redshanks. A further 19 Brent Geese were at Rozel.

438 Brent Geese remain in Grouville Bay and another 30 Brent Geese were at Le Hocq. At La Rocque were 9 Red-breasted Mergansers, 11 Grey Plovers, 4 Turnstones, 4 Sanderlings, 8 Curlews and 3 White Wagtails with 3 Swallows flying in from the South. At Grouville Marsh were a pair of Shoveler, 2 Water Rails, a Cattle Egret and a Grey Heron. In Queen's Valley were 12 Tufted Duck, 25 Swallows and 6 House Martins.

A selection of species at Grands Vaux included a Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers, 12 Tufted Duck, a Grey Heron, 30+ Swallows, 4 House Martins, a Siberian Chiffchaff, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers and a White Wagtail.

Extras for yesterday included a Cattle Egret in Rue des Hetres, St Peter, 13 Razorbills along the North coast, 8 Swallows and 7 House Martins at Grands Vaux and 2 Curlews plus 86 pale-bellied Brent Geese and 8 dark-bellied Brent Geese at St Aubin.

Picture: This Ruff, pictured by Romano, was a fly-over bird at St Ouen's Pond a few days back


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 05.04.2021   .Mick Dryden 
A cloudy morning and a fair afternoon in a chilly Northerly wind

Another selection of good sightings from St Ouen's Pond today included, on the Pond, 44 Shovelers, a Bean Goose, 2 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, a drake Pochard, a Snipe, a Little Grebe, 100 Sand Martins, 50+ Swallows and 3 House Martins with a Siberian Chiffchaff singing in the willows north of the Pond and a Willow Warbler by the gate to the Scrape Hide. On the Scrape were the pair of Garganey, 20 Teal, a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, and 3 White Wagtails. In the Sandpits were 2 Common Sandpipers and another 3 White Wagtails.

A few birds passing off Grosnez this morning included a Great Skua, a Great Northern Diver, a Red-throated Diver, 14 Common Scoters, 4 Brent Geese, 8 Cormorants, a Kittiwake, 3 Sandwich Terns and 36 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and heading off into a still northerly wind, 13 Swallows, 37 Linnets, 4 Goldfinches and 19 Meadow Pipits. At La Rosiere were a male Common Redstart, a Ring Ouzel, 3 Wheatears, a Stonechat and 2 Ravens.

A Common Redstart was at Victoria Tower this morning and 8 Cattle Egrets plus 2 Swallows were at Grouville Marsh. 2 White Wagtails were at Fauvic.

At the mud ponds by Grands Vaux reservoir were 5 Willow Warblers, a Siberian Chiffchaff, 6 Chiffchaffs, a Green Sandpiper, 16 Tufted Duck, a Swallow and a Grey Wagtail.

Picture: On the subject of ducks, it looks like our recent visiting Green-winged Teal has now departed, but not before getting itself recorded for posterity with images like this beautiful one, taken by Romano.

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 04.04.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy morning and a fair afternoon in a cold Northeast wind.

Some good passage at Sorel this morning included 652 Swallows, 30 House Martins, 4 Sand Martins, 405 Linnets, 26 Goldfinches, a Chaffinch, 87 Meadow Pipits and 64 Woodpigeons, with 7 Song Thrushes on the ground at the Don Paton.

A nice selection of species seen through the day at St Ouen's Pond Scrape included 2 Garganey, 17 Teal, 25 Shovelers, a Little Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, a Greenshank, 19 Snipe, a Dunlin, a Bean Goose, 6 Lapwings, a Merlin, a Peregrine, c 100 Swallows, a Water Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtails and a Black-headed Gull. In the Sandpits were single Common Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper and at Kempt Tower, 4 Tufted Duck, a Reed Warbler and a Skylark

A Ring Ouzel, 2 Wheatears and 2 Swallows were seen at La Rosiere and a Black Redstart was in a garden at La Moye.

There were also good numbers of birds at Grouville Marsh with a Long-eared Owl calling from nearby there before sunrise, and in the Marsh were 2 Willow Warblers, 10 Chiffchaffs, a Reed Bunting, 2 Fieldfares, a Firecrest, 3 Cetti's Warblers, a Bullfinch, 26 Swallows, a Sand Martin, 12 Meadow Pipits, 2 Shovelers, 2 Ravens, 6 Water Rails, 3 Marsh Harriers, a Sparrowhawk and 2 Grey Herons.

At Grands Vaux were 5 Willow Warblers, 6 Tufted Duck and 3 Ravens,

16 Curlews were at La Rocque and seen between Robin Bay and Seymour were 417 dark-bellied Brent Geese.

Picture: The very smart looking drake Garganey currently gracing the Scrape, with thanks to Romano for the fine image.

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 03.04.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A cold and cloudy day in a fresh Northeast wind.

A pair of Garganey appeared on the Scrape this morning, apparently very hungry given the way they were feeding. There were no sightings of the Green-winged Teal, but 12 Teal were on the Scrape along with 2 Barnacle Geese, a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, a Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 5 Lapwings, 2 Wheatears, a Swallow and a Yellow Wagtail. In the Sandpits were the Little ringed Plover, another Common Sandpiper and a Yellow-legged Gull. On the Blanches Bangues were 2 Wheatears and 2 Dartford Warblers.

Less was passing Grosnez than yesterday, despite very similar weather conditions but did include 12 Common Scoters, 7 Guillemots, 5 Razorbills, 22 Gannets, 32 Fulmars, 42 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Peregrine passing West of the Island as it headed north, a Buzzard which headed offshore but soon returned, 8 Swallows and a Sand Martin. A Wheatear was near Grosnez light.

