A fine day, but with a cool and increasing easterly wind.
At St Ouen's Pond, a Little Ringed Plover was present for a second day at the Scrape, with 3 Teal, 2 Snipe, Lapwings with 4 young and a Yellow Wagtail also in the area. 4 Wheatears were on Les Blanches Bancs. 50 Sand Martins from our breeding colony are back in the Sandpits, with 25 holes dug so far!
A selection of migrants flying past or over Grosnez this morning included 2 immature Marsh Harriers, a female Merlin, 26 Swallows, 23 Sand Martins, 12 House Martins, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 53 Meadow Pipits, 33 Linnets, 11 Goldfinches and 3 Wheatears, while out at sea were 2 Red-throated Divers, a Black-throated Diver, 2 Puffins inbound to Plemont, 2 Guillemots, 13 Razorbills, a Kittiwake, 15 Common Terns, 9 Sandwich Terns, 116 Fulmars and 53 Gannets. 6 Brent Geese and 5 Curlews were at Le Pulec.
Picture: Fulmar at Grosnez this morning.
After some early low cloud it was a fine and pleasant day with a northerly wind.
Good news from Plemont where 2 Puffins were seen. also a Wheatear and a trickle of Swallows moving north. 2 House Martins flew past Les Landes.
Less was moving past Sorel Point this morning but did include a Ring Ouzel, 2 Wheatears, 225 Swallows, 23 Sand Martins, 23 House Martins, 11 Tree Pipits, 60 Meadow Pipits, a Yellow Wagtail, 71 Linnets, 25 Goldfinches and 6 White Wagtails. 7 Common Terns and 4 Cormorants passed at sea and the usual reptors there included 2 Peregrines, 2 Sparrowhawks, 4 Buzzards and a Marsh Harrier.
At St Ouen's Pond were 2 Teal, a pair of Shovelers. a Snipe, 4 Wheatears and singing Reed Warblers at the South Canal and Kempt Tower.
4 Buzzards were soaring near Five Oaks, but on a negative note, no Whitethroats have appeared on the Island yet despite the date.
Evening Update: A Little Ringed Plover was on the St Ouen's Pond Scrape this evening, with 7 Wheatears spread between there and Kempt Tower. At Grouville Marsh were 2 Greenshanks, 25 Sand Martins, and 20 Swallows, but no Reed Warblers so far.
Picture: Yellow Wagtail in St Ouen's Bay, by Paul Marshall.
A weak cold front gave an overcast to cloudy morning, improving as the day went on.
Pick of the reports to date is a Red-rumped Swallow which made a brief appearance at St Ouen's Pond, moving through with Swallows.
Birds at Grouville Marsh this morning included a Tree Pipit, a Willow Warbler, 30 Sand Martins, 2 House Martins, 50 Swallows, a Grey Heron, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Sparrowhawks and a Black-headed Gull.
Struggling through the murk at Sorel this morning were 335 Swallows, 20 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins, 26 Goldfinches, 25 Linnets, a Yellow Wagtail, 30 Meadow Pipits, a Tree Pipit and 4 alba Wagtails. The usual raptors were in the area and included 4 Buzzards, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Peregrines and 2 Kestrels, 3 Ravens were in display there too.
Last night, at St Ouen's Pond, were 100 Swallows, 75 Sand Martins, 2 Reed Warblers on the North Canal, 2 pairs of Water Rails and a Whimbrel.
Picture: Taken at Les Landes yesterday, the first and possibly best picture of a Wheatear this year, with thanks to Paul Marshall.
Another fine morning was on offer.
Visible migrants passing Sorel included 4 Wheatears, 577 Swallows, 61 Sand Martins, 7 House Martins, 128 Linnets, 63 Goldfinches, 62 Meadow Pipits and 2 Black-headed Gulls.
