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 27.07.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A mainly dry, and sometimes sunny, morning and a fine afternoon in a southwest wind.

There was some decent movement offshore at Seymour this morning, mainly involving terns. A Little Tern was on the beach at first light, but soon flew off to the South and 2 Black Terns passed by. The bulk came from the 1030 Sandwich Terns counted as well as 14 Common Terns. Other birds passing included 2 Balearic Shearwaters, a Guillemot, a Fulmar, 37 Gannets, the summering Brent Goose, a Great Crested Grebe, an Arctic Skua chasing terns, 5 Grey Herons, 8 Little Egrets, 11 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 16 Mediterranean Gulls and 100+ Black-headed Gulls. Waders seen included 3 Ringed Plovers, 3 Dunlin, a Whimbrel, 24 Curlews, a Redshank and 10 Turnstones.

Off Grosnez were 7 Balearic Shearwaters, a Puffin, 15 Mediterranean Gulls, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 2 pods of Bottle-nosed Dolphins. A Wheatear was on the ground there.

The roost at Petit Port included 39 Mediterranean Gulls, 8 Sandwich Terns, 27 Curlews and 3 Whimbrels.

In the Sandpits this evening was a small grebe, first seen two days ago and now thought to be a Slavonian Grebe.

Ecrehous report: Seen today were 2 Ringed Plovers, 5 Grey Plovers, 8 Sanderling, a Curlew, 250 Sandwich Terns and a Willow Warbler. The Common Terns seem to have only around a dozen juveniles, some not yet fledged.

A juvenile Stonechat was seen at White Rock, Rozel yesterday.

Picture: Thanks to Jo Bramley for her fine image of the Kingfisher which was at Jersey Zoo this week.

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 26.07.2021   .Mick Dryden 

Fog spoiled most of the morning on the west of the Island at least. A cooler feel to the conditions in a Westerly wind

Before fog cloaked the scene, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 12 Fulmars, 37 Gannets, 2 Mediterranean Gulls and a Swallow were seen at Grosnez.

At Petit Port were the Shelduck family again, 9 Whimbrels, 47 Curlews, 5 Sandwich Terns, 89 Mediterranean Gulls, 15 Black-headed Gulls and a Common Sandpiper.

In St Ouen's Bay, at Le Pulec were 32 Mediterranean Gulls, 17 Black-headed Gulls, a Sandwich Tern and 9 Common Sandpipers and at La Pulente were 120 Black-headed Gulls and 17 Mediterranean Gulls.

The first autumn Willow Warbler was at Beauport this morning, 2 Swifts flew over Mont les Vaux early and in St Aubin's Bay, 5 Sandwich Terns were at First Tower and 4 Swifts plus 3 Redshanks were at St Aubin. A Small Tortoiseshell butterfly was in a garden on Mont les Vaux too.

In Grouville Bay were 400 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 15 Sandwich Terns and a Whimbrel.

Back to yesterday, when a Kingfisher was seen in the Zoo.

Picture: A juvenile Sandwich Tern at Petit Port this morning.

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 25.07.2021   .Mick Dryden 

Low pressure was firmly back in control today, with overnight showers petering out through the morning in a northwest wind.

A slow news seawatch from Corbiere this morning saw 7 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 7 Common Scoters, 78 Gannets, 3 Fulmars, 16 Cormorants, 23 Mediterranean Gulls, a single Black-headed Gull, 4 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Whimbrel and 3 Swifts, also 5+ Bottle-nosed Dolphins.

Around the corner, in Petit Port Bay were 116 Mediterranean Gulls, 25 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Whimbrels, 5 Curlews, 2 Common Sandpipers, 12 Little Egrets and the family of Shelduck with 7 fast growing young.

At La Pulente were 4 Grey Herons, 181 Black-headed Gulls including 13 juveniles and 60 Mediterranean Gulls including 21 juveniles, although all were flushed from the beach by human activity and the Mediterranean Gulls may be included in the Petit Port count as a result. At the north end of St Ouen's Bay were 8 Common Sandpipers, 27 Mediterranean Gulls, 43 Black-headed Gulls, a Sandwich Tern and a Grey Seal, while at the Pond itself were 4 Sedge Warblers, 30 Reed Warblers, a Cetti's Warbler with young and 2 Swifts.

24 Sandwich Terns were at Le Hocq.

Yesterday evening at St Ouen's Pond were 70 Sand Martins, 25 Swallows, 4 Swifts, a Green Sandpiper, a Snipe and 2 Ravens.

Picture: Cormorant wing-drying at Corbiere.

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 24.07.2021   .Mick Dryden 

Heavy showers overnight gave a cooler day than of recent with further showers through the day in a fresh southerly wind

Just odds and ends from around the Island, with little by way of organised migration seen.

