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 16.09.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A fair to cloudy morning and a fine afternoon, feeling warm in light winds.

In good conditions this morning, counts of passage migrants included a Hobby, 1740 Swallows, 20 Sand Martins, 52 House Martins, 17 Yellow Wagtails, 8 Tree Pipits, 180 Meadow Pipits, 10 alba Wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtails, 6 Chaffinches and a Grey Heron. On the ground were 8 Wheatears, a Whinchat, a Willow Warbler, 2 Stonechats, 2 Whitethroats and 26 Linnets. Offshore, a skua sp, probably a Pomarine Skua, was chasing Sandwich Terns, 56 of which passed by as well as a Common Scoter, 8 Balearic Shearwaters, 7 Gannets and 6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

At Petit Port were 150 Sandwich Terns, 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Common Sandpipers, 32 Curlews and 48 Turnstones and at the Gunsite in St Aubin's Bay were 3 Wheatears, 3 Brent Geese, 2 White Wagtails and a Sandwich Tern.

Les Landes again had a good variety of species present with the Hen Harrier, the Dotterel, a Whinchat, 8 Wheatears, a Redstart, 2 Tree Pipits, 8 Stonechats, 3 Marsh Harriers, 9 Buzzards, 2 Ravens and 8 Chough all seen.

2 juvenile Rose-coloured Starlings were near Kempt Tower in St Ouen's Bay, also a Garden Warbler and 4 Willow Warblers and 3 Golden Plovers were on the beach there. On the north side of St Ouen's Pond this morning were a Spotted Flycatcher, 15 Reed Warblers, 4 Sedge Warblers, a Willow Warbler, 12 Chiffchaffs, 8 Water Rails, 7 Yellow Wagtails, a Dunlin, 6 Wheatears, a Stonechat, 80 Linnets and hundreds of Swallows passing overhead. A Black-tailed Godwit was on the Scrape.

On the Ecrehous today were 80 Sandwich Terns, 8 Willow Warblers, 2 Robins, a Whitethroat and a Sedge Warbler.

Picture: The rise in water level at the Scrape has seen the departure of the three Little Stint which were there for several days last week. Thanks to Romano for another nice image of one of those birds.

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 15.09.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy but dry morning, becoming fair this afternoon in a cool northerly wind.

A selection of visible migrants from Noirmont this morning included a Merlin, 2 Hobby, 1415 Swallows, 165 House Martins, 44 Sand Martins, a Swift, 13 Tree Pipits, 129 Meadow Pipits, 55 Yellow Wagtails, 12 alba Wagtails, 7 Cormorants, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 4 Chaffinches. Arriving or grounded were 12 Wheatears, 3 Redstarts, 8 Willow Warblers and 3 Whitethroats, also a Clouded Yellow butterfly. 10+ Bottle-nosed Dolphins were heading there east at 08:45. Local raptors included a Peregrine, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Sparrowhawks and 6 Buzzards with 11 Ravens also passing by.

At Les Landes were the ring-tail Hen Harrier, 11 Wheatears, 9 alba Wagtails and a Yellow Wagtail with a Dotterel seen flying over late this afternoon.

On the Scrape were 2 Lapwings, a Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Snipe, a Curlew and 10 Shovelers. On the Pond were 2 Grey Herons and a Kingfisher and in the Sandpits were 6 Little Egrets, 14 Little Grebes, 5 Stonechats, 6 Pochard, 7 Tufted Duck, 3 Common Sandpipers and a Greenshank. 3 Golden Plovers were on St Ouen's beach near Kempt Tower.

19 Wheatears were at Gorselands and 5 Wheatears, 4 Stonechats and 2 Ravens were at Corbiere. Another 6 Wheatears were at First Tower and 3 Brent Geese plus 2 Curlews were near the Gunsite, also in St Aubin's Bay.

On Grouville Common were 10 Wheatears and 4 Cirl Buntings while at Rozel were 7 Ravens. A flying ant emergence at Red Houses late this afternoon attracted upwards of 50 hirundines, at leat 30 of then House Martins.

