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 19.01.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A sunny morning, turning cloudy after lunch with the odd shower, and a continuing of strong westerly winds.

At La Sente 59 Redshank, 3 Lapwing, 49 Curlew, 15 Little Egret, 8 Grey Heron, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Common Gull and a 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull but oddly there was no sign of any Cattle Egrets.

The male Hawfinch was in suite at Queens Valley along with a Bullfinch, 2 Firecrest, 5 Siskin and 8 Redwings. While down at La Rocque a single Black Redstart and in conservation field 40 Bramblings and 200 Chaffinch.

In Vallee de Vaux 2 Coal Tits where visiting a garden feeder and in fields there, 20 Brambling, 100 Chaffinch and 30 Redwings.

Back to yesterday, a Bittern was seen flying over the back of St Ouens Pond.

Picture: Another shot of the male Hawfinch at Queens Valley.

Romano da Costa

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 18.01.2018   .Mick Dryden 

An overcast morning turned into a fairly sunny day with the odd shower, strong North-westerly winds continue.

The 2 Hawfinch where seen again at Queens Valley, also there was 8 Greenshank, 20 Tufted Duck and 2 Firecrest.
Feeding in the nearby conservation fields was 7 Brambling, 60 Chaffinch and 30 Redwing.

A quick stop at La Rocque on the receding tide produced 6 Great Northern Divers and 3 Red-breasted Merganser
and in the conservation field there, was 25 Brambling, 200 Chaffinch and 40 Redwing.

At La Sente on the low tide was 15 Cattle Egret, 12 Grey Heron, 8 Little Egret, 8 Lapwing, 14 Curlew,
18 Mediterranean Gull, 9 Common Gull, 2 1st winter Yellow-legged Gulls and a Raven.
A further 8 Common Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull and a Lesser Black-backed Gull where at Grouville Marsh.

This morning at St Ouens Pond and the scrape was 2 Wigeon, 18 Pochard, 42 Teal, 33 Shoveler, 400 Brent Geese, 22 Curlew, 20 Snipe,
40 Lapwing, 1 Little Grebe and 25 Fieldfares.
A check at L'Etacq only produced 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 62 Oystercatcher.

Picture: One of the many Common Gulls that where feeding at La Sente today.

Romano da Costa

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 17.01.2018   .Mick Dryden 

Another windy day, with a strong westerly wind,otherwise suny with the odd shower.

Seen at La Sente on a low tide was 5 Cattle Egret, 18 Grey Heron, 16 Curlew, 8 Lapwing and 2 Common Gull.

Feeding in the conservation field at La Rocque 100 Chaffinch, 20 Redwing and a Sparrowhawk.

A Merlin was seen at Mont Mado, 2 Peregrines where on St Thomas Church and 2 Bullfinch where seen at Durrell.

The brief sunshine brought out a Peacock butterfly in a garden in St John.

Picture: Large numbers of Song Thrush as on the island at the minute, this one was photographed at the Scrape by Mick.

Romano da Costa

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 16.01.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A wet and windy day with brief sunny spells and a gale force North-westerly wind.

A seawatch from Grosnez this morning produced 96 Gannets, 69 Fulmars, 6 Kittiwakes, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 47 Great Black-backed Gulls, 2 Razorbill and 2 Peregrines flying together.

Seen from the Wetlands Centre was 95 Snipe, 65 Lapwings, 45 Teal, 19 Pochard, 55 Shoveler, 5 Tufted Duck, 76 Coot and a Little Grebe.

In the shelter of St Helier Marina was 3 Great Crested Grebe and a Kingfisher.

At Queens Valley 2 Bullfinch and 10 Redwings.

Picture: A male Tufted Duck taking a break at Queens Valley taken by Mick.

Romano da Costa

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 15.01.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A grim morning for weather with rain and increasing Westerly winds, not clearing to showers until this afternoon.

A brief drier spell around sunrise saw 5 Great Northern Divers, a Fulmar, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Brent Geese, a Guillemot, 2 Razorbills, a Lesser Black-backed Gull and 10 Common Gulls pass La Coupe.

At La Sente were 8 Grey Herons, 21 Little Egrets, 2 Cattle Egrets, 184 Curlews, 51 Redshanks and 7 Lapwings.

From the shelter of the Wetland Centre at St Ouen's Pond, a Wigeon, 12 Pochard, 25 Teal, 25+ Shovelers, 73 Coot, 82 Snipe, a Grey Heron and 3 Mediterranean Gulls were seen. 100+ Sanderlings were near Big Vern's.

