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 01.12.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A showery day in a strong northwest wind.

There was an exceptional morning-long movement of gulls past Corbiere today, some migrants and others heading off to feed. Counts ( and certainly undercounts) included 925 Black-headed Gulls, 352 Mediterranean Gulls ( another day count record), 133 Common Gulls, a Little Gull, 610 Kittiwakes, 5 Yellow-legged Gulls, 225 Great Black-backed Gulls, 38 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and an estimated 2000+ Herring Gulls. Also see passing Corbiere were a Great Skua, a Great Northern Diver, 143 Gannets, 3 Fulmars, 1,772 Razorbills and 38 Guillemots.

Passing Victoria Tower this morning were 616 Chaffinches, 518 Bramblings, 12 Goldfinches, 11 Redwings, 3 Song Thrushes, 19 Blackbirds and a Grey Wagtail.

In La Rocque Harbour were 4 Sandwich Terns, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers and a Kittiwake, while feeding in the nearby conservation fields were 150 Bramblings, 200 Chaffinches, 23 Reed Buntings and a Skylark, but no signs of yesterday's Little Bunting.

Picture: Migration can be tough! This young Blackbird arrived at Corbiere in the recent strong winds and is pictured here taking a short breather, before heading into the Island.

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 30.11.2021   .Mick Dryden 

Milder air across the Island today in a fresh westerly wind, with periods of drizzle.

After several quiet days, migration past Victoria Tower kicked up again today with counts on a Yellowhammer, 2 Redpolls, 1,644 Bramblings, 3,293 Chaffinches, 7 Siskins, 20 Goldfinches, 8 Greenfinches, 4 Linnets, 2 Skylarks, 23 Redwings, 25 Song Thrushes, 26 Blackbirds, 2 Pied Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail, 11 Goldcrests and 2 Chiffchaffs.

Passing Grosnez this morning were a Red-throated Diver, 582 Razorbills, 2 Guillemots, 16 Fulmars, some back on their ledges, 75 Gannets, 5 Little Gulls, 187 Kittiwakes, 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 5 Black-headed Gulls, 5 Common Gulls, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 149 Great Black-backed Gulls and 56 Shag.

At La Sente were 2 Cattle Egrets, 18 Little Egrets and 27 Grey Herons and 360 Brent Geese were at St Aubin.

A Coal Tit was calling from pines at the Lavender Farm, Pont Marquet.

36 Ringed Plovers and 6 Dunlin were by Sands in St Ouen's Bay and 5 Pochard, 15 Little Grebes and 48 Great Black-backed Gulls were in the Sandpits. 14 Tufted Duck were at Grands Vaux and 25 Rock Pipits were at Le Pulec.

A late record for yesterday was of 3 Swallows at Millbrook in the afternoon.

Picture: One of two Water Pipits which are currently to be seen at the Wetland Centre.

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 29.11.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A fair day in a light northerly wind.

It was another good day for passing seabirds at Corbiere, albeit less busy than yesterday. Seen there this morning were 3 Great Northern Divers, a Black-throated Diver, 13 Red-throated Divers, 19 Brent Geese, 1,282 Razorbills, 23 Guillemots, 6 Sandwich Terns, 185 Black-headed Gulls, 58 Mediterranean Gulls, 43 Kittiwakes, 10 Little Gulls, 4 Common Gulls and 106 Gannets. In Petit Port Bay were a Purple Sandpiper, 42 Curlews, 42 Turnstones, 11 Grey Plovers, 222 Oystercatchers and 42 Brent Geese.

There was more movement past Victoria Tower than in the last few days, which included a Corn Bunting, a Coal Tit, 418 Chaffinches, 29 Bramblings, 13 Goldfinches, 5 Greenfinches, a Siskin, 15 Redwings, 22 Song Thrushes, 9 Blackbirds, a Skylark, 66 Woodpigeons, 6 Stock Doves, 2 Pied Wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtails and 4 Goldcrests.

In the conservation fields at La Rocque were a Little Bunting, 500 Bramblings, 400 Chaffinches, 250 Linnets, 12 Greenfinches, 2 Fieldfares, 40 Redwings, 15 Song Thrushes, 20 Robins, 5 Stonechats and 20 Reed Buntings. At La Sente were 2 Cattle Egrets. 3 Cattle Egrets were at Le Bourg too.

