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 17.04.2015   .Tony Paintin 

During a ringing session yesterday evening at St Ouen's Pond, 120 Sand Martins and 25 Swallows came into roost including a four year old, previously ringed, male. Also present were two Water Rails and a Reed Warbler.

A much cooler day today, with an increasing north-easerly wind.

Early morning sightings at St Ouen's Pond included the first Swift of the spring (unless you know better), 50+ Sand Martins, 10+ Swallows, a female Merlin and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Three Wheatears were on Les Blanches Banques and another four, including a Greenland ssp were at St Ouen's Pond. Two Yellow Wagtails made a brief appearance at the Scrape this afternoon and a Shelduck was seen on the pond near Kempt Tower, could it be one of our breeding birds?

At last there were good numbers of Swallows moving through the Island today, especially along St Ouen's Bay, 45 were counted in 30 minutes this lunchtime and another 60 were at Grands Vaux, also eight House Martins and 19 Tufted Ducks here.

Elsewhere, 260 Brent Geese were still present in Grouville Bay, also two Shelducks and a Whimbrel behind the sea wall on Grouville Common and 26 pale-bellied Brent were in St Aubin's Bay this afternoon.

Picture: another great shot from Romano, yesterday's Whitethroat at Les Landes.

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 16.04.2015   .Tony Paintin 

Late yesterday afternoon at St Ouen's Pond a roost of 90 Sand Martins and only five Swallows, also present were three House Martins and a Water Rail.

Not quite as warm as yesterday, but still feeling warm at +20C and light winds.

A few more spring migrants turned up today, with another report of a Hoopoe, this time on Grouville Common. A Whitethroat was seen at Les Landes and two Common Sandpipers were at Queen's Valley with another on the scrape at St Ouen's Pond. A Whimbrel was calling near Le Braye Slip this morning and single Wheatears were seen at Noirmont and in St Ouen's Bay. A female Black Redstart was seen near the Highlands Hotel, Corbiere.

Out east, three Shelducks were on the beach at Le Hurel Slip and near Seymour Slip 350 Brent Geese, two Great-crested Grebes, three Sandwich Terns, nine White Wagtails and a Wheatear. At Grouville Marsh a singing Reed Warbler, 10 Swallows, one House Martin and a Sand Martin.

Finally at Le Braye Sandpit, at least 20 new Sand Martin holes have been excavated.

Picture:Hoopoe, taken yesterday at Sorel by Romano da Costa.

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 15.04.2015   .Tony Paintin 

A couple of reports from yesterday at Sorel, two Dartford Warblers and a male Ring Ouzel.

Today was the warmest day of the year, with a maximum of 24C and light winds.

The first Cuckoo of the spring was seen in Grouville this morning and the first Puffin in the sea at Grand Becquet.

There has been a Hoopoe influx in the British Isles, with no less than 90 reported between the 9th to 14th of April, mainly in southern Ireland and SW England and Jersey had two today, one in a garden on Mont de la Mare, St Peter and the second at Sorel.

Other birds seen today included, a male Stonechat and a Wheatear at Noirmont, two Wheatears near Kempt Tower and 10+ Reed Warblers at St Ouen's Pond. In Les Ormes Valley, six pairs of Chiffchaff, three Blackcaps and a male Cetti's Warbler.

Out east, three Shelducks were in the sea at Fauvic, Grouville Bay along with 360 Brent Geese. Just eight Little Egrets and a White Wagtail were at La Sente. Just single figure reports of Swallow in St Ouen's Bay, Plemont and Grouville Bay, where are they all? This morning 20+ Sand Martins were prospecting in Le Braye Sandpits.

Picture: three Grey Herons at St Ouen's Pond today, this one was taken recently by Vikki Robertson.

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 14.04.2015   .Tony Paintin 

A few more records from sunday in Grouville Bay, 50+Sanderlings with a Great Northern and Black-throated Diver offshore.

Yesterday in Grouville Bay, a Shelduck at Le Hurel Slip, five Greenshanks, nine Bar-tailed Godwits, 50 Turnstones and 50 Grey Plovers. Offshore were 20+ Gannets, 20+ Sandwich Terns and six Great-crested Grebes. A Serin was singing at Le Hurel Farm.

On a fine and very warm day, there were a few Wheatears about, with two a Noirmont, two at La Corbiere, a single at La Pulente, two at St Ouen's Pond Scrape and six at Les Landes. A pair of Stonechats were on Les Blanches Banques and a male at La Pulente. Willow Warblers were singing at the South Canal and in the willows north of the Pond. Reed Warblers were heard at the South Canal, St Ouen's Pond and near Kempt Tower.

Out east and sadly the flooded field at La Sente has nearly dried up, only a pair of Mallard with young, 22 Little Egrets and a White Wagtail there this afternoon. Four more White Wagtails and a yellow Wagtail were at Fauvic. In Grouville Bay, 170 Brent Geese, a drake Shelduck, one Great Northern Diver, one Black-throated Diver and several hundreds of Swallows.

