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 14.08.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A fair to cloudy day with a moderate Westerly wind.

The Melodious Warbler was notable by it's absence at Noirmont this morning, but a Grasshopper Warbler was at the same location first thing. Also scattered around the headland were 10+ Willow Warblers, 4 Whitethroats, 6 Wheatears, 4 Stonechats and the usual Dartford Warblers. Little was passing overhead again, the best being 15 Tree Pipits, 3 Swifts, 19 Swallows, 4 Sand Martins and 2 House Martins.

7 Pochard and the Red-crested Pochard were in the St Ouen's Bay Sandpits.

A Spotted Flycatcher was at Grouville Marsh.

Picture: Possibly a last look at the Melodious Warbler, pictured yesterday at Noirmont.

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 13.08.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A dry day with an increasing Westerly wind.

The Melodious Warbler was present at Noirmont for a third day, near the centre car park. Also on the ground were a Wheatear, 4 Whitethroats, 2 Willow Warblers and 2 Chiffchaffs, but there was no visible migration.

Little was moving at Grosnez either, with just 4 Manx Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater, 6 Common Terns, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 35 Gannets seen, early on.

In St Ouen's Bay, 2 Common Sandpipers, 110 Oystercatchers and 11 Little Egrets were at L'Etacq/Le Pulec. At St Ouen's Pond, A probable Spotted Crake was seen from the Wetland Centre, a possible Saker was in flight - the second report of this bird in recent days. Also at the Wetland centre were 4 Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, both Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler and 10 White Wagtails. 4 Wheatears were in the field above the Scrape.

Picture: Today's image of the Melodious Warbler at Noirmont.

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 12.08.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A day spoiled by rain, heavy at times with a Southerly wind.

Seen over this morning's high tide at La Rocque were 580 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Terns, 22 Mediterranean Gulls, 334 Oystercatchers, 51 Ringed Plovers, 8 Dunlin, 29 Turnstones, 4 Whimbrels, a Common Sandpiper, an overflying Green Sandpiper, 15 Little Egrets, a Kingfisher, a Sand Martin and two distant flocks of medium sized waders transiting which amounted to 210 birds. At Pontac were another 400 Oystercatchers and 73 Curlews.

At Noirmont, yesterday's mystery warbler was still present near the centre car park, with opinion coming down in favour of it being a Melodious Warbler. Also seen at a rainswept Noirmont headland were 5 Swifts, 10 Swallows, 9 Whitethroats, 5 Willow Warblers, 3 Stonechats and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. 3 Balearic Shearwaters passed offshore.

Elsewhere, 4 Wheatears were on Grouville Golf Course, 2 Grey Herons were at Archirondel and another Grey Heron plus 2 Ravens in St Catherine's Woods.

Picture: The Melodious Warbler at Noirmont with thanks to Chris Stamper who first found the bird and photographed it.

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 11.08.2018   .Mick Dryden 

There was an autumnal feel to the day with a cloudy start and a fresh Southwest wind.

At La Rocque this morning were 200+ Sandwich Terns, 38 Little Egrets, 23 Grey Herons, 3 Whimbrels and 2 Common Sandpipers, with a large number of Sandwich Terns also at Le Hocq.

There was an overnight fall of birds at St Ouen's Pond which included 200 Sedge Warblers, 75 Reed Warblers and 10 Willow Warblers. 5 Water Rails, 2 Stonechats, 5 Sand Martins and a singing Skylark were also present. 4 White Wagtails and a Snipe were at the Wetland Centre. This afternoon, 3 Wheatears and 200 Swallows were there.

Just a scattering of grounded birds at Noirmont included a Wheatear, 10+ Whitethroats and 5 Willow Warblers. 3 Stonechats and 2 Dartford Warblers were also there. 4 Swifts, 4 House Martins and 10 Swallows were about the sum of the passerine migrants over Noirmont.

Another 5 Willow Warblers were at Victoria Tower and 2 at Vallee des Vaux where a Spotted Flycatcher was also seen.

Evening update: Pictures of a warbler taken at Noirmont today appear to show an Icterine or Melodious Warbler and are being studied! In Grouville Bay were 10 Sanderlings, 30 Ringed Plovers, 30 Turnstones and 20 Mediterranean Gulls and another 30 Mediterranean Gulls were at La Saline in St Ouen's Bay.

Picture: A juvenile Sandwich Tern at Petit Port.

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 10.08.2018   .Mick Dryden 

Heavy showers passed close to the North of the Island today and with a strong Southwest wind most eyes were on the sea.

