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 28.07.2017   .Mick Dryden 

Cloudy with a brisk West-south-west wind

Sandwich Terns continue to flood back to the Island, many with juveniles. A Count over the high tide at La Rocque this morning totalled 1038 birds moving West as well as 11 Common Terns, a juvenile Arctic Skua, a Balearic Shearwater and 4 Mediterranean Gulls. Waders flying up to roost included 104 Curlews, 258 Oystercatchers, 2 Redshanks, 13 Turnstones and 4 Sanderlings as well as 5 Grey Herons and 41 Little Egrets. 3 Swifts and 2 White Wagtails flew over.

Seawatching at Grosnez was slow but did include 2 Balearic Shearwaters, a Yellow-legged Gull, 81 Gannets and a Curlew. 12 Bottle-nosed Dolphins and 10 Common Dolphins were also seen between 8 am and 10 am.

Another 18 Little Egrets were at Le Pulec while at St Ouen's Pond were 5 Ringed Plovers (on the grass by the main road), 3 Whimbrels and a Willow Warbler near the Scrape and a White Wagtail at the Wetland Centre.

20 Swifts were at Goose Green.

Picture: Good numbers of juveniles Sandwich Terns have been arriving on the South-East coast with their parents in the last week, many carrying on straight through.

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 27.07.2017   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy day with a fresh Westerly wind.

A little seabird movement, which soon petered out, at Grosnez included 30 Balearic Shearwaters, a Manx Shearwater and 97 Gannets with 2 Ravens flying by and a male Stonechat on the wires by the racecourse.

Sandwich Terns are here in force now, many with juveniles in tow. 552 were counted either at Pontac or moving West past La Rocque over the morning high tide, as well as 18 Common Terns, 3 Balearic Shearwaters and 6 Whimbrels.

A Dunlin and 2 Willow Warblers were at the St Ouen's Pond Scrape where 2 Buzzards were scrapping with 4 Crows over a dead Rabbit. A pair of Stonechats were with 2 juveniles at Noirmont.

Some extra late records: 5 Black Terns were feeding with 5 Common Terns just East of Les Minquiers yesterday evening and a Manx Shearwater was seen near Les Ecrehous.

Long-eared Owls are having a late breeding season this year, with young still being heard near Jubillee Hill in St Ouen's Bay and to the East of Mont Les Vaux in St Brelade.

Picture: Thanks to Nick for continuing the updates and images of the Common Terns at Les Ecrehous. 8 chicks of less than two weeks old are on Marmotier and seemingly thriving, up to yesterday with many more already fledged. 70 Sandwich Terns were also there, but none have bred this year.

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 26.07.2017   .Tony Paintin 

A day of fog, rain and drizzle.

In the south-east at Le Hocq, 216 Sandwich Terns, eight Commic Terns and two Mediterranean Gulls. Seen from Le Hurel Slip were two Great Crested Grebes, eight Dunlin, 11 Ringed Plovers and eight Curlew.

Roosting at Petit Port this morning, 36 Curlew, eight Turnstones and a Common Sandpiper.

At The Scrape just the usual suspects, two Lapwings, two Marsh Harriers, one Buzzard, one Swift overhead in the murk, 25 Sand Martins. A recently fledged Reed Warbler was seen the South Canal and a Willow Warbler presumably yesterday's bird was still in the tamarisks by the gate.

A couple more for today, a Black Redstart at Le Pulec and a Common Scoter at Ouaisne

Mick should be back tomorrow subject to Condor Ferries being on time.

Picture: the Scrape and South Canal taken in better weather.

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 25.07.2017   .Tony Paintin 

Light to moderate north-west wind and sunny until late afternoon when it clouded up prior to the arrival of the next Atlantic low pressure system.

At Noirmont this morning, two very vocal Great Spotted Woodpeckers, six Dartford Warblers, one Whitethroat, a pair of Stonechat feeding two juveniles, in the horse paddock and 10 Swallows. The only visible migration being two Swifts which flew south.

At the Scrape a Common Buzzard, one Common Sandpiper and possibly a Green Sandpiper as well and what I thought was going to be the first Willow Warbler of the autumn, but it appears that the JSPCA have been looking after one since yesterday. It flew into a window in St Helier and was released unharmed today.

Five Little Grebes were in Le Braye Sandpit, 35 Curlews were roosting at Petit Port on the high tide and four Swifts were over Les Creux this afternoon.

A couple more records from yesterday, two Great Crested Grebes and a Shelduck seen at Le Hurel Slip in Grouville Bay.

Picture: a friendly juvenile Blackbird near Eddie's hide.

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 24.07.2017   .Tony Paintin 

A sunny day with a moderate north-westerly wind.

It was very quiet up a Grosnez first thing with no significant seabird movement.

At Le Pulec, 11 Little Egrets and a Whimbrel were seen at high water.