Early on, passing Noirmont were 2 Balearic Shearwaters, a Manx Shearwater, a Fulmar, 44 Gannets, 4 Sandwich Terns, 12 Mediterranean Gulls, 13 Black-headed Gulls, 5 Swifts, 5 Swallows and 3 Sand Martins. A Whitethroat was on the ground and 4 Ravens in the air at Noirmont too. 7 Swifts flew over Red Houses between showers this afternoon.

Roosting at Petit Port were 36 Curlews, 3 Whimbrels, a Turnstone, 2 Common Sandpipers, 24 Mediterranean Gulls, 10 Black-headed Gulls and the family of Shelduck still intact. Seen at Corbiere were 2 Common Sandpipers, a Curlew, a Whimbrel, a Balearic Shearwater, 3 Swifts and 2 Mediterranean Gulls.

On St Ouen's Pond Scrape were 2 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe and a Water Rail.

At Seymour were 220 Black-headed Gulls and a Mediterranean Gull and at Pontac were 7 Ravens.

Late this. Afternoon, up to 40 Swifts were feeding over St Clement’s Church

In something of a time parallel to the Mediterranean Gull featured on the right, a Common Tern which was colour-ringed as a nestling in the same breeding season ( 2014, ) but this time at Zeebrugge in Belgium, was photographed at the start of July on the Ecrehous.

Picture: Among the Mediterranean Gulls at Petit Port was this bird ( Green ANCH ), colour-ringed as a nestling in Hamburg, Germany in 2014. It's varied career so far has included visits to Le Crau in Southern France, Le Vendee and Finistere and also Petit Port Jersey, a year ago. Maybe it has now come home to roost!

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 23.07.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A day of increasing cloud and a few spots of rain this afternoon, in a fresh to strong east-northeast wind.

There was more energy in the atmosphere today, showing in the numbers of birds on the move. Passing Noirmont this morning were 19 Crossbills, 44 Swifts, a Sand Martin, 4 Swallows, a Skylark and 10 Black-headed Gulls with a female Marsh Harrier and a Whitethroat also seen.

Seawatching at Corbiere was productive with counts of 14 Balearic Shearwaters, 19 Manx Shearwaters, 5 Fulmars, 45 Gannets, 92 Mediterranean Gulls, 161 Black-headed Gulls, a Common Gull, 47 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 6 Whimbrels, 10 Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, 28 Swifts and a Swallow, with 3 juvenile Stonechats together near the bottom car park. In Petit Port Bay, the Shelduck family was present and correct at 7 half-grown young, 26 Curlews, 3 Whimbrels and 16 Mediterranean Gulls.

In St Ouen's Bay, 150 Black-headed Gulls and 26 Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Little Grebes, a Common Sandpiper and 228 Coot were in the Sandpits, 2 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper and 2 Snipe were on the Scrape, 5 Pochard and 5 Grey Herons were on the Pond and a Common Sandpiper was at Le Pulec.

Picture: Among the Mediterranean Gulls arriving now are good numbers of juveniles, such as this one.

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 22.07.2021   .Mick Dryden 

Another fine and hot day, possibly the last for a while, with a weather breakdown forecast for tomorrow. Temperatures reached 29c in an increasing northeast wind.

It is time for a change in conditions, with less on the move each day in the current anticyclonic conditions.

A morning search for a possible Turtle Dove at Greve de Lecq was rewarded with a fly-over Cuckoo, but not the dove.

The few migrants on the move at Noirmont this morning included 57 Swifts, 31 Swallows, 2 Sandwich Terns, a Common Tern, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 25 Mediterranean Gulls, 5 Black-headed Gulls and 30 Gannets. A Whitethroat and 2 Stonechats were on the ground there and 4 Ravens flew over, also 3 Buzzards including a pale-phase individual.

On the Scrape this morning were 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Snipe, a Common Sandpiper, 6 Lapwings, 6 Shovelers and 2 Swifts. Yesterday evening at the Pond were 200 Sand Martins, 50 Swallows and some fully grown juvenile Shovelers.

18 Sandwich Terns were at La Rocque this afternoon and 5 Sand Martins flew over Vallee des Vaux this evening.

Picture: With Little Ringed Plovers filtering back through the Island now, a good time to re-visit this superb image of one, taken by Alan Modral at la Sente.

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 21.07.2021   .Mick Dryden 

It was another in the series of very warm to hot days at 28c in the current anticyclone, with blue skies and a variable easterly wind.