Picture: Shoveler in the rain. St Ouen's Pond, this morning.

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 14.01.2018   . Mick Dryden 

A mostly cloudy day, cold with a South-easterly wind.

There was no passage off La Coupe, after the early feeding flights into Grouville Bay which included 7 Great Northern Divers, 3 Red-throated Divers, a Black-throated Diver, 4 Brent Geese, 3 Razorbills, a Guillemot, 10 Common Gulls and a Kittiwake.

2 Hawfinches were at Queen's Valley this morning, also 2 Bullfinches, 2 Firecrests and 16 Tufted Duck,

12 Cattle Egrets were at La Sente along with 7 Lapwings, 4 Redshanks and a Little Egret. In conservation fields at La Rocque were 7 Bullfinches, a Brambling, 100 Chaffinches, a Reed Bunting, 20 Redwings and a Fieldfare. In La Rocque harbour were a Great Northern Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 20 Little Egrets, Grey Herons, 270 Oystercatchers, 14 Red-breasted Mergansers, 15 Grey Plovers, 15 Redshanks, 60+ Turnstones, 37 Curlews, and uncounted numbers of Dunlin and Sanderling, with the Black Redstart again in Robin Bay.

At Fountain Lane were 30 Snipe, 2 Reed Buntings and a Firecrest and in Vallee des Vaux were 2 Coal Tits, a Brambling and 4 Siskins.

On the North side of the Island, 2 Coal Tits, 2 Ravens, a Marsh Harrier and 4 Siskins were at Handois, 700 Chaffinches, 2 Dartford Warblers, 2 Ravens, a Marsh Harrier and a Firecrest were at Sorel and 40 Bramblings, 150 Chaffinches and a White Wagtail were in fields near Trinity Manor.

6 Stonechats and a Dartford Warbler were seen at Les Landes where at Great Northern Diver flew over and at St Ouen's Pond were 200 Chaffinches to the north of the Pond and 50+ Lapwings, 25 Snipe and 28 Teal were on the Pond. A Pair of Bullfinches and a Coal Tit have been visiting a garden at Gorselands

Picture: Today's excellent "bumshot" of a male Hawfinch at Queen's Valley comes courtesy of Alan Modral

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 13.01.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy day, feeling cold in a fresh South-Easterly wind

An early seawatch at La Coupe saw 7 Great Northern Divers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 11 Razorbills, 8 Common Gulls, a Kittiwake and a Marsh Harrier. A Firecrest was in the bushes there. In St Catherine's Woods were 300 Redwings, put up by 2 Buzzards, a Kestrel and 8 Goldcrests. At Queen's Valley were 17 Tufted Duck, a female Bullfinch and 2 Siskins.

Grouville Marsh held 10 Chiffchaffs, 10 Firecrests, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Teal, 5 Woodcocks, 50 Reed Buntings, 5 Siskins, a Raven, a Marsh Harrier, a Sparrowhawk and a Long-eared Owl and in Vallee des Vaux were 2 Coal Tits and a Brambling.

At La Sente over the low tide were 15 Cattle Egrets, 4 Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, 20 Redshanks, 9 Curlews, 4 Lapwings and the usual Redwings.

On St Ouen's Pond and Scrape were 9 Wigeon, 28 Teal, 30+ Snipe, 91 Lapwings, 32 Fieldfares, a Water Pipit and a Goldcrest.

Picture: A male Cirl Bunting in Grouville yesterday.

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 12.01.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A bright and calm morning became greyer and colder with South-Easterly winds.

Things were pretty static off St Catherine's Breakwater in the settled conditions, with 3 Great Northern Divers, a Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 3 Brent Geese, 6 Razorbills, 3 Kittiwakes, 8 Mediterranean Gulls and 10 Common Gulls the main birds of note.

With low tide mid-morning, numbers of birds inland at La Sente were less, but included 15 Cattle Egrets, 5 Little Egrets, 3 Lapwings, 8 Redshanks, 5 Curlews, a Greenshank and a Snipe, with Redwings liberally scattered in the trees. A Black Redstart was on the seawall at Fauvic and a pair of Cirl Buntings were on Grouville Common.

138 Brent Geese, including one pale-bellied Brent Goose and a Lesser Black-backed Gull and in Beaumont Marsh and along the Perquage were 7 Shovelers, 3 Siskins, 4 Redwings and 2 Blackcaps.