Evening update: This evening at St Ouen's Pond were 30 Swallows, 2 Grey Herons, 6 Reed Warblers, 3 Sedge Warblers, 15 Chiffchaffs, 2 Water Rails, a Wheatear, a Stonechat, a Kingfisher and a Common Sandpiper flying over.

Picture: We won't be seeing Redstarts for many more days now, so a chance to admire this fine male, picture courtesy of Romano.

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 14.09.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A trough brought heavy rain to the Island early on today, becoming more scattered this afternoon in a light northeast wind.

Despite a large increase in water level, the Scrape at St Ouen's Pond continues to attract waders. There today were a Black-winged Stilt, a Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, 3 Curlews, 2 Lapwings and 4 Snipe, also 7 Yellow Wagtails were there. In the Sandpits were 3 Greenshanks and 2 Stonechats and a Rose-coloured Starling was with the Starling flock on Les Blanches Banques.

At Les Landes, the Dotterel was still present, but there have been no reports of the Hen Harrier as of yet.It was a quiet day for visible migrants at Noirmont, presumably due to the weather blocking off their routes to the Island. Seen today were 102 Yellow Wagtails, 79 Swallows, 3 Sand Martins, 6 Meadow Pipits, 4 alba Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail, a Greenshank, 2 Grey Herons and the pale phase Honey Buzzard again. Interest on the ground included 2 Redstarts, 2 Wheatears, 4 Whinchats, a Garden Warbler, 3 Whitethroats, a Blackcap, 7 Willow Warblers and 5 Stonechats. 39 Sandwich Terns and 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls passed offshore. Another Honey Buzzard was reported from Le Pulec, being harassed by a Peregrine.

On Beauport Common were 3 Whitethroats, a Tree Pipit, a Whinchat, a Stonechat, a Wheatear, 8 Robins and a Blackcap.

Waders at Le Hurel included 5 Greenshanks, 3 Ringed Plovers, 15 Turnstones, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 20 Curlews, 2 Redshanks and also 31 Sandwich Terns, 22 Mediterranean Gulls and 2 White Wagtails. A Redstart, 12 White Wagtails and 15 Greenfinches were at La Sente while at La Rocque were 3 Whitethroats, a Whinchat and overflying, 46 Yellow Wagtails and a few Swallows.

At Le Feverie Farm in Trinity were 6 pairs of House Martins and a pair of Swallows still feeding young in the nest. A Grey Wagtail has now returned to the Zoo.

Picture: The Dotterel at Les Landes is still present as of today, it's 15th day on the Island. Thanks to Romano for the information and picture.

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 13.09.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy start to a clear day with an easterly wind and warm at 23c.

A good selection of species were seen at Noirmont again today, although there was less grounded than yesterday. Visible migrants included an Ortolan Bunting, 191 Yellow Wagtails, 11 alba Wagtails, 4 Tree Pipits, 25 Meadow Pipits, a Swift, 2142 Swallows, mainly passing in one hour around noon, 88 House Martins, 20 Sand Martins and a Ringed Plover. On the ground were a Spotted Flycatcher, a Whinchat, 2 Wheatears, a Redstart, 4 Whitethroats, a Willow Warbler, 2 Stonechats and 10+ Robins. 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Kestrels, a Marsh Harrier and 4 Buzzards were also seen there.

The Hen Harrier was still at Les Landes, putting in several appearances through the day. Also there were 4 Marsh Harriers, a Buzzard, 15 Wheatears, 9 White Wagtails and a Stonechat.

Petit Port held a mighty 820 Sandwich Terns this morning along with 30 Mediterranean Gulls.

In St Ouen's Bay, at Le Braye were 15 Wheatears and a Whinchat, at Sands, 6 Wheatears and 2 alba Wagtails, at the Scrape, 2 Lapwings, 3 Teal, a Common Sandpiper, 6 Shovelers and 2 Snipe and in the Sandpits, the Black-winged Stilt, 2 Greenshanks, a Common Sandpiper, 23 Little Grebes, a Great Crested Grebe and 8 Pochard.

