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 28.09.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A calmer day with lighter North-west winds, but a showery afternoon.

A respite day for the migrants and a good selection of species took advantage. At Noirmont this morning was the first Yellow-browed Warbler of the year which put in a brief appearance at the bunker watchpoint. Also on the ground were singles of Ring Ouzel and Wheatear as well as 2 Stonechats, 20+ Chiffchaffs, 10 Blackbirds and 20 Robins. Passage overhead included a Hobby, 375 Swallows, 3 House Martins, 2 Skylarks, 332 Meadow Pipits, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Grey Wagtails, 22 alba Wagtails, 7 Siskins, 160 Linnets, 16 Chaffinches, 16 Goldfinches, 4 Collared Doves, a Snipe, 9 House Sparrows and 2 Starlings. The currently resident 2 Ravens were noisy again and among raptors seen were 3 Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk. 10+ Bottle-nosed Dolphins were off Noirmont Point at 10 am. A few seabirds offshore included 18 Gannets, 7 Mediterranean Gulls, 7 Sandwich Terns and 6 Razorbills.

Seawatching at Grosnez produced counts of 13 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Common Scoters, 119 Razorbills, a Guillemot, 28 Sandwich Terns, 7 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Golden Plovers and an unidentified skua sp. A Merlin and a Whinchat were seen at Les Landes.

In Queen's Valley were 21 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Herons, 2 Grey Wagtails and a Common Sandpiper.

Good numbers of House Martins were feeding at St Catherine's where 4 Turnstones were at the far end of the breakwater.

Evening update: A Spotted Flycatcher was at Greve de Lecq today. Seen at Mont de la Rocque in St Aubin were 2 Siskins, a Grey Wagtail and 40 Swallows, all passing through. A fairly long dead juvenile Peregrine was found on rocks at Plemont today. It was not ringed.

Picture: A Little Stint with Dunlin bodyguard on St Ouen's Beach, image courtesy of Romano.

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 27.09.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy morning and a fine afternoon in a strong Northerly wind making it feel cold.

A morning long seawatch from Grosnez saw 3 Great Skuas, 2 unidentified skua sp, 34 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Manx Shearwaters, 252 Razorbills, 3 Guillemots, 34 Sandwich Terns, 2 Kittiwakes, 54 Gannets, 14 Cormorants, 3 Common Scoters and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Moving overhead, mainly heading North were 246 Swallows, 72 House Martins, 14 Siskins, a Yellow Wagtail and 5 Linnets. 6 Choughs and a Raven were in the area.

A Spoonbill was on the Scrape this morning.

At Grouville Marsh this morning were 5 Cattle Egrets, a Grey Heron, a Grey Wagtail, 3 Siskins, 15 Blackcaps, 20 Chiffchaffs, 6 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Firecrests, 10 Bullfinches, 5 Water Rails, a Kingfisher, 3 Marsh Harriers, a Sparrowhawk. A 30 minute count of migrants overhead saw 122 Swallows, 109 House Martins and a few Meadow Pipits and finches, distantly.

2 Wheatears and 50 Meadow Pipits were at La Coupe, while at Jardin d'Olivet were 20 House Martins, 50+ Swallows, a juvenile Stonechat, 2 Kestrels, 4 Ravens and a Buzzard.

A steady trickle of Swallows was flying East from Corbiere through this afternoon and 12 Ravens were seen heading towards a roost in St Peter this evening. 2 Siskins and 2 Bullfinches were in Vallee des Vaux.

Picture: This morning's Spoonbill, nicely captured by Martin Cox,

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 26.09.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A fair but cool day in a lighter Northwest wind

Seawatching from Grosnez this morning produced a Black Tern, 8 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 74 Razorbills, a Puffin,124 unidentified auk sp, 4 Mediterranean Gulls and 61 Gannets.

