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 20.11.2018   .Mick Dryden 

Cloudy with a line of showers which mostly passed to the North of the Island, winds light from the Northeast.

Early visible migration at Noirmont quickly petered out, but not before 6520 Wood Pigeons, 92 Chaffinches, 6 Linnets, 7 Goldfinches, 13 Song Thrushes and 5 Redwings had passed. A Firecrest was on the ground there.

Passing La Coupe, before passage ceased as the wind dropped out were 2 Velvet Scoters, 46 Common Scoters, an Eider, a Teal, a Wigeon, 7 Shelduck, 17 Brent Geese, 2 Great Northern Divers, 9 Red-throated Divers, 14 Black-throated Divers, 57 Razorbills, 3 Kittiwakes, 13 Common Gulls, 53 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Skylarks and 34 Wood Pigeons had passed.

An Avocet was in the Sandpits in St Ouen's Bay but flew off North when put up by a passing digger ( not Australian ). Also in the Sandpits were 9 Little Grebes, 12 Pochard, 24 Tufted Duck, 2 Shovelers and a Grey Heron.

At St Ouen's Pond and Scrape were 58 Lapwings, 7 Golden Plovers, 3 Shelduck, a female Pintail, 2 Wigeon, 35 Teal, 44 Shovelers, 30 Snipe, 2 Skylarks and 20+ Reed Buntings.

40 Sanderlings were on the beach at First Tower

A few significant extras from recent days were a Bittern seen at St Ouen's Pond yesterday, a Swallow and a Black Redstart seen in Grouville Bay on Sunday (18th).

Picture: A young Marsh Harrier feeding on a Rabbit at St Ouen's Pond this morning.

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 19.11.2018   .Mick Dryden 

Another fine and cold day with a very strong and gusty Northeast wind.

La Coupe provided lots of interest again this morning, although the wind strength probably reduced the volume of birds passing. Seen morning long were 17 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, 5 Black-throated Divers, 11 Common Scoters, 31 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 212 Razorbills, 3 Guillemots, 23 Brent Geese, 10 Gannets, and 14 Dunlin. Gulls on the move included 110 Black-headed Gulls, a Little Gull, 33 Kittiwakes, 23 Common Gulls and 16 Mediterranean Gulls. Passerines passing overhead at La Coupe included 587 Redwings, 8 Fieldfares, 3 Song Thrushes, 692 Chaffinches, 2 Bramblings and 5 Goldfinches. Of particular interest was a flock of 13 Ravens ( reassessment of the Island's total population required?).

Woodcocks continue to arrive in odd places with birds being recovered from the Esplanade in St Helier and Highland's College, both apparently released successfully.

At St Ouen's Pond and Scrape were 29 Teal, 49 Shovelers, a female Pintail, 5 Wigeon, a Little Grebe and 17 Coot, also a pair of Raven.

5 Woodcock were in Vallee des Vaux, 48 Tufted Duck, 3 Grey Wagtails, 2 Siskins and 2 Firecrests were at Grands Vaux and in conservation fields near Queen's Valley were 500 Chaffinches and 15 Brambling.

Picture: A Black-throated Diver passing La Coupe this morning, image courtesy of Richard Gillam

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 18.11.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A fine day as colder air from the East arrived on a strong Easterly wind.

It was another good and varied day for migrants off the East coast. Seen from La Coupe were 128 Brent Geese, 5 Shelduck, 2 Eiders, 33 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 2 Shovelers, 8 Red-throated Divers, a Black-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 4 Guillemots and 172 Razorbills. Gulls and waders passing included 15 Little Gulls, 199 Black-headed Gulls, 18 Mediterranean Gulls, 25 Common Gulls, 13 Kittiwakes, 19 Lapwings, a Curlew, 2 Snipe and 39 Dunlin. Passerines were well represented with 1237 Chaffinches, 42 Skylarks, 539 Redwings, 8 Song Thrushes, 7 Fieldfares, a Mistle Thrush, a Brambling and 53 Wood Pigeons seen. 3 Firecrests were in bushes at La Coupe and 50+ Fieldfares were seen in fields above there.

Early movement over Victoria Tower involved 5 Greylag Geese, 799 Redwings, 41 Fieldfares, 16 Skylarks, 106 Wood Pigeons, 59 Starlings, 333 Chaffinches, 3 Lapwings and 3 Ravens but it soon petered out. 8 Goldcrests were on the ground.

A Common Sandpiper, ringed at the same location two years ago, was at Le Pulec as well as a foreign ringed Grey Wagtail and 3 Purple Sandpipers, a Stonechat, a Chough and 40 Rock Pipits while at Les Landes, 2 Golden Plovers were in the cowfields at the racecourse.