On the Ecrehous today were 100+ Sandwich Terns, 12 Ringed Plovers, 3 Grey Plovers, 20 Turnstones, a Snipe, a Whitethroat, an alba Wagtail, 2 Swallows, 4 Willow Warblers, 6 Rock Pipits, 2 Wheatears and a Wren.

At Victoria Tower were 3 Wheatears and 2 Whinchats and at Bel Croute, a Common Sandpiper again.

This evening on the north side of St Ouen's Pond were 4 Sedge Warblers, a Reed Warbler, a Willow Warbler, 12 Yellow Wagtails and 2 Blue-headed Wagtails, an alba Wagtail, 50 Swallows into roost, and also a Kingfisher, a Snipe and 6 Grey Herons over.

Picture: Yesterday's pale phase Honey Buzzard at Noirmont.

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 12.09.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A mainly cloudy but dry day in light winds.

It was the best day of the autumn so far, for visible migrants over Noirmont, where counts included a pale Honey Buzzard, 2770 Swallows, 76 Sand Martins, 41 House Martins, a late Swift, 97 Yellow Wagtails, 48 alba Wagtails, the first 2 Grey Wagtails of the season, 37 Tree Pipits, 12 Meadow Pipits, single migrant Marsh Harrier and Sparrowhawk and 2 Whimbrels. On the ground were 17 Wheatears, a Whinchat, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Redstarts, 2 Stonechats, 20+ Robins, 10 Willow Warblers, 10 Whitethroats, 9 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Hippolais warbler - probably a Melodious Warbler which evaded positive identification. Offshore at Noirmont were 14 Balearic Shearwaters, a skua sp, 45 Sandwich Terns, 12 Black-headed Gulls and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Roosting at Petit Port were 337 Sandwich Terns, 48 Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Grey Herons, 24 Curlews and 10 Little Egrets.

A juvenile Hen Harrier was seen for the second day at Les Landes where 8 Wheatears, 9 Stonechats and 2 Willow Warblers were also present.

On the Ecrehous today were 150 Sanderlings, 30 Ringed Plovers, 11 Grey Plovers, 5 Little Egrets, a Grey Heron and a Chiffchaff on the beach.

At Rue de Catel in Trinity were a Spotted Flycatcher, a Chiffchaff and 30 Swallows.

Picture: Thanks go to Gary Aubert for his image of a juvenile Hen Harrier at Les Landes, present yesterday and today.

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 11.09.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy day in a southwest wind, giving an autumnal feel

The West coast continues to feature strongly. Roosting at Petit Port over this morning's high tode were an excellent 678 Sandwich Terns, also a Common Tern, 62 Mediterranean Gulls and a Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Near Le Port in St Ouen's Bay were 28 Sanderlings, 41 Ringed Plovers, 9 Dunlin, 16 Turnstones and a Yellow-legged Gull. In St Ouen's Bay Sandpits were the Black-winged Stilt, a Great crested Grebe, 18 Little Grebes, 9 Little Egrets and a Kingfisher.

Most of the recent grounded migrants had departed from Noirmont today with counts of 15 Wheatears, a Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroats and a Stonechat. Passage migrants overhead included 3 Crossbills, 253 Swallows, 103 Sand Matins, a Tree Pipit, 18 Meadow Pipits, 8 Yellow Wagtails, 12 alba Wagtails which included at least 2 Pied Wagtails, a Ringed Plover and 2 Peregrines. 39 Sandwich Terns and 9 Black-headed Gulls passed offshore. At Beauport were 3 Wheatears and 2 Stonechats.

In St Aubin's Bay were 20 feeding Sandwich Terns.

At La Rocque were another 140 Sandwich Terns, a Common Sandpiper and 2 Wheatears, while at Grouville Marsh were 15 Blackcaps, 15 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Reed Warblers, a Sedge Warbler, 6 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Bullfinches, 3 Water Rails, a Kingfisher, 2 Ravens, 2 Sparrowhawks and a Grey Heron.