A seawatch from Grosnez this morning produced 46 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 218 Gannets, 59 Fulmars, 123 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Common Tern, 2 Kittiwakes, 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Black-headed Gulls, 9 Cormorants and 2 Little Egrets. Waders passing offshore included 26 Oystercatchers, 7 Whimbrels and 13 Ringed Plovers.

On the opposite corner of the Island, in Grouville Bay, were 408 Sandwich Terns, 12 of them wearing yellow colour rings, 6 Ringed Plovers, 11 Dunlin, 28 Curlews and 12 Mediterranean Gulls. At Grouville Marsh were 3 Willow Warblers, a Sedge Warbler, a Grey Heron and a Cormorant.

A Spotted Flycatcher was in the tamarisks on the way to the Scrape Hide at St Ouen's Pond and around the Scrape were 3 Teal, a Shoveler, 2 Lapwings, a Snipe, a Dunlin, a White Wagtail, a Wheatear and a Willow Warbler.

In the Sandpits were 51 Tufted Duck, the usual Red-crested Pochard, 6 Little Grebes and 220 Coot and another White Wagtail was at the Wetland Centre

Yesterday evening at Kempt Tower were 8 Reed Warblers, a Sedge Warbler, a Willow Warbler, a Water Rail, 80 Swallows, 5 Sand Martins and a Barn Owl, 13 Little Egrets flew over.

Picture: A first winter Kittiwake passing Grosnez this morning.

NB: the latest version of the Working List of birds in the Channel Islands, current to the end of 2017, is now available in the Downloads section, with thanks to Glyn for all the hard work required to produce it: working-list-of-ci-birds-to-dec-2017.

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 09.08.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A decent amount of overnight rain which took until late morning to clear made for a cool morning, becoming sunny this afternoon with a fresh Northwest wind.

Although virtually nothing was migrating by day at Noirmont, there was a scattering of nocturnal migrants to be seen which included another Pied Flycatcher, a Whinchat, 2 Wheatears, 50+ Willow Warblers and 5+ Whitethroats.

Another Pied Flycatcher and a Willow Warbler were in a garden in Vallee des Vaux. The regular Pied/White Wagtail was sheltering in Bean Around the World in St Helier and 2 Peregrines were on St Thomas' Church.

Seen at St Ouen's Pond and Scrape were 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 5 Snipe, a Dunlin, 2 Lapwings, 2 Curlews, 5 Teal, 2 Shovelers, a Wheatear, 2 Sedge Warblers, 10 Reed Warblers, 2 Willow Warblers, a Water Rail, a Swift, 27 Swallows and 2 Sand Martins.

Back to yesterday and a trip to Les Ecrehous saw 200 Sandwich Terns, 100 Common Terns, 130 Turnstones, a Ringed Plover, a Common Sandpiper, a juvenile Little Egret and a Balearic Shearwater was off Rozel.
In Grouville Bay and at La Rocque were 300 Sandwich Terns, 10 juvenile Common Terns, 4 Redshanks, 130 Curlews, 400 Oystercatchers, 4 Grey Herons, 10 Dunlin, 10 Sanderlings and some Mediterranean Gulls.

Picture: juvenile Little Egret at Petit Port.




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 08.08.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy and much cooler day than of recent, with a Southwest wind.

A scattering of reports from around the Island today.

At Grouville Marsh this morning a Spotted Flycatcher was trapped and ringed and also there were 30 Reed Warblers, 3 Sedge Warblers, 15 Willow Warblers, a Cetti's Warbler with young, a Whitethroat and a pale phase Buzzard.

On the mud pond at Grands Vaux were a Kingfisher and a Water Rail and at Queen's Valley, 4 Greenshanks.

At St Ouen's Pond and Scrape ( mainly the latter) were 2 Common Sandpipers, a Green Sandpiper, a summer plumaged Dunlin, 4 Snipe, a Curlew, 2 Lapwings, 3 Teal, 3 Grey Herons, a Swift and 5 White Wagtails.

Noirmont was quiet but still held a Whinchat, a Wheatear, just one Whitethroat, 2 Dartford Warblers, 5 Willow Warblers and 2 Stonechats. 17 House Martins, 6 Swallows and 4 Swifts flew over. 2 Peregrines were scrapping over a pigeon , being carried by one of them and 5 Buzzards including a pale individual were in flight to the North of the headland.

Roosting at Petit Port were 4 Whimbrels, 44 Curlews including the Polish colour-ringed bird, 109 Oystercatchers, 5 Turnstones, a Common Sandpiper and 8 Little Egrets.

Yesterday, one Pied Flycatcher was still visiting a garden at La Moye Point.

Picture: A Snipe at the Scrape this afternoon.

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 07.08.2018   .Mick Dryden 

Finally, a break in the settled hot weather with a showery trough from the south intoducing cooler air and a Westerly wind.