In the south-east there were good numbers of roosting Sandwich Terns with a total of 318 counted between Le Hocq and La Rocque. Three Mediterranean Gulls were seen at Pontac and a single at Le Hurel. 58 Little Egrets were roosting at Rocque Berg near Green Island and another 11 at La Rocque.

Four Greenshanks were roosting at Queen's Valley Reservoir.

Picture: a juvenile Black-headed Gull taken by Romano.

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 23.07.2017   .Tony Paintin 

Cloudy with a moderate westerly.

Passing Grosnez this morning, seven Balearic Shearwaters, 30+ Gannets, one Kitttiwake, two Mediterranean Gulls, a Curlew and four Ravens.

At La Rocque 58 Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns, 12 Mediterranean Gulls including a colour-ringed individual, 22 Little Egrets, eight Grey Herons, one Whimbrel, one Sanderling and a Great Crested Grebe.

At the Scrape, St Ouen's Pond a single Redshank and a White Wagtail. In the Sandpits, two Pochards, 12 Cormorants and four Little Grebes.

Roosting at Petit Port this evening, seven Little Egrets, 102 Oystercatchers, 37 Curlew, four Turnstones and a Common Sandpiper.

Picture: the colour-ringed Mediterranean Gull, ringed in Hungary in 2011 and a regular winter visitor, seen at La Rocque today, taken by Alan Gicquel.

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 22.07.2017   .Tony Paintin 

A fair start to the day but heavy showers from mid-morning and a fresh south-west wind.

Little was moving past Grosnez first thing just 61 Gannets and two Whimbrels in two hours were the best on offer.

35 Curlew and two Whimbrels were roosting at Petit Port at high tide, with another 39 Curlew and 12 Little Egrets at Le Pulec.

An adult Mediterranean Gull was on the beach at L'Etacq and 15 Cormorants and a Common Sandpiper were in Le Braye Sandpit.

The Belgian yellow colour-ringed Black-headed Gull is still in Grouville Bay, this bird was ringed as a chick at Molsbroek, Belgium in June 2012 and regularly winters in Jersey, thanks to Bertram, for the details.

Picture: taken at the end of June, Le Braye Sandpit.

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 21.07.2017   .Tony Paintin 

An increasing southerly wind and rain by late afternoon.

At La Coupe this morning just nine Balearic Shearwaters, one Guillemot in the sea, plus a few Gannets and Black-headed Gulls.

Seen from the Condor Ferry en route to St Malo this morning, 10 Common Terns near Elizabeth Castle, one juvenile Mediterranean Gull and a Storm Petrel north-east of Les Minquiers.

At Le Hurel Slip, Grouville Bay, six Mediterranean Gulls, 54 Sandwich Terns, four Sanderling, two Dunlin, 16 Curlew, five Whimbrels and 12 Swifts overhead.

Yesterday evening a Little Ringed Plover was seen in front of the Wetland Centre, St Ouen's Pond.

Picture: Nick is keeping a close eye on the breeding Common Terns at Les Ecrehous and took this picture a couple of days ago on Marmotier.

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 20.07.2017   .Tony Paintin 

Mainly sunny with west north-west winds force five to six.

A three hour sea watch at Grosnez was disappointing this morning, just one Common Scoter, two Manx Shearwaters. 36 Gannets and a flock of 10 Whimbrels. A pod of 20 Bottle-nosed Dolphins was also seen moving west and a Chough was calling over the castle.

At the Scrape, two Lapwings, one Green Sandpiper, a Buzzard and two Swifts.

This evening two Swifts and 10 Sand Martins were over Sandybrook.

The Common Tern colony on Les Ecrehous is still very active about 50 pairs and 30 Sandwich Terns (not breeding) have been around for the last two days.

Yesterday evening a Crossbill was heard near St Saviours Hospital.

Picture: a female Cirl Bunting feeding young, taken by Mick last week.

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 19.07.2017   .Mick Dryden 

An overcast morning with a brisk South-west wind, still warm though.

Waders continue to pay fleeting visits to St Ouen's Pond with another Little Ringed Plover and 2 Green Sandpipers there today, as well as 20 Swifts, 12 House Martins, 8 Shovelers, a Pochard and 2 Lapwings.

Moving along the North coast, mainly eastwards this morning were 56 Balearic Shearwaters, 9 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Mediterranean Gulls, 16 Black-headed Gulls, 10 Whimbrels, a Grey Heron, a juvenile Little Egret and 26 Swifts.

A search along the North-west coast found no auks still in situ, so, if you still wanted to see a Puffin this year, it could be too late! The Black Guillemot has not been seen since the 11th and may well have finally left us.

An extra for yesterday was a flock of 16 small waders at La Pulente on low tide, but too distant to be positively identified.

Evening update: A Little Ringed Plover was on the Scrape as well as 2 Lapwings and 30 Sand Martins. A House Martin colony near St Martin's Arsenal has 19 active nests but another colony in St John, with 41 active nests is struggling due to the attentions of a male Sparrowhawk.

Picture: Whimbrel

NB: Tony will be updating the News for the next week, so please ensure he is included in the addressees at

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