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 30.05.2016   .Mick Dryden 

A dry day with variable amounts of cloud and a cool north-east wind.

Little was passing Grosnez, but of note were 2 Roseate Terns heading east, a Sandwich Tern, 4 Kittiwakes, 4 Guillemots, 9 Cormorants and 43 Gannets and overhead, 18 Swifts, 22 Swallows and a House Martin. Peregrines, Kestrels, a Marsh Harrier and a Buzzard were over Les Landes.

A male Cirl Bunting was seen at the original breeding site in Grouville.

In Creepy Valley were 2 Lesser Whitethroats, a Cetti's Warbler, the Red-crested Pochard and a pair of Bullfinch, while 10 Swifts were over the Sandpits with another 10 seen at Beauport.

Yesterday, a Reed Warbler was in song at Elizabeth Castle.

Picture: This Shag spent most of this morning ferrying vegetation past Grosnez to a nest site close by.

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 29.05.2016   .Mick Dryden 

Back to fair conditions today, with high cloud and a cool north-east wind.

Seen or heard from the north end of St Ouen's Pond this morning were 2 Bearded Tits, 2 Sedge Warblers, 50 Reed Warblers, a Water Rail, 6 Shovelers and the Whooper Swan.

On the Ecrehous, the Common Terns are still present and going about their business, but increasing human activity still offers a threat to their success. Also there today were 3 Sandwich Terns, with 2 auks sp, 4 Swallows, a Fulmar, a Crow and 14 Grey Seals also seen.

Long-eared Owls seem to be having a good year, with the number of probable breeding sites up to 12, Island wide.

A trickle of visible migrants past Sorel this morning included 11 Swifts, 57 Swallows, 5 House Martins and a White Wagtail. Plenty of raptors in the Sorel area included 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Buzzards, 4 Peregrines, a Sparrowhawk and 2 Kestrels. A Razorbill flew in on the west side of the headland.

Seen yesterday at Fountain Lane were 5 pairs of Reed Warblers and a Garden Warbler. In the Surville area were a pair of Reed Warblers, a Grey Heron, a pair of Buzzards, a pair of Kestrels, a pair of Barn Owls and a pair of Bullfinches.

Picture: Thanks to Nick Jouault for this nice image of Common Terns at Les Ecrehous.

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 28.05.2016   .Mick Dryden 

A morning of fog did little to help with the birds seen today.

In Creepy Vally, the Turtle Dove and one Lesser Whitethroat were still singing, along with 5 Blackcaps, 2 Cetti's Warblers, a Whitethroat and several Chiffchaffs.

Around St Ouen's Pond and Scrape were 4 Shovelers, 3 Pochard, the drake Gadwall, 8 Tufted Duck, the Whooper Swan, a ringed male Bearded Tit which was very active, a Sedge Warbler among the many Reed Warblers and up to 10 singing Cetti's Warblers. Birds feeding over the Pond in the fog included 8 Swifts, 30 Swallows, 25 House Martins and 2 Sand Martins. A late record for the Pond was of a female Shoveler with 7 young, on the 22nd.

The male Shelduck was again at Petit Port, but no signs of the female, which may be a positive.

Picture: This picture from Sue Cockayne ( not from Tony as previously stated!), has almost all you could ask for in one frame - everyone's favourite species, the Herring Gull ( maybe), it's natural habitat of a picnic table, ash tray, beer glass and distant rubbish bin, the most recognisable monument in Jersey in the background and, as if all that wasn't enough, a yellow colour ring which looks like one of the late Bob Burrow's, so probably put on the bird over ten years ago.

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 27.05.2016   .Mick Dryden 

A pleasant day with light winds and only moderate visibility.

There is still very little changing with just a few Swallows, House Martins and Swifts flying past Grosnez, also a male Stonechat, a Whitethroat and a Peregrine were seen there.

A Firecrest was singing from a tree on the Grande Route des Augerez, north of St Peter's Village and an immature Grey Heron was at the Living Legend. A pair of Stonechat is now at the headland at La Pulente.

Along the north coast, 3 Puffins, a Razorbill and 6 Swifts were at Plemont and another Razorbill at Creux Gabourel. 2 Ravens were at Crabbe, also a Pheasant with ten chicks! Peregrines, one pair with juveniles, were seen at two locations along the North coast.

At the private ringing site in St John, 36 pairs of House Martins are active, with some eggs hatching today. Also there today were Grey Heron, a pair of Bullfinch, a pair of Marsh Harriers, a pair of Buzzards and a pair of Jackdaws with Great Tits fledged there today.

Picture: Long-tailed Tits are now appearing with young in tow, around the Island. This juvenile was at Samares this morning.

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 26.05.2016   .Mick Dryden 

A fair morning with a brisk easterly wind gave way to a line of thunderstorms this afternoon.

Things are settling down now, with lots of breeding in evidence and numbers of migrants dropping off. A few visible migrants at Sorel included 42 Swallows, 26 House Martins, 8 Swifts and 3 White Wagtails. A pair of Dartford Warblers were at Sorel Point and a Whitethroat was singing. In Mourier Valley, Coot have 2 juveniles on the small reservoir and a family flock of Long-tailed Tits was seen.

A Cetti's Warbler was singing on Hydrangea Avenue in St Ouen.

Marsh Harriers are very active at Kempt Tower, with a singing Little Grebe, 4 Tufted Duck and a drake Pochard also there. 3 Buzzards were escorted from the area by the female Marsh Harrier.

