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 20.01.2017   .Tony Paintin 

Clear and cold, with a maximum of +3C and a light to moderate east wind.

Better conditions for sea watching today. In two hours at La Coupe this morning were 26 Red-throated Divers, one Great Northern Diver, eight Gannets, one Kittiwake, three Common Gulls, five Mediterranean Gulls and 36 Razorbills.

Roosting at Petit Port this morning, 193 Oystercatchers, 37 Curlew, 41 Grey Plovers, one Redshank, 24 Turnstones, 55 Dunlin, 31 Ringed Plovers and a Sanderling.

At a frozen Scrape, St Ouen's Pond, just one Teal, 25 Lapwings, one Grey Wagtail and a Kingfisher on the South Canal.

At L'Etacq, 15 Sanderlings, one Ringed Plover, 20 Rock Pipits, two Black Redstarts and a Grey Wagtail.

A cool zero degrees at Queen's Valley this morning, nine Cormorants, seven Greenshanks, a Grey Heron and Colin the Coot.

Yesterday evening at Grouville Marsh, six Teal, 20 Snipe and three Woodcock. 15 Ringed Plovers were in Grouville Bay.

Picture: taken by Romano, waders at Petit Port this morning.

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 19.01.2017   .Tony Paintin 

Feeling cold in the fresh north-easterly and only +4C.

Nothing offshore at La Coupe this morning, just a couple of Gannets and three Mediterranean Gulls.

At Green Island, four Red-breasted Mergansers, one Great-crested Grebe and a Slavonian Grebe. In St Aubin's Bay, seven Great-crested Grebes.

At St Ouen's Pond, 17 Wigeon were on the Scrape and seen from the Wetlands Centre were 37 Pochard, 33 Shovelers, 22 Teal, nine Grey Herons, four Little Grebes, 30 Lapwings, 20 Snipe and 150 Stock Doves in the back fields.

Last night at La Haule Slip, 100 Dunlin and 150 Sanderlings.

Gallery Picture: a Great-crested Grebe.

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 18.01.2017   .Tony Paintin 

Sunny but cold with a light easterly wind.

Passing La Coupe on a chilly morning were 20 Red-throated Divers, two Common Gulls, one Mediterranean Gull, one Lesser Black-backed Gull and 16 Razorbills. 13 Brent Geese were offshore and a Buzzard was soaring over the ridge.

500 Brent Geese and two Lapwings were at Goose Green Marsh and five Cattle Egrets in St Peter this afternoon.

An unidentified pipit, was seen at the Wetland Center today, not a Water or Meadow Pipit, so one to look out for.

Picture: some hardy members of the Jersey Canoe Club passing La Coupe this morning.

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 17.01.2017   .Tony Paintin 

A sunny, cold and crisp day with a light east wind.

With the wind back in the east, it was a little more interesting at La Coupe this morning, three Great Northern Divers, five Red-throated Divers, three Gannets, one Kittiwake, five Mediterranean Gulls, six Common Gulls, and 26 Razorbills seen during a three hour sea watch.

Five Cattle Egrets were at Les Charriers, St Peter this morning and 40 Pied Wagtails near St Peter's Village.

At Queen's Valley, 13 Cormorants, two Grey Herons, four Mute Swans and seven Greenshanks. Two Woodcock were in Valllee des Vaux.

Seen from St Brelade's Bay were two Buzzards and two Ravens soaring over Les Creux and heard a singing Chaffinch!

The full wader count figures from last sunday are now in the downloads section.

A nice picture from Chris Eve, a few of the 31 Choughs seen up at Sorel today. Also an early sighting of a Peacock butterfly.

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 16.01.2017   .Tony Paintin 

Rain and drizzle for most of the day, with the winds slowly veering to the east.

20 Rock Pipits, a Grey Wagtail and a Black Redstart were at Le Pulec this morning and 16 Dunlin, 19 Ringed Plovers and 47 Sanderling were roosting near Big Ver'ns on the high tide.

At the Wetland Centre, St Ouen's Pond were, two pipits possibly Water Pipits, 34 Pochards 20 Shovelers, 15 Teal, 116 Lapwings, 190 Snipe and two Little Grebes. The usual 15 Wigeon, two Curlews and two Fieldfares were at the Scrape.

Yesterdays Brent count total was 1,452 dark-bellied and 50 pale-bellied, which is almost the same as last years count. The full count details are available in the downloads section.

Picture: Great Northern Divers have been notable by their absence this year so far, but two were seen by Alan today at Green Island. This picture was taken last December by Mick.

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 15.01.2017   .Tony Paintin 

Cloudy with rain most of the morning and late afternoon with a moderate north-westerly.

