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 10.02.2016   .Tony Paintin 

Feeling colder today in the strong north-westerly winds, with a few heavy showers as well.

Just 13 Cormorants and two Little Grebes were in a still very choppy Le Braye Sandpit.

Four Teal, 51 lapwings and 25 Curlew were on the Scrape at St Ouen's Pond, with 31 Pochards and 40+ Snipe seen from the Wetland Centre.

In the conservation fields at Les Landes, 100 Chaffinches, a Brambling and eight Reed Buntings.

A pair of Stonechat were seen at a former breeding location near La Pulente, this morning. However the area is very disturbed in the spring and summer, so it remains to be seen whether they remain there.

Yesterday evening Woodcocks were seen in Vallee des Vaux, at Grantez and six in fields near St Ouen's Pond, also 10 Teal, nine Curlew and 25 Snipe here.

The juvenile Bottle-nosed Dolphin is still in St Helier Harbour.

Gallery Picture: a male Stonechat.


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 09.02.2016   .Tony Paintin 

Rain for most of the day, with increasing westerlies.

Just 10 Greenshanks were roosting at very wet Queen's Valley Reservoir this morning.

34 Redshanks, 15 Turnstones and a single Sanderling were roosting behind the seawall near St Aubin. At nearby Goose Green, 320 Brent Geese including 15 pale-bellied.

35 Redshanks and a Mediterranean Gull were on the beach at La Rocque and at La Sente, 350 Brent Geese, including the Black Brant, 12 Grey Herons, 14 Little Egrets, a Lesser Black-backed Gull and an adult Mediterranean Gull.

Yesterday, four Woodcocks and a Fieldfare were at Mont au Pretre and four Little Grebes in Le Braye Sandpit.

Picture: Brent Geese at a gloomy La Sente this morning.

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 08.02.2016   .Tony Paintin 

The Island was battered by Atlantic storm Imogen today, with storm force westerlies and heavy rain showers, so not surprisingly bird records were at a premium.

In Le Braye Sandpits just six Cormorants and two Little Grebes.

At St Ouen's Pond 27 Pochards were sheltering infront of the Wetland Centre and 24 Curlew, 21 Lapwings and 10 Teal were roosting at the Scrape. !00+ Stock Doves were in the back fields.

Late afternoon at least 100 Curlew and a few Redshanks were roosting at La Sente, Grouville.

A few more reports from yesterday, in Vallee des Vaux, two Common Buzzards, three Coal Tits and 25 Siskins.

Picture: a Long-eared Owl peers out of the bushes near Beauport yesterday. Thanks to Margaret Kellas for the image.

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 07.02.2016   .Tony Paintin 

Very windy with heavy showers.

600 Starlings and three Common Buzzards were at Trinity Manor this morning and a Stonechat and Blackcap were on Grouville Common.

On World Wetlands day. A good selection of birds were seen at or near St Ouen's Pond despite the conditions, including 100+ Brent Geese, a Shelduck, 18 Pochards, 6 Tufted Ducks, 10+ Shovelers, 10+ Teal, a Little Grebe, 45 Lapwing, 30 Snipe, two Cetti's Warblers and a Stonechat.

350 Chaffinches were in one of the few conservation fields left, most have been ploughed up now and 30+ Dunlin with 44 Ringed Plovers were near the Cutty Sark.

At Petit Port late this afternoon a Peregrine was disturbing the roosting waders which included, 200+ Oystercatchers, 43 Curlew and 48 Grey Plovers.

Some more records from yesterday. The Cattle Egret was still near La Rocque, 500 Black-headed Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull and a Common Gull were at Gorey Slip. Late afternoon at Le Hurel Slip were 500+ Dunlin, 250 Grey Plovers and 25 Bar-tailed Godwits.

Gallery Picture: a Peregrine Falcon taken by Mick in May 2015.

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 06.02.2016   .Tony Paintin 

Gale force winds but at least the rain held off until late afternoon.

In shelter of Vallee des Vaux, three Coal Tits including a singing male, 28 Siskins, one Bullfinch, 15 Redwings and a Woodcock.

A Great-crested Grebe and a Bottle-nosed Dolphin were in St Helier Harbour.

In Le Braye Sandpit, just one Lesser Black-backed Gull and two Little Grebes were the only birds of note.

At St Ouen's Pond, 100 Brent Geese, six Curlew and a Stonechat were at the Scrape and seen from the Wetland Centre, 28 Shovelers, 26 Lapwings and 38 Snipe.

Finally a single Stonechat was near La Saline Slip, in St Ouen's Bay.

Don't forget World Wetlands day tomorrow, lots going on at the National Trust Wetland Centre, St Ouen's Pond between 1pm and 4pm....see you there.

Gallery Picture: a Coal Tit taken by Mick back in 2013 at La Coupe.

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 05.02.2016   .Tony Paintin 

A day without rain!

Seen from the wetland centre at St Ouen's Pond, 16 Shovelers, five Pochards, 20 Teal, a Little Grebe, 42 Lapwings and a Water Pipit.

In Grouville Bay, 610 Brent Geese with two Stonechats and two Black Redstarts behind the sea wall at Fauvic.

Gallery Picture: a drake Teal taken by Romano.

NB. Records and pictures to Tony at cavokjersey@hotmail.com and cc to Mick and Glyn please.

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 04.02.2016   Great Garden Bird WatchGlyn Young 

Don't forget, the Jersey Great Garden Bird Watch is this weekend (6th and 7th February). See how to take part in Friday's JEP or here http://www.birdsontheedge.org/2016/02/03/great-garden-bird-watch-this-weekend-6th-and-7th-february-2016/

A Blackcap waiting for the count? This one was photographed by Mick in 2009.

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 03.02.2016   Our Ringed Plover from NorwayGlyn Young 

A Ringed Plover ringed at Makkevika bird reserve in Norway in August 2014 as a chick and weighing in at 40 grams was re-trapped by local bird ringers on the beach at L’Étacq in October 2014 when it had gained an extra 30 grams in only a few short weeks! It was not seen again until it returned to St Ouen's Bay for its second winter last December and is still currently wintering there with a few of its mates. See a report on this bird’s progress here https://sunnmoererg.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/sunnmc3b8re-rg-2016.pdf .

Many thanks to Romano da Costa for keeping us updated. This is Romano’s photo from December.

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 02.02.2016   .Glyn Young 

This afternoon at La Sente at 1400 there were 33 Grey Heron, one Little Egret, 15 Curlew, 50 Woodpigeon and around 90 Black-headed Gull. Out in Grouville Bay there were a large number (c. 1000) of mixed waders being moved around by dogs and walkers. At least 200 Sanderling, 50 Dunlin, five Curlew, five Turnstone and two Grey Plover were counted. Along the sea wall were a Stonechat and a Black Redstart (both males), three Pied Wagtail and five Rock Pipit. Redwing numbers along the east coast have dropped dramatically with only a handful now obvious.

Out west at the Wetland Centre there were 23 Common Teal, six Shoveler, four Wigeon, 25 Common Pochard, 43 Lapwing, one Little Grebe and one Water Pipit. Marsh Harriers were displaying and a food pass between two birds was watched. On the high tide there 64 Dunlin and 42 Ringed Plover by the Cutty Sark.

Will the Water Pipit still be at the Wetland Centre for the open day on Sunday (details here http://www.birdsontheedge.org/2016/01/29/celebrate-world-wetlands-day-at-the-wetland-centre-sunday-7th-february-1pm-4pm/)? This Water Pipit was photographed by Romano da Costa in December.

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 01.02.2016   .Mick Dryden 

Another day of overcast, mild, conditions with a strong west-south-west wind.

Very little to report today, with seawatching at Grosnez seeing lots of local gulls moving west, but not much else. Counts of 615 Herring Gulls and 49 Great Black-backed Gulls were augmented by 16 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 4 Razorbills, 12 Gannets, 49 Fulmars, 133 Shags and 16 Cormorants. 2 Peregrines headed off north, scrapping with each other.

A Merlin was seen at Les Landes and, yesterday evening at St Ouen's Pond were 35 Snipe, 14 Woodcock, 30 Lapwings, 6 Teal and 2 Shovelers.

Picture: Lesser Black-backed Gulls continue to creep back northwards. Picture by Roy Filleul.

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