At Pont Marquet were 10+ Redwings, a Firecrest and 2 Blackcaps.

A paddle to the Ecrehous saw 2 Razorbills, a Sandwich Tern, 2 Gannets, a Brent Goose and small numbers of Turnstone, Oystercatcher, Curlew and Redshank.

Evening update: At Sorel were 700 Chaffinches, a Brambling, 2 Linnets and 14 Song Thrushes and in Vallee des Vaux were 2 Coal Tits. In St Helier Marina was a roost of 300 Pied Wagtails and 5 White Wagtails, also a Kingfisher.

Picture: A 'bum-shot" par excellence from Romano of one of yesterday's Hawfinches at Queen's Valley. The bird at Victoria Village has not been seen since the 5th January.

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 11.01.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A second fine day today, albeit with a keener North-East wind.

Early seawatching at La Coupe and St Catherine's saw 2 Great Northern Divers, 25 Red-throated Divers, a Great Crested Grebe, 8 Razorbills, a Guillemot, 9 Kittiwakes, 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 4 Common Gulls, a Lesser Black-backed Gull and 3 Brent Geese, but little else.

The 2 Hawfinches were in the same location at Queen's Valley, but difficult to view well. To reach the location, park at the car park by the small pond at the top and walk around the pond. The spot is about a hundred metres beyond the dam which is between the pond and main reservoir, at an area of ivy covered trees on the right. If you reach the grassy area on the right you have gone too far! Also in the trees there, were 2 Chiffchaffs, a Firecrest, 2 Redwings and several Song Thrushes.

At La Sente were 13 Cattle Egrets, 81 Little Egrets, 7 Grey Herons, 53 Redshanks, 4 Greenshanks, 10 Lapwings, 8 Curlews and a Mediterranean Gull.

St Ouen's Pond and Scrape held 18 Pochard, 38 Shovelers, 50 Teal, 6 Wigeon, 139 Brent Geese, a Little Grebe, 35 Snipe, 92 Lapwings and 50+ Fieldfares. 3 Golden Plovers have been present over the last few days but were not seen today.In the backfields were 18 Reed Buntings, 50 Chaffinches, 25 Linnets, 58 Skylarks, 120 Stock Doves and 2 Stonechats. By Kempt Tower were 43 Ringed Plovers, 7 Dunlin, a Turnstone, 59 Sanderlings and a Stonechat.

At La Perquage and Beaumont Marsh were 10 Siskins, 5 Greenfinches, 5 Redwings, 8 Long-tailed Tits, a Bullfinch and 120 Brent Geese.

3 Mediterranean Gulls were at Pontac and 2 Stonechats at Fauvic. Fields at Crabbe held 250 Chaffinches, 10 Bramblings and 2 Stonechats and a flock of 100 Stock Doves was in St John. At Le Roncier were 37 Skylarks and a Snipe.

Extras for yesterday were 40 Skylarks at Le Catillon in Grouville.

Picture: One of today's Hawfinches poses very briefly.

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 10.01.2018   .Mick Dryden 

Today was the rarest of things, a beautiful January day with blue skies and a mild South-West wind.

A trickle of birds passing Grosnez early this morning included 3 Red-throated Divers, 33 Gannets, 65 Fulmars, a Guillemot, 21 Razorbills, 30 Kittiwakes, 5 Mediterranean Gulls and a Common Gull.

At the North Canal. St Ouen's Pond were 2 Redpolls, 20 Reed Buntings, 80 Chaffinches, a Raven and a Water Rail while seen from the Wetland Centre at St Ouen's Pond were a Bittern, briefly in flight, 11 Wigeon, 28 Teal, 2 Little Grebes, 40 Lapwings and 25 Snipe and at the Scrape were 12 Snipe and 50+ Fieldfares.

In perfect conditions for January at Val de la Mare, a Song Thrush, a Blue Tit and a Robin were in full song. Also seen there were a Little Grebe, a Firecrest, a Short-toed Treecreeper, 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Ravens, a Jay, 2 Buzzards, a Marsh Harrier and 390 Stock Doves feeding in a grass field.

On the subject of reservoirs, one Hawfinch was seen at Queen's Valley and 3 Coal Tits, 100 Redwings, 3 Woodcock and 6 Firecrests were at Handois. 3 further Coal Tits were in Vallee des Vaux.

Picture: This Firecrest was found stunned on the pavement near Minden Place car park this morning. After a bit of down time in a dark place it was released, flying off strongly. Thanks to Paul Pestana for the care, information and image!

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