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 24.05.2019   .Mick Dryden 

A fair day with a cool North-west wind.

A Spoonbill was on the Scrape at St Ouen's Pond this morning, but flew off when disturbed by work on the perimeter fence and has not been seen again, so far. Also on the Scrape were 3 adult Lapwings, with one juvenile seen too and 4 Grey Herons were on the Pond. A Yellow Wagtail was on the Scrape at lunchtime.

Also this morning, a Serin flew from south of Grantez towards the Frances le Sueur Centre, calling.

Late visible migrants at Sorel today included 102 Swallows, 55 House Martins, 9 Swifts and a White Wagtail and passing offshore were 3 Kittiwakes, 3 Sandwich Terns, 25 Gannets and a Great Crested Grebe, heading North-east. 2 Razorbills, a Guillemot and 2 White Wagtails were seen at Plemont.

On Les Ecrehous, c 25 pairs of Common Terns were on Marmotier and a similar number were on Blianc Ile, also one Sandwich Tern was present.

Back to yesterday and in Grouville Bay were 24 Sanderlings. By Kempt Tower were two pairs of Marsh Harriers, a Whitethroat and a Garden Warbler and behind the Pond were 2 pairs of Whitethroats and another Garden Warbler. On the Sandpits were 4 pairs of Reed Warblers, a pair of Marsh Harriers, a Cetti's Warbler, a pair of Stonechats and 2 White Wagtails. 112 Sand Martin nest holes were counted and a Skylark was singing overhead.

Picture: Thanks to Chris Eve for this image of today's Spoonbill.

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 23.05.2019   .Mick Dryden 

Another mainly fine day with some high cloud and a light Westerly wind.

The group of Shelduck, presumed to be last year's juveniles, are still on the West coast with 6 at Petit Port, as well as the two breeding birds ( their parents?) and another two were at L'Etacq. Also at Petit Port were 68 Oystercatchers and a single Curlew. 41 Oystercatchers were at Le Pulec.

At St Ouen's Pond Scrape first thing was a pair of Gadwall and 3 Shovelers also the usual Lapwing adults. Only one juvenile was seen but the vegetation is getting long now.

Five pairs of Stonechat were located at Les Landes this morning, three pairs with 7 juveniles between them. Also seen was a Yellow Wagtail and few Swallows and House Martins plus 4 temporarily local Swifts.

4 Puffins were near Plemont this afternoon.

Yesterday: Update on the Beaumont "colony" of House Martins, with 6 completed nests and another three being built, all on Rosedale Court. On the previous day, 14 Razorbills were counted in the target area, the best count to date, this year.

Picture: Thanks to Keith for this nice image of the two Shelduck at L'Etacq / Le Pulec today.

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 22.05.2019   .Mick Dryden 

A fine day with light winds and warm at 21c.

A little light visible migration early on, at Sorel, included 35 Swallows, 2 late Sand Martins, 9 Swifts and 3 Yellow Wagtails. 2 Whitethroats were in song there and the usual raptors graced the skies.

Swallows were also passing Egypt in small numbers with 2 Marsh Harriers, a pair of Buzzards, a Whitethroat, 3 Blackcaps and 2 Chiffchaffs also seen.

At Le Pulec today were 3 Little Egrets, a Wheatear, a Swallow and Rock Pipits. Yesterday, 2 Shelduck were seen by Faulkner's Fisheries.

A visit to Maitre Ile this morning found good numbers of Common Terns around the reef, a Whimbrel, a Swallow, 3 Redshanks and rare migrants in the form of 2 Collared Doves!

Picture: Same post, different bird. Thanks to Romano for this fine image of a male Whinchat by the Scrape Hide on Saturday. The Whinchat pictured on here two days ago was in exactly the same spot.

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 21.05.2019   .Mick Dryden 

A mainly fine day in a Westerly wind.

A check of the North-west coast this morning found 11 Razorbills and 7 Puffins between Plemont and Grand Becquet. Also seen were 10+ Swifts, a female Marsh Harrier, 7 Jackdaws and surprisingly, a Great Crested Grebe in breeding plumage near Grand Becquet.