Visible migration started to return in numbers via Noirmont today with counts there including 438 Swallows, a Sand Martin, 25 House Martins, 475 Meadow Pipits, 2 Yellow Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail, a Song Thrush, 6 unidentified thrush sp ( probably Redwings), a Redpoll, 67 Linnets, 10 Goldfinches, 30 Chaffinches, 7 Wheatears and 4 Stonechats. At sea were 12 Mediterranean Gulls, 6 Sandwich Terns, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 auk sp and 16 Gannets.

93 Brent Geese were in Grouville Bay as their return gathers pace.

At the Farmer's Cricket field in St Martin were 21 White Wagtails, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 15 Swallows and a Peregrine.

Evening update: An unidentified harrier sp ( not Marsh Harrier) was seen flying West past Beauport this evening,

Picture: A Wigeon on the Scrape, pictured by Romano.

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 25.09.2020   .Mick Dryden 

An unsettled day, with some heavy showers this morning in a strong North-west wind and feeling much cooler than of late.

Surprisingly little was passing Grosnez this morning, despite encouraging conditions. Seen were 16 Balearic Shearwaters, a Manx Shearwater, 23 Razorbills, a Guillemot and 2 unidentifed auks ( because of range), 44 Gannets, 11 Cormorants and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. 59 Meadow Pipits flew overhead.

In St Ouen's Bay were the Kentish Plover again, 26 Dunlin, 8 Sanderlings, 48 Ringed Plovers, 16 Sandwich Terns, 2 Sand Martins and a Skylark. 11 Shovelers and a Peregrine were at St Ouen's Pond and 3 Wigeon plus 18 Teal at the Scrape.

There was a small arrival of Wheatears with 4 seen at Les Platons along with a Whinchat and 2 Stonechats, a single Wheatear at the Airport, one at Corbiere and 2 at Noirmont.

Other birds at a very windy Noirmont included 4 Stonechats on the ground and an overhead passage of 310 Meadow Pipits, 9 Swallows, 4 House Martins, 7 Siskins, 8 alba Wagtails and a Snipe.

In St Aubin's Bay, 15 pale-bellied Brent Geese were at St Aubin and 12 Sandwich Terns at the Gunsite.

The 5 Cattle Egrets were at Grouville Marsh again while at La Rocque were a Great Crested Grebe, a Knot, 8 Sandwich Terns, 92 Sanderlings, 63 Turnstones, 32 Dunlin, 22 Ringed Plovers, 12 Curlews, 6 Redshanks, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits and 3 Grey Plovers.

Picture: A Kingfisher resting briefly near the Scrape Hide, pictured by Romano.

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 24.09.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A morning of heavy showers , feeling cool in a strong West-southwest wind.

Evening update: A Lapland Bunting was seen near Les Platons radar site earlier today and 45 Swallows, 2 House Martins and 50 Meadow Pipits were at Le Cattilon

Unsurprisingly, eyes were mainly pointed seaward today. Seen from Grosnez this morning were 6 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Manx Shearwaters, an out of season Puffin, a Guillemot, 3 Razorbills, a Mediterranean Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 32 Gannets and a Grey Plover.

On the beach in St Ouen's Bay was the Kentish Plover, a Little Stint, 63 Ringed Plovers, 6 Sanderlings, 22 Dunlin, 7 Turnstones and 2 Wheatears. At the Scrape were 2 Wigeon, a Little Stint, 2 Teal, a Snipe and 4 Lapwings

At Noirmont, seen with at least one eye on the sea, were 7 Balearic Shearwaters, 19 Sandwich Terns, 4 Mediterranean Gulls, a Common Gull, 11 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 17 Gannets. It takes a lot to stop a determined Meadow Pipit and passing Noirmont during the morning were 753 intrepid souls, along with 2 Grey Wagtails, 42 Swallows, a House Martin, a Sand Martin, 5 Siskins and 10 Linnets. 2 Wheatears were on the ground there.