At Rue des Pres were 3 Firecrests, 2 Cetti's Warblers and 2 Reed Buntings.

Good but uncounted numbers of Wood Pigeons were passing over the Southwest of the Island early on.

Evening update: A Cattle Egret was seen on the Scrape at St Ouen's Pond, 6 Woodcock and 2 Firecrests were in Vallee des Vaux and 31 Tufted Duck were on Grands Vaux Reservoir.

Picture: drake Eiders passing La Coupe this morning.

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 17.11.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A third day of morning fog, with only 7c and a strong Easterly wind.

Seawatching got going today as the weather changed for the colder. Among a long list at La Coupe were 2 Great Northern Divers, 3 Black-throated Divers, 13 Red-throated Divers, 87 Brent Geese, 2 Scaup, 2 Velvet Scoters, 3 Common Scoters, 21 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 20 Mallards, 10 Shovelers, 55 unidentified dabbling ducks, 3 Shelduck, a Curlew, 27 Lapwings, 4 Grey Plovers, 24 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 12 Mediterranean Gulls, 5 Common Gulls, 7 Kittiwakes, 9 Black-headed Gulls, 43 Razorbills and 3 Guillemots.

At Les Ecrehous were 8 Brent Geese, a Red-breasted Merganser, a Curlew, 10 Starlings, a Chaffinch, a Goldcrest and a Wren. 2 Blackbirds were seen at sea there and one ditched in the sea, wings spread, but got airborne again as rescue approached. A Snipe passed the Channel Chieftain paper delivery boat in the fog off St Ouen's Bay heading towards the Island.

There was some visible migration early on at a relatively clear Victoria Tower which included 224 Redwings, 21 Blackbirds, 11 Song Thrushes, 381 Chaffinches, 3 Bramblings, a Grey Heron and with 16 Goldcrests grounded there.

Noirmont fared far less well with fog lingering through the morning. Just a few birds airborne included 14 Redwings, 8 Song Thrushes, 22 Starlings and 16 Linnets. On the ground were 20+ Robins, 11 Blackbirds and 50+ Goldcrests.

At St Ouen's Pond were 43 Shovelers, 10 Pochard, 32 Tufted Duck, 5 Teal, 9 Snipe, 28 Lapwings, 2 Wigeon and a Kingfisher plus several Reed Buntings and Water Rails. 25 Marsh Harriers came in to roost there this evening and 2 Stonechats were at La Pulente. A Golden Plover was at Plemont.

At Grouville Marsh this afternoon a Dusky Warbler was trapped and ringed. Other birds included 20 Chiffchaffs, 10 Blackcaps, 5 Firecrests, a Woodcock, 3 Teal, 15 Reed Buntings, a Long-eared Owl, 2 Marsh Harriers and 2 Sparrowhawks with a Brambling and 2 Siskins flying over.

At Grands Vaux were 32 Tufted Duck and in Vallee des Vaux were 2 Firecrests and 3 Bullfinches.

Picture: Today's Dusky Warbler at Grouville Marsh.

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 16.11.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A second morning of thick fog, which cleared a little earlier than yesterday but has returned this evening. Winds were in the Southeast.

The conservation field behind La Rocque harbour continues to prove very popular with birds. The counts there today included 600 Chaffinches, 10 Bramblings, 15 Reed Buntings, a Fieldfare, 6 Redwings, 10 Song Thrushes, a Firecrest, 5 Skylarks, 2 Stonechats, 30 Stock Doves, 50 Wood Pigeons, a Merlin and 2 Sparrowhawks. At La Rocque Harbour was a late Wheatear and a Black Redstart.

Although there was little movement over Noirmont first thing, grounded ( or treed) birds included at least 70 Goldcrests, 3 Firecrests, 16 Blue Tits, 35 Robins and 13 Blackbirds. As the weather cleared, birds heading over Noirmont included 493 Wood Pigeons, 7 Stock Doves, 147 Starlings, 4 Skylarks, 29 Redwings, 3 Fieldfares, 123 Chaffinches, 4 Bramblings, 7 Greenfinches, a Siskin, 5 Goldcrests, 12 Linnets and a Reed Bunting. A Peregrine, a Marsh Harrier and 2 Sparrowhawks were hunting in the area.

At St Ouen's Pond and Scrape were 36 Lapwings, 12 Snipe, a Water Pipit, 3 Wigeon, 80 Reed Buntings, 32 Skylarks, 2 Stonechats, 100 Chaffinches, a Greenshank and 22 Marsh Harriers in to roost.

