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 21.07.2018   .Mick Dryden 

Heavy showers overnight which mainly skirted the Island leaving a fair day with very light winds.

Mainly odds and ends from around the Island today.

In The Sandpits at St Ouen's Bay was a juvenile Black-tailed Godwit. On the Pond were 2 Shovelers, a Little Grebe and a Water Rail in front of the Wetland Centre and on the Scrape, a Green Sandpiper and 2 Lapwings with a Skylark close by.

At Noirmont very little was moving in the calm conditions with just 3 Swifts, 2 Sand Martins and 13 Swallows heading off and 2 Stonechats, one a juvenile, 2 Whitethroats, 2 Dartford Warblers and a Great Spotted Woodpecker seen or heard.

In Petit Port Bay at lunchtime, over the high tide were the family of Shelduck, 51 Curlews and 4 Whimbrels.

Some more from yesterday, with the Rose-coloured Starling again spending time near the garden feeder, including have a bath there with other Starlings. 6 Puffins were seen between Grand Becquet and Plemont

Picture: A Puffin off the North coast last week.

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 20.07.2018   .Mick Dryden 

There was a little more wind coming from the Northwest, this morning but still dry and clear.

At Petit Port, the Shelduck family was still at home with 46 Curlews, 5 Whimbrels and 10 Little Egrets on the rocks with the usual Oystercatchers.

New at St Ouen's Pond Scrape was a Snipe, with a Green Sandpiper flying over and on the Pond were 10 Shovelers, 2 drake Pochard, a Little Grebe and a Grey Heron.

A trickle pf passage past Grosnez included a Balearic Shearwater, 3 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Puffins including one which sat in the water below the light, 3 Whimbrels, a Curlew, 4 Mediterranean Gulls, 22 Swallows, a Sand Martin and 2 Swifts.

Flying off from Noirmont were 3 Swifts, 9 Sand Martins, 13 Swallows, a Grey Wagtail and a White Wagtail.

More from today....... A Common Sandpiper was at Grouville Marsh and a Kingfisher at Grands Vaux. At Surville Manor were a young Bullfinch, a Reed Warbler and a Buzzard. 2 Swallowtail butterflies were seen at Victoria Tower.

Back to yesterday and the Rose-coloured Starling spent most of it's day in the garden with the feeder, hence the lack of reports elsewhere. In the evening at St Ouen's Pond was a roost of 800 Swallows and 20 Sand Martins, also a Sedge Warbler was there and a Green Sandpiper flew over.

Picture: A Puffin's eye view of Grosnez taken last week. It looks very different from this angle.

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 19.07.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A fair day, warm despite a Northerly wind.

It is slow news time at the moment. At Petit Port over the lunchtime high tide, the family of Shelduck were all there for another day while on the rocks, 52 Curlews included the Polish colour-flagged bird and a yellow colour-ringed bird which was photographed at the same spot in the same week of 2017. It was ringed in Powys, Wales in March 2017. Other waders there included 5 Whimbrels, 2 Common Sandpipers and 126 Oystercatchers, also 15 Little Egrets.

Another quiet watch at Noirmont saw 15 Swifts, 46 Swallows, a House Martin, 6 Sand Martins, 2 Redshanks, 32 Black-headed Gulls and 4 Mediterranean Gulls pass. 2 juvenile Stonechats and 4 Whitethroats were on the ground there.

Although the Rose-coloured Starling has not so far been reported for today, of interest at Les Marais, Bel Royal, was a juvenile Black Redstart which looked recently fledged and still had some down on it's head and flanks.

9 Mediterranean Gulls were roosting in the winter time conservation field near to La Rocque harbour.

At Grands Vaux reservoir were a Green Sandpiper and a Grey Heron.

Picture: Today's Welsh ringed Curlew at Petit Port.

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 18.07.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A fair to cloudy day with light winds becoming Northerly this afternoon.