A Brent Goose was at West Park, St Helier and 4 Swifts were flying around their breeding tower on Grouville Common.

Last night, 3 juvenile Long-eared Owls were calling at two sites on the south coast.

Picture: Thanks to George for this image of House Martins collecting mud for their nests at Goose Green, today.

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 25.05.2016   .Mick Dryden 

High cloud today, with a cold and fresh easterly wind.

Surprise of a seawatch over the morning high tide at La Rocque was an adult male Hen Harrier heading east, offshore. Odds and ends passing La Rocque included 2 Black-headed Gulls ( one adult and an immature), a Kittiwake, a Guillemot, 72 Gannets and 5 Sandwich Terns, with a Grey Seal in the harbour. For the first time in ages, no Great Northern Divers were seen. Waders included 35 Oystercatchers, 4 Curlews, a Turnstone and 4 Ringed Plovers. Visible migrants moving east included 56 Swifts, 71 House Martins and 52 Swallows. 2 Peregrines were at Icho Tower.

A pair of Shelduck and 44 Oystercatchers were at Petit Port and a male Stonechat was at La Pulente.

At St Ouen's Pond Scrape were a drake Gadwall and a drake Shoveler and 40 Swifts were feeding at the Pond.

Picture: A Lapwing at St Ouen's Pond.

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 24.05.2016   .Mick Dryden 

A fine day with a north-east wind.

Although there is no major migration obvious at the moment, some interesting birds were seen ( or heard) today

A Golden Oriole was singing strongly near the gatehouse to Rozel Manor this morning, with a Mistle Thrush in the same vicinity.

A Cuckoo flew across the Don Paton at Sorel A Whitethroat and a Dartford Warbler were singing there. Among a light passage of visible migrants at Sorel Point was a late Merlin, 2 Siskins, 186 Swallows, 22 House Martins, 3 Sand Martins, 24 Swifts, 7 Goldfinches and a Linnet. Local raptors seen from Sorel included 2 Marsh Harriers, 7 Buzzards, a pair of Kestrel and 3 Peregrines. 3 Ravens were flying to the west and 30 Gannets passed offshore.

25 Common Terns were prospecting at Les Ecrehous today, with 2 Sandwich Terns having been seen there on Sunday.

Picture: One of the Red-billed Choughs at Sorel this morning.

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 23.05.2016   .Mick Dryden 

Fair but cool conditions with a north-west wind today.

The pick of a quiet morning at La Rocque were 5 Great Northern Divers, which included two in display flight together. Off La Rocque were 56 Gannets, a Fulmar, 4 Sandwich Terns and 2 Peregrines. Waders there included 49 Oystercatchers, 6 Curlews, a Sanderling, 2 Dunlin and 3 Turnstones. 15 Swallows and 2 Swifts flew in off the sea and a White Wagtail was on the beach.

At Kempt Tower in St Ouen's Bay were 4 Shovelers, including a female, a Pochard, a Little Grebe and 2 Swifts. At the Scrape, the drake Gadwall was still present ( hopefully the female too) and the Sedge Warbler was still at the South Canal. Overhead the Pond were 20 Swifts and 20 Sand Martins, 3 Stonechats, a male and 2 juveniles were on the Blanches Banques and the 2 Lesser Whitethroats were still singing in Creepy Valley, also a Bullfinches was there. Further pairs of Stonechats were at Noirmont and at Portelet.

Picture: The female Red-crested Pochard which is currently resident in Creepy Valley has been adopted by 3 Mallard juveniles and seems unable to shake them off - seen here today.

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 22.05.2016   .Tony Paintin 

Mainly cloudy with some rain this morning.

In Les Ormes Valley, one Turtle Dove, one Reed Warbler, one Whitethroat, one Lesser Whitethroat and two Cetti's Warblers. The female Red-crested Pochard is still on the pond.

Birds present at a very quiet Grouville Marsh this morning included, 11 pairs of Reed Warbler, one Sedge Warbler, one Cetti's Warbler, with a brood patch, a Whitethroat and recently fledged Long-tailed Tits. Also noted were a pairs of Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel.

A pair of Shelduck and 30 Oystercatchers were at Petit Port on the high tide. A pair of Stonechats were on Portelet Common and at St Ouen's Pond, a Grey Heron, one drake Gadwall, 100+ Swallows, one singing Sedge Warbler and two Skylarks.

Picture: a singing Lesser Whitethroat in Les Ormes Valley, taken yesterday by Alan Gicquel.

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 21.05.2016   .Tony Paintin 

Overcast with frequent showers this morning, moderate southerly wind.

In Les Ormes Valley this morning, before the rain arrived were a Turtle Dove, one Reed Warbler, two Sedge Warblers, two Common Whitethroats, two Lesser Whitethroats, one Cetti's Warbler, two Garden Warblers, four Bullfinches, a Peregrine, one Common Buzzard and the female Red-crested Pochard.

Along the south-east coast, a pair of Shelduck and 60 Oystercatchers were at Le Hocq. 13 Dunlin, and a Whimbrel were roosting at La Rocque, with 14 Gannets and a single Great Northern Diver offshore. In Grouville Bay, 10 Dunlin all in summer plumage, three Sanderlings, seven Ringed Plovers and three Turnstones.

Three singing Whitethroats and a Peregrine were seen near Beauport this afternoon.

Picture: a Chiffchaff taken yesterday in Les Ormes Valley by Mick.

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