On Les Ecrehous today were 2 Wrens, a Robin, a Starling, a Chaffinch and 3 large thrushes, probably Fieldfares.

2 Firecrests were seen on the Perquage this morning and a large murmuration of Starlings was seen over Midlands Store in St Saviour.

Evening update: Yet another Woodcock report, this one being flushed alive and well from an embankment at La Collette this morning.

Picture: Water Pipit at the Scrape this morning.

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 15.11.2018   .Mick Dryden 

The Island was shrouded in fog today, lingering through the morning over higher ground as an anticyclone takes over with winds in the Southeast.

Cattle Egrets were to the fore today with 3 seen at Grouville Marsh and 6 at Le Sente, in the field opposite Le Sente Farm.

Despite the weather, migrants were passing over Victoria Tower which included 815 Redwings, 13 Fieldfares, 11 Skylarks, 85 Siskins, 921 Chaffinches, 11 Bramblings, 42 Starlings and, on the ground were 18 Goldcrests and a Black Redstart.

A Black-throated Diver, 6 Razorbills and 13 Brent Geese passed Le Coupe at first light.

Also at Grouville Marsh were the Dusky Warbler ( heard at lunchtime) 85 Redwings, a Fieldfare, 5 Siskins, 5 Reed Buntings and a Tufted Duck and in the conservation fields at La Rocque were 500+ Chaffinches, 10 Bramblings, 5 Reed Buntings, 20 Goldfinches, a Greenfinch, a House Sparrow, 3 Redwings and 14 Stock Doves. A Black Redstart was at Grouville Marsh yesterday.

Waders roosting at La Rocque included 60 Grey Plovers, 110 Dunlin, 45 Sanderlings, 56 Turnstones, 2 Greenshanks, 23 Redshanks, 29 Curlews and an uncounted number of Oystercatchers.

Later morning, as the fog thinned, movement over Noirmont included 1110 Starlings, 131 Chaffinches, 17 Skylarks, 10 Redwings, 3 Fieldfares, 15 Song Thrushes, 5 Siskins, 7 Linnets, 4 Greenfinches, a Reed Bunting and 55 Wood Pigeons.

Picture: A Grey Wagtail at Grouville Marsh

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 14.11.2018   .Mick Dryden 

An improving day with a moderate Southeast wind, still mild at 14c.

Yesterday's bumper numbers of visible migrants continued today at Noirmont with over 16,000 birds counted. Top of the list were 9564 Wood Pigeons, mainly in the first hour after sunrise, followed by 4508 Chaffinches and 1920 Starlings. Others seen included 49 Stock Doves, 24 Skylarks, 29 Bramblings, 44 Greenfinches, 86 Linnets, 98 Goldfinches, 13 Siskins, 109 Redwings, 21 Song Thrushes, 8 Blackbirds, 63 Meadow Pipits and 6 Reed Buntings. 2 Stonechats were still present on the ground.

Victoria Tower's numbers included 4362 Starlings, 165 Redwings, 4 Fieldfares, 933 Chaffinches, 10 Bramblings, 49 Goldfinches, 9 Skylarks and amazingly, only 37 Wood Pigeons!

La Rocque's conservation fields held 400 Chaffinches, 10 Bramblings, 100 Goldfinches and 18 Reed Buntings, but yesterday's Common Rosefinch was not seen.

The Dusky Warbler at Grouville Marsh was keeping a low profile today, being heard briefly, but not see this afternoon. Also present were 10 Redwings, 6 Reed Buntings, 2 Firecrests, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 4 Water Rails and a Grey Wagtail.

Waders at Petit Port today included 4 Purple Sandpipers, 12 Grey Plovers, 46 Turnstones, 4 Dunlin, 17 Ringed Plovers, 47 Curlews, 132 Oystercatchers, plus 4 Little Egrets and a Grey Seal.

Picture: This young Peregrine was stirring up the birds at Noirmont today, despite having a very full crop.

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 13.11.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A clear day with the wind still fresh from the Southwest. Temperatures reached 15c

Another decent day with Autumn lingering on and good birds being reported from around the Island.

At Grouville Marsh this afternoon the Dusky Warbler was seen flycatching near the new pond and with 20 Reed Buntings, 2 Stonechats, 15 Chiffchaffs and 26 Jackdaws also present. On the Links Estate by Grouville Common were 2 Cirl Buntings and 5 overflying Skylarks.

