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 17.02.2020   .Mick Dryden 

Sunny spells with a few showers and a strong South Westerly wind.

Seen at La Sente today were a Wigeon, 2 Shelduck, the Black Brant, 250 Brent Geese, a Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gull, 82 Black-headed Gull, 8 Coot, 67 Redshank, 12 Curlew, 62 Little Egret and 13 Grey Heron.

Nearby in Grouville Bay were a Knot, 13 Bar-tailed Godwit, 98 Grey Plover, 66 Turnstone, 260 Sanderling, 220 Dunlin, 8 Common Gull, a Red-breasted Merganser and a Black-necked Grebe.

At Rue des Pres were 22 Little Egret and 14 Grey Heron while another 4 Grey Heron were at Grouville Marsh and 4 Cattle Egret and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull were still at Le Cattillon.

350 Brent Geese including 15 Pale-bellied and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull were at Beaumont Marsh, Grands Vaux Reservoir held 14 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 16 Tufted Duck, at Handois Reservoir were 40 Redwing and a check of Beechfield Lane found 2000 Chaffinch, 60 Brambling and 8 Linnet and at Le Pulec were 147 Oystercatcher and 3 Little Egret.

This evening 3 Wigeon were at Fauvic and 5 Woodcock were in Vallee des Vaux.

Back to Saturday evening at St Ouens Pond were 2 Jack Snipe, 15 Woodcock, 50 Snipe, 2 Teal and 20 Skylark and yesterday 2 Woodcock, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Firecrest and 3 Chiffchaff were in Vallee des Vaux.

Picture: Possibly the same Knot, taken by Alan Gicquel last autumn.

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 15.02.2020   .Mick Dryden 

Cloudy with rain at times and a strong Southerly wind.

Seen at La Sente today were 2 Shelduck, 350 Brent Geese, 62 Curlew, 18 Redshank, 8 Coot, 86 Little Egret, 15 Grey Heron, 2 Common Gull, 4 Mediterranean Gull and 100 Black-headed Gull while nearby 3 Wigeon, a Shoveler, 12 Curlew and 600 Chaffinch were around Fauvic and 4 Cattle Egret and 15 Grey Heron were at Grouville Marsh.

Up at Le Roncier were 22 Skylark, 800 Linnet, 150 Chaffinch, 800 Stock Dove and a Peregrine and nearby at Grands Vaux were a Lesser Black-backed Gull and 18 Tufted Duck.

At Anneport were a Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe and 5 Brent Geese.

A check of St Aubins found 38 Redshank and 8 Pale-bellied Brent Geese while at Beaumont Marsh were 350 Brent Geese including 18 Pale-bellied.

Picture: A Cattle Egret from a winter passed.

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 14.02.2020   .Mick Dryden 

Some sunshine this morning becoming cloudier this afternoon with a strong Southerly wind.

Seen at La Sente today were 2 Shelduck, 46 Redshank, 6 Curlew, 21 Grey Heron, 40 Little Egret and 400 Brent Geese while nearby at La Rocque were 7 Red-breasted Merganser, a Great Crested Grebe, 85 Turnstone and 62 Brent Geese.

Out West at St Ouens Pond were a Bittern, 22 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 4 Teal, a Little Grebe and 45 Snipe and nearby a Skylark was singing on the Blanches Banques.

Up at Les Landes a Barn Owl was hunting over the fields, also there were 5 Redwing, 2 Marsh Harrier and 4 Stonechat.

Down at Grouville Marsh were 4 Cattle Egret, 20 Reed Bunting, 30 Redwing, 2 Marsh Harrier, 8 Water Rail, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest and a Woodcock.

2 Great Spotted Woodpecker were at Pont Marquet, 5 Little Egret and 14 Brent Geese were at St Catherine’s and another 300 Brent Geese which included 14 Pale-bellied were at Beaumont Marsh.

Picture: Grey Wagtails are being seen in good numbers this winter. Here’s one taken by Mick.

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 13.02.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A grey day with a strong South Westerly wind once again.

Seen at Beaumont Marsh were a Common Gull, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 51 Black-headed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 90 Herring Gull and a Oystercatcher.

At La Sente were 330 Curlew, 60 Redshank, 2 Shelduck, a Shoveler, 23 Mediterranean Gull, 200 Black-headed Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 32 Little Egret and 12 Grey Heron while nearby behind the Seymour Inn were the Black Brant, 300 Brent Geese, 29 Little Egret and 200 Starling.

In the fields at La Haule were 325 Brent Geese which included 16 Pale-bellied and at St Aubins were 32 Redshank and 6 Pale-bellied Brent Geese.

In the Sandpits this afternoon were 3 Pochard and 2 Little Grebe while on St Ouens Pond were another 8 Pochard.

Picture: A Oystercatcher taken by Mick.

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 12.02.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A much calmer day today with plenty of sunshine and a South Westerly wind.

Seen at Beaumont Marsh this morning were 2 Yellow-legged Gull ( an adult and a 1st winter ), 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Common Gull, 200 Herring Gull, 2 Pied Wagtail and 14 Meadow Pipit.
There was also a possible second winter Caspian Gull there but it was scared off before it could be conclusively identified!