At the private ringing site near Handois, St John, nine pairs of Chiffchaffs, two Blackcaps, a pair of Bullfinch and a Marsh Harrier. Finally 30 pale-bellied Brent Geese were at St Aubin this evening.

Picture: Dunnocks are very obvious at the moment, this one was taken by Mick.

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 13.04.2015   .Mick Dryden 

Thick fog gave way to fine and warm day for most parts of the Island.

In St Brelade's Bay, the Long-tailed Duck is still gracing us with its presence.

2 Whimbrels were at Noirmont, where the male Stonechat was in good voice, also 6 Dartford Warblers and a trickle of Swallows, Linnets and Goldfinches was in evidence.

Sorel was cloaked in fog, but some migrants were flying over, including a Yellow Wagtail, 17 Linnets and 2 alba Wagtails.

At La Sente, 2 Little Ringed Plovers were still present along with 4 Brent Geese, 3 White Wagtails and Mallards with 9 chicks.

Just 2 Wheatears were seen, one at Les Creux and one on the north side of St Ouen's Pond. Also around the Pond, a Reed Warbler, 2 Willow Warblers, a Little Grebe and 5 Tufted Duck were at Kempt Tower, 20 Shovelers, 30 Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, a Little Grebe and a Reed Warbler were at the Pond and 15 Teal, 3 Snipe, a Grey Heron, a Reed Warbler, a Willow Warbler and a few Swallows were at the Scrape.

Evening update: At Fauvic this evening were 2 Shelduck, 35 Brent Geese, 60 Sanderlings and 8 Grey Plovers.

Tony will be updating the News for the next ten days, so please send reports to but please copy me in too. Mick

Picture: Young are appearing all over now. These Coot were on the South Canal at St Ouen's Pond today.

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 12.04.2015   .Mick Dryden 

The weather returned to fine today, after yesterday's hiccup, but again with a chilly wind

Migrants are still thin on the ground, but a Pied Flycatcher at Le Saie was a good find. A female Merlin was seen at Queen's Valley.

At La Sente, 4 Little Ringed Plovers were still present along with 4 Brent Geese, 32 Little Egrets, 25 Woodpigeons, 2 White Wagtails, 40 Linnets and 20 Goldfinches. 6 Sandwich Terns were at La Rocque. Grouville Marsh held a Sedge Warbler, 5 Willow Warblers, 15 Chiffchaffs, 4 singing Blackcaps, 2 Water Rails, a Jackdaw, a Raven, a pale phase Buzzard, 5 Swallows, 2 Goldcrests and a Grey Heron. 250 Brent Geese were in Grouville Bay

Up at Sorel, prior to the motorcycle scrambling event, a Ring Ouzel, 33 Swallows, 9 Sand Martins, 138 Linnets, 36 Goldfinches, 7 Chaffinches, 5 alba Wagtails, 4 Marsh Harriers, 2 Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk were seen and 2 Bar-headed Geese flew over.

At the St Ouen's Pond Scrape were 3 Reed Warblers, 5 Willow Warblers, 11 Shovelers, 3 Grey Herons and 10 Swallows and at Kempt Tower, 6 Willow Warblers and 4 Little Grebes including a pair nest-building.

Picture: One of the current crop of Little Ringed Plovers at La Sente, with thanks to Romano for the image.

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 11.04.2015   .Mick Dryden 

Overnight rain cleared mid-morning on a cold front, but seems to have encouraged most of the last few days' migrants to leave.

Pick of the new birds reported was a Serin which was singing near the Kingdom Hall at La Rosiere, also making flights as far as Corbiere and back.

3 Little Ringed Plovers were still at La Sente, also a Greenshank,a Yellow Wagtail, 8 White Wagtails and a Swallow. A Golden Plover was at Les Landes

Un-coordinated counts of Brent Geese still with us found 510 between Gorey and Le Hocq, 96 in St Aubin's Bay including 43 pale-bellied Brent Geese and 9 at Petit Port.

A Shelduck was at Le Hurel, 7 Great Crested Grebes were in Grouville Bay and 6 Red-brested Mergansers, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 33 Grey Plovers, 2 Redshanks, a Greenshank, 40 Turnstones and 5 Sandwich Terns at La Rocque. 40 Little Egrets were also there. 146 Oystercatchers were at Pontac

A Siskin was at Grouville Marsh, where a small fall of Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps had occurred overnight.

3 Willow Warblers and a Blackcap were at Mount Bingham, 2 Willow Warblers, 10 Chiffchaffs, a Sand Martin and 11 Tufted Duck at Grands Vaux.

2 Red-breasted Mergansers and 10 Gannets passed Grosnez in the morning's rain, also 34 Linnets and 10 Goldfinches, but little else.

Around St Ouen's Pond were 41 Shovelers, 18 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 12 Teal, 18 Sand Martins, 2 Swallows, 2 Wheatears, a Water Rail and a Peregrine, with 10+ Willow Warblers, 20+ Chiffchaffs, a pair of Little Grebe and 2 Marsh Harriers at Kempt Tower.