Moving West, a Golden Plover, 38 Ringed Plovers, 22 Dunlin and 22 Sanderlings were in St Ouen's Bay, while at the Pond and Scrape this afternoon were another late Swallow, 29 Shovelers, 32 Teal, 5 Wigeon, 45 Lapwings, a Grey Heron, a juvenile Brent Goose, 8 Reed Buntings, 2 Water Pipits, 22 Snipe and 2 Water Rails. At the North Canal were 30 Reed Buntings, 2 Bramblings, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Woodcock, 2 Water Pipits, a Kingfisher and 4 Water Rail.

Picture: Lapwings in the late afternoon sun, today at St Ouen's Pond.

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 28.11.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A windy day from the north, but dry, feeling cold at 7c.

Another busy day for seabirds at Corbiere with counts of 6,866 Razorbills, 151 Guillemots, 126 Gannets, a Red-throated Diver, 2 Black-throated Divers, 20 Brent Geese, 417 Kittiwakes, 158 Mediterranean Gulls, 307 Black-headed Gulls, 13 Common Gulls, 147 Great Black-backed Gulls, 13 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a large, but uncounted number of Herring Gulls. 2 Harbour Porpoises were feeding close in by Corbiere Lighthouse through the morning. In Petit Port Bay were 34 Brent Geese.

Passing La Coupe were a Great Northern Diver, 104 Kittiwakes, 29 Common Gulls, 72 Black-headed Gulls, a Mediterranean Gull, 2 Guillemots and 38 Razorbills.

Early movement at Victoria Tower included 326 Chaffinches, 64 Bramblings, 8 Greenfinches, 3 Siskins, 3 Redwings, 9 Song Thrushes and 14 Blackbirds.

At Rue du Conet in St Brelade were 3 Cattle Egrets with a further 3 Cattle Egrets near St Clement Church. At Le Hocq were 170 Brent Geese, a Sandwich Tern, 11 Turnstones and 8 Curlews.

At the Wetland Centre, St Ouen's Pond, were 28 Shovelers, 5 Pochard, 6 Grey Herons, 35 Lapwings and a Jack Snipe while on the Scrape were 32 Teal, 5 Wigeon, a juvenile Brent Goose and 2 Stonechats. Late this afternoon, a Bittern flew out from the South Canal and 21 Marsh Harriers flew in to roost.

In a garden in Vallee des Vaux were 2 Coal Tits, 3 Siskins, a Grey Wagtail, 3 Bullfinches, a Firecrest, a Chiffchaff, a Fieldfare, 20 Redwings, a Woodcock and a Barn Owl.

Picture: It was the largest ever day count of Razorbills passing Corbiere this morning, as birds moved northwest following yesterday's severe storm.

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 27.11.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A day of severe weather with frequent showers and storm force northwest winds

Despite the conditions, seabirds were still moving past Corbiere into the teeth of the wind. Counts there included 29 Brent Geese, a Red-breasted Merganser, 73 Gannets, 157 Razorbills / Guillemots, 403 Great Black-backed Gulls, over half of which were sub-adults, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 149 Kittiwakes, 5 Common Gulls, 5 Black-headed Gulls, 5 Mediterranean Gulls, over 1000 Herring Gulls ( not counted), 33 Shags and 35 Cormorants.

On the rocks at Petit Port were 18 Curlews and many gulls.

In St Aubin's Bay were 270 Brent Geese and 2 Great Crested Grebes. In the shelter of St Ouen's Bay Sandpits were 10 Little Grebes, on the Pond were 26 Shovelers and there was a report for the Pond yesterday, of a roost of over 60 Marsh Harriers.
Elsewhere, 45 Fieldfares and 40 Redwings were in the orchard in Trinity, 30 Redwings were in Vallee des Vaux where 4 Coal Tits and 3 Bullfinches were also in a garden and 10 Tufted Duck were on the mud pond at Grands Vaux.

Picture: This morning at Corbiere.

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 26.11.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A showery morning in a fresh wind from the northwest, which steadily increased this afternoon ahead of tomorrow's predicted storm.

A second day of heavy passage past Corbiere, between the showers. Counts included 3,507 Razorbills, 208 Guillemots, a Brent Goose, a Fulmar, 84 Gannets, 1,105 Kittiwakes, 165 Great Black-backed Gulls, 103 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 22 Common Gulls, 36 Mediterranean Gulls, 16 Black-headed Gulls and 500+ Herring Gulls. Roosting at Petit Port were a Yellow-legged Gull, 90 Great Black-backed Gulls, a Lesser Black-backed Gull and 28 Curlews.