At Victoria Tower was a Spotted Flycatcher, also 64 Red Admiral and 32 Peacock butterflies.

Elsewhere, horsefields near St Ouen's Village held 20 Yellow Wagtails, 4 Wheatears, 3 Chough and 4 Buzzards. On the Grands Vaux mud pond were 2 Teal and 4 Willow Warblers and in Vallee des Vaux were 3 Bullfinches, a Firecrest and an overflying Raven.

Evening update: On the Ecrehous today were 100 Sandwich Terns, 100 Sanderlings, 2 Wheatears, 4 Grey Plovers, 17 Ringed Plovers, 10 Little Egrets, 3 Grey Herons, a Crow, one bat some, but the Kentish Plovers were not seen.

Picture: The current influx of terns into St Ouen's Bay has included several with colour-rings, giving us an insight into the comings and goings of these birds. The Sandwich Tern in the centre of the three birds has had a particularly interesting life so fay. Born on Texel Island in the Netherlands in summer 2015, it wintered at Swakopmund, Namibia over 2017/2018 before returning to Holland, then back to the Western Cape in South Africa in our winter of 2018. As if that wasn't enough, it was seen in Moray, Scotland in August of this year before appearing here his month. Thanks must go to Romano for obtaining the information and taking this fine image of it on the beach in St Ouen's Bay. PS - don't ignore the bird behind it, as it is a Roseate Tern!

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 10.09.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy morning, improving this afternoon in a fresh Westerly wind.

In St Ouen's Bay, the Le Port area of the beach is currently having a purple patch, thanks in part at least, to a good supply of seaweed there. Counts today included 380 Sandwich Terns, 192 Great Black-backed Gulls, 29 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 44 Sanderlings, 18 Dunlin, 67 Ringed Plovers, 37 Turnstones, 3 Wheatears and up to 100 Starlings, although the Rosy Starlings which were there have not been seen today.

On the Scrape, where the water level has risen after recent rain, were 8 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Lapwings, 2 Curlews, a Green Sandpiper, a Ruff, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 35 Starlings and a Kingfisher. 2 Grey Herons and a Common Sandpiper were at the Pond. In the backfields behind the Pond were 11 Whinchats, 7 Stonechats, 6 Wheatears, a Reed Warbler, a Curlew, 12 alba Wagtails and 2 Yellow Wagtails. 2 Whinchats were at Kempt Tower.

Roosting at Petit Port were 161 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 30 Curlews and 180 Sandwich Terns which moved into St Ouen's Bay as the tide fell. At Beauport were 4 Wheatears, a Whinchat, a Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warblers and a Spotted Flycatcher.

A small arrival of overnight migrants at Noirmont included a Grasshopper Warbler, a Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 8 Willow Warblers, 4 Whitethroats, also 2 Stonechats and 15 Wheatears. Little was passing overhead with just 117 Swallows, 4 Sand Martins, 11 Tree Pipits, 5 Yellow Wagtails, 5 alba Wagtails and a Whimbrel seen. A first year Marsh Harrier head off south too.
On the western corners, a Dotterel, 4 Golden Plovers, 3 Wheatears and 4 Chough were at Les Landes and 5 Wheatears, a Peregrine and a Raven were at Corbiere with a Spotted Flycatcher on the nearby Railway Walk.

Seen at Seymour in Grouville Bay were 48 Sandwich Terns, 87 Turnstones, 47 Sanderlings, 33 Ringed Plovers, 26 Dunlin, 15 Grey Plovers, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Knot, a Mediterranean Gull and 2 White Wagtails.

In Queen's Valley were 2 Teal, a Common Sandpiper, 3 Sand Martins, 4 Yellow Wagtails and a Willow Warbler.

On the North coast, a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Wheatears, 4 Ravens and Swallows still feeding fledged young and in Vallee des Vaux was a Firecrest.

