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 17.01.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A mostly dry day with the odd shower and a strong Westerly wind.

At La Sente today were 57 Little Egret, 18 Grey Heron, 66 Curlew, 27 Redshank, 207 Black-headed Gull, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Gull and a Water Rail.
Nearby at Le Hurel were a Great Crested Grebe, 34 Turnstone and a Black Redstart.

Seen at Goose Green today were 164 Brent Geese which included 18 Pale-bellied while at St Aubins were 36 Redshank, 17 Turnstone, 39 Curlew and 4 Brent Geese.

Up at Crabbe were 1000 Herring Gull, 1000 Starling, 450 Chaffinch and 40 Goldfinch while on Jubilee Hill were a Brambling and 200 Chaffinch and a single Bullfinch was at Bouley Bay.

Picture: Some of today's Pale-bellied Brent Geese at Goose Green, thanks to Caroline Orpin for the photo.

Romano da Costa


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 16.01.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A windy grey day today.

At La Sente this morning were 240 Brent Geese including a Black Brant, 4 Redshank, 80 Curlew, a Cattle Egret, 73 Little Egret, 30 Grey Heron, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gull, 2 Raven and 10 Redwing.

Midday at Petit Port were 2 Purple Sandpiper, 39 Turnstone,12 Grey Plover, 43 Curlew, a Redshank, 80 Oystercatcher, a Shelduck, 13 Brent Geese and 7 Little Egret. Nearby at Beauport were 2 Stonechat and Mapgies nest building!

At Queens Valley were 14 Tufted Duck and a Lesser Black-backed Gull while 3 Brent Geese and a Little Egret were in Rozel Harbour.

Picture: A gallery image of the Black Brant.

Romano da Costa

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 15.01.2020   .Mick Dryden 

It was a mild sunny day with a decrease in winds after last nights gales.

At a very flooded La Sente were the Black Brant, 350 Brent Geese, 72 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 24 Curlew, a Lapwing, a Water Rail, 34 Redwing, a Fieldfare and a Raven.

5 Great Crested Grebe were in Grouville Bay while at Archirondal were a Black-necked Grebe and 15 Brent Geese.

Around the back fields at St Ouens Pond this afternoon were a Wigeon, 38 Teal, 62 Skylark, 55 Reed Bunting, 40 Linnet, 30 Chaffinch, 2 Stonechat and a Sparrowhawk.

Up at Crabbe were 16 Skylark while at Queens Valley were 2 Grey Wagtail and a Teal.

Yesterday evening at Egypt were 2 Skylark.

Picture: A Little Egret over La Sente, taken by Mick.

Romano da Costa

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 14.01.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A wet start to the day turned into an even more miserable evening as Storm Brendan sweeps past us.

There was a lot less birds off Corbiere in this mornings huge swell, just 2 Great Northern Diver, 8 Gannet and 12 Black-headed Gull while the heavy seas were keeping the waders off the rocks at Petit Port, but a Purple Sandpiper, 85 Turnstone, 6 Grey Plover, 45 Curlew, 200 Oystercatcher and a Grey Wagtail where counted.

Seen at La Sente were 2 drake Wigeon, a Lapwing, 72 Little Egret, a Cattle Egret, 24 Grey Heron and 10 Curlew while a Stonechat was at Grouville Marsh.

At St Ouens Pond were a Bittern, 26 Snipe, 13 Lapwing, a Little Grebe and a Stonechat and in the Sandpits were 7 Little Grebe and 6 Tufted Duck.

Up at Le Roncier were 34 Skylark and 350 Pied Wagtail came into roost at the Jersey Dairy site.

There's been an interesting ringing recovery that has come up of a Storm Petrel that was caught and ringed at Plémont at the end of June being re-captured on Skokholm at the start of August most likely on its breeding site.

Picture: Some Brent Geese in flight over La Sente, taken recently by Mick.

Romano da Costa

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 13.01.2020   .Mick Dryden 
A cloudy day with a steadily increasing wind to very strong by this evening, from the South south west.
A Bittern was seen at St Ouen's Pond again today, with 31 Snipe, a Little Grebe, one Teal and 28 Shovelers also recorded there.

There was far less activity at Corbiere today than of recent with counts of 100 Razorbills, a Great Northern Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 6 Fulmars, 35 Gannets, 56 Kittiwakes, 4 Mediterranean Gulls and 36 Great Black-backed Gulls, also 4 Brent Geese and a flock of 48 Turnstones and 4 Curlews flew by. In the shelter of Petit Port were a Shelduck, 51 Curlews and the usual Oystercatchers.

21 pale-bellied Brent Geese were at St Aubin and 6 Linnets were on the beach at Bel Royal.

At Havre des Pas were 22 dark-bellied Brent Geese and a juvenile Mute Swan

2 drake Wigeon, 9 Grey Herons, a Lapwing, 4 Chiffchaffs and 20 Redwings were at Le Sente and 200 Chaffinches were seen at Boulivot.

