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 17.11.2019   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy day with some light showers in light, mainly Easterly winds.

Firecrests and Goldcrests were seen and / or heard all over the Island in good numbers today

Some lively movement of birds over Victoria Tower this morning included 1535 Starlings, 520 Redwings, 28 Fieldfares, 7 Song Thrushes, 1115 Chaffinches, 55 Greenfinches, 65 Goldfinches, 39 Linnets, 12 Siskins, 91 Woodpigeons, 21 Stock Doves and also, a Cirl Bunting, 5 Firecrests and 16 Goldcrests there.

The passerine figures above were not reflected at La Coupe, although only a few kilometres away, with counts there of 89 Redwings, 4 Song Thrushes, 300+ Chaffinches, 3 Bullfinches, 17 Stock Doves, 13 Goldfinches, just 33 Starlings, a Grey Wagtail, 5 Firecrests and 5 Goldcrests, also a large flock of c 30 Long-tailed Tits. A light trickle offshore included 3 Great Northern Divers, a Red-throated Diver, 9 Common Scoters, 20 Razorbills, 5 Lapwings, a Guillemot, 33 Brent Geese, mainly going North, 2 Mediterranean Gulls and 3 Common Gulls. A Black Redstart was on the iconic building there too.A probable Great White Egret was seen flying West at La Rocque, towards Green Island.

At St Ouen's Pond were over 100 Skylarks and the Snow Bunting was seen again, near Kempt Tower. 2 Woodcock and a Firecrest were seen at Pont Marquet Country Park in St Brelade.

The conservation fields at Crabbe are proving very productive, with 3 Fieldfares, 8 Redwings, 15 Skylarks, 1000 Starlings, a Stonechat, 400 Chaffinches, 100 Goldfinches, 5 Greenfinches, 3 Bramblings, 5 Reed Buntings, 40 Linnets, 3 Marsh Harriers, 2 Ravens and a Chough seen there. Another 17 Choughs were seen in flight over Greve de Lecq this afternoon.

Another 2 Firecrests and a Siskin were in Vallee des Vaux and 3 Pied Wagtails plus 2 Grey Herons were at the Elizabeth Marina. A Kingfisher was at Dannemarche Reservoir.

At Mount Bingham late this morning were a Black Redstart, a Short-toed Treecreeper, 5+ Firecrests, 5+ Goldcrests, a Grey Wagtail, 4 Song Thrushes and a Sparrowhawk.

Back to yesterday afternoon when a check around St Ouen's Pond found 90 Reed Buntings which included a German ringed bird, 4 Firecrests, 5 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests, 18 Skylarks, a Merlin, 10 Water Rails, 12 Marsh Harriers and 2 Stonechats, also a probable Penduline Tit calling around the back of the Pond.

Picture: This Red Squirrel ( with nut) was basking in yesterday's sunny interval, at Grouville Marsh.


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 16.11.2019   .Mick Dryden 

Rain cleared pre-Dawn today leaving a dry rest of the day, but feeling cold in a North-East wind.

Early passage past La Rocque this morning included 10 Great Northern Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers, a Wigeon, 26 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Razorbills, 6 Gannets and 6 Sandwich Terns. A Black-necked Grebe and 2 Great Crested Grebes were in the sea at La Rocque Harbour. Arriving birds from the South comprised 5 Snipe, 58 Starlings, 3 Chaffinches and 2 Pied Wagtails and 2 Ravens flew over.

Visible migration over Victoria Tower consisted of 1300 Starlings, 28 Redwings, 11 Song Thrushes, 6 Blackbirds, 109 Chaffinches and 2 Bramblings.

In the shelter of Grouville Marsh were a Lesser Whitethroat, 10+ Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, a singing Cetti's Warbler, 2 Firecrests, 2 Goldcrests, a Grey Wagtail, 4 Song Thrushes, 2 Jays, a Siskin and 5+ Water Rails.

In St Aubin's Bay were 480 Brent Geese, a Great Crested Grebe, 200 Black-headed Gulls, a Grey Plover and, roosting at St Aubin, 43 Redshanks. At Beaumont Marsh were 100 Starlings, 8 dark-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Pied Wagtails and a Marsh Harrier.