At Les Landes were three pairs of Stonechats, one pair with 2 fledged young, a Whitethroat, a Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harriers and 10+ Swifts.

Waders on the beach at La Saline in St Ouen's Bay included 19 Sanderlings, a Redshank and 66 Oystercatchers.

A pair of Shovelers and 3 large Lapwing juveniles were among birds at the Scrape and Ravens were with 2 fledged young at Gorselands.

Picture: Today's Great Crested Grebe in the sea at Grand Becquet.

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 20.05.2019   .Mick Dryden 

A murky start became a fine afternoon with light North-west winds.

Very little was about at La Rocque over the morning high tide, the best being singles of Manx Shearwater and Great Northern Diver heading West, 8 Gannets, 15 Swallows and a Grey Heron. 2 House Martins were flying around their usual breeding site by Seymour Slip. 3 Cirl Buntings were on Grouville Common.

A Lesser Whitethroat visited a garden in St Martin before moving off East towards the School and a walk between Bouley Bay and Bonne Nuit saw a Buzzard, a Peregrine, 20 Swallows, 4 Oystercatchers and a Little Egret. A pair of Stonechats were at Plemont with 5 Swifts also seen there.

A pair of Shelduck were at La Pulente and further information on the species was that up to 8 birds were in Petit Port last weekend but were seen off by the breeding pair there, maybe last year's young?

Also in St Ouen's Bay, a Great Crested Grebe was on the Pond and a Whinchat plus a Sedge Warbler were at the Scrape, where 3 juvenile Lapwings were also seen. In the Sandpits, the pair of Stonechats now have 2 fledged juveniles. Yesterday in the Sandpits a pair of Great Crested Grebes was present, could they be breeding?

Picture: A Whinchat at the Scrape today.

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 19.05.2019   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy day with light winds.

At Portelet Common this morning, a pair of Stonechats were feeding 2 fledged young, several Dartford Warblers were in evidence, also 2 Peregrines, a Bullfinch and 2 Firecrests, while down the hill at Ouaisne were a Cetti's Warbler, a Garden Warbler, several Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs.

Near La Saline in St Ouen's Bay were 24 Ringed Plovers, 30 Sanderlings, 6 Dunlin and 10 Little Egrets.

Around St Ouen's Pond and Scrape were 2 Shovelers, 60+ Swifts, 30 Sand Martins, at least 3 juvenile Lapwings and a Wheatear. A Great Crested Grebe was in the Sandpits and the drake Shelduck was at Petit Port.

Extra reports from yesterday included a Cuckoo, heard calling at Bonne Nuit. In St Helier, a pair of Pied Wagtails by Bean Around the World and Peregrines were calling at St Thomas' Church. A pair of White Wagtails were at Jersey Airport in St Peter.

Picture: A Coot with young at St Ouen's Pond Scrape.

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 18.05.2019   .Mick Dryden 

Some rain fell overnight and a murky start to the day gradually improved in light Northerly winds.

An Osprey was feeding at St Ouen's Pond this morning, before heading off North, perhaps the bird from a few days ago still with us?

Also at St Ouen's Pond, an arrival of birds overnight included 50 Reed Warblers, 20 Sedge Warblers, a late Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroats, a Spotted Flycatcher, 40 Swifts, 60 House Martins, 50 Swallows, 5 Sand Martins and on the Pond, 8 Shovelers, and 3 Grey Herons. Skylarks were singing both North and South of the Pond, also at Le Braye.

At the Scrape, only one Lapwing chick was in evidence, also a drake Teal, a Yellow Wagtail and 3 Sedge Warblers.

On the Sandpits were 15 Tufted Duck, 60 Swifts, 20 House Martins and a pair of Stonechats and on the Blanches Banques, a family of Stonechats and a Whitethroat.

In Les Ormes Valley were 2 Reed Warblers, 5+ Blackcaps, 4 Whitethroats, 2 Garden Warblers, a Cetti's Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaffs and a Wheatear.