At Noirmont were 3 Wheatears and a passage of 87 Swallows, with another 3 Wheatears at St Ouen's Pond where a steady stream of Swallows was passing north.A Reed Warbler was at the North Canal and 20 Sand Martins were prospecting in the Sandpits. Yet another Wheatear was at Les Landes..
In Grouville Bay, winter visitors still hanging on included 8 Great Northern Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers, 10 Great Crested Grebes, a Red-necked Grebe, 72 dark-bellied Brent Geese, and 2 Common Scoters and among the waders, 50 Sanderlings and a similar number of Dunlin, a Greenshank, 10 Bar-tailed Godwits, 50 Grey Plovers, a Ringed Plover and over 100 Oystercatchers, also one Common Gull.
Picture: Sand Martin
Migrants continue to trickle or, occasionally, rush through the Island.
A check around Noirmont this morning found a Ring Ouzel and 3 Wheatears with 40 Swallows and 2 Sand Martins passing overhead.
Visible migration at Sorel Point was steady with counts of 520 Swallows, 31 Sand Martins, 3 House Martins, 220 Linnets and 7 Goldfinches moving through. Raptors in the area included a Marsh Harrier, 5 Buzzards, a Peregrine, 2 Sparrowhawks and 3 Kestrels.
A Yellow Wagtail, and small numbers of Swallows, Meadow Pipits and 7 alba Wagtails headed off from Grosnez early with 2 Common Scoters, a Kittiwake, 4 Black-headed Gulls, a Common Gull and 4 Sandwich Terns passing offshore.
At St Ouen's Pond a pair of Shelduck, a Snipe, 3 Wheatears, 50+ Sand Martins and a few Swallows were seen
Goose Green held 13 pale-bellied Brent Geese, 4 dark-bellied Brent Geese, the Barnacle Goose with an injured leg and a Wheatear, while at Woodlands Farm were 45 Swallows.
Picture: A view of two Choughs at Sorel on their away day, yesterday.
It was another very pleasant anticyclonic day with light winds.
A Puffin was back near Plemont this morning.
Visible migration highlights at Sorel Point this morning included 3 Tree Pipits, a Wheatear, a Kestrel, 169 Sand Martins, 110 Swallows, 12 alba Wagtails, 70 Meadow Pipits, 123 Linnets and 40 Goldfinches. 2 Marsh Harriers and 5 Buzzards were in the area.
A Willow Warbler was again at Kempt Tower.
More records from yesterday included, in Grouville Bay, 2 Common Scoters, 19 Brent Geese, 21 Sandwich Terns, 7 Great Northern Divers, a Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Greenshanks and up to 100 Little Egrets roosting at La Sente. A Wheatear and a Willow Warbler were at Kempt Tower.
Pictures: The Choughs involved in the re-introduction scheme are currently out and about and here is one of them - at Sorel Point this morning.
On a generally fine day with light winds, hirundines started to pass through the Island in numbers, which included counts of 144 Swallows and 2 Sand Martins at Grosnez, 35 Swallows , a House Martin and 5 Sand Martins at Sorel and 5 Swallows plus a House Martin at Noirmont.
Visible migration past Grosnez also included 3 immature Marsh Harriers ( separately) heading north, 3 Wheatears, 46 Linnets, 35 Goldfinches, 50 Meadow Pipits and 3 alba Wagtails. Offshore it was quiet with a Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Razorbills, a Shelduck, a Kittiwake, a Sandwich Tern and 3 Common Scoters the pick. 8 Buzzards were in flight together and 2 Peregrines were seen. A further 4 Buzzards were at Sorel Point.
At the North Canal, St Ouen's Pond were the first Reed Warbler of the year, a Willow Warbler, a Bearded Tit and a Water Rail, on the Pond, the drake Pintail, 28 Shovelers, 4 Pochard and a Grey Heron and around the Scrape, 2 Teal, 2 Snipe and a Wheatear.
Picture: A different view of a Shelduck, passing Grosnez this morning.
Ahead of a promised settled period of weather, a brisk westerly offered some sea watching promise at Grosnez.