At Grouville Mill were 200 Linnets, 65 Chaffinches, 50 Goldfinches, 8 Skylarks, a Stonechat and 7 Ravens.

In the flooded field at La Sente were 28 Grey Herons, 26 Little Egrets, 8 Curlews, 5 Pied Wagtails, 40 Brent Geese, 2 Jays, a Stonechat and a Redwing.

Elsewhere, an apple orchard in Trinity held 15 Fieldfares, a Black Redstart was at Le Dicq Slip and 2 Choughs were at the Desalination Plant at Corbiere.

Picture: A male Great Spotted Woodpecker at Grouville Marsh this morning.

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 15.11.2019   .Mick Dryden 

Temperatures took a dip today, but the showers still came, in a cool North-east wind.

The early flurry occurred at both visible migration watchpoints with the usal split of thrushes to the East and Woodpigeons to the West. Seen at Victoria Tower were 809 Redwings, at least 41 Fieldfares, 4 Song Thrushes, 270 Chaffinches, 51 Linnets, 13 Siskins, 95 Woodpigeons, 96 Starlings, 14 Stock Doves and a Skylark.

At Noirmont it was Woodpigeons to the fore once again with 1450 heading off South early on. Other counts there included 225 Chaffinches, 4 Bramblings, 34 Linnets, 32 Goldfinches, one Fieldfare, 3 Redwings, 8 Song Thrushes, 5 Blackbirds, a Reed Bunting, 3 Skylarks, 4 Pied Wagtails, 18 Meadow Pipits, 56 Starlings and a Lesser Black-backed Gull. 2 Stonechats were in the flooded fields by Warren Farm. 2 Ravens, a Peregrine, a male Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel were also in attendance there.

A single Great Northern Diver was seen passing La Coupe and the Snow Bunting on St Catherine's Breakwater was seen again, in it's usual spot.

At a cold and windy St Ouen's Pond were 13 Shovelers, 11 Pochard, 13 Teal, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Curlews , 22 Lapwings, 32 Snipe, 2 Grey Herons , a Water Pipit and a Stonechat. At Kempt Tower around lunchtime were a Snow Bunting and a 2 Stonechats and near the North Canal were 19 Skylarks and 8 Reed Buntings.

Picture: Thanks to Susan for this nice image of Fieldfares at Victoria Tower this morning.

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 14.11.2019   .Mick Dryden 

And so it continues! More heavy showers in a South-westerly wind.

A selection of birds on offer at La Rocque, first thing, included 10 Great Northern Divers, a Black-throated Diver ( at Seymour), 2 Slavonian Grebes, 8 Black-necked Grebes, 5 Great Crested Grebes (in Grouville Bay ), 31 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Razorbills, 9 Sandwich Terns, 11 Common Gulls, 7 Mediterranean Gulls and 55 Ringed Plovers heading North.

Roosting at La Sente and adjacent fields were 8 Cattle Egrets- one still in breeding plumage, 61 Little Egrets, 29 Grey Herons, 21 Curlews and 25 Brent Geese, also 4 Redwings and 10 Ravens.

Along the seawall between Le Hurel and the golf course were 2 Wheatears, 5 Black Redstarts and 8 Robins.

Early movement at Victoria soon petered out in the showers but did include the Short-eared Owl again, a Yellow-browed Warbler in trees near the tower, 684 Chaffinches, 22 Goldfinches, 13 Linnets, 5 Siskins, 7 Song Thrushes and, also in the trees, 11 Goldcrests and at least 6 Firecrests.

A little early passage past La Coupe included 6 Great Northern Divers, 6 Razorbills, 6 Common Gulls, 2 Little Gulls, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Mediterranean Gull and 2 Kittiwakes.

In St Aubin's Bay, between Bel Royal and St Aubin were 170 pale-bellied Brent Geese, which is probably a day record for this race in the Island. 32 Redshanks were at St Aubin too.