The Shelduck family at Petit Port was still intact at 2 adults and 11 young today and at least two of the young are now fledged, so time is running short to see them all before they depart. On the rocks there were 10 Common Sandpipers, 3 Whimbrels, 33 Curlews and an adult Mediterranean Gull and in the Bay, 19 Black-headed Gulls. The Polish colour-flagged Curlew was among the waders on the rocks.

Less was moving past Noirmont this morning in the light winds. Seen were 68 Swallows, 6 Sand Martins, 7 House Martins, 29 Swifts, a Curlew, 3 Grey Herons, a Sandwich Tern, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 43 Black-headed Gulls and 43 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. On the ground at Noirmont were 4 Whitethroats, 3 Dartford Warblers, a male Stonechat and 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and overhead, 4 Buzzards, 2 Marsh Harriers and a Sparrowhawk.

Swifts were moving over Red Houses this afternoon.

The Rose-coloured Starling was seen several times yesterday at Bel Royal but no reports either way so far today, this probably more down to lack of observers than the bird having moved on.

Evening update: The Rose-coloured Starling has been visiting the feeder at Bel Royal on and off through the day. Thanks to Ahgela for the information.

Picture: Some of today's Common Sandpipers at Petit Port.

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 17.07.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A day with cloudier periods than of late, cooler in a Westerly wind.

The Rose-coloured Starling was at Les Marais horse fields again, this morning.

Over this morning's high tide at La Rocque and in grouville Bay were 160 Sandwich Terns, 69 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Common Gulls, 29 Cormorants, 28 Little Egrets, 14 Grey Herons and 20 Gannets. Waders are still at a premium with 2 Redshanks, 95 Curlews and 143 Oystercatchers seen, but no small waders as yet. Heading off overhead were 8 Sand Martins, 43 Swallows and 2 White Wagtails. A Peregrine was sitting on the rocks at La Rocque while they were above water and a Grey Seal was near Seymour, close inshore.

Picture: By way of a change ( of colour for a start), this beautiful Swallowtail was one of two seen at Victoria Tower, with thanks to Romano for the fine image.

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 16.07.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A weak warm front passed the Island at lunchtime, but few noticed with a warm and clear afternoon following, winds turning into the West.

More signs of Autumn migration starting to happen at Noirmont today. Passing there this morning were 173 Sand Martins, 68 Swallows, 6 House Martins, 8 Swifts and 2 White Wagtails. Offshore were 44 Gannets, 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 15 Black-headed Gulls, a flock of 8 juvenile Cormorants, a Curlew and a Balearic Shearwater, also 3 Bottle-nosed Dolphins moving West at 06:15. Seen on the ground were 7 Whitethroats, 4 Dartford Warblers and a male Stonechat.

The Rose coloured Starling visited the garden feeder at Bel Royal several times today and is becoming much bolder, even seeing off a pigeon at one point.

A paddle along the North coast confirmed that Shags have had a good breeding season with good numbers of juveniles seen between Bouley Bay and White Rock as well as a Common Sandpiper

At the Sandpits were 78 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 2 Little Grebes, c50 Sand Martins, 7 Grey Herons, 3 Little Egrets and a Mediterranean Gull.

Picture: Thanks to Tony Lucas for this image of an immature Water Rail at St Ouen's Pond earlier this week.


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 15.07.2018   .Mick Dryden 

The fine and warm weather continues.

The Rose-coloured Starling was seen on the Co-op building at Goose Green yesterday evening and was back at Les Marais today.

At Petit Port, the Shelduck family are still intact, the 11 young now close to fledging. Also there were 34 Curlews and a Whimbrel.

An early in the season check for visible migration at Noirmont saw 43 Swifts, 64 Sand Martins, 108 Swallows with another 40 loitering, a Curlew, a Grey Wagtail, a White Wagtail, 6 Common Scoters, 2 Sandwich Terns, 4 Mediterranean Gulls and 16 Black-headed Gulls. Local raptors included a Peregrine, 2 Marsh Harriers and 4 Buzzards.

Picture: Thanks to Romano, who spent some quality time with Rosy this morning.

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 14.07.2018   .Mick Dryden 

Back to fine conditions today with a mostly light Northeast wind.

