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 18.12.2018   .Mick Dryden 

After yesterday's respite day it was back to the wild, windy and wet with a near gale Southerly wind.

Little to report, unsurprisingly. Early movement at La Coupe included a Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannets, 6 Razorbills, a Guillemot, a Common Scoter and a Common Gull. A Woodcock flew out of one of the fields above La Coupe before sunrise.

At La Sente were 3 Cattle Egrets, 12 Little Egrets and 2 Grey Herons.

2 Great Crested Grebes were in St helier Harbour.

Picture: A Redshank at St Aubin.

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 17.12.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A fine morning and a cloudy afternoon, mild with winds in the South-west.

Every now and again something totally unexpected will appear to confuse the order of things and today, at Grosnez, it was a Barolo Shearwater, seen in good light, in company with a Kittiwake to give it scale ( the shearwater less than two thirds the size of the gull). If accepted, it will be the second record for the species in Jersey and the Channel Islands. Given the recent run of weather and wind from the South, it is not that outrageous, even for December! Apart from that, other species seen from Grosnez this morning included 91 Gannets, 4 Red-throated Divers, 53 Fulmars, 19 Razorbills, 56 Kittiwakes, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Common Gulls and 3 Buzzards, one of which headed off North-east. A fine male Black Redstart briefly visited the watchpoint by the light.

At Le Pulec were 45 Oystercatchers, 6 Little Egrets and a female Black Redstart.

Around the Pond and Scrape area at St Ouen's Pond were 37 Shovelers, 4 Pochard, 17 Teal, 100+ Lapwings, 59 Snipe, 140 Brent Geese, a Water Pipit and a flock of up to 200 Stock Doves.

A female Merlin was seen near Grouville Mill while at Grands Vaux reservoir were 14 Tufted Duck, 3 Firecrests and a Marsh Harrier.

Woodcock continue to feature with yet another one rescued from St Helier, this time near the Central Market and released in Vallee des Vaux, where 11 Woodcock were seen this evening. Another Woodcock was at Noirmont with a Water Rail heard calling there this evening.

Picture: This fine male Black Redstart payed a brief visit to the area of the light at Grosnez today.

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 16.12.2018   .Mick Dryden 

After yesterday's weather horrors a pleasant morning with a light Southerly wind ahead of more rain this afternoon.

Numbers are slowly building up at St Ouen's Pond as more winter migrants arrive. Seen there this morning were 101 Lapwings, a Golden Plover, 55 Snipe, 43 Shovelers, 16 Teal, 5 Pochard, 96 Brent Geese, 2 Stonechats, 2 Water Pipits, 19 Skylarks and 20 Reed Buntings.

Roosting at Petit Port on a neap tide were a Purple Sandpiper, 24 Ringed Plovers, 7 Grey Plovers, 8 Dunlin, 3 Redshanks, 27 Turnstones, 13 Curlews, 88 Oystercatchers and a Kingfisher with a Peregrine hassling all and sundry.

Little was moving past La Coupe again this morning, despite the good conditions with 2 Great Northern Divers, a Red-throated Diver, 27 Brent Geese, 6 Razorbills, 47 Gannets, 10 Common Gulls, 5 Mediterranean Gulls and 2 Kittiwakes seen.

In the bay at St Aubin were 110 dark-bellied Brent Geese, 45 pale-bellied Brent Geese and 2 Great Crested Grebes, but no waders were roosting on the wall there.

On the seawall at Fauvic were a Black Redstart, 5 Pied Wagtails and 3 Rock Pipits while in St Catherine's Woods were 3 Buzzards, a Raven, a Tufted Duck, 18 Blackbirds, 2 Song Thrushes, 3 Redwings and a Bullfinch.

Picture: This Slavonian Grebe was picked up in St Aubin's Bay and taken into care at the JSPCA. It is seen here being released at Grands Vaux reservoir. Thanks to David for the information and image.

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 15.12.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A pretty atrocious day of overcast conditions with day-long rain and a near-gale South -south-east wind.

