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 16.01.2019   .Mick Dryden 
An overcast day with a bit of rare sunshine this lunchtime before the rain arrived! and a strong South Westerly wind.

A visit to the conservation fields at Crabbé this morning produced 2350 Chaffinch, 12 Goldfinch,a Linnet,1 Skylark, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Pied Wagtails, 5 Meadow Pipits,a Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Chough, 1 Raven, 7 Jackdaw and 90 Carrion Crows!

The drake Goosander remained on Grands Vaux along with a Great Crested Grebe and 12 Tufted Duck.

Seen from the Wetlands Center were 20 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 27 Tufted Duck, 151 Brent Geese, 90 Lapwing and 87 Snipe while in the Sandpits were 3 Mediterranean Gull, 80 Black-headed Gull and 5 Little Grebe. 32 Ringed Plover and 25 Dunlin were roosting near Kempt Tower.

Out East at La Sente were 94 Little Egret, 1 Cattle Egret and 11 Grey Heron and at La Rocque were 250 Brent Geese, 60 Oystercatcher, 4 Pied Wagtail and 3 Rock Pipit while in the conservation field were 900 Chaffinch, 15 Goldfinch and 200 Starlings.

8 Woodcock came out of roost in a Vallee de Vaux this evening.

Picture: A Carrion Crow by Mick, a ever increasing species on the island!

Romano da Costa

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 15.01.2019   .Mick Dryden 

Overcast with light drizzle this morning, becoming a little brighter later in a light Westerly wind.

The Goosander was at Grands Vaux again this morning along with a Great Crested Grebe,17 Cormorants and a Grey Wagtail.

53 Razorbills, a Great Crested Grebe, a Kittiwake and 3 Mediterranean Gulls were off La Coupe, but the main feature there were several ponds of cetaceans moving gently North west which included 10+ Common Dolphins and c30 Bottle-nosed Dolphins between 08:00 and 09:15.

The conservation fields are reducing in numbers as they get ploughed in for other crops, La Coupe being the latest. 1000 Chaffinches East of Crabbe may reflect this reduction in feeding options elsewhere. 40 Goldfinches, 3 Bramblings, 10 Linnets, a Reed Bunting, 45 Skylarks, 50 Starlings, 3 Marsh Harriers and 2 Choughs were also there. Sorel had 500 Chaffinches, also a Marsh Harrier and 28 Choughs.

A field by St George's School in St Peter is attracting geese at the moment with 93 Brent Geese there today, one of which was a pale-bellied Brent Goose.

At dusk this evening a Snipe and 2 Lapwings were seen at Les Landes, and Barn Owls at the Windmill and Handois

The results of the latest Island wader count, held on 6th January, are now available in the Download section

Picture: Goosander and Great Crested Grebe together on Grands Vaux reservoir this morning.

PS: As of tomorrow, Romano will be editing this News section for a while, in my absence, so please direct all email reports to:, but feel free to include me as well.


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 14.01.2019   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy day in a North-west wind.

The drake Goosander was at Grands Vaux reservoir again this morning as well as 12 Tufted Duck and 15 Cormorants.

After several blank days, a Bittern was seen at St Ouen's Pond both this morning and afternoon.

6 Gannets, 12 Razorbills, 4 Kittiwakes and a Raven passed Grosnez early on, but little else. 43 Curlews were roosting at Petit Port and these included our two regular visiting colour-ringed and tagged birds ( from Poland and Wales).

24 pale-bellied Brent Geese were in the sea at St Aubin as well as 2 Great Crested Grebes and a Razorbill at Bel Croute. In the shelter of Beaumont Marsh there was a lot of singing going on. Seen there, were 10+ Song Thrushes, 15 Blackbirds, a Grey Wagtail, a Firecrest, 3 Blackcaps, 10+ Greenfinches, a Meadow Pipit and a Buzzard.

100 Chaffinches were feeding in a field at Ville au Bas, St Lawrence.

Picture: Song Thrushes were in full song at Le Perquage and Beaumont Marsh this morning.

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 13.01.2019   .Mick Dryden 

Another cloudy day in a fresh to strong West-north-west wind.

A drake Goosander was on Grands Vaux reservoir, possibly the same bird seen a few days ago in Grouville Bay. Also on and around the reservoir were 16 Tufted Duck, a Great Crested Grebe, 15 Cormorants, 2 Woodcock, 2 Firecrests, 2 Bullfinches, 10 Redwings and a Sparrowhawk. 5 Great Crested Grebes were at Le Hurel.