Out East, waders on the beach at La Rocque were 135 Sanderlings, 14 Ringed Plovers, 94 Turnstones, 5 Grey Plovers, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Dunlin, a Redshank and 13 Curlews, with 18 Grey Herons roosting in a field at Fauvic. At Fliquet were 3 Sandwich Terns, 2 Little Egrets, a Grey Heron and a Great Crested Grebe.

5 Cattle Egrets were at Grouville Marsh again as well as a singing Cetti's Warbler, 2 Swallows, a juvenile Marsh Harrier and a Sparrowhawk doing battle with a Crow.

Yesterday, 8 Little Grebes were on the Sandpits and 3 Wheatears plus 4 White Wagtails were on the seawall near Kempt Tower.

Picture: The Little Stint which has been at the Scrape for several days now ( and maybe on the beach too - see above), picture thanks to Romano.

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 23.09.2020   .Mick Dryden 

Autumn arrived today in the form of heavy showers and a strong South-west wind, and feeling much cooler than of late.

Seen at the Scrape this morning were 2 Wigeon, the Little Stint again, 13 Teal, 18 Shovelers, 6 Snipe, a Kingfisher, 5 Stonechats, 4 Lapwings and a Wheatear. On the Sandpits was a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, a Common Gull and 8 Mediterranean Gulls.

In St Ouen's Bay were 4 Sanderlings, 13 Dunlin, 18 Ringed Plovers and 7 Turnstones.

At Petit Port were 316 Oystercatchers, 30 Curlews, 33 Turnstones, a Mediterranean Gull, 4 Sandwich Terns and 14 Little Egrets.

A very quiet morning at Noirmont, given the date, saw 40 Swallows, 77 Meadow Pipits, a Yellow Wagtail, a White Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, a Chaffinch and a Linnet fly over. On the ground, just 5 Stonechats, 2 Whitethroats and a Chiffchaff were seen with a juvenile Peregrine, a male Marsh Harrier and 3 Ravens overhead. Offshore, 3 Sandwich Terns, 19 Great Black-backed Gulls and 18 Gannets flew west. 23 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew over Gorselands.

Seen from Seymour Slip in Grouville Bay were 115 Sanderlings, 3 Dunlin, 96 Turnstones, 7 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Grey Plovers, a Golden Plover, 3 Ringed Plovers, 2 Redshanks, 18 Sandwich Terns and a Great Crested Grebe.

A single Greenland Wheatear was at Sorel.

A Greenshank was seen at Archirondel and 4 Wheatears plus 5 Turnstones at St Catherine's

Yesterday a Green Sandpiper was reported from the Scrape and a Common Sandpiper from Le Pulec. The possible Curlew Sandpiper reported yesterday, looks to have been a juvenile Dunlin, from pictures taken.
One older record, missed from the 21st, was a Pied Flycatcher seen at Noirmont.

Picture: A Golden Plover, at Les Landes this week, with thanks to Ceri James for the image.

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 22.09.2020   .Mick Dryden 

Morning fog and a warm and fair afternoon was the order of the day, winds light from the West.

In St Ouen's Bay this morning, a Kentish Plover was seen on the beach near Kempt Tower. Also in the Bay were 57 Ringed Plovers, 12 Dunlin, 3 Sanderlings and a Turnstone with 3 White Wagtails at La Saline. A Wheatear was near the Wetland Centre.

The Little Stint was still on the Scrape along with 2 Wigeon, 17 Shovelers, 9 Teal and 4 Lapwings

There was some decent movement of birds at Noirmont after the fog lifted. Seen there were 2 Skylarks ( first of the season), a Redpoll, 7 Brent Geese flying into St Aubin's Bay ( after an overshoot and a 180 turn!), 1030 Swallows, a Sand Martin, 10 House Martins, 542 Meadow Pipits, 7 Yellow Wagtails, 5 alba Wagtails, 4 Siskins, 16 Linnets and 5 Grey Herons. 2 juvenile Peregrines and 3 Ravens provided good entertainment in the quiet moments. On the ground were just singles of Willow Warbler and Whitethroat plus a few Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps and several Blackbirds.

At Beaumont were 50 House Martins and at Bel Croute, a Kingfisher. A tired looking Wheatear was at Gorselands.

5 Cattle Egrets were at Grouville Marsh this morning. On the North coast, a Common Sandpiper and 4 Cormorants were at Wolf's Lair.

Birds at the Ecrehous included 20 Sandwich Terns, 4 Grey Plovers, 4 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Stonechats, 8 Swallows, 5 Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler.

Yesterday, pictures taken on the Scrape appear to show a Curlew Sandpiper with the Little Stint. Also, a Wheatear was seen at Ouaisne.

Picture: Thanks to Romano for this image of today's Kentish Plover.

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 21.09.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A fine and warm day, probably the last for a while, winds light from the Northeast.

A visit to Maitre Ile on the Ecrehous was rewarded with a Nightjar which was ringed and released, also 2 Wheatears, a Redstart, 20 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroats, 15 Linnets, 4 Sandwich Terns, 150 Oystercatchers, 110 Turnstones, 5 Grey Plovers and a Green Sandpiper. On Marmotier were singles of Lesser Whitethroat, Whinchat and Wheatear as well as 6 Swallows, 28 Ringed Plovers and 57 Sanderlings.

A selection of species on the Scrape included a Little Stint, a Dunlin, 2 Wigeon, 17 Shovelers, 18 Teal, a Kingfisher, 5 Grey Herons, 4 Lapwings, 4 Snipe, a Curlew, a Green Sandpiper, 3 Stonechats and a Wheatear.

Visible migration at Noirmont continued apace after a slow start with 3110 Swallows, 330 House Martins, 17 Sand Martins, 4 Tree Pipits, 805 Meadow Pipits, 23 Yellow Wagtails, 5 Grey Wagtails, 14 alba Wagtails, 50 Siskins, 15 Chaffinches, 68 Linnets, 25 Goldfinches, 6 Grey Herons, a Sparrowhawk, a Snipe, 4 plover sp and 4 unidentified duck. On the ground was a Ring Ouzel, 2 Whinchats, 8 Wheatears, a Firecrest, 4 Stonechats and 2 Blackcaps.

Elsewhere, 3 Firecrests were in Vallee des Vaux, a Kingfisher was at Rozel and 5 Wheatears plus 2 Stonechats were at Beauport.

Evening update: On the North side of St Ouen's Pond this evening were 8 Wheatears, a Whinchat, a Stonechat, 4 Reed Warblers, 5 Chiffchaffs, a Snipe, a Kingfisher, 14 Swallows, 12 Marsh Harriers and 10 Water Rails. A Kingfisher was seen in the Zoo again.

Picture: A Redstart at Noirmont recently, taken by Romano.

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 20.09.2020   .Mick Dryden 
A day of high cloud in a light North-east wind ,and still feeling warm

Another good day for visible migrants at Noirmont, Raptors passing included a juvenile Merlin and 2 Hobbies. The bulk of the passage included 2640 Swallows, 233 House Martins, 7 Sand Martins, 25 Yellow Wagtails, 17 alba Wagtails, 3 Grey Wagtails, 553 Meadow Pipits with another 300 in the large field, 26 Siskins, 17 Chaffinches, 62 Linnets, 33 Goldfinches, 12 Greenfinches, 2 Wigeon, 2 Snipe, and 8 Cormorants. On the ground were 3 Wheatears, 4 Stonechats, 4 Whitethroats and 10 Chiffchaffs. Offshore were 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Sandwich Terns, a Mediterranean Gull and 11 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

At La Rocque were 65 Turnstones, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Common Sandpiper and 2 Wheatears and at Le Bourg were 2 dark-belled Brent Geese, a flock of 20 Grey Herons flying in from Icho Tower, and a Kingfisher.

