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 13.06.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A fine day in an easterly wind, very warm at 26c

In perfect conditions this morning 21 Manx Shearwaters, 5 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Guillemots, 2 Razorbills, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 24 Gannets, 3 Fulmars, 10 Swifts and a White Wagtail passed Corbiere in two hours.

In Petit Port Bay were 4 Curlews and 2 Shelduck and at Beauport Whitethroats were carrying food for young and another Whitethroat was displaying at Noirmont.

The 2 Marsh Warblers were in good voice again at Millais with a pair of Sedge Warblers also present.

At least 3 Manx Shearwaters were active in the early hours of this morning at Plemont, one of them being ringed and released, with a Storm Petrel also ringed.

Picture: Whitethroat, courtesy of Ceri James.

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 12.06.2021   .Mick Dryden 

Another morning of hill fog, clearing to a fine afternoon, with winds again in the west, veering northwest.

The Marsh Warblers were at Millais again and in good voice, with two birds and possibly a third seen today at the same location.

On the Scrape at St Ouen's Pond was the first Green Sandpiper of the "autumn" passage and the 5 older Lapwing young were present and correct too. Seen from the Wetland Centre were 3 drake Pochard and a female Shoveler with 2 small chicks ( but presumably not the ones seen at Kempt Tower yesterday).

Odds and ends from elsewhere include2 Shelduck and Petit Port, another 2 Shelduck and a Black-headed Gull at La Pulente and 3 Black-headed Gulls at L'Etacq. Below the dam at Val de la Mare were a Garden Warbler and a Cetti's Warbler. 10 Swifts and 4 Ravens, a female Marsh Harrier and 2 Choughs were at Plemont, but little was seen offshore, as was the case at Corbiere too, with just 13 Gannets passing in one hour.

An extra report for yesterday was from L'Etacq, where 6 Black-headed Gulls and a Yellow-legged Gull were seen.

Picture: Another view of one of today's Marsh Warblers in song.

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 11.06.2021   .Mick Dryden 

Fog this morning, slowly cleared to a fine afternoon in a fresh westerly wind.

Another quiet day was improved by 2 Marsh Warblers which were singing strongly in the same area above Mont Huelin in St Ouen. One was first heard in the middle of the night, two days ago. Also at the same site was a pair of Sedge Warbler, 2 pairs of Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaffs.

Early morning, at Greve de Lecq, were 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Short-toed Treecreepers, 2 Jackdaws, 2 Song Thrushes, a Whitethroat and several Blackcaps, but no Cuckoos were seen or heard.

At Kempt Tower pools were 3 adult Little Grebes and one well grown juvenile, a female Shoveler with 2 small chicks, 3 Tufted Duck and 8 Reed Warblers and the pond at La Carriere was a pair of Stonechat.

On the Scrape, the Oystercatchers had 2 chicks visible and a Marsh Harrier was seen to take a young Coot despite the parents' efforts.

At Les Ecrehous, the Common Terns are taking a lot of time to settle to breeding with a significant amount of human disturbance causing problems. One or two Sandwich Terns are still there, but not showing any signs of breeding. A single Swallow was also seen there today. 12 Puffins were seen off the north coast.

Picture: One of today's Marsh Warblers at Millais, St Ouen.

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 10.06.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A foggy start to a fair day with a light westerly wind.

Highlight of a very quiet day was a Cuckoo which was calling near the Prince of Wales at Greve de Lecq.

At the Scrape was the male Gadwall, now in eclipse plumage, 2 Shelduck, 2 drake Shovelers, a pair of Tufted Duck, the pair of Oystercatchers with 2 chicks, a pair of Skylark, 12 Starlings and several Lapwings - the vegetation height now making counting difficult, but more importantly, also helping to hide the young from predators. On the Pond were the female Shoveler with 8 young, a drake Pochard, 2 Shovelers, 25 Sand Martins and 5 Swallows.

Off Grosnez was a single Balearic Shearwater, a Guillemot, 9 Fulmars, 5 Cormorants, 33 Great Black-backed Gulls and 21 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Nothing of note was seen from Corbiere in the moderate visibility there.

Picture: Female Shoveler with her current brood of eight young at St Ouen's Pond this morning.

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 09.06.2021   .Mick Dryden 

Another fair and dry day in a light northerly wind.

A few birds passing Corbiere early this morning included 13 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Guillemots, 28 Gannets, 5 Fulmars, 7 Cormorants and 2 Little Egrets but passage soon petered out with 10 Swifts, probably locally breeding birds flying around the radio tower and 2 juvenile Stonechats on the gorse there. In Petit Port Bay were 2 Shelduck and 2 Curlews along with the many Oystercatchers.

On the Scrape was the male Gadwall ( where is the female?), but nothing new by way of birds, but a Clouded Yellow and a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly were there and another Small Tortoiseshell was seen at Noirmont. Near to Kempt Tower pools was a Whitethroat feeding young with another singing there, also a Garden Warbler. Seen from the Wetland Centre were 3 drake Pochard, 2 drake Shoveler plus the female with 8 chicks, 2 Reed Warblers and a Cetti's Warbler.

Around Pont Marquet Country Park were 2 pairs of Great Spotted Woodpeckers, feeding young, several Short-toed Treecreepers, a singing Firecrest, 5 Blackcaps, a Buzzard and a Grey Heron at the ponds.

15 Swifts were feeding at low level in Millbrook Park.

The newspaper boat ( it's cargo not it'd construction) reports that it is currently seeing good numbers of birds, particularly auks, between the Islands and these include several small groups of Puffins ,which is not a usual occurence there.

Picture: One of two juvenile Stonechats currently at Corbiere, although no adults are in evidence there.

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 08.06.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A mainly fine day in a light northeast wind.

A good search of the Corbiere area failed to find the elusive Rose-coloured Starling there - but the day is still young! Passing offshore early on at Corbiere were 14 Manx Shearwaters, 9 Balearic Shearwaters, 8 Guillemots, 5 Razorbills, 8 Cormorants, 2 Shelduck and 44 Gannets with a Curlew flying in towards Petit Port and a trickle of Swifts moving north with 41 counted, including a few locally breeding birds. 5+ Bottle-nosed Dolphins were offshore again. At La Rosiere were 2 juvenile Stonechats and in Petit Port Bay, 4 Shelduck.

Along the North coast this morning were 9 Puffins, 9 Razorbills, 7 Swifts and 8 Jackdaws.

On St Ouen's Pond was a female Shoveler with 8 chicks, presumed to be the family from the Scrape, while on the Scrape were 2 drake Shoveler, the Oystercatcher pair with just one chick seen and the third pair of Lapwings with only 2 chicks seen.

At St Catherine's Woods were 3 Buzzards, a Raven a singing Firecrest and a good hatching of Beautiful Demoiselle damselflies.

Yesterday, a Reed Warbler and a Cetti's Warbler were in song at Mont Pellier in Trinity and a pair of White Wagtails were on the roof of the Highlands Hotel there. On the 6th, a flock of at least 20 Common Scoters flew past Noirmont.

Evening update: Another Rose-coloured Starling was seen near Rozel Mill this afternoon.

Picture: This feral Polecat/Ferret was at Corbiere this morning, not such a welcome sight given their dietary preferences ( Oystercatchers breeding very close by )

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 07.06.2021   .Mick Dryden 

Hill fog greeted the day, but dispersed through the morning giving a warm day in light winds, before cloud moved back in this afternoon.

The slow times are with us now, as Spring migration finishes, and breeding is in full flow.

There was far less flying past Corbiere this morning, after yesterday but the few birds seen included 7 Balearic Shearwaters, 6 Manx Shearwaters, 11 Guillemots, 2 Razorbills, 4 Fulmars, a Shelduck and 19 Gannets. In Petit Port Bay were 4 Shelduck.

In St Ouen's Bay at the Scrape were 3 Shovelers, a pair of Tufted Duck, 6 adult Lapwings with 5+ young ( the earlier pairs ), the pair of Oystercatcher with young, and on the Pond, 3 male Pochard, 5 Shovelers, a Little Grebe, a Grey Heron and both Cetti's Warbler and Reed Warblers. A Sedge Warbler was displaying in the backfields, where a Whitethroat, a Blackcap, a Cetti's Warbler and 7 Stock Dove were also seen.

Little Grebes were very vocal again at Kempt Tower pools and 7 Ravens were at Grosnez.

Evening update: A Rose-coloured Starling was seen and photographed at Corbiere and another splash of colour was a male Cirl Bunting near to Victoria Tower.

Picture: The Sedge Warbler in full flow near St Ouen's Pond today.

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 06.06.2021   .Mick Dryden 

Another cloudy morning and fine afternoon, winds light from the south or southwest.

There was a surprising amount of activity off Corbiere this morning, given the lack of wind and this included a Great Northern Diver in breeding plumage heading off northwest, 8 Common Scoters, 47 Balearic Shearwaters, 49 Manx Shearwaters, 9 Guillemots, 2 Razorbills, 3 Cormorants, 27 Gannets, 10 Fulmars, a White Wagtail, 2 Swifts and 2 Swallows in off the sea, also a pod of 6+ Bottle-nosed Dolphins heading East early on. In Petit Port Bay were 2 loafing pairs of Shelduck.

The usual suspects were at the St Ouen's Pond Scrape, these including a Gadwall, a pair of Tufted Duck, a pair of Shoveler with 9 chicks, Lapwings with 3 young, Oystercatchers with 2 young, 30 Starlings and a Grey Heron.

On Les Mielles de Morville were singing Reed Warbler, Blackcap and Chaffinches, also 15 Starlings. At the small reservoir on La Verte Rue at L'Etacq were 6 Reed Warblers and at St Aubin, 7 Swifts and a Rock Pipit.

Picture: A female Cirl Bunting in Grouville this week

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 05.06.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A fair to fine day with a light westerly wind

A Rose-coloured Starling graced Noirmont this morning, but only for a short time, so is likely to be somewhere else in the Island now. Also at Noirmont were 3 Whitethroats, with a pair feeding young, 4 Dartford Warblers, a singing Firecrest, 3 Blackcaps, a Buzzard, 3 Ravens and 2 Swallows.

Around Portelet Common were 9 male and 5 female Dartford Warblers, a singing Firecrest, a pair of Meadow Pipits feeding young , a juvenile Stonechat and a Peregrine

Picture: Another of those record shots, this time of the Rose-coloured Starling which briefly visited the migration watch bunker at Noirmont this morning.

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 04.06.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A dry day during daylight house at least, with some heavy rain narrowly missing Jersey, to the east, but with a cool northwest wind.

After the big build up yesterday, no Rose-coloured Starlings to report so far today, despite some serious searching in St Ouen's Bay!

Off Grosnez this morning, Balearic Shearwaters and Manx Shearwaters were in parity at 10 apiece, a sign that the year is moving on as the Balearics start to drift back into our waters. Also off Grosnez were 3 Common Terns feeding, 2 Guillemots and good numbers of Herring Gulls and Lesser Black-backed Gulls feeding. 4 Ravens were near the castle as was the male Stonechat again.

At the Crabbe Ranges early on were 4 Whitethroats, a Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, a Song Thrush, 5 Ravens, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzards, 4 Jackdaws and 2 Choughs.

Around St Ouen's Pond Scrape were 6 adult Lapwings with 8 juveniles of varying sizes also seen, the pair of Oystercatcher with at least 2 young, a pair of Shoveler plus a female with 9 chicks, a Gadwall, a pair of Tufted Duck, a Curlew, a Grey Heron and 5+ Swifts.

on the Kempt Tower pools were 4 adult plus a juvenile Little Grebe, 7 Tufted Duck, 3 pairs of Reed Warblers, a Whitethroat, a Blackcap, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Buzzards and a Grey Heron.

On the Ecrehous, a few Common Terns are now nesting, despite the usual levels of disturbance there and 2 Sandwich Terns were also present, but away from the breeding areas.

Picture: A male Cirl Bunting in all his finery - with a combination of a cropped image and a long lens to avoid any disturbance!

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