Conservation fields at Crabbe held 500 Chaffinches and 500 Starlings and seen from the Wetland Centre at St Ouen's Pond were 37 Snipe, 2 Grey Herons, 8 Shovelers and 2 Stonechats.

No counts were made at Noirmont today, but the flooded fields near Warren Farm are attracting numbers of birds including Song Thrushes, Chaffinches, Meadow Pipits, Pied Wagtails and at least one Stonechat.

Picture: A Buzzard at La Coupe a few days back when the sky was a strange colour.

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 13.11.2019   .Mick Dryden 

Still showery this morning, although lighter winds made it feel more pleasant, before the inevitable rain arrived late this afternoon.

Grouville Marsh continues to turn up good warblers from the East with a Siberian Chiffchaff ( tristis ssp) being ringed there today, following on from Dusky Warbler , Yellow-browed Warbler and Eastern Lesser Whitethroat from earlier in the Autumn. Also at the Marsh were 50 Chiffchaffs, 4 Firecrests, 10 Blackcaps, 25 Siskins, 4 Reed Buntings, 6 Redwings, 10 Song Thrushes, 8 Water Rails, a Snipe, 2 Stonechats, 2 Bullfinches and a Woodcock. Butterflies on the wing there included a Comma, a Red Admiral and a Spotted Wood.

Woodpigeons continue to move through the Island with 3100 leaving Noirmont this morning, also 16 Stock Doves, but other species numbers are tailing off with counts of 572 Chaffinches, 2 Siskins, a Brambling, 76 Goldfinches, 54 Linnets, 37 Greenfinches, 23 Redwings, a Fieldfare, 7 Song Thrushes, 6 Blackbirds, 73 Starlings, also 6 Brent Geese and 9 Black-headed Gulls. Single Firecrest and Chiffchaff were heard, but although Robins are still in good numbers there, no Stonechats were seen. One Red Admiral was also on the wing there.

Seen at Victoria at first light were 429 Chaffinches, a Brambling, a Mistle Thrush, a Cirl Bunting, 52 Goldfinches, 3 Redwings, just 40 Woodpigeons, 25 Stock Doves and 2 Firecrests.

In St Aubin's Bay were 404 dark-bellied Brent Geese as well as 104 pale-bellied Brent Geese, 31 of which were juveniles and at St Aubin were 27 Redshanks and a Little Egret.

A Razorbill and 6 Sandwich Terns passed Seymour Terns.

Black Redstart numbers have reduced considerably now, but 2 were by the Prince of Wales at Greve de Lecq this morning.

Picture: Thanks again to Dave for the image and information on this Siberian Chiffchaff at Grouville Marsh today.

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 12.11.2019   .Mick Dryden 

Another day of more showers and a strong North-west wind.

A brief flurry of movement first thing at Noirmont included 1260 departing Woodpigeons, 150 Chaffinches mainly out of a roost in the trees there, 6 Brent Geese flying overland to the West, 7 Song Thrushes, 7 Blackbirds and a Redwing, plus a hunting Peregrine and male Marsh Harrier. A Grey Heron was standing in a flooded field near to Warren Farm.

A Short-eared Owl was the best of early movement at Victoria Tower with 239 Chaffinches, a Brambling, 8 Siskins, 17 Redwings, 2 Fieldfares, 4 Song Thrushes, 65 Woodpigeons and 4 Firecrests also seen. There was no significant passage of birds past La Coupe.

At Grosnez, Razorbills were heading West offshore with 50 seen in two hours, also a Red-throated Diver, a Fulmar, a Kittiwake and a Common Gull. A flight of 15 Cormorants flew over the Airport also going West.

In Grouville Bay were 400 Sanderlings, 120 Turnstones, 580 Dunlin, 36 Redshanks, 76 Grey Plovers, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Sandwich Terns, 5 Mediterranean Gulls and 4 Common Gulls. At La Sente were 6 Cattle Egrets, 24 Little Egrets, 8 Curlews, 21 Grey Herons and a Raven.

Conservation fields near Crabbe held 2500 Starlings, 200 Goldfinches, 300 Chaffinches, 2 Marsh Harriers and a Raven.

