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 31.08.2014   .Mick Dryden 

A fair day, still with a fresh north-west wind though.

A Honey Buzzard flew out of an overnight roost on Mont les Vaux at St Aubin, just after first light.

Seen at Grouville Marsh this morning were 2 Swifts, a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Whitethroats, a Yellow Wagtail, 20 Blackcaps, 5 Willow Warblers, 10 Sedge Warblers, 10 Reed Warblers, 2 Water Rails, a Sand Martin, a Sparrowhawk and 3 Buzzards. A further 4 Spotted Flycatchers were on Grouville Golf Course.

A brief check of Noirmont found 5 Wheatears, 10 Sand Martins and 25 Swallows, while another 2 Wheatears were at Sorel.

Sea-watching from a boat off the west and north-west coasts today saw 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 10 Sandwich Terns and the usual Gannets. Around Elizabeth Castle and the Marina were a Kingfisher, 20 Sandwich Terns, 4 Common Terns, a Redshank, a Mediterranean Gull and 160 Oystercatchers.

Back to yesterday, when 4 Whimbrels and a Wheatear were at Sorel, 10 Ringed Plovers and a Sanderling at L'Etacq.

Picture: Today's first winter Mediterranean Gull, outside the Elizabeth Marina this morning.

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 30.08.2014   .Mick Dryden 

Yet another day of fresh westerly winds.

Pick of the day was a juvenile Grey Phalarope on St Ouen's Pond, present till this afternoon at least.

Movement past La Rocque continued at a lively pace again, this morning. Terns were to the fore with 22 Little Terns, 2 Roseate Terns, 750 Sandwich Terns and 36 Common Terns seen. Others passing included 11 Balearic Shearwaters, 116 Gannets, 10 Mediterranean Gulls, nearly all first winter birds and 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Waders included a Golden Plover, 20 Grey Plovers, 44 Ringed Plovers, 7 Redshanks, 6 Dunlin, 143 Turnstones, 6 Whimbrels, 38 Curlews, a Common Sandpiper and 6 Dunlin. 69 Little Egrets flew out of roost and overhead were 116 Swallows, a Sand Martin, 45 House Martins, a Tree Pipit and 5 White Wagtails. 2 Peregrines in the area included one carrying a small wader sp.

A Wheatear was near the St Ouen's Pond Scrape.

Picture: One good Romano auk deserves another - this time a Razorbill.

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 29.08.2014   .Mick Dryden 

Fresh south-westerlies continued this morning with another good movement of terns past La Rocque. A morning-long count saw 1135 Sandwich Terns, 222 Common Terns, 3 Little Terns, 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 101 Gannets, 2 Fulmars, 35 Cormorants and a Grey Seal ( at Seymour). Among the waders there were 106 Curlews, 4 Whimbrels, 110 Turnstones, a Common Sandpiper, 6 Redshanks and 81 Grey Plovers, plus 8 Grey Herons and 14 Little Egrets. 61 Swallows and 29 House Martins headed off south after first light. A Great Crested Grebe was at Le Hurel.


Off Grosnez, another 102 Sandwich Terns, 7 commic terns, 3 Manx Shearwaters and 58 Gannets, passed.

Picture: Our Puffins may now have left us for this year, but always worth showing an image like this, taken by Romano on the Farne Islands last month.

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 28.08.2014   .Mick Dryden 
It was another reasonable day for movement at La Rocque, with a moderate westerly wind and mainly dry conditions.

Offshore at La Rocque, the shearwaters were mostly elsewhere, with just 3 Balearic Shearwaters passing. Terns were to the fore again with 679 Sandwich Terns, 75 Common Terns and 4 Little Terns passing. Also there, were 41 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 21 Mediterranean Gulls. 71 Little Egrets flew out on the falling tide. Among the waders was a Little Stint at Seymour and counts of 14 Common Sandpipers, 367 Oystercatchers, 99 Curlews, 8 Whimbrels, 215 Ringed Plovers, 26 Dunlin, 22 Sanderlings, 60 Turnstones, 39 Grey Plovers and 5 Redshanks. Passing overhead were 13 Swifts, 15 House Martins, a Sand Martin, 26 Swallows, 2 Yellow Wagtails and a Tree Pipit.

Seen from Eddie's Hide at the St Ouen's Pond Scrape were 2 Green Sandpipers, 6 Grey Herons, 8 Little Egrets and a Wheatear, while at Queen's Valley were 18 Greenshanks, 3 Grey Herons, a Little Egret and 29 Cormorants.