Evening update: The first Reed Warbler of the year was caught and ringed at Grouville Marsh with 5 Willow Warblers, 15 Chiffchaffs, 2 Snipe, 6 Swallows, a Sand Martin and 3 Buzzards including the pale individual, also seen. A further 3 Buzzards including a second pale, bird were at Vallee des Vaux.

Picture: Little Grebe at Kempt Tower, taken by Alan Gicquel.

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 10.04.2015   .Mick Dryden 

The wind had turned into the south today, ahead of a breakdown in the current anticyclonic conditions.

Less was moving at Sorel, but 15 Ring Ouzels flew over there early, including a flock of 6, also the first Tree Pipit of the year. Otherwise, 9 Swallows, a Sand Martin, 125 Linnets, 67 Goldfinches, a Chaffinch, 57 Meadow Pipits, 6 alba Wagtails and 2 Wheatears were the best of the rest.

4 Little Ringed Plovers were at La Sente this morning, also 24 Little Egrets, a Wheatear, 3 Swallows and 2 White Wagtails.

Counts around St Ouen's Bay include, at St Ouen's Pond and the Scrape, 51 Shovelers, 16 Teal, 5 Pochard, 14 Tufted Duck, a Little Grebe, 2 Grey Herons, 2 Brent Geese, a Skylark and a Snipe. 20+ Willow Warblers were spread between the Scrape and Kempt Tower, where a Water Rail was calling and Marsh Harriers were displaying. 15 Wheatears were seen through the Bay and a pair of Stonechat was on the Blanches Banques. A male Stonechat was at Noirmont.

Evening update: A Hoopoe was in a cow field in St May for most of the day. North of St Ouen's Pond were 2 Skylarks and a Coot was seen flying low along the Five Mile Road under the watchful eye of a Marsh Harrier. At Beaumont in St Aubin's Bay were 121 Sanderlings including one colour ringed bird, and a Ringed Plover.

Yesterday, 2 further Ring Ouzels seen at Sorel brought the day total to 24.

Picture: One of the Little Egrets currently using La Sente, with thanks to Romano for the image.

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 09.04.2015   .Mick Dryden 

The anticyclone provided another fine day, but is starting to slip away east.

There was another good range of species seen. An Osprey was at St Ouen's Pond late this afternoon, so may linger until tomorrow.

It was Ring Ouzel day, with 22 reported so far, 13 in a flock at Les Landes, 8 seen at Sorel and another at the Zoo.

3 Little Ringed Plovers, a Green Sandpiper, 32 Little Egrets,a Black-headed Gull, a Wheatear, 3 White Wagtails, 30 Goldfinches and 38 Linnets were at La Sente and 4 Greenshanks and a Kingfisher were at Queen's Valley. At St Catherine's Wood early were a pair of Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk, Blackcaps and a Short-toed Treecreeper.

There was less visible migration over Sorel than yesterday with 5 Common Terns, 2 Sandwich Terns, 46 Swallows, 33 Sand Martins, a Wheatear, a Skylark, 39 Linnets, 79 Meadow Pipits and 13 Goldfinches seen, also 2 Marsh Harriers, a Sparrowhawk, 6 Buzzards and a Raven. Unusually, 21 Brent Geese were sitting offshore at Plemont. Other birds at Les Landes included 5 Wheatears, 2 Swallows and a Sand Martin. 2 Dartford Warblers were above Mourier Valley

At the north side of St Ouen's Pond were 15 Wheatears, five of then Greenland subspecies birds and a Wllow Warbler. A Black-headed Gull flew off north, and another was seen over Red Houses.

A co-ordinated check on our Cirl Buntings this morning found 6 birds, including two pairs.

Picture: One of the Little Ringed Plovers at La Sente, with thanks to Alan for the image.

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 08.04.2015   .Mick Dryden 

Another fine day and migrants continue to pass rapidly through the Island.

2 Little Ringed Plovers were at La Sente this morning with 50 Linnets also there.

A good range of visible migrants poassing Sorel this morning included 3 Ring Ouzels, 3 Fieldfares, 2 Redwings, 3 Shelduck, 5 Wheatears, a male Stonechat, 103 Swallows, 9 House Martins, 40 Sand Martins, 337 Linnets, 43 Goldfinches, a Chaffinch, 190 Meadow Pipits, 79 Woodpigeons and 4 Razorbills. Locals there included a Raven, 5 Marsh Harriers, 6 Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, a Jay and the usual 15 Choughs.

4 Wheatears were on the north side of St Ouen's Pond, with a Willow Warbler there and another at the Scrape.

Swallows were moving up St Ouen's Bay and at Les Landes, where at least 15 Wheatears, a Peregrine, 25 Linnets and some Meadow Pipits were also seen and several Chiffchaffs were calling.

Just 4 Greenshanks were at Queen's Valley, also 2 Grey Herons ( but no Swallows!)

Picture: Butterflies are starting to appear and this Small Tortoiseshell was on Grouville Common yesterday.

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