A brief drier spell mid-morning saw a Great Northern Diver, 6 Brent Geese, 3 Gannets, 2 Razorbills, 5 Cormorants, 5 Common Gulls, 2 Kittiwakes, a Mediterranean Gull, a Black-headed Gull and a Peregrine fly past La Coupe.

At La Sente were 3 Cattle Egrets, 17 Little Egrets, a Lesser Black-backed Gull and 4 Grey Herons.

A Bittern was seen at St Ouen's Pond this morning, the first sighting in a few weeks. Also at the Pond and Scrape were 49 Shovelers, 10 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, a Little Grebe, a Jack Snipe, 28 Common Snipe and 20 Lapwings.

A Black-necked Grebe was at Bel Croute.

Seen yesterday at St Ouen's Pond were 300 Chaffinches, 40 Reed Buntings, 2 Stonechats, a Woodcock, 15 Cetti's Warblers and 13 Marsh Harriers.

Picture: Another image showing head detail, this time of the Dusky Warbler which has been gracing Grouville Marsh since mid-November.

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 14.12.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A fine but cold day at 4c with a light but increasing Southeast wind

Afternoon update:

A very slow start to passage past La Coupe this morning improved with some diver movement around 11 o'clock with final counts of 3 Great Northern Divers, 47 Red-throated Divers, 33 Razorbills, a Guillemot, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Kittiwakes, 4 Common Gulls, 16 Black-headed Gulls and 3 Dunlin. 2 Buzzards were hunting there even before sunrise.

Good numbers of herons and egrets at La Sente included 93 Little Egrets, 2 Cattle Egrets and 17 Grey Herons.

Roosting at Petit Port this morning were 5 Purple Sandpipers, 20 Dunlin, 10 Ringed Plovers, 195 Oystercatchers and 32 Curlews, one of which was a yellow-flagged bird.

10 Teal and a Water Pipit were at St Ouen's Pond.

2 Stonechats were at Beauport.

Picture: Head detail on a male Blackcap ringed recently at Grouville Marsh.

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 13.12.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A genuinely cold day with temperatures around 5c, without taking into account the strong Easterly wind. At least it was dry.

Less was moving past La Coupe, possibly detered by the wind strength but seen there were 7 Great Northern Divers, 4 Black-throated Divers, 21 Red-throated Divers, 4 Brent Geese, 3 Eiders, a Red-breasted Merganser, a Common Scoter, 2 Guillemots, 44 Razorbills, 9 Common Gulls, 9 Black-headed Gulls, a Kittiwake, a Mediterranean Gull and a Lesser Black-backed Gull. 49 Redwings flew in overhead.

At St Aubin were 324 Brent Geese, 98 of them pale-bellied Brent Geese, 33 Redshanks and 10+ Turnstones.

At St Ouen's Pond were 39 Shovelers, 2 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 6 Pochard, 56 Snipe and a Water Pipit, at Le Pulec were single Black Redstart and Stonechat and at Noirmont this evening, 3 Woodcock.

La Sente held 14 Grey Herons, 43 Little Egrets and a Cattle Egret, while at Green Island were 2 Great Northern Divers, 60 Grey Plovers and 350 Dunlin.

250 Starlings were seen at Crowley Farm this morning.

Picture: A Great Northern Diver passing La Coupe while flying up to feed off the East coast, in early morning light.

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 12.12.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A day with a cold feel at 8c in a fresh Southeast wind and cloudy conditions.

Less was on the move past La Coupe this morning but included 5 Great Northern Divers, 11 Red-throated Divers, 9 Black-throated Divers, 2 Common Scoters and 2 other unidentified ducks ( possible Tufted Duck), 22 Brent Geese, 84 Razorbills, 3 Guillemots, 9 Dunlin, 13 Common Gulls and 2 Kittiwakes, with 85 Redwings passing overhead and 2 Peregrines hunting the area.

Good news from Grouville Marsh where the Dusky Warbler from last month was still present and seemingly healthy while on Grouville Common were 2 Cirl Buntings.

In Grouville Bay were 400 Dunlin, 9 Bar-tailed Godwits, 14 Ringed Plovers, 2 Redshanks and 2 Common Gulls while inland, at La Sente were 3 Cattle Egrets, 48 Little Egrets and 8 Grey Herons.