Scattered reports elsewhere included 13 Cattle Egrets near Grouville School, 5 Grey Herons at La Sente, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 167 Brent Geese and 7 alba Wagtails, 2 Swallows at Les Charrieres in St Peter, a female Siskin on a garden feeder in Trinity and a Black Redstart in a garden at Beauport. At Queen's Valley were 2 House Martins and 2 Willow Warblers. A Ring Ouzel was photographed in a garden at Ouaisne

Seen at Seymour in Grouville Bay were 67 Grey Plovers, 11 Curlews, 2 Turnstones and 2 Common Gulls while at Beaumont Marsh were 40 pale-bellied Brent Geese and 20 dark bellied Brent Geese.

Later today, at Grands Vaux were 4 Willow Warblers, a Green Sandpiper, 25 Swallows, a Sand Martin and 12 Tufted Duck. At Grouville Marsh this evening were 4 Shovelers, 6 Water Rails, a Snipe, 10 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 3 singing Cetti's Warblers, a Bullfinch, 8 Swallows, 4 Marsh Harriers and 20 Jackdaws.

Yesterday evening, 2 Short-eared Owls were ringed and released at La Ferme, near Rozel.

Picture: The drake Garganey at St Ouen's Pond Scrape this morning.

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 02.04.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A clear but hazy day in a strong and gusty East-northeast wind.

There was some good Eastward movement offshore past Grosnez through the morning which included 198 Common Scoters, 67 Gannets, 119 Fulmars, 4 Guillemots, 11 Razorbills with a further 17 auks sp, 2 Common Terns, a Sandwich Tern, 7 tern sp ( possibly Roseate Terns despite the early date), 7 Kittiwakes, 87 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 3 House Martins, 4 Swallows, 7 Meadow Pipits and 14 Linnets.

Attention was focused in St Ouen's Bay, given the tricky wind conditions. On the Scrape were the Green-winged Teal again, 28 Teal, a female Merlin, Brent Goose, a Common Sandpiper, a Dunlin, a Redshank, 6 Lapwings, the first Yellow Wagtail of the year, a Water Pipit, a Wheatear, 3 Swallows and 5 Sand Martins. A Green Sandpiper dropped in on the East side of the reed bed and a Ruff flew over southwards. The Bean Goose was also in the backfields. In the Sandpits were a Little Ringed Plover, a Redshank, a Common Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatchers, 3 Little Grebes, 26 Tufted Duck, 45 Coot, 5 White Wagtails and c 50 Sand Martins and 4 Skylarks were on the Blanches Banques.

At Petit Port were 3 Shelduck, 120 Oystercatchers, a Grey Plover and 2 Turnstones. 6 Swallows flew over Gorselands.

Beaumont Marsh held c100 Brent Geese of which 90 were pale-bellied Brent.

10 Cattle Egrets and a Swallow were at Grouville Marsh and a Wheatear was at Pontac. At Gorey we’re 4 Common Gulls, 3 Sandwich Terns, 74 Brent Geese and a White Wagtail

Evening update: At Grands Vaux reservoir this evening were 11 Swallows, 4 Sand Martins, a Grey Wagtail, a Green Sandpiper 6 Tufted Duck and 6 Chiffchaffs.

Picture: An increasing rarity in the Island, this Jersey cow was with a Cattle Egret at Grouville Marsh today. Thanks to Alan for the picture.

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 01.04.2021   .Mick Dryden 

Another fine, warm but hazy day, cooling off this afternoon as the wind backed to the northeast and increased substantially.

The Green-winged Teal spent a second day at St Ouen's Pond Scrape in the sometimes edgy company of 24 Common Teal. Also on the Scrape were 6 Snipe, 6 Lapwings, and an Oystercatcher. A Willow Warbler was near the gate to the Scrape hide and 2 Stonechats were in the backfields nearby.On the north side of St Ouen's Pond, an unusual event was a Chiffchaff of the Siberian race tristis in full song. Also there were 2 Willow Warblers and 40 Linnets with 2 Water Rails calling as well. Later this afternoon, a House Martin, 6 Swallows, 20 Sand Martins, a Redshank and a Common Sandpiper were on the Scrape. 2 Little Grebes and a Reed Warbler were at Kempt Tower. 2 Common Terns and a Sandwich Tern flew north up St Ouen's Bay.

At La Pulente were 2 Shelduck and 23 Brent Geese and 2 Curlews were at Petit Port. Around the southern part of Les Landes were a Wheatear, 25 Linnets, 2 Dartford Warblers, 3 Stonechats, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Ravens, a Swallow and a singing Skylark. 22 Curlews were roosting on rocks there too.

At St Aubin were 108 pale-bellied Brent Geese, 19 dark-bellied Brent Geese and 18 Turnstones roosting on a small boat in the Harbour. 16 Tufted Duck were at Grands Vaux this evening.

On the East side of the Island, 3 Sandwich Terns and a Ringed Plover were at Green Island, and 5 Brent Geese plus 4 White Wagtails were at La Sente.

In Grouville Bay were 11 Common Scoters and 14 Sandwich Terns while at Grouville Marsh were 8 Cattle Egrets, 2 Snipe, 2 Teal and 2 Grey Herons.

Reports from St Ouen's Pond yesterday evening included a Reed Warbler, 90 Sand Martins, 2 Reed Buntings, a Merlin, 6 Water Rails, 3 Snipe, 16 Marsh Harriers, 4 Grey Herons, 2 Pochard and 38 Shovelers.

Picture: Thanks to Romano for this image of the Green-winged Teal at the Scrape yesterday, and still present today.

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