At the La Rocque conservation fields a female Common Rosefinch was present along with 10 Bramblings and 400 Chaffinches, while in Grouville Bay were 940 Brent Geese, 150 Sanderlings, 60 Dunlin, 5 Redshanks and 25 Grey Plovers. 3 Cattle Egrets were at the Happy Hens.

It was a bumper day for visible migrants at Noirmont with over eleven thousand recorded, mainly of two species! Pick of the day there was an out of season Common Swift which flew past Elizabeth Castle heading out to sea at lunchtime. The bulk of the numbers involved 7626 Wood Pigeons in varying flock sizes of up to 800 birds at a time and 2836 Chaffinches. Also flying over were 26 Stock Doves, 127 Starlings, 10 Skylarks, 59 Meadow Pipits, 2 Pied Wagtails, 166 Linnets, 103 Goldfinches, 9 Siskins, 7 Bramblings, 6 Redwings and 5 Song Thrushes. 3 Stonechats were on the ground there.

2 Whimbrels were at Petit Port and seem intent on wintering with us, as in recent years

At the St Ouen's Pond Scrape were 5 Wigeon, a Grey Heron and 3 Snipe and in the Sandpits were 37 Shovelers, 8 Pochard, 18 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebes and a Stonechat.

At St Aubin were 31 Redshanks and 9 Turnstones.

Yesterday night, small numbers of Redwings were heard flying over Noirmont and Beauport.

Picture: Another flock of Wood Pigeons heads off past Noirmont this morning. How many? 182 in the picture.

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 12.11.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A fair to fine day with winds a little lighter than of recent, very mild at 15c.

Visible migration was brisk early on at Noirmont, after several blank days. A late Swallow passed heading West, also a Merlin, but the bulk of the birds came in the form of 5022 Wood Pigeons, 1655 Chaffinches and 512 Starlings. In smaller numbers were 164 Goldfinches, 31 Linnets, 17 Bramblings, 21 Stock Doves, 46 Redwings, a Mistle Thrush, 7 Song Thrushes, 62 Meadow Pipits, 8 Skylarks, 3 Reed Buntings, 3 Pied Wagtails and 2 Siskins. On the ground were both Firecrest and Goldcrest, also a Stonechat.

30 Ringed Plovers and 3 Dunlin were roosting near Big Vern's in St Ouen's Bay and the Black Redstart was at Beauport again.

At St Ouen's Pond and Scrape were 44 Shovelers, 4 Wigeon, 2 Teal, a Grey Heron, a Water Rail, 24 Lapwings, 5 Snipe, 2 Skylarks, 25+ Reed Buntings and 2 Stonechats.

In Grouville Bay were 720 Brent Geese and 42 Ringed Plovers while at Grouville Marsh were 2 Siskins and 10 Reed Buntings.

A Teal and 2 Cetti's Warblers were at Rue des Pres while in Vallee des Vaux were 2 Firecrests.

At Queen's Valley were 15 Cormorants, a Grey Heron, 200 Herring Gulls and 20 Black-headed Gulls.

Picture: National Trust for Jersey Staff were hard at work at St Ouen's Pond today, managing the reed bed as seen here. A large area on the far side of the Pond and the Scrape have already been managed.

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 11.11.2018   .Mick Dryden 

Another in the recent series of mild but windy days, the winds from the Southwest.

The Dusky Warbler was still at Grouville Marsh this morning, but elusive after an early appearance. Also at the Marsh were several Chiffchaffs, a Firecrest, 15 Reed Buntings, 8 Siskins, a few Water Rails and a Stonechat.

Seen at La Rocque over the morning high tide were 10 Great Northern Divers, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Slavonian Grebes, 19 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Common Scoters, 2 Razorbills, 35 Brent Geese moving South offshore, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, a Common Gull, a Golden Plover, a Ringed Plover, 8 Grey Plovers, 2 Dunlin, a Sanderling and 7 Turnstones. Also seen were 7 Pied Wagtails, and a Grey Wagtail.

A check of Grouville Bay and Common found 600 Brent Geese, 3 Cirl Buntings, a Black Redstart and 2 Stonechats.

Odds and ends passing Noirmont later morning included 9 Fieldfares, 4 Redwings, a Song Thrush, 7 Linnets and 11 Meadow Pipits. 2 Stonechats were also present.

Victoria Tower fared a little better early on with 287 Chaffinches, a Brambling, 31 Wood Pigeons, a Skylark and 11 Goldcrests seen.

A male Black Redstart was seen again at Beauport and Redwings were moving over there after dark this evening.

Picture: Another view of yesterday's Pallas's Warbler at Grouville Marsh, showing it's diagnostic features, including the yellow rump.

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