Around the North side of St Ouen's Pond were 45 Reed Buntings, 18 Skylarks, 100 Chaffinches and 2 Firecrests with 12 Pochard on the Pond and 10 Snipe in front of the Wetland Centre. 19 Lapwings were in the field at the Scrape.

At Ouaisne were a Woodcock, 10 Chiffchaffs, 6 Firecrests and 2 Goldcrests. One Black Redstart, a Grey Wagtail and 2 Pied Wagtails were in Petit Port Bay.

In a garden in Vallee des Vaux this evening were 3 Woodcock, 2 Firecrests, 2 Bullfinches and 25 Redwings. And on the Scrape were 23 Brent Geese and 5 Marsh Harrriers. 7 Little Grebes were in the Sandpits.

Picture: A Sparrowhawk waiting it's moment by the Scrape Hide at St Ouen's Pond.

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 11.11.2019   .Mick Dryden 

An early morning clearance of a cold front left a showery day with a very strong North-west wind.

A ringing session at Grouville Marsh trapped and released a Lesser Whitethroat, probably of one of the Eastern races which would make it a first record of the race for Jersey. That apart a good selection of species at the Marsh included a Jack Snipe, 30 Siskins, 5 Reed Buntings, 40 Redwings, 12 Blackbirds, 15 Song Thrushes, 10 Water Rails, 75 Chaffinches, 8 Firecrests, 3 Goldcrests, 50 Chiffchaffs, a Stonechat and a Sparrowhawk.

A good amount of visible migration took place over Victoria Tower in the first two hours of light, especially given the conditions. Counts there included 2604 Redwings, 75 Fieldfares, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 14 Blackbirds, 11 Song Thrushes, 14 Skylarks, 11 Golden Plovers, 341 Chaffinches, a Brambling, 26 Siskins, 16 Goldfinches, 25 Starlings, 31 Woodpigeons and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Seawatching from Grosnez produced a slow but steady trickle of birds. Seen from there were a Balearic Shearwater, 5 Fulmars, 39 Gannets, 5 Common Scoters, 215 Razorbills, 2 Guillemots, a Golden Plover, 4 Little Gulls, a Mediterranean Gull, 23 Kittiwakes, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a Peregrine.

At the Wetland Centre and Scrape at St Ouen's Pond were 31 Shovelers, one Teal, 14 Pochard, a Tufted Duck, 19 Snipe, 2 Stonechats, 26 Lapwings, a Little Grebe, 2 Curlews and a Grey Heron plus the usual Marsh Harriers.

In Vallee des Vaux this evening were 5 Ravens, 2 Firecrests, 2 Siskins and 2 Woodcock.

Picture: Thanks to Dave for this image of today's Lesser Whitethroat at Grouville Marsh.

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 10.11.2019   .Mick Dryden 

A drier day than for a long time, but still with a small amount of showery rain mid-morning, winds swing into the North-east behind them.

There was a great deal of passerine migration to be seen today, so a Serin which flew low over La Coupe calling, before heading inland to the South, came as a pleasant surprise. Apart from that, just a few Redwings and Starlings were of note. Some movement offshore, mainly after the front had passed included 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Northern Divers, 7 Little Gulls, 150 Razorbills, 8 Brent Geese, a Common Scoter, 2 Kittiwakes, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Common Gull and 3 Curlews. A Peregrine headed off East towards Les Ecrehous.

The lack of movement was reflected at Victoria Tower with counts there of 496 Starlings, 33 Chaffinches, a Brambling, 10 Greenfinches, 2 Siskins, 6 Song Thrushes, also 5 Firecrests and 10 Goldcrests were present.

8 Common Scoters, a Mediterranean Gull and 2 Kittiwakes flew past Grosnez early on.

This afternoon at La Sente were 5 Grey Herons, 25 Brent Geese and 19 Little Egrets.

2 Cattle Egrets were at Fauvic.

Conservation fields at La Lourderie held 11 Redwings, 100+ Chaffinches, 30 Goldfinches, a female Stonechat, a female Reed Bunting, 25 Magpies, 5 Ravens, 2 Marsh Harriers and a Buzzard.