Before the weather breakdown things were settled at Noirmont, but the approaching showers brought a good movement with an estimated 400 House Martins, 110 Swifts, 78 Swallows and 3 Sand Martins circulating there, also a Ringed Plover flying over. Little else was in the air but on the ground were a Wheatear, a Whinchat, 5 Whitethroats, 4 Willow Warblers, 3 Stonechats, 40 Linnets and 2 Dartford Warblers. Offshore were 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 4 Sandwich Terns and 13 Gannets.

At Petit Port were 44 Curlews, 6 Whimbrels and a Turnstone, but no Shelduck. A juvenile Peregrine was hunting there.

St Ouen's Pond and Scrape, through the day, featured with 3 Teal, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, a Little Ringed Plover, a Greenshank, 10 Snipe, 2 Lapwings, a roost of 300 Swallows, 50 House Martins, 10 Sand Martins, 2 Shovelers, 2 Water Rails, 80 Sedge Warblers, 80 Reed Warblers, 2 Willow Warblers and a singing Skylark.

Seen at Plemont were 50+ House Martins, 14 Swallows, 2 Ravens and a Kestrel.

At Grands Vaux were a Kingfisher, a Grey Heron and a Water Rail and a Whimbrels was heard flying over Vallee des Vaux before first light this morning.

Picture: An immature Gannet pictured off the South coast of Jersey last week.

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 06.08.2018   .Mick Dryden 

Although cloudless, it was much hazier today but still hot at 29c with only light winds.

There seems to be a daily change-over of migrants now with yesterday's birds mainly replaced.

At St Ouen's Pond and Scrape this morning were 6 Snipe. a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, a Little Ringed Plover, one Teal, a Grey Heron, a Whinchat, a Wheatear, 80 Sedge Warblers, 80 Reed Warblers, a Garden Warbler, 4+ Willow Warblers, a Whitethroat, a Blackcap, a White Wagtail, 2 Water Rails, a roost of 300 Swallows and 20 Sand Martins, also 30 House Martins. 3 Shelduck flew onto the Pond, possibly those remainers from Petit Port getting ambitious.

A female or juvenile Pied Flycatcher was in a garden at La Moye Point and 8 Swifts flew over Beauport.

Noirmont's counts included a Whinchat ( a different one to yesterday), a Wheatear, 4 Whitethroats, 3 Willow Warblers and 3 Stonechats. Passing overhead were 62 Swifts, 68 Swallows, 31 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins, a Tree Pipit, a White Wagtail and, offshore, 12 Black-headed Gulls, a Mediterranean Gull and 16 Gannets.

On Les Ecrehous were 200 Sandwich Terns, 100 Common Terns some with small young, a Purple Sandpiper, 150 Turnstones, 100 Oystercatchers, 7 Little Egrets including one flying juvenile, 2 Wheatears and 15 Willow Warblers.

Yesterday in Grouville Bay were 100 Mediterranean Gulls, 100+ Sandwich Terns, 2 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, a Redshank and a Common Sandpiper.

Picture: Whimbrel and Curlew roosting side by side at Petit Port providing a good size comparison.


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 05.08.2018   .Mick Dryden 

The fine weather continues with a Southeast wind and 27c.

Today, at Noirmont, were 2 Wheatears, a Whinchat, 7+ Willow Warblers, 6 Whitethroats, 2 Stonechats, a Peregrine, a Sparrowhawk and a Marsh Harrier. Passing overhead were 52 Swifts, 106 Swallows, 33 Sand Martins and 3 House Martins, while offshore were 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 35 Gannets, a Mediterranean Gull, 34 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Sandwich Terns and a Redshank.

The 3 juvenile Shelduck were still at Petit Port while at Beauport was another Whinchat.

Seen at St Ouen's Pond and Scrape were 7 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, a Little Ringed Plover, 4 Snipe, 3 Grey Herons, a further 2 Whinchats, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warblers and 2 White Wagtails.

A Marsh Harrier flew over Les Ecrehous with the usual escort, heading towards France and at the Farmer's Cricket field in St Martin were 3 Willow Warblers and a single Swift.

This evening, 3 Redshanks were at St Aubin. On the Scrape were 6 Lapwings, a Wood Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, a Little Ringed Plover and a Reed Warbler was with a juvenile by the Scrape Hide.

Back to yesterday and in Grouville Bay were 100+ Mediterranean Gulls, 170 Sandwich Terns, 10 Common Terns, 12 Grey Herons, 50 Little Egrets and a Turnstone.

Picture: Yesterday's Melodious Warbler at St Ouen's Pond, image ( and hand ) courtesy of David Buxton.

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