3 White Wagtails and 6 Rock Pipits were at Le Pulec and at Plemont were 2 Razorbills.

46 Oystercatchers were at Petit Port, but only the breeding male Shelduck.

A check of Noirmont found a Spotted Flycatcher and a Firecrest in the copse by the centre car park, Stonechats feeding fledged young and 2 pairs of Dartford Warblers in the same area, one pair with fledged young, also 2 singing Whitethroats. Another male Stonechat was at La Carriere in St Ouen's Bay.

Evening update: At the Scrape this evening were 2 Shelduck, a Whinchat, a pair of Skylarks collecting food, 20 Swifts and 4 young Lapwings.

Yesterday, 6 Cirl Buntings were on Grouville Common and 3 Ringed Plovers plus 2 Dunlins on Grouville beach.

Picture: A male Dartford Warbler with food for his young at Noirmont today.

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 17.05.2019   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudier day than of late, but dry in a North-east wind.

Of interest were 7 Shelduck at Petit Port this afternoon ( 5 having been seen there yesterday), maybe some of last year's youngsters returning? Another, or one of these, was seen in the Sandpits too.

A Spotted Flycatcher was in trees at Gorselands today.

In St Ouen's Bay, a Wheatear was at El Tico and another 2 Wheatears were on Les Blanches Banques as well as a Whitethroat and a pair of Stonechats was at La Carriere - also a female Broad bodied Chaser was seen there.

Seen from the Scrape Hide were 2 juvenile Lapwings along with the adults, a drake Teal, a drake Shoveler, a fly-over Pochard, a Brent Goose, 2 Redshanks, 2 Grey Herons, 20+ Swifts, 25 Sand Martins, a Skylark and a Sedge Warbler.

At Mielles de Morville were singing Cetti's Warbler and Whitethroat.

Things were quiet at Sorel where 27 Swifts, 11 House Martins, 18 Swallows and a Yellow Wagtail flew over. The male Stonechat was present again and singing and the usual raptors were in action.

Linnets were feeding fledged young on Grouville Common.

14 Swifts were back at Fort Regent this afternoon.

Picture: Thanks to Bryony for this image of today's Spotted Flycatcher.

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 16.05.2019   .Mick Dryden 

A clear day with high cloud and with the threat of less settled conditions from this evening. Winds remained in the East.

The pick of the day's birds was an Osprey which spent some time (successfully) at St Ouen's Pond before heading off North, also being seen passing Plemont heading East mid-morning.

Seen at St Ouen's Pond Scrape were 2 Redshanks, at least 2 juvenile Lapwings, a Grey Heron and the usual loafing drake Shovelers. Robins were feeding a juvenile by the Scrape Hide.

2 Puffins were seen at Plemont.

There was less by way of visible migration at Sorel with the counts including 145 Swifts, 135 Swallows, 97 House Martins and 54 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, mostly sub-adults. A male Stonechat was singing at Sorel Point with 2 Whitethroats nearby and today's raptors there including 3 Marsh Harriers, 6 Buzzards, 3 Peregrines and 2 Kestrels ( but no Osprey!). Along the Route du Nord near Les Fontaines Tavern were several Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps, a Whitethroat and a Garden Warbler, all in song.

Picture: A recent image of a Garden Warbler in song in Les Ormes Valley.

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 15.05.2019   .Mick Dryden 

The fine weather continues, still with a cool Easterly wind.

Visible migration past Sorel today involved only a few species, but good numbers which included 448 Swifts, 188 Swallows, 87 House Martins, a White Wagtail and 3 Yellow Wagtails. On the ground were 2 singing Whitethroats and a male Stonechat. 2 Ravens, 2 Marsh Harriers and 6 Buzzards were also seen.

In Grouville Bay were 46 Oystercatchers and at Pontac, 15 Curlews and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits.

2 Common Sandpipers and 133 Oystercatchers were on Elizabeth Castle and surrounds and a Firecrest was in Vallee des Vaux.

Picture: Oystercatchers in noisy display at Petit Port this week.

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