The January Brent and wader count took place this morning, full details later in the week.

Five Great-crested Grebes and 573 Brent Geese were in Grouville Bay and the surrounding fields this morning including the Icelandic ringed pale-bellied Brent at Happy Hens along with 32 Little Egrets.

Waders in Grouville Bay included 410 Dunlin, 75 Sanderlings, 140 Grey Plovers and seven Bar-tailed Godwits.

Between La Rocque and Le Hocq were 39 Red-breasted Mergansers, three Slavonian Grebes, a Shelduck, three Sandwich Terns, a roost of 56 Mediterranean Gulls at Pontac, 219 Grey Povers and 77 Redshanks.

500+ Starlings were at Trinity Manor, 78 of which were caught and ringed. In fields near L'Etacq 41 Jackdaws with 20 Crows.

Close encounters with two Kingfishers this morning, one just over the wall, on Dannemarche Reservoir and the other on Millbrook.

Picture: Brent Geese.

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 14.01.2017   .Tony Paintin 

The strong north-westerlies continue.

A stroll through St Catherine's Woods this morning found two Buzzards, three drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a pair of Bullfinch and a few Redwings.

Two Skylarks, 25+ Linnets (hard to find at the moment) and 75 Crows were in fields near La Saline, St Ouen's Bay. At Le Pulec, a Peregrine, one Black Redstart and 25+ Rock Pipits.

Moving east, 20 Tufted Ducks, one Wigeon and two Teal were on Grands Vaux Reservoir, 400 Starlings, two Fieldfares and 30 Redwings were at Trinity Manor. one Teal, 30 Goldfinches and 30 Redwings were at Handois.

On the high tide this morning at La Rocque, 34 Red-breasted Mergansers, seven Great-crested Grebes, one Slavonian Grebe, one Red-throated Diver, 28 Little Egrets, two Common Gulls and three Sandwich Terns. Among the roosting waders were 68 Turnstones, nine Sanderlings, two Bar-tailed Godwits, one Redshank and a Grey Plover. A walk out to Icho Tower at low water found one Sandwich Tern and a Rock Pipit.

Good luck to all taking part in the January Brent and wader count tomorrow morning.

Picture: another view of a Cattle Egret taken by Romano. There were three at St Peter today.

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 13.01.2017   .Tony Paintin 

Mainly sunny but feeling cold in the strong to gale force north-westerlies.

Little was moving at La Coupe this morning in the strong winds, just three Gannets, two Fulmars, three Kittiwakes and 11 Razorbills, plus the local Shags (15).

At St Ouen's Pond/Scrape, 16 Wigeon, 46 Shovelers, 34 Pochards, 100 Snipe, one Jack Snipe, 80 Lapwing, two Curlew, nine Grey Herons, four Marsh Harriers, two Fieldfares and a Raven.

A Black Redstart, one Stonechat, six Pied Wagtails and four Rock Pipits were by the sea wall at Fauvic, Grouville Bay.

Picture: a Shag at St Catherine's Breakwater.

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 12.01.2017   .Tony Paintin 

Showers this morning with persistent heavy rain by this afternoon, winds increasing to north-westerly gale force 8. All in all a pretty miserable day.

Seen from the shelter of St Ouen's Pond Wetland Centre, two Little Grebes, 20 Shovelers, 15 Teal, 183 Snipe, one Jack Snipe and 75 Lapwings. At Eddie's hide on the Scrape, the usual 16 Wigeon, a Grey Heron, one Common Buzzard, three Marsh Harriers, one of which was struggling to carry a dead rabbit, one Curlew, one Grey Wagtail, a Stonechat and a Fieldfare.

Five Cattle Egrets were still at St Peter this morning and single Black Redstart at Le Pulec.

At Grouville Marsh, 11 Grey Herons and another Cattle Egret. Two Firecrests were seen in Queen's Valley and 24 Tufted Ducks were on Grands Vaux.

Picture: Lapwings at St Ouen's Pond.

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 11.01.2017   .Tony Paintin 

North-westerly force five, with the odd shower.

At Queen's Valley this morning, seven Greenshanks, one Common Buzzard and a Kingfisher.

At St Ouen's Pond, 36 Brent Geese, 53 Shovelers, 27 Pochard, 16 Wigeon, six Teal, two Little Grebes and 123 Snipe. Two Fieldfares were in the tamarisks on the way down to Eddie's Hide late afternoon.

35 Ringed Plovers and 35 Dunlin were roosting near the Cutty Sark, St Ouen's Bay and 100+ Chaffinches were in fields at Les Creux.

Four Cattle Egrets were with the cows in St Peter.

Picture: Redwings were on the move last night over Les Creux, do they know something? Thanks to Romano for this image.

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