Bittern sightings continue to flourish, with one seen at St Ouen's Pond Scrape today with 22 Teal, 6 Wigeon and 213 Lapwings also at the same site. Counts in the Sandpits included 6 Gadwall, 22 Pochards, 24 Tufted Ducks, 2 Little Grebes, 275 Black-headed Gulls and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
Diver passage at La Coupe has pretty much dried up at the moment, with just a Red-throated Diver and 2 distant unidentified divers seen. Also passing there were 2 Balearic Shearwaters, a Fulmar, 5 Gannets, 28 Common Scoters, 6 Common Gulls, 8 Mediterranean Gulls, 21 Kittiwakes, 4 Sandwich Terns, 94 Razorbills and 13 unidentified auks.
At a chilly Queen's Valley this morning were 7 Greenshanks, 4 Mandarins, 2 Grey Wagtails and a Grey Heron.
Picture. A recent shot of a Reed Bunting, taken at the Scrape by Romano.
Writing this in the middle of a a mega African thunderstorm!
Today in Jersey:
Seawatching at White Rock produced a Great Northern Diver, 3 Shelduck, 3 Common Scoters, a Great Crested Grebe, a Balearic Shearwater, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 4 Common Gulls, 3 Kittiwakes and 13 Razorbills.
Some good estimated numbers in Grouville Bay included 10 Black-necked Grebes, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 50 Razorbills, 5 Great Northern Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers, a Red-throated Diver, 20 Common Scoters, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 10 Common Gulls, 1000+ Black-headed Gulls, 10 Sandwich Terns, 20 Red-breasted Mergansers, 100 Grey Plovers, 100 Turnstones, 1000 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plovers, 20 Grey Herons and 100 Little Egrets. 2 Stonechats were at Fort WilliamLast night, hundreds of Redwings were heard flying over Grouville Bay.
17 Marsh Harriers were in the air at St Ouen's Pond, finally flushing the Bitterns and 34 Teal, 6 Wigeon and 8 Snipe were at the Scrape. In the Sandpits were 259 Lapwings, 22 Pochard, 26 Shovelers, 6 Gadwall and 2 Little Grebes with a Stonechat at La Pulente.
Back to yesterday when a Cattle Egret was still at Grouville Marsh and in conservation fields at La Rocque were 150 Chaffinches, 20 Linnets, 30 Goldfinches and 5 Fieldfares. At the St Helier Marina roost were 350 Pied Wagtails and at least 5 White Wagtails.
Picture: A Bittern at St Ouen's Pond skilfully captured on camera by Romano.
Apparently a greyish sort of day.
St Ouen's Pond and scrape today provided 2 Bitterns, a Kingfisher, 5 Wigeon, 39 Teal, 58 Lapwings, a Water Pipit, 13 Marsh Harriers, a Common Buzzard, 8 Snipe, 3 Reed Buntings and a Stonechat.
Today's sea watching at La Coupe produced a Great Northern Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Divers, 3 Common Scoters, 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Kittiwakes, a Mediterranean Gull, a Common Gull and 38 Razorbills. A juvenile Red-throated Diver was also present there.
At Queen's Valley were 9 Greenshanks and a Grey Wagtail, with 4 Mandarins having been there yesterday. 2 Blackcaps were in a garden at Maufant.
A further 10 Greenshanks were at L'Etacq and 43 Pied Wagtails at La Pulente.
An extra for yesterday was a female Hen Harrier seen at Sorel Point late afternoon.
Picture: Cormorant at Queen's Valley, taken by Andrew Koester.
Just a few reports so far, on a day of reducing temperatures in a fresh north-east wind.
One Bittern was seen at St Ouen's Pond where 33 Teal, 5 Wigeon, 122 Lapwings, 2 Golden Plovers and 24 Snipe were also present
At least 1100 Black-headed Gulls were in Grouville Bay along with 10 Common Gulls and over 200 Sanderlings.
Picture: Romano's getting closer! His latest image of the Long-tailed Duck at Ouaisne.
Reports from the Scrape at St Ouen's Pond today include 2 Bitterns once again, a Kingfisher, 5 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 37 Shovelers, 2 Brent Geese, 100+ Lapwings, 3 Curlews and 3 Reed Buntings.
The Long-tailed Duck was in St Brelade's Bay for another day, at the Ouaisne end, with 3 Great Crested Grebes and 25 Sanderlings also seen. 210 Sanderlings were at First Tower including a colour-ringed individual.
Seawatching at La Coupe produced an Avocet, a Great Northern Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 2 unidentified divers, 5 Common Gulls, 10 Kittiwakes, 8 Mediterranean Gulls, 82 Razorbills, 4 Guillemots and a further 31 auks.
In conservation fields at Crabbe were 2 Marsh Harriers, a Sparrowhawk, 180 Chaffinches, 2 Bramblings, a Greenfinch, 45 Linnets,10 Goldfinches, 28 Skylarks, a Stonechat, 15 Song Thrushes and a Blackcap
In Queen's Valley were 20 Tufted Ducks, 3 Mandarins and just 5 Cormorants with the reservoir reported as 70 per cent full.
Some extras for yesterday included 20 Common Gulls and 100+ Black-headed Gulls at Gorey and a nearly all white Blackbird seen in Rue de la Falaise near the Zoo.
Picture: With colder weather forecast for the end of the week, a timely view of Queen's Valley reservoir today, with thanks to Andrew for the image.
Two Bitterns were seen late this afternoon at St Ouen's Pond, viewed from Eddie's Hide.
Seawatching at White Rock, Rozel produced a Great Northern Diver, 9 Red-throated Divers, 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 15 Razorbills, a Common Gull and 3 Kittiwakes.
At Grouville Marsh were 2 Teal, 2 Greenshanks, 2 Woodcocks, a Jack Snipe, a Firecrest, 2 Goldcrests, 6 Chiffchaffs and 20 Reed Buntings- a low number for this time of year, also 2 female Cetti's Warblers and a Marsh Harrier. 2 Siskins were in Vallee des Vaux.
Picture: A good excuse to see Tim Ransom's fine image of a Bittern again.
Just a few reports so far on what was, by all accounts, a still and grey day.
A Short-eared Owl was seen at Les Landes late this morning and a Bittern flew from the golf course to the St Ouen's Pond reed bed just before 5 pm this evening.
At the north end of Grouville Bay today were 510 Brent Geese, 5 Little Egrets, 50 Sanderlings, 10 Dunlin, 5 Curlews, 5 Grey Plovers and 10 Oystercatchers.
Picture: If you ever wondered where those autumn migrants passing through Jersey, finished up, well - this picture of a Willow Warbler was taken this morning on the Crocodile River in South Africa ( 25S, 31E), with a Garden Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher also in the vicinity.
Hi all, from South Africa. Thanks for sending in those reports so that there is a news item tonight and thanks to Tony for keeping the News reports going for the last three weeks. He's gone to the Gambia now for a lie down.
The Long-tailed Duck was again at the Ouaisne end of St Brelade's Bay today along with a Great Northern Diver, a Common Scoter and a Great Crested Grebe.
It was a slow day at La Coupe, so much so that Richard resorted to counting thrushes overhead! 742 Redwings and 22 Fieldfares, to be exact as well as 135 Woodpigeons, Out at sea, a Great Northern Diver, a Mediterranean Gull, 4 Kittiwakes and 24 Razorbills was the sum of it.
Around the La Rocque area, a fine male Hen Harrier was seen hunting near the Happy Hens ( maybe not so happy) with 79 dark-bellied Brent Geese there including 0ver 20 per cent juveniles. Meanwhile, in Grouville Bay were 20+ Common Scoters, both Slavonian and Black-necked Grebes, 20 Great Crested Grebes, a Great Northern Diver, Sandwich Terns and 4 Bottle-nosed Dolphins moving south. 3 Razorbills were seen from a boat off of Gorey this evening
Seen at the North Canal and St Ouen's Pond were 2 very active Bitterns, a Jack Snipe, 12 Snipe, a Barn Owl, a Brent Goose, 42 Shovelers, 9 Chiffchaffs including one Siberian Chiffchaff, 45 Reed Buntings, 10 Cetti's Warblers and 8 Bearded Tits.
A Wolfs Caves were 53 Fieldfares and 200 Redwings moving east and a Woodcock was at Egypt this evening.
Picture: Among my local birds at the moment is a pair of African Pygmy Kingfishers, this one seen here a few days ago.
Keep sending those reports!
On a gloomy November day the Long-tailed Duck was still present in St Brelade's Bay, at the Ouaisne end, along with a Common Scoter and a Great Northern Diver. At Noirmont, near the chicken field, a Grey Wagtail, one Stonechat and 20 Goldfinches but still no sign of the Cirl Buntings, have they moved on?
At St Ouen's Pond/Scrape a Bittern, 38 Shovelers, 16 Teal, three Wigeon, 46 Lapwings one Jack Snipe and two Bearded Tits. Another 30 Lapwings were in the Sandpits.
In the east of the Island, five Mandarin Ducks were on Queen's Valley Reservoir. In Grouville Bay this morning, a Great Northern Diver, three Black-throated Divers, one Red-throated Diver, 20 Great-crested Grebes, 21 Common Scoters, two female Velvet Scoters, 1000+ Dunlin, 50+ Sanderlings, 20+ Ringed PLovers, 100+ Grey PLovers, 20 Bar-tailed Godwits, 10 Greenshanks, 50+ Turnstones, 30 Kittiwakes, 10 Mediterranean Gulls and four Sandwich Terns.
It was quiet at La Coupe this morning, 12 Brent Geese, one Great Northern Diver, two Red-throated Divers, one Red-breasted Merganser, 28 Common Scoters, three Mediterranean Gulls, three Kittiwakes and five Razorbills.
Picture: The Long-tailed Duck, taken yesterday by Romano in St Brelade's Bay.
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Another good day for divers in the light north-east winds.
Passing La Coupe this morning, 11 Black-throated Divers, 93 Red-throated Divers, five Gannets, 24 Common Scoters, three Shelducks, one Red-breasted Merganser, two Kittiwakes, five Mediterranean Gulls and 11 Razorbills. Also in the area, seven Ravens and a Peregrine.
The Long-taied Duck was still in St Brelade's Bay (new picture in the gallery) and also two Great-crested Grebes.
Four Wigeon and a Kingfisher (picture in the gallery) were at the Scrape, St Ouen's Pond and another Kingfisher at St Helier Marina, where the Pied Wagtail roost was much reduced, only about 150 to 200 birds tonight.
Picture: Not only divers were passing La Coupe this morning. This Belgian naval frigate F931 the Louise-Marie also sailed by.
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