Grouville Marsh held 5 Cattle Egrets, a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Reed Warblers, 20 Blackcaps, 40 Chiffchaffs, 3 Siskins, a Grey Wagtail, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 8 Bullfinches, 6 Water Rails, a Kingfisher and a Firecrest with good numbers of Swallows and House Martins overhead.

In St Aubin's Bay, 12 pale-bellied Brent Geese, including 2 juveniles, were at the Gunsite and 10 Redshanks were at St Aubin. 2 Kingfishers were in the Town Marina.

On the Scrape this morning there was no sign of yesterday's 2 Garganey, but the Little Stint was still present as well as 13 Shovelers, 18 Teal, a Greenshank, 3 Snipe and a Jack Snipe. 142 Oystercatchers, 17 Cormorants and 8 Little Egrets were at Le Pulec.

A late Swift was seen over Gorselands and an Arctic Skua, Northwest of Grosnez.

On the Ecrehous were 8 Little Egrets, 7 Grey Herons, 28 Curlews, a Sandwich Tern, 12 Ringed Plovers and a Willow Warbler.

At the Farmer's Cricket Field in St Martin this evening were 19 White Wagtails, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 50 Swallows and 40 House Martins.

A few extras from Grouville Marsh yesterday include 3 Spotted Flycatchers, a Firecrest, 75 Blackcaps, 4 Reed Warblers, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Greenshanks and 2 Barn Owls.

Picture: Yesterday's 2 Garganey at the Scrape, image thanks to Romano.

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 19.09.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A front lying just south of the Island gave an overcast and rainy morning, clearing this afternoon. Winds were from the North-east.

Some new birds at St Ouen's Pond Scrape this morning included a juvenile Little Stint and a possible female/ juvenile Garganey. Also on the Scrape were 6 Snipe, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Wheatears, 2 White Wagtails and a Kingfisher.

Despite the conditions, visible migration at Noirmont was happening at a decent level, the pick being an Ortolan Bunting which landed briefly near the watchpoint before heading off East with another bird, possible a second Ortolan. It was a big day for Grey Herons moving with 37 seen. Also on the move were 2 Hobbies, a migrant Marsh Harrier, a migrant Peregrine, 1016 Swallows, 233 House Martins,2 Sand Martins, 980 Meadow Pipits, 69 Yellow Wagtails, 14 alba Wagtails, a Tree Pipit, 7 Siskins, 27 Linnets, 3 Chaffinches, 14 Goldfinches, 4 Golden Plovers and 4 Snipe. Not much was grounded, but those present included 8 Song Thrushes, 10+ Blackbirds, a Wheatear, 4 Stonechats, 2 Whitethroats and 20+ Chiffchaffs. Offshore, 3 Common Gulls and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew by.

A late Swift was seen at La Moye Golf Course, feeding with House Martins.

Up at Les Landes were 7 Golden Plovers, 30+ Wheatears and 27 Yellow Wagtails while at Beauport were 3 Wheatears, a Whitethroat, 2 Stonechats, 50 Meadow Pipits and 3 Peregrines.

At La Rocque were 24 Sandwich Terns, 54 Turnstones, 4 Redshanks, 2 Dunlin, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Sanderling, a Ringed Plover, a Common Sandpiper, 4 Wheatears and 150 Swallows.

In Vallee des Vaux were 2 Firecrests, good numbers of Chiffchaffs and 2 overflying Song Thrushes.. Another 50 Swallows were feeding near the Francis Cook Gallery.

In St Aubin's Bay, 14 pale-bellied Brent Geese had arrived at La Haule while 26 Turnstones, 10 Redshanks, 2 Grey Herons, 2 Little Egrets and a Kingfisher were at St Aubin. This evening, large numbers of Swallows were feeding over Mont Felard

Evening update: 2 Garganey a female and a juvenile, are confirmed as present on the Scrape and the Little Stint is still there. An estimated 2000 Swallows are also present, presumably to go and roost for the night.

Picture: One of today's 37 Grey Herons as it passed Noirmont this morning.

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