Back to yesterday: In the St Ouen's Bay Sandpits were 2 Little Grebes, 8 Pochard, 2 Common Sandpipers, 30 Tufted Duck, 2 Swifts, 30 House Martins and 5 Sand Martins. Out east, a Wheatear and 3 Common Sandpipers were at Le Hocq and, at Le Hurel, 314 Ringed Plovers, 124 Turnstones, 36 Grey Plovers, 20 Dunlin, 31 Sanderlings, 2 Greenshanks, a Redshank, 25 Curlews, 50 Sandwich Terns and 3 White Wagtails. Grands Vaux held a Common Sandpiper and 8 Tufted Duck, plus one, as a young Tufted Duck which flew into a garage in Vallee des Vaux and tried to hide, was rescued and released there ( It picked the right garage to fly into!)

Roger Long has kindly provided a simple list of the butterflies of Jersey, which can be found in the Downloads Section at:


Any interesting records of butterflies on the Island should be sent to Roger at: randmlong@localdial.com

Picture: Lots of Common Sandpipers are passing through the Island at the moment, including 14 at La Rocque this morning.

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 27.08.2014   .Mick Dryden 

It was an odd sort of day, with a light southerly wind ahead of more rain.

Signs were promising for arriving migrants, but at Noirmont, only 11 Wheatears, 12 Whitethroats and a Willow Warbler were of note on the ground. Overhead, a passage of 78 Swifts was a surprise for this late in August. Also passing over there were 32 Tree Pipits, 18 Yellow Wagtails, a White Wagtail, 5 Whimbrels, 5 Curlews, a Greenshank, 4 Redshanks, a Turnstone and a Ringed Plover. Offshore, 33 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Manx Shearwaters and 201 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were of note.

9 Common Sandpipers and 18 Sandwich Terns were at Petit Port while at St Ouen's Pond, a Green Sandpiper, 4 Teal, 16 Little Egrets, a Sparrowhawk and a Wheatear were at the Scrape, 6 Sandwich Terns and a Common Sandpiper at the Pond and a Green Sandpiper, adult Water Rail and a Sedge Warbler at Kempt Tower.

At Sorel Point were 2 Willow Warblers, a Redstart, a Wheatear and a Sparrowhawk.

Queen's Valley held 19 Greenshanks, 3 Grey Herons and 2 Little Egrets.

Picture: So could this be the answer to what took yesterday's picture?

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 26.08.2014   .Mick Dryden 

It was another big day for terns, at La Rocque over the morning high tide today, a showery one with fresh westerly winds.

The pick was an adult Roseate Tern which flew in with Sandwich Terns and settled on a roost rock at La Rocque. Single Black Tern and Little Tern both passed, but the bulk was provided by 1550 Sandwich Terns and 421 Common Terns, including good numbers of juveniles. Offshore, 167 Balearic Shearwaters moved south west, including a flock of 85, also 120 Gannets, an Arctic Skua and 22 Cormorants. Around the south-east corner were 23 Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 155 Ringed Plovers, 145 Turnstones, 5 Dunlin, 3 Sanderlings, a Knot, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Whimbrel, 53 Curlews, a juvenile Peregrine disturbing all, 20 Little Egrets and 3 Grey Herons. 151 House Martins, 3 Sand Martins, 26 Swallows and a Yellow Wagtail flew off south.

A brief check at Noirmont found a Spotted Flycatcher, a Wheatear and 2 Whitethroats, but nothing moving overhead. 2 Mistle Thrushes were at Rozel Manor.

At St Ouen's Pond, 2 Lapwings, 2 Teal and a Wheatear were at the Scrape and a Green Sandpiper, 2 Water Rails and a Willow Warbler at Kempt Tower.

Picture: Thanks to Glyn for this one. All you photographers out there, this may be what you are missing. Thing is, who or what took the picture ( name is unknown ) ? Possible answer tomorrow !


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 25.08.2014   .Mick Dryden 

The day started poorly, with rain and strong southerly winds and got progressively worse!

Despite these conditions, there was a lot to see around La Rocque, mainly offshore including a bumper movement of Sandwich Terns with 1340 counted moving south-west in the first three hours of light. As well as these, 74 Common Terns, 48 Balearic Shearwaters, an Arctic Skua, 121 Gannets, 13 Mediterranean Gulls and 14 Cormorants flew past. A Little Stint was with 3 Sanderlings and, on the falling tide, a mixed flock of 10 Knot and 4 Bar-tailed Godwits arrived at Seymour, most still in partial summer plumage. Other waders there included a Whimbrel, 32 Curlews, 32 Turnstones, a Common Sandpiper, 4 Redshanks, 2 Snipe, 7 Ringed Plovers, 30 Grey Plovers and 6 Dunlin. 47 Swallows and a Sand Martin headed off into the torrent and 3 White Wagtails were at Seymour Slip.