In a morning long watch, 2 Great Skuas, 11 Manx Shearwaters, the first live Puffin of the year, 6 Guillemots, 20 Razorbills, 13 Brent Geese, 60 Gannets, 53 Fulmars, 6 Kittiwakes, 108 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 4 Sandwich Terns passť at sea. Visible migration overhead include the first House Martin of the year, 12 Swallows, a Sand Martin, 49 Goldfinches, 24 Linnets and a Kestrel. 2 Ravens flew by westbound. 3 Buzzards were at La Coupe.
A Water Pipit was at St Ouen's Pond, 3 Wheatears, a Willow Warbler and 6 Linnets at Kempt Tower. Another Wheatear was at Sorel, also a Merlin and two Marsh Harriers displaying and yesterday, 3 Purple Sandpipers were at Petit Port.
An interesting article on the recent seabird wreck can be found on the Birds on the Edge website:
(highlight, right click and open URL):
Picture: This fine female Bullfinch was one of a pair at Queen's Valley, nicely framed by Vikki Robertson.
It was a day mainly spoiled by showery rain - April showers I guess!
A small amount of visible migration at Grosnez, before the onset of the rain, included a Manx Shearwater, 20 Gannets, 15 Common Scoters, 2 Sandwich Terns, a Curlew, 12 Swallows, 4 Sand Martins, 158 Linnets, 37 Goldfinches, 37 Meadow Pipits and 3 alba Wagtails.
Scattered around St Ouen's Pond were a Black-tailed Godwit, 42 Shovelers, the drake Pintail again, 2 Pochard, a Teal, 8 Tufted Duck, 5 Snipe, 6 Brent Geese, a White Wagtail, 40 Sand Martins, 20 Swallows and a Willow Warbler, singing near Eddie's Hide at the Scrape. In the Sandpits were 70 Sand Martins, 6 Swallows, 22 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, a Great Crested Grebe, and at La Braye, Wheatear. and 62 Oystercatchers plus 11 Turnstones at Petit Port.
Picture: From Miranda, in Argentina - super shot of a Federal ( Scarlet-headed Blackbird ).
Another day of moist southerly air and a noticeable lack of migrants.
Our winter visitors are trickling away slowly from the south-east corner, although 4 Great Northern Divers did reappear there. Other birds around La Rocque and Grouville Bay included a Black-necked Grebe, a Slavonian Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 28 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Whimbrel, 18 Curlews, 2 Golden Plovers, 30 Grey Plovers, a Ringed Plover, 69 Turnstones, 4 Dunlin, 5 Redshanks, 100+ Oystercatchers, only 55 Brent Geese, 9 Common Terns, 52 Sandwich Terns, a Common Gull and 2 Swallows.
6 Razorbills passed La Coupe where 4 Ravens were playing and a Black-headed Gull plus a Grey Heron were at Grouville Marsh.2 Grey Herons and a Greenshank were at queen's Valley.
A further 4 Swallows were at the St Ouen's Pond Scrape and another at La Moye.
41 pale-bellied Brent Geese and 11 dark-bellied Brent Geese were at St Aubin with another 11 pale-bellied Brents and 8 dark-bellied Brents at Goose Green, where a Barnacle Goose of unknown provenance was also present.. 2 Sandwich Terns were in st Aubin's Bay and 8 Little Egrets flew over Bel Croute. 5 Razorbills were at Grand Becquet on the north coast and 8 Little Egrets at Le Pulwc..
This evening at St Ouen's Pond were a male Pintail, 7 Pochard, 27 Shovelers, 6 Teal, a Little Grebe, a Water Rail, 3 Buzzards, 14 Marsh Harriers, 20 + Swallows and 30+ Sand Martins, with another 8 Sand Martins in the Sandpits.
Picture: Another chance to view a Great Northern Diver before they finally leave, with thanks to Romano for this image taken recently at La Rocque.
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