One report from yesterday was of a juvenile Nightjar found in Victoria Village and taken into care, but which sadly died. Also yesterday, a Kingfisher was on the North Canal at St Ouen's Pond. Also, an Osprey flew east across St Aubinís Bay during the flying display.

Picture: A new Ruff appeared today on the freshly flooded Scrape. This nice image was of the last one there, up until a few days ago. Thanks Romano.

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 09.09.2021   .Tony Paintin 
A mixed weather day, sunny spells and the odd shower with a moderate Southerly wind.

In St Ouens Bay this morning one of the juvenile Rose-coloured Starlings was again on the beach at Le Port, also on the beach was a first winter Roseate Tern, 127 Sandwich Terns, 44 Ringed Plover, 25 Sanderling, 6 Dunlin and 12 Turnstone while at La Pulente were 64 Black-headed Gull and 40 Mediterranean Gull which included an individual ringed in Serbia!

Elsewhere in the bay 6 Sanderling, a Ringed Plover and 3 Wheatear were at La Saline and 2 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Wheatear were near the Cutty Sark.
A check of Petit Port found another 176 Mediterranean Gull and 202 Sandwich Tern.

Noirmont this morning had 147 Sand Martin, 142 Swallow, a Swift, 51 Yellow Wagtail, a Meadow Pipit, 6 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, a Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 5 Raven, a pale Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier and offshore 4 Common Tern and 10 Sandwich Tern.

On the Scrape were a single Little Stint, a Merlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 8 Snipe, 3 Lapwing and 15 Yellow Wagtail while in the Sandpits were the juvenile Black-winged Stilt, 3 Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Sandpiper.

Elsewhere the Dotterel was still at Les Landes, singles of Whinchat, Wheatear and Willow Warbler were at Plemont, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit flew past La Collette, a Kingfisher and 5 Greenshank at Queens Valley and 4 Wheatear were at Les Laveurs.

Picture: One of the two recent Wryneck at Noirmont with thanks to Alan Modral.

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 08.09.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A trough with heavy thunderstorms took out the middle of the morning, improving before noon in light and variable winds.

Despite the anti-social conditions, plenty to report

Starting at Noirmont, where a Wryneck, 4 Whinchats, 12 Wheatears, 5 Willow Warblers, 3 Whitethroats, 2 Stonechats, a Spotted Flycatcher, and 2 Sparrowhawks were on the ground while passing overhead, mainly pre- thunderstorms, were 128 Yellow Wagtails, 6 Tree Pipits, 2 White Wagtails, and just 24 Swallows. Passing offshore were 2 Common Scoters, 4 Sandwich Terns, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 3 Gannets.

In St Ouen's Bay, 2 first winter Rose-coloured Starlings were with the Starling flock near El Tico. At the Scrape were 22 Teal, 3 Little Stints, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Green Sandpipers, a Curlew, 12 Snipe, 3 Lapwings, 6 Wheatears, 15 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Reed Warblers and 2 Willow Warblers. On St Ouen's Beach were 32 Ringed Plovers, a Knot, 3 Sanderlings, 5 Turnstones, a Dunlin and 50+ Mediterranean Gulls. In the Sandpits were the Black-winged Stilt, 3 Greenshanks, 5 Common Sandpipers, 22 Little Grebes, a Great crested Grebe, a Common Gull and 7 Pochard. At Beauport were 5 Wheatears and 3 Whitethroats and at Bel Croute, a Common Sandpiper. 5 Greenshanks, a Kingfisher, a Common Sandpiper a Marsh Harrier and a Yellow Wagtail were at Queen's Valley

Up at Les Landes were 4 Golden Plovers, 9 Wheatears, a Whinchat, several Yellow Wagtails, 7 White Wagtails and 3 Whitethroats. A female Hen Harrier was seen there yesterday.

On the North coast, 6 Wheatears and 2 Yellow Wagtails were at Sorel and at Sandybrook was a flock of 7 Ravens.

On the East coast, viewed from both Seymour and Le Hurel slips were a dark-bellied Brent Goose, 200 Sandwich Terns, 68 Turