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 23.05.2017   .Tony Paintin 

Mainly fair, but a little more cloud around today.

A look at the seabirds along the north coast this morning was revealing with a total six Razorbills, two at Grand Becquet and four at Creux Gabourel, two Puffins between Greve de Lecq and Grand Becquet and surprisingly the Black Guillemot still at Grand Becquet.

A check on two of the traditional Peregrine nesting sites found, one to be occupied by a pair of Fulmar and the other empty. Better news from St Helier where a pair are feeding young. The regular pair on the south-west coast may also have moved, although a female was flying over Les Creux at lunchtime today. Any Peregrine sightings would be most welcome.

Other birds seen today, three Whitethroats at Plemont, and another at Crabbe, where a family of five Ravens were seen. A Dartford Warbler was at Petit Port but sadly no Stonechats at what is one of their usual locations and10 Common Terns were seen near Elizabeth Castle.

Behind St Ouen's Pond, a pair of Shoveler and another singing Whitethroat. At Longueville Marsh two singing Cetti's Warblers and at Grouville Marsh two more male Cetti's Warblers and a singing Turtle Dove.

An interesting sighting of a Razorbill in the sea near La Grosse Tete, Beauport this afternoon.

A Pied Wagtail (unusual in summer) was seen in Burrard Street, St Helier yesterday evening.

A Turtle Dove seen last friday in La Rue des Fontenelles, St Ouen, may have been the same bird photographed the day before at Grantez.

Picture: the Black Guillemot, has now been here for two months, this picture was taken by Mick in April.

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 22.05.2017   .Tony Paintin 

Another warm and sunny day.

200 Manx Shearwaters were seen from a fishing boat, 2.5 miles west of the Banc des Ormes, roughly mid-way between Guernsey and Jersey.

At a very quiet St Ouen's Pond this morning two drake Shovelers, four drake Pochards and a pair of Shelduck which flew off south.

At Petit Port, one Shelduck and a single Curlew.

There are still a few waders In Grouville Bay, two Bar-tailed Godwits, four Curlew, 42 Oystercatchers, eight Grey Plovers and eight Sanderlings. Two Wheatears were behind the sea wall at Fauvic.

Yesterday at La Rocque a flock of small waders including at least three Ringed Plovers with Dunlin and Sanderling. In Grouville Bay, 30 Oystercatchers and 10 Gannets offshore. In Le Braye Sandpit, 16 Tufted Ducks, 21 Coots, a pair of Oystercatchers and an immature Yellow-legged Gull.

Picture: good weather for seeing Dartford Warblers. Thanks to David Smith for another fine photograph.

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 21.05.2017   .Tony Paintin 

A beautiful warm spring day, with a light south-east wind.

At St Ouen's Pond Scrape this morning were a drake Shoveler, three displaying Lapwings, the second pair produced one chick last wednesday, but it has not been seen since, a pair of Skylarks and a late female Wheatear.

A ringing trip to Les Ecrehous this afternoon was successful with 22 Shag pulli ringed, the Cormorant colony was not approached to avoid disturbance. Also seen were 24 Little Egrets, 30+ Common Terns, two Sandwich Terns, one Ringed Plover and a Whimbrel.

The colony of Fulmars on the south-west coast at La Moye has now increased to nine birds and a Peregrine was seen near Beauport.

A pair of Bullfinch were found in trees near Bouley Bay.

Yesterday at Elizabeth Castle, 151 Oystercatchers, five Turnstones and a female Wheatear. Six Common Terns were in St Aubin's Bay.

Picture: a Meadow Pipit taken by David Smith.

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 20.05.2017   .Tony Paintin 

A pleasant day, mainly sunny with a light to moderate south-west wind.

In Les Ormes Valley this morning, a singing Cetti's Warbler, four Whitethroats, a singing Lesser Whitethroat and still one pair of Stonechats.

In Le Braye Sandpits, the Sand Martins are busy with 104 nest holes counted today. 10 Swifts were feeding overhead.

Two Sand Martins flew south out to sea at Gorselands early this morning........leaving already???

Probably the first fledgling Starlings of the year were seen today in St Ouen.

Yesterday, 20 Gannets were feeding offshore in Grouville Bay and a Hummingbird Hawk-moth was seen near Le Hurel Slip.

Picture: a male Marsh Harrier taken by visiting birder David Smith.

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 19.05.2017   .Mick Dryden 

A few reports so far, on a fair to cloudy day with westerly winds

A Wheatear was near Big Vern's at St Ouen's Pond and a Cetti's Warbler was singing on Jubilee Hill.

At the St John's ringing site there are now 41 active House Martin nests as birds continue to return to the Island. Also there were 2 Grey Herons, 3 Buzzards, 2 Bullfinches and Chiffchaffs feeding young.

A report from a quiet Ecrehous reef, with the Common Terns going about their business, albeit with a little human disturbance as seems the norm these days. 2 Little Egrets were seen at sea heading towards Jersey yesterday. Thanks to Nick for the update.

Picture: Spotted Flycatcher.

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 18.05.2017   .Mick Dryden 

Yesterday's heavy rain finally cleared away this morning.

A Turtle Dove was photographed at Grantez this afternoon.

At St Ouen's Pond, a female Shoveler was seen with 2 chicks, also 20 House Martins, 40 Sand Martins, 80 Swallows, 10 Swifts and a Sedge Warbler were seen there.

On the beach in St Ouen's Bay were 9 Sanderlings, 7 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plovers and a Whimbrel.

4 Puffins and 2 Razorbills were at Grand Becquet and 3 Swifts were flying over Fort Regent, presumably some of our breeding colony there. 2 Shelduck were by the Fauvic outflow in Grouville Bay this evening.

At the Pond this evening were 3 Shovelers, a Grey Heron, 100 Swallows, 20 Sand Martins, 30 House Martins and a Wheatear, with another Wheatear at the Airport.

Picture: A Horned Grebe ( otherwise known as Slavonian Grebe to us) showing off it's breeding finery on Lake Erie Canada this week.

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 17.05.2017   .Mick Dryden 

Just a few records on a dreadful day of rain.

At St Ouen's Pond and Scrape were 120 Swallows, 20 House Martins, 20 Sand Martins and a Wheatear while in the Sandpits were 50 Swallows, 50 Sand Martins, 20 House Martins and 2 Swifts.

In Grouville Bay were 8 Grey Plovers, 3 Turnstones, 2 Dunlin, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Curlew and 48 Great Black-backed Gulls.

Picture: Common Tern.

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 16.05.2017   .Mick Dryden 

The pick of the birds today was a Black Kite seen over Bellozane at lunchtime.

In Grouville Bay were 4 Great Northern Divers in summer plumage, a Greenshank, 8 Grey Plovers, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 20 Oystercatchers and exactly 50 Great Black-backed Gulls. 4 Swifts were in residence at the tower on Grouville Golf Course.

At Kempt Tower, a female Shoveler was with 6 young with a Little Grebe and a Whitethroat also there. Seen from the Wetland Centre were 2 Pochard, 2 Shovelers and a Sedge Warbler in display flight. 60 Sand Martins were in the Sandpits and a female Stonechat was on the dunes opposite the Gap hide.

Picture: A Greenshank in flight.

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 15.05.2017   .Mick Dryden 

Just a few reports for today.

In St Ouen's Bay, a Sedge Warbler is holding territory near the Wetland Centre. Also there and at the Scrape were 2 Grey Herons, 4 Lapwings and 4 Wheatears.

In Grouville Bay were 2 Shelduck, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and a White Wagtail and at the Farmer's Field in St Martin, 2 White Wagtails.

Yesterday in St Ouen's Bay, 11 Ringed Plovers, a Sanderling and a Dunlin were on the beach near the Cutty Sark.

Picture: Grey Plovers in flight.

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 14.05.2017   .Mick Dryden 

A scattering of records from around the Island today.

Seen from the Wetland Centre were 3 Grey Herons, 6 Pochard, 2 drake Shovelers, 4 Tufted Duck, 6 Marsh Harriers, a Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warblers, 3 singing Cetti's Warblers and a singing Skylark. A Knot and 4 Whimbrels were in St Ouen's Bay.

2 Grasshopper Warblers were heard at Ouaisne this morning and a Spotted Flycatcher was at Le Saie.

Buzzards are being seen regularly over St Helier these days and 3 were flying over Val Palisant yesterday.

Picture: A concession to my current location and those who like warblers, with this image of a beautiful Prothonotary Warbler at Point Pelee on Lake Erie, Canada. this week.

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