These hot conditions are not conducive to much by way of migration, but still a few birds to report from Noirmont this morning, before the heat kicked in. A Honey Buzzard was flushed fro a tree near the bottom car park by Great Black-backed Gulls, and the flew North at low level before descending into trees on the east side of the headland. 17 Common Scoters flew by offshore as well as 17 Gannets and 10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and a feeding group of gulls and terns on the outer edge of St Aubin's Bay included 50+ Black-headed Gulls, 15 Mediterranean Gulls, 6 Sandwich Terns and 3 Common Terns. In addition, a turtle sp ( possibly a Loggerhead) appeared briefly in the centre of St Aubin's Bay before diving and not being seen again.
Passing overhead at Noirmont were 21 Swifts, 4 Sand Martins, 2 Meadow Pipits, 3 Buzzards and c12 Swallows, which did not head off. 2 Whitethroats and 2 Dartford Warblers were also seen.

At St Ouen's Pond Scrape were 3 Green Sandpipers.

Evening update: a newly fledged Marsh Harrier and a pair of Little Grebes with young were at the Kemp Tower pools. On the Scrape this evening were 3 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, a Little Ringed Plover and an Oystercatcher, with 3 Whimbrels, a Redshank and 3 Mediterranean Gulls at Petit Port. 20 Swifts were in flight over Gorey

Picture: Butterflies and Dragonflies are appearing in good numbers now including a Clouded Yellow at the Scrape, several Red Admirals and this fresh Painted Lady at Noirmont this morning

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 20.07.2021   .Mick Dryden 

The hot days continue, reaching 28c today in an easterly wind.

Todays odds and ends passing Noirmont this morning included 2 Crossbills, 4 Common Scoters, 4 Grey Herons, 2 Little Egrets, 34 Swifts, 36 Sand Martins ( including a flock of 33 birds), 8 Swallows, a White Wagtail, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 9 Mediterranean Gulls, 22 Black-headed Gulls and a Gannet. At least 12 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were feeding in St Aubin's Bay.

On Grouville Common were c60 Starlings, 5 Greenfinches, 5 Cirl Buntings and the usual House Sparrows and at Le Bourg, 2 Buzzards were seen soaring with 2 Peregrines

Evening update: On the Scrape were 2 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, a Little Ringed Plover, 250 Sand Martins and 50 Swallows.

Picture: A male House Sparrow in Grouville this month

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 19.07.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A fine and hot day, at 29c in an easterly wind

Slow news again in the hot conditions, although one of the first Autumn migrants appeared at Noirmont in the form of a near pristine male Whinchat. Also of note were a single Crossbill, 69 Swifts, 14 Swallows, 9 Sand Martins, 5 Common Scoters, 4 Mediterranean Gulls, 4 Black-headed Gulls, a Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechats, 5 Whitethroats, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 4 Ravens, a Sparrowhawk and 4 Buzzards.

Seen from the Wetland Centre at St Ouen's Pond were a Tufted Duck with 4 young, a singing Reed Warbler, 2 Grey Herons, 16 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Swifts, 10 Sand Martins and a Green Lizard drinking at a puddle nearby. In the Sandpits were 4 Little Grebes and a Common Sandpiper. A Cattle Egret was seen at the Scrape yesterday.

3 Ravens and 17 Choughs were in the air together at Sorel and another 2 Choughs were seen at Greve de Lecq.

The albino House Sparrow was seen again in a garden near Green Island.

Lots of gulls are in the air over the Island now, as the first ant emergences appear.

Evening update: on the Scrape this evening were 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Snipe, a Green Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper and on the Pond, 6 male and a female Pochard.

Picture: A recent image of Cirl Bunting, taken by Romano in Grouville

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 18.07.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A fine day, very warm at 27c in a fresh east-northeast wind

The settled conditions continue and seen passing Noirmont on another quiet day were a Cattle Egret, a Little Egret, 52 Swifts, 14 Sand Martins, 13 Swallows, a Redshank, a Mediterranean Gull, 59 Black-headed Gull, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Marsh Harriers, 5 Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, 5 Whitethroats, a Dartford Warbler and 2 Stonechats.

4 Green Sandpipers were at the St Ouen's Pond Scrape while 3 Common Sandpipers, 4 Green Sandpipers and a Little Grebe were seen in the Sandpits. A Short-toed Treecreeper was in the Winston Churchill Park in St Brelade.

At Mont Ube were up to 60 Woodpigeons in a hayfield attracting attention from a juvenile Peregrine and a male Cirl Bunting was singing near to Victoria Tower at Gorey.

Waders are starting to reappear at St Ouen's Pond now and this evening, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers and a Snipe were on the Scrape along with a female Shoveler with 6 small juveniles. In the Sandpits were 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Green Sandpipers ( the same birds?), 4 Little Grebes including a juvenile and 6 Mediterranean Gulls. On St Ouen's Pond were 7 Pochard, 2 Teal and 4 Grey Herons.

Picture: An immature Marsh Harrier at Noirmont this morning.

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