A Hen Harrier was seen again at St Ouen's Pond, with 2 Stonechats and 9 Skylarks also there.

Picture: A Snow Bunting by the seawall at the Cutty Sark in St Ouen's Bay recently.


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 09.11.2019   .Mick Dryden 

A dry early morning becoming very wet with the passage of a cold front. Winds were in the South-west.

The early morning departure of 1922 Woodpigeons at Noirmont was followed by very little else with other counts amounting to 79 Chaffinches, 31 Goldfinches, 11 Greenfinches, 9 Linnets, a Pied Wagtail, 22 Starlings and 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. 2 Firecrests and 20+ Robins were on the ground there.

It was more productive at Victoria Tower with a Ring Ouzel, 1295 Redwings, 12 Fieldfares, 3 Mistle Thrushes, 14 Blackbirds, 9 Song Thrushes, a Skylark, 1214 Chaffinches, 4 Bramblings, 8 Greenfinches, 2 Siskins, 473 Woodpigeons, 147 Starlings, 2 Firecrests, 6 Goldcrests and 7 Chiffchaffs seen.

Birds were also moving east, overhead at La Coupe, with counts there of 1916 Redwings, 16 Fieldfares, 3 Song Thrushes and a Grey Wagtail, while c600 Starlings arrived from France. Little was moving offshore there though with just 32 Brent Geese, 7 of them pale-bellied Brent Geese, 26 Razorbills, 4 Common Gulls, a Curlew and a Cormorant in breeding plumage seen.
Seen at Grouville Mill and between La Rocque and La Sente were 15+ Fieldfares and large numbers of Chaffinches, 300 Linnets, 7 Skylarks, 32 Redwings, 2 Song Thrushes, 3 Marsh Harriers and a Peregrine, with 6 Ravens at La Sente.

This morning, a Hen Harrier was seen behind St Ouen's Pond

Yesterday at Dusk in Grouville Bay were 454 Brent Geese, 47 Turnstones and 4 Common Gulls.

Picture: An arriving Snipe in front of the Wetland Centre at St Ouen's Pond.

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 08.11.2019   .Mick Dryden 

It was a pleasant first half of the morning before heavy showers arrived to deliver our daily rainfall. Winds were light, increasing from the North this afternoon.

The morning departure of Woodpigeons via Noirmont amounted to 6715 birds, mainly in the first thirty minutes after sunrise. Latter arrivals mainly dropped into the trees to stay. Numbers are decreasing among other species as Autumn migration comes to a close. Today's counts included another late juvenile Swallow, 2 Woodlarks, 15 Skylarks, 420 Starlings, 435 Chaffinches, 136 Goldfinches, 9 Bramblings, 94 Linnets, 4 Siskins, 8 Reed Buntings, 15 Redwings, 10 Song Thrushes, a Fieldfare and 15 Blackbirds. 4 Goldcrests and 2 Firecrests were on the ground, also 2 Stonechats and at least 20 Robins. One Peregrine flew by.

Victoria Tower's counts included 1945 Woodpigeons, 1962 Starlings, 546 Redwings, 85 Fieldfares, 13 Blackbirds, 8 Song Thrushes, 2 Bramblings, a Cirl Bunting, 589 Chaffinches, 16 Linnets, 2 Bullfinches, 10 Skylarks, 10 Jackdaws and 8 Goldcrests.

At St Aubin were 35 Redshanks, 5 Turnstones and a Great Crested Grebe. 6 Black Redstarts were in a horsefield near to Gorselands again today.

Around St Ouen's Pond and Scrape were 26 Shovelers, 11 Pochard, 22 Teal, 21 Lapwings and 5 Curlews while at Petit Port were 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 50+ Black-headed Gulls, 200 Herring Gulls, a male Black Redstart and 20 Curlews.

A late record for the 7th is of a late Ring Ouzel, photographed at Le Hocq.

Picture: With over 106,000 Woodpigeons counted at Noirmont and Victoria Tower since the 1st November, it is an achievement to get a picture of a single bird, but this one was taken at Noirmont this morning while blue skies still reigned.

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