Moving off Grosnez in the strong wind were 20 Gannets, 36 Fulmars, 15 Razorbills, 2 Guillemots, 12 Cormorants, 90 Shag, a first winter Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 62 Great Black-backed Gulls, a Kittiwake and 260 Herring Gulls. 3 Peregrines flew by, one a migrant arriving from the North and one Harbour Porpoise was offshore later morning.

At the Wetland Centre were 28 Shovelers, 7 Pochard, 10 Tufted Duck, 60+ Snipe and 30+ Lapwings.

This afternoon, at Portelet was a Firecrest and both a dead Guillemot and dead Great Black-backed Gull on the beach.

4 Ravens, 60 little Egrets and 16 Grey Herons were at La Sente
The totals for last weekend's wader count ( 6th January 2019 ) are now available in the Downloads Section.

Picture: Thanks to Romano for this image of today's Goosander.

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 12.01.2019   .Mick Dryden 

A cold front from the North brought overcast and drizzly conditions to the Island with a fresh Westerly wind.

Most reports come from the South-east of the Island and seen at La Rocque in the first two hours of daylight were 2 Red-throated Divers, 54 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Black-necked Grebe, a Great Crested Grebe, 3 Common Gulls and a Kittiwake, plus an oiled Razorbill on the rock behind La Rocque Breakwater. Waders which were roosting or passing there included 385 Oystercatchers, 12 Bar-tailed Godwits, 84 Curlews, 56 Redshanks, a Greenshank, 310 Dunlin, 5 Sanderlings, 130 Grey Plovers and 30+ Turnstones. 2 Black Redstarts were in the usual location despite the best efforts of photographers to flush them by standing in the middle of the beach in Robin Bay!

At La Sente were 3 Cattle Egrets, 39 Little Egrets and 9 Grey Herons with another 35 Little Egrets roosting at Pontac and 14 at La Rocque..

Some of the conservation fields at La Rocque have been cleared and numbers of birds had dwindled to c100 Chaffinches, 20 Goldfinches and 3 Reed Buntings there today.

The wader roost at St Aubin held 32 Redshanks and 33 Turnstones with 7 pale-bellied Brent Geese and 2 Mediterranean Gulls sitting offshore there.

One Brambling was visiting a feeder in Rue du Huquet, St Martin and an immature Marsh Harrier was also lingering there.

15 Barnacle Geese in a field by Grande Route des Augres, St Peter may refer to the feral flock which has not been seen for some time.

A Jack Snipe was performing well in front of the Wetland Centre among the usual Snipe and Lapwings and 11 Teal and a Little Grebe was on the Pond there.

Picture: The oiled Razorbill at La Rocque today, which looked very lively, but was constantly preening

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 11.01.2019   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy day with a little drizzle at times, wind cold from the North

At Grosnez, in the hour after sunrise, a Black-throated Diver, 65 Fulmars, 8 Gannets, 8 Razorbills, 4 Kittiwakes and a Raven flew by.

Roosting at Petit Port were 46 Curlews, one Whimbrel, 217 Oystercatchers and 17 Brent Geese, with 129 Oystercatchers, 4 Little Egrets and 15 Rock Pipits at Le Pulec.

Little is changing at St Ouen's Pond with 95 Lapwings, 103 Snipe, 3 Teal, 20 Tufted Duck, 29 Shovelers and 5 Pochard seen today. On the Scrape were 110 Brent Geese, 12 Cormorants, a Grey Heron and a Buzzard.

Back to yesterday evening and at Beaumont Marsh were 2 Woodcock, 2 Firecrests, 6 Blackcaps, 5 Chiffchaffs, 8 Meadow Pipits, a Reed Bunting, 100 Goldfinches and a Grey Heron.

Evening update: 2 Cattle Egrets were at La Sente today and the male Black Redstart was again in Robin Bay. The conservation fields at La Rocque held 600 Chaffinches, 4 Reed Buntings and 10 Skylarks. At Holme Grown there is a roost of 300 Pied Wagtails.

Picture: That fine male Black Redstart with a Jersey ring on at La Rocque, where he has wintered for the last six years

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 10.01.2019   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy day with a chilly Northerly wind and good visibility.

A scattering of records from around the Island today, starting at La Coupe at first light where a Great Northern Diver, 13 Brent Geese, 9 Razorbills and 12 Common Gulls were seen passing and a group of 15 Kittiwakes and 10 Gannets was attending a feeding party of 3+ Harbour Porpoises.