At St Aubin were 76 pale-bellied Brent Geese, 35 Redshanks and 31 Turnstones with 70 Oystercatchers and 20 Curlews on St Aubin's Fort.

Passerine migrants were still on the move at Victoria Tower with 1,011 Chaffinches, 194 Bramblings, 25 Siskins, 7 Goldfinches, 86 Woodpigeons, 23 Redwings, 21 Song Thrushes, 9 Blackbirds, 2 Pied Wagtails, 10 Stock Doves and 4 Goldcrests seen.

On the beach at La Haule yesterday evening were 120 Dunlin, 25 Sanderlings and a Ringed Plover.

Picture: Great Black-backed Gulls were on the move in good numbers this morning with over 250 seen at Corbiere and Petit Port. This one had an interesting object for company.

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 25.11.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A clearing day following a weak cold front overnight with winds fresh from the northeast.

There was some very lively seabird movement off the West coast today. Viewed from Corbiere, 4,938 Razorbills moved northwest, mainly in one hour before 9 o'clock. Also moving were 68 Guillemots, a Great Northern Diver, 4 Red-throated Divers, 68 Gannets, a Fulmar, 1,380 Kittiwakes, many of which joined one of several feeding frenzies offshore, 27 Mediterranean Gulls, 30 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 4 Common Gulls and 67 Great Black-backed Gulls. A Black Redstart and a Dartford Warbler were by the bottom car park. At Petit Port were 51 Curlews, 18 Turnstones, 15 Grey Plovers and the usual Oystercatchers.

Off La Coupe were a Black-throated Diver, a Little Gull, 23 Kittiwakes, 5 Common Gulls, 7 Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 188 Razorbills, 21 Guillemots, 44 auk sp, 3 Common Scoters, 7 Brent Geese and 5 Gannets.

Early passage at Victoria Tower included 101 Redwings, 11 Blackbirds, 3 Song Thrushes, 152 Chaffinches, 63 Bramblings, 4 Greenfinches, 22 Siskins, 128 Woodpigeons, 2 Pied Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail, and also a Firecrest and 2 Chiffchaffs.

Today's late Swallow was seen at Georgetown while in the conservation fields at La Rocque, were 250 Bramblings, 300 Chaffinches, 15 Greenfinches, 130 Linnets, a Stonechat, and 100 Redwings.

At St Ouen's Pond were 28 Shovelers, 2 Wigeon, a Little Grebe and c40 Lapwings, while in the Sandpits were a further 22 Little Grebes.

A Razorbill and a Grey Wagtail were seen at Bel Croute, another Grey Wagtail in Vallee des Vaux and at the Marina in St Helier was a Kingfisher with a roost of 1200+ Starlings gathering at La Collette this evening

Picture: The Ecrehous, yesterday, as seen from La Coupe with the large French naval tug Abeille Liberte in the background, dwarfing the huts.

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 24.11.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A mainly cloudy day in a light east-northeast wind.

A calm morning ahead of some forecast severe weather for this weekend and passing Victoria Tower were 2 Coal Tits, 3,863 Woodpigeons, 352 Redwings, 19 Fieldfares, 22 Song Thrushes, 14 Blackbirds, 237 Chaffinches, 36 Bramblings, 11 Goldfinches, 4 Linnets, 5 Siskins, 6 Meadow Pipits, 2 Pied Wagtails, also 6 Goldcrests and 2 Chiffchaffs.

Seen from La Coupe were a late Sooty Shearwater, 23 arriving Brent Geese, 4 Common Scoters, 5 Red-throated Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers, 7 distant diver sp, 2 Guillemots, 129 Razorbills, 24 Kittiwakes, 6 Common Gulls, 4 Mediterranean Gulls and 9 Gannets, while overhead were 3,250 Woodpigeons, a Hawfinch, 171 Chaffinches, a Brambling, 8 Siskins, a Grey Wagtail, 75 Redwings and 4 Song Thrushes with a Firecrest on the ground. A Grey Seal and a Tuna were seen offshore.

One Swallow was at St Ouen's Pond Scrape along with a Kingfisher and a juvenile Brent Goose, while at the Wetland Centre were 23 Shovelers and 2 Jack Snipe. A Bittern was seen on a camera trap at the North Canal, yesterday.