In Robin Bay at La Rocque were 83 Turnstones and 6 Redshanks.

2 Mistle Thrushes are still feeding in Rozel Valley daily with 3 Woodcock also seen there and 10 Woodcock were in Vallee des Vaux this evening.

In the West, a flock of 8 Cormorants flew over Les Landes, 49 Lapwings and 25 Brent Geese were at St Ouen's Pond Scrape, a Water Pipit was at the Wetland Centre, 2 Stonechats were at La Pulente and another Stonechat was at Petit Port.

Picture: Always a good sight, this flock of Red-throated Divers was pictured passing La Coupe yesterday.

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 11.12.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A fair day with a light but increasing Southeasterly wind.

Seabirds passing La Coupe this morning included 3 Great Northern Divers, 55 Red-throated Divers, 15 Black-throated Divers, 3 unidentified divers, 10 Brent Geese, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 9 Gannets, 88 Razorbills, 3 Guillemots, 31 Common Gulls, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 5 Kittiwakes, 15 Black-headed Gulls and a Lesser Black-backed Gull. A Marsh Harrier was hunting at the conservation field above La Coupe, 75 Starlings and 36 Wood Pigeons flew overhead too.

At the Wetland Centre were 44 Snipe, 26 Lapwings, 36 Shovelers, 2 Pochard and 2 Water Pipits.

Seen from Seymour Slip in Grouville Bay were 88 Sanderlings, 75 Dunlin, 11 Turnstones, 5 Redshanks and 3 Ringed Plovers.

Elsewhere, 2 Kingfishers and a Black Redstart were at St Helier Harbour and a Firecrest, 3 Blackcaps, 3 Bullfinches and a Pied Wagtail were at the Perquage at Beaumont.

Yesterday evening, a Long-eared Owl was seen near the Woodcock roost in Vallee des Vaux.

Picture: A Black Redstart by the seawall at Fauvic last week.

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 10.12.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A calmer day than of recent, which was not difficult, with light winds in the Northwest.

A slow start to birds moving passed Grosnez improved from mid-morning with counts of 81 Red-throated Divers ( largest flock size of 17) , 4 Black-throated Divers, 84 Gannets, 56 Fulmars, 4 Common Scoters, 34 Razorbills, 15 Cormorants, 67 Shags, 31 Kittiwakes, 4 Black-headed Gulls and 9 Mediterranean Gulls through the morning.

The Snow Bunting was again on the seawall at Fauvic but with much more disturbance by dogs in the better conditions.

Picture: Flying high - A Black-throated Diver passing Grosnez this morning, with the Island of Sark in the background.

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 09.12.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A rattling day with showers and a gale force West-north-west wind.

A bracing seawatch from Grosnez saw a Great Northern Diver, 5 Great Skuas, 60 Gannets, 88 Fulmars including a raft of 70 off Plemont, 94 Razorbills, 2 Guillemots, 16 Cormorants, 83 Shag, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 39 Great Black-backed Gulls and 25 Kittiwakes.

Around St Ouen's Pond and Scrape were 65 Snipe, 19 Lapwings, 8 Curlews, 22 Brent Geese, 34 Shovelers, a Little Grebe, 2 Water Pipits and 10 Reed Buntings. Roosting at the Cutty Sark were 19 Ringed Plovers and 6 Dunlin.

At St Aubin on the high tide were 19 Redshanks, 6 Turnstones and a Great Crested Grebe.

In Grouville Bay, the Snow Bunting was still in situ and 800 Brent Geese were offshore while at La Sente were 14 Grey Herons, 14 Little Egrets, a Cattle Egret and 200 Chaffinches. At Grouville Marsh were 11 Grey Herons, 5 Reed Buntings, 10 Goldcrests and 5 Chiffchaffs.

The conservation fields at La Rocque held 700 Chaffinches, 2 Reed Buntings and 4 Skylarks.

A check of Fountain Lane found 45 Snipe and a Jack Snipe and this evening, 8 Woodcock flew out of roost in Valle des Vaux with a Firecrest also seen there.

Picture: A Great Skua passes Grosnez this morning.

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