An extra for yesterday was a Blackcap in song at Le Saie

Picture: Redshanks over Le Sente.

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Romano will be updating the News from tomorrow so all emails to him, please: wildworldimages@hotmail.co.uk

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 12.01.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy day in a brisk South-west wind.

With morning tides now back with us, counts of La Rocque are back in the frame. Seen there this morning were 15 Great Northern Divers, a Black-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 9 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Slavonian Grebes, 15 Razorbills, 151 Sanderlings, 190 Turnstones, 5 Greenshanks, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Mediterranean Gulls and 2 Common Gulls.

At La Sente were 115 Curlews, 83 Redshanks, 34 Little Egrets, 23 Grey Herons, hundreds of Brent Geese, 12 Linnets and 10 Redwings.

Picture: One of today's Mediterranean Gulls at La Rocque.

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 11.01.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy and chilly day in a fresh South-west wind.

Bitterns have been keeping their heads down at St Ouen's Pond of late, but 2 were seen there from the Wetland Centre today.

Seawatching at Corbiere this morning produced a Great Skua, 4 Red-throated Divers, 727 Razorbills, 5 Guillemots, 105 Gannets, 3 Fulmars, 30 Kittiwakes and 2 Mediterranean Gulls in three hours.

Seen from Seymour Slip in Grouville Bay were 400 Dunlin, 102 Grey Plovers, a Golden Plover, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits, 13 Ringed Plovers, 15 Sanderlings, 53 Turnstones, 2 Shelduck, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Great Northern Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Common Scoters and 2 Common Gulls.

At Grouville Marsh were 20 Reed Buntings, 2 Firecrests, 2 Goldcrests, 3 Blackcaps, 20 Redwings, a Siskin, 2 singing Cetti's Warblers, 8 Water Rails, a Teal, 3 Woodcock, 250 Crows, 3 Marsh Harriers, 2 Sparrowhawks and a Peregrine.

Picture: A previous Great Crested Grebe in winter plumage.

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 10.01.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy day with a cool North-west wind.

It is very quiet in birding terms at the moment, with some cold weather needed to get things moving again - the exception being the currently daily auk-fest past Corbiere. In two hours this morning 1780 Razorbills and 16 Guillemots passed heading mainly Northwards. Other birds seen there included a Great Northern Diver, 58 Gannets, 7 Fulmars, 62 Kittiwakes, 16 Mediterranean Gulls and a Lesser Black-backed Gull. a group of around 10 Common Dolphins joined in with the feeding off the lighthouse, albeit only briefly at around 09:30.

The usual suspects were at St Ouen's Pond with 27 Shovelers, 5 drake Pochard, 2 Little Grebes, 37 Black-headed Gulls, 120 Brent Geese and lots of Snipe plus a few Lapwings. Around the North Canal were 2 Stonechats, 10 Skylarks and 30 Goldfinches.

4 Cattle Egrets were near to St Saviour's Hospital again and 130 Brent Geese were feeding near St George's School.

A pair of Robins have already started breeding in a garden near to Queen's Valley with 5 eggs laid, the first on the 29th December.

This evening there was a roost of 200+ Pied Wagtails with at least 2 White Wagtails present as well.

Picture: Grey Heron flying across St Ouen's Pond this morning.

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 09.01.2020   .Mick Dryden 

An overcast morning gave way to a fair to fine afternoon with a South=west wind, very mild at 13c.

A pleasant surprise was the re-emergence of the Swallow at Beaumont Marsh this afternoon, seemingly intent of staying in our sub-tropical climate!

A Bittern was seen in flight at St Ouen's Pond this morning.

Auks were to the fore again this morning at Corbiere, with 1530 Razorbills and 17 Guillemots passing in two hours - mainly heading south-east today. With them were 62 Kittiwakes and 90 Gannets with 2 Fulmars, a Red-throated Diver and a Mediterranean Gull also seen.

Also around the South-west coast, a Stonechat was at Beauport, a singing Song Thrush at Gorselands, 2 Snipe at Ouaisne and 6 Great Crested Grebes in St Brelade's Bay.

Picture: This picture of our currently resident Swallow was taken at Beaumont Marsh at the end of last year.

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 08.01.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A dismal day with hill fog and rain in a South-west wind.

It may have been foggy on the hills, but visibility was generally good at sea level. Today's counts at Corbiere, as birds flew up at first light, included 722 Razorbills, 29 Guillemots, 4 Fulmars, 21 Gannets, 96 Kittiwakes, 4 Mediterranean Gulls and 2 Common Gulls.

4 Cattle Egrets were seen in one of their former haunts today, the fields close to St Saviour's Hospital.

A Black Redstart was in Robin Bay at La Rocque this morning along with some Pied Wagtails, Rock Pipit, Meadow Pipit and Starlings.

Little was happening at St Ouen's Pond, but seen there were 32 Lapwings, 40+ Snipe, 20 Shovelers and 2 Pochard.

Picture: In a more exotic location, this Greenshank was photographed in pools near to Etosha National Park in Namibia during 2019.

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