A Fan-tailed Warbler ( Zitting Cisticola) was zitting at St Ouen's Pond this morning, heard from the Scrape Hide, confirming a possible from two days ago which was heard very briefly. Little else was at the Pond with 4 White Wagtails, 2 Shovelers and good numbers of Sand Martins, Swallows and up to 10 Swifts also there.

The Rose-coloured Starling was still at Les Marais horse fields at Bel Royal.

At Grouville Marsh was the first reported Willow Warbler of the Autumn and at Grands Vaux was a Kingfisher and a Grey Heron.

Seen from Grosnez this morning were 4 Manx Shearwaters, 41 Gannets, a Sandwich Tern, 14 Mediterranean Gulls, 34 Swifts, 127 Swallows moving Northeast and 8 Sand Martins. 15 Common Dolphins ( not common here!) were chasing fish as they moved Eastwards at 08:40, a kilometre offshore.

Yesterday, 12 Cirl Buntings were seen in their usual localities including 2 singing males, with 20+ Swifts at Gorey Castle and 16 Mediterranean Gulls in Grouville Bay.

Another breeding location, at Woodbine Farm in St Ouen has 22 active House Martins nests, also 2 Swallows nests.

Evening update: 1000 Swallows and 75 Sand Martins were over St Ouen's Pond this evening and this afternoon, 2 Swallowtails and a Map butterfly were at Victoria Tower.

Picture: Today's report of the Rose-coloured Starling comes along with this image, courtesy of Alan Modral.

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 13.07.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy start becoming fine in a Northeast wind.

The Rose-coloured Starling was at Bel Royal again, in trees by the horse fields and on the roof of the house with feeders.

The Mediterranean Gull invasion continues to gather pace and over the early morning high tide 132 were seen at La Rocque. Also seen at La Rocque and Seymour were 330 Black-headed Gulls, a surprise early Little Tern, 19 Sandwich Terns, 32 Gannets, a Common Sandpiper, 9 Curlews, 81 Oystercatchers and a White Wagtail. Roosting at Pontac on on Icho Tower rocks were 91 Curlews, a Redshank, 2 Whimbrels, 19 Little Egrets and 87 Oystercatchers.

A pair of Buzzards including a pale phase bird were in flight over Victoria Tower with young calling nearby.

5 Puffins were at Plemont.

The Shelduck family was again at Petit Port and still intact and 46 Curlews on the rocks there included the yellow-flagged Polish bird, also 2 Common Sandpipers.

2 juvenile White Wagtails were at St Ouen's Pond and 2 Peregrines were in flight together over the Poplars at La Moye.

Yesterday's Mediterranean Gull count in Grouville Bay and at La Rocque was 110 birds.

Picture: Wow. Thanks to Angela Allen for this super close-up image of the Rose-coloured Starling on her feeder.

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 12.07.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A fair day with light winds.

The Rose-coloured Starling was seen several times today, on the garden feeder, at Les Marais Farm and also at Beaumont Marsh. It appears to have been with us for some considerable time, visiting a garden at Sandybrook daily from 7th June until the 28th.

At Seymour were 40 Mediterranean Gulls including, prophetically, the Hungarian bird picture on here on the 9th with a picture taken in 2015 as well as a new green colour-ringed bird. Also seen were 200 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Common Gulls, 3 Dunlin, a Sanderling and a Common Sandpiper.

3 further Common Sandpipers were seen from a kayak, between Bel Croute and Portelet this afternoon.

On St Ouen's Pond Scrape were 3 Lapwings, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Grey Heron and 2 juvenile White Wagtails with Swifts drinking at the Scrape too.

Along the Northwest coast this morning, 10 Puffins and a single razorbill were seen between Plemont and Douet de Mare. Shags appear to have bred in better numbers this year with at least 130 between Greve de Lecq and Grosnez, mainly of them fledged juveniles. A single juvenile White Wagtail was at Ronez Point.

Picture: A fine image of the current Rose-coloured Starling, on the feeder at Bel Royal with thanks to Angela and Francis Allen for the information and images.

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