At Grouville Marsh were 10+ Redwings, 2 Firecrests, a Chiffchaff, 5 Reed Buntings a Water Rail and a Buzzard.

In Grouville Bay were several hundred Brent Geese which included an adult Black Brant at Le Hurel, also 5 Great Crested Grebes plus 14 Bar-tailed Godwits, 8 Greenshanks and 5 Ringed Plovers among many Grey Plovers, Dunlin and a few Sanderlings. Around the corner at La Rocque were 3 Slavonian Grebes, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 22 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Raven and the ringed male Black Redstart, with 2 males having been seen there yesterday. 3 Cattle Egrets were feeding at the Happy Hens.

Seen on the St Clement trail were 70 Skylarks, 9 Ravens, 100 Chaffinches and a Brambling. A Little Grebe was in St Helier Harbour.

At the Wetland Centre in St Ouen's Bay were 100+ Snipe, 30 Lapwings, 2 Teal, 5 Pochard and 10 Tufted Duck.

Picture: Another view of yesterday's Hen Harrier at La Rocque

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 09.01.2019   .Mick Dryden 

A cool and windy northerly day.

An adult type male Hen Harrier was quartering the conservation fields at La Rocque this morning until seen off by Crows. Pictures indicate it is the same bird that was at Crabbe yesterday, so doing a winter tour of the conservation fields of Jersey it seems. Other raptors doing similarly there included a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier and a Buzzard, also a Raven. Several hundreds of Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Reed Buntings and House Sparrows were there as well as 500 Starlings.

Birds at or passing La Rocque Harbour at first light included a Great Northern Diver, a Shelduck, 63 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Black-necked Grebe, 2 Peregrines, a Common Gull and 102 Shags. The male Black Redstart was in Robin Bay again, also 4 Pied Wagtails.

La Sente held 17 Little Egrets, 6 Grey Herons and a Chiffchaff.

Picture: The stunning Hen Harrier passing overhead at La Rocque this morning

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 08.01.2019   .Mick Dryden 

An overnight cold front cleared the air, with even some sunshine on the agenda in a cool Northerly wind.

Just a few birds to report from Grosnez first thing with a Red-throated Diver, 40 Gannets, 38 Fulmars, 29 Razorbills, 6 Kittiwakes, a Mediterranean Gull and 10 Black-headed Gulls seen, also at least one Harbour Porpoise at sunrise.

A male Hen Harrier was hunting at the Crabbe conservation fields where 800 assorted finches were present. The conservation fields at Queen's Valley held 600 Chaffinches, 15 Linnets, a Brambling, 25 Reed Buntings, 6 Marsh Harriers and a Sparrowhawk. At Le Roncier were 25 Skylarks.

At La Rocque were 32 Grey Herons, a male Black Redstart, a Water Pipit and a Peregrine at Icho Tower while ay Gorey were 35 Pied Wagtails and 2 White Wagtails.

Waders roosting at Petit Port included a Whimbrel and 47 Curlews and at St Ouen's Pond were 28 Shovelers, 5 Pochard, a Little Grebe, 105 Snipe, 98 Lapwings and in the backfields, 10 Reed Buntings.

This evening, a Barn Owl was in Vallee des Vaux.

Yesterday, 3 Woodcock, a Snipe and 2 Skylarks were at Mont au Pretre

Picture: Our record of only 6 minutes of sunshine this year was shattered by occasional sunny periods today with this Lapwing at the Wetland Centre taking full advantage.

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 07.01.2019   .Mick Dryden 

A grey but mild day ahead of forecast overnight rain due to clear before dawn.

A quiet day all round both in the weather and the birds. Counts at St Ouen's Pond this morning included 29 Shovelers, 6 Pochard, 10 Tufted Duck, 7 Teal, 3 Brent Geese and in front of the Wetland Centre, 95 Lapwings, 85 Snipe and a Water Pipit.

There was nothing much of note passing Grosnez early on, with just 12 Gannets, 10 Fulmars, 2 Razorbills and 2 Ravens seen, but 3 Harbour Porpoises and 2 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were feeding offshore at first light.

At Queen's Valley were 8 Greenshanks, 6 Teal and 18 Cormorants but the Pintail was not seen.

In St Aubin's Bay were 12 Great Crested Grebes and 7 Little Grebes were on the St Ouen's Bay Sandpits.

Picture: It's not Christmas any more, thankfully, but there are plenty of Robins around the Island at the moment.

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