An intrepid observer found 8 Wheatears around Les Landes and another saw a Swift and a few Swallows at Sorel.

From Eddie's Hide at the Scrape, a Grey Heron, 3 Shovelers, 3 Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, 3 Curlews, a Wheatear and another Swift were seen, with 14 Pochard at the Sandpits. A Willow Warbler was in a garden at Les Quennevais.

A later report from Grouville Bay today, when 262 Ringed Plovers, 16 Dunlin, 28 Sanderlings, 27 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Wheatears and 25 Linnets were present

Some extras from yesterday, with a trip to the Ecrehous finding 150 Sandwich Terns, 50 Common Terns, 200 Turnstones, a Whimbrel, 15 Ringed Plovers, a Greenland Wheatear and 2 Willow Warblers present. A column of anting birds over Red Houses included 4 Swifts, 30 Swallows and 50 Black-headed Gulls.

Picture: Great White Egrets as they are now called, are invading north-west Europe in a big way at the moment, including flock of 34 which passed Ouistreham on the French Channel coast two days back ( heading west!) This individual was pictured in South Africa last month and is one of many new images on the Gallery, from that country.

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 24.08.2014   .Mick Dryden 

Good overnight conditions and a calm morning, ahead of a forecast deterioration this evening, pointed to an arrival of migrants.

Pick of the arrivals was a Wryneck at Kempt Tower, where a Whitethroat and Willow Warbler were also present. St Ouen's Pond pitched in with 2 Green Sandpipers, a Redshank, 4 Ringed Plovers, 5 Wheatears ( one a Greenland sap), 2 Swifts, 100 Swallows, 10 Sand Martins, a Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Willow Warblers, 50 Sedge Warblers and 50 Reed Warblers with 120 Goldfinches also there. On the Scrape were a Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Snipe and a Wheatear.

On the ground at Noirmont were 15+ Wheatears, 3 Redstarts, 20+ Whitethroats, 3 Willow Warblers and a Spotted Flycatcher, while passing overhead were 44 Swifts, 352 Swallows, 230 Sand Martins, 67 House Martins, a Grey Wagtail, 22 Tree Pipits, 24 Yellow Wagtails and 5 White Wagtails, and offshore, 7 Balearic Shearwaters, 11 Common Terns, 6 Sandwich Terns and 34 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Another Swift and 26 Swallows flew over Gorselands.

At La Rocque were another 11 Balearic Shearwaters, 200+ Sandwich Terns, 10 Common Terns, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, a Common Sandpiper and 2 Mediterranean Gulls.

Picture: Today's Wryneck, picture and record courtesy of Roy Filleul

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 23.08.2014   .Mick Dryden 

A day of occasional showers and a cool north-west wind and migration is still struggling to get into it's stride.

On the ground at Noirmont this morning were 13 Wheatears a female Redstart, 5+ Whitethroats and 5 Willow Warblers, while overhead were 3 Tree Pipits, a Yellow Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipits, 122 Swallows, 9 House Martins, 3 Sand Martins and 2 Ringed Plovers. 6 Buzzards and a Marsh Harrier were airborne north of the headland and 4 Balearic Sheawaters plus 125 Gannets were offshore.

Things were also quiet at Grouville Marsh, where 3 pairs of Reed Warblers with young out of the nest, a Willow Warbler, 2 Water Rails, 3 Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk and a pair of Bullfinches feeding young, were seen.

5 Wheatears and a Whinchat were at the St Ouen's Pond Scrape, a Swift at the Pond, 4 White Wagtails in the Sandpits and a further 6 Wheatears plus a pair of Stonechats with a juvenile were at Les Landes.

Picture: One of today's young Reed Warblers at Grouville Marsh, courtesy of Dave Buxton.

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 22.08.2014   .Mick Dryden 

A morning of showers and strong westerly winds focussed eyes on the sea

Seen from Plemont this morning ( Grosnez was closed again for shooting) were 99 Balearic Shearwaters, 21 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Arctic Skuas, 166 Gannets, 21 Fulmars, 11 Teal heading north, a Grey Heron, 19 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Little Egret, 2 Sand Martins and 22 Swallows. A Dartford Warbler was in the gorse by the holiday camp.

Yesterday, a raft of 40 Balearic Shearwaters was seen just to the south of Icho Tower.

Picture: A Jersey Tiger in Brittany earlier this week.

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