In Grouville Bay, 430 Brent Geese, 66 Turnstones and 8 Great Crested Grebes were off Le Hurel with 6 Grey Herons at La Sente. On Grouville Common were 2 Stonechats, 4 Cirl Buntings, 2 Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff, a Redwing, 2 Song Thrushes and a Firecrest. In Vallee des Vaux at first light were 2 Coal Tits, 3 Bramblings and 2 Siskins.

In St Aubin's Bay, 172 Brent Geese, 33 Redshanks and 12 Turnstones were at St Aubin and 2 alba Wagtails plus a Grey Heron at Beaumont Marsh.

A Black Redstart and a Stonechat were at Corbiere.

Picture: Brent Geese arriving over La Coupe in this morning's spectacular orange sunrise.

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 23.11.2021   .Mick Dryden 

After yesterday's rain, a dry and mainly fair day, feeling cool in an easterly wind.

November rolls on, but Swallows are still being seen almost daily with 2, possibly 3 at St Ouen's Pond and another at Victoria Tower today. Also seen from Victoria Tower were 4,094 Redwings, 38 Fieldfares, 18 Song Thrushes, 3 Blackbirds, 3,229 Woodpigeons, 27 Chaffinches, 11 Bramblings, 4 Blue Tits and 25 Ravens in a flock.

Seawatching made a slow start at La Coupe this morning, but by lunchtime counts had improved to 17 Eider in a single flock, 2 Common Scoters, 7 Shovelers, 8 Brent Geese which included 3 juveniles, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers, 20 Red-throated Divers, 270 Razorbills, 2 Guillemots, 11 Gannets, 77 Kittiwakes, 28 Common Gulls, 11 Mediterranean Gulls, 39 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Curlews and 4 Dunlin, while moving overhead were 1,071 Redwings, 15 Fieldfares, 7 Song Thrushes, 1,720 Woodpigeons, a Peregrine, 2 Sparrowhawks, a Kestrel, 2 Buzzards and the roving flock of Ravens.

At Le Hocq were 129 Curlews, 6 Black-tailed Godwits and 84 Brent Geese, while at Robin Bay, La Rocque were 68 Grey Plovers, 65 Turnstones, 7 Ringed Plovers, 11 Little Egrets, 188 Dunlin and 66 Sanderlings. A Merlin was over Fort Regent for a few minutes at lunchtime.

2 Firecrests and a Chiffchaff were on Ouaisne Common and at Grands Vaux mud pond were 4 Tufted Duck, a Water Rail, 4 Bramblings, 2 Siskins and a Chiffchaff.

The results for last Sunday's wader count are now available in the Downloads Section.

Picture: One of today's mighty flock of 25 Ravens, seen from Victoria Tower and La Coupe.

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 22.11.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A cold and grey day with frequent heavy showers and a strong northeast wind.


There was a lot more energy in the air today, also a lot more birds! Flying over La Coupe this morning, mainly moving northeast into the wind, were 10,406 Redwings, ( probably, mainly the same birds being seen at Victoria Tower ), 46 Fieldfares, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 7 Song Thrushes, 6 Blackbirds, 51 Lapwings and small numbers of Chaffinches. Waiting to ambush them were 2 Peregrines and a Sparrowhawk. 2 flocks of an estimated 300 Starlings were low to the water, also moving East. Seabird movement was also lively and included 7 Balearic Shearwaters, 19 Red-throated Divers, 3 Black-throated Divers, 51 Common Scoters, 20 distant duck sp, 3 Brent Geese, 474 Razorbills, 41 Guillemots, 79 Gannets, 2 Little Gulls, 455 Kittiwakes, 42 Mediterranean Gulls, 19 Common Gulls, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and 12 Black-headed Gulls.

Victoria Tower had counts of 12,287 Redwings, 127 Fieldfares, a Mistle Thrush, 31 Song Thrushes, 3 Blackbirds, another late Swallow, a Woodlark, a Hawfinch, 2 Tree Sparrows, 48 Bramblings, 86 Chaffinches, a Grey Wagtail, 18 Lapwings and 286 Woodpigeons.

At the Wetland Centre in St Ouen's Bay, were 12 Wigeon, 35 Teal, 33 Lapwings, 24 Snipe and 8 Gadwall.

A juvenile Brent Goose was on Beauport Common and a Kingfisher was at Bel Croute.

In Vallee des Vaux were 2 Siskins, 2 Bullfinches, a Firecrest, 2 Coal Tits, 4 Fieldfares, a Grey Wagtail and a Woodcock

Picture: Always an atmospheric sight, 34 Lapwings heading East over La Coupe between showers this morning.

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