The Penduline Tit were seen in front of the Wetlands Centre again after an absence of a few weeks and nearby in the Sandpits were a Shelduck, 3 Little Grebe and 5 Grey Heron.

At La Sente were the Black Brant, 300 Brent Geese, a Wigeon, 4 Coot, 2 Shelduck, 46 Little Egret, 12 Grey Heron and 87 Black-headed Gull.
Nearby in the La Rocque conservation field were 400 Chaffinch while in the Queens Valley conservation field were 200 Chaffinch, a Brambling and 2 Reed Bunting.

3 Cattle Egret were again at Le Catillion and 2 Kestrel were n the cliff at South Hill.

Picture: An earlier Penduline Tit thanks to Alan Modral.

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 11.02.2020   .Mick Dryden 

Another very windy and wet start to the day, but the sun arrived after lunch as Storm Ciara moves away.

Seen at St Aubins this morning were 37 Redshank, 15 Turnstone, 12 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 11 Mediterranean Gull and 40 Black-headed Gull.

A check of St Ouens Pond found a Bittern, 5 Pochard, 38 Lapwing, 80 Starling and a Marsh Harrier that had just caught a Black-necked Grebe!

Lesser Black-backed Gulls are starting to arrive back in the island, probably helping along the way by those strong westerlies. 4 were in St Helier Harbour, 4 in the Sandpits, 4 at La Hougie Bie, 3 in St Peter, 5 in St Mary and 2 in St John.

Evening update: 3 Cattle Egret were seen at Le Catillion.

Picture: A roosting Redshank taken at St Aubins by Mick.

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 10.02.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A horrible day with winds reaching 77mph at one point and near constant rain thanks to storm Ciara.

Sheltering at La Sente this morning were 68 Curlew, 60 Redshank, 3 Coot, 7 Grey Heron, 24 Little Egret, 48 Brent Geese, 22 Redwing and 4 Fieldfare and nearby behind the Seymour Inn were the Black Brant, 250 Brent Geese and 12 Little Egret.

Between Pontac and Le Hocq were 45 Cormorant and 200 Oystercatcher while at West Park was a Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Along Beechfield Lane were 1500 Chaffinch and 40 Brambling while along Rue de Paradis were 50 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling and 40 Redwing.

Seen at St Ouens Pond were 32 Lapwing, 40 Teal and 11 Pochard. and on Grands Vaux Reservoir were 15 Tufted Duck.

Picture: A Belgium rung Mediterranean Gull that has been with us since last August.

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 09.02.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A very windy day thanks to Storm Ciara, with rain and stronger winds arriving this evening.

A check of the Gulls in the fields opposite Motormall this morning found only 1 first winter Yellow-legged Gull among the 500 Herring Gull.

At La Sente this afternoon were a Cattle Egret, 10 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, a Curlew, 6 Common Gull, 100 Black-headed Gull and 100 Brent Geese.

Back to yesterday and roosting at Petit Port were 80 Oystercatcher, 6 Curlew, 2 Little Egret, 52 Brent Geese, 110 Black-headed Gull and 92 Herring Gull while at Corbiere were 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Little Egret and 24 Pheasant in a single field!

Picture: A Black-necked Grebe taken at La Rocque recently by Alan Gicquel.

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 08.02.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A sunny dry day before the storm arrives later tonight!

At St Ouens Pond today 2 Bittern were seen flying over the pond together.

Seen at The Elms were a Woodcock, 55 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, 15 Song Thrush, 2 Firecrest and a Chiffchaff while at La Ferme were another 17 Fieldfare, a singing Short-toed Treecreeper and a Kingfisher.

9 Razorbill and 2 Chough were at Plemont and at White Rock were 9 Fulmar and 2 Gannet.

A check of Grands Vaux found 3 Woodcock and 2 Chiffchaff.

Picture: A Bittern from the gallery, taken by Mick.

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 07.02.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A cold dry day with a South Easterly wind.

Seen at St Ouens Pond today were 27 Shoveler, 18 Teal, 44 Lapwing, 5 Snipe, 77 Brent Geese, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 2 Stonechat.

At La Sente were 5 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, 30 Redshank, 24 Curlew, 16 Grey Heron, 9 Little Egret and 5 Brent Geese and nearby behind the Seymour Inn were 400 Brent Geese and 77 Little Egret.

Queens Valley held a Wigeon, a Teal and 2 Greenshank while up at Le Roncier were 250 Stock Dove, 300 Linnet, 150 Chaffinch, a Fieldfare and a Brambling while another Brambling was in St Martin.

2 Lesser Black-backed Gull and a Kingfisher were in St Helier Harbour this afternoon.

Evening update: a Bouley Bay today were 2 Great Crested Grebe, a Raven, 2 Peregrine and a few Shag that were best building.
In the Marina this evening were 175 Pied Wagtail and 6 White Wagtail.

Picture: A Grey Heron at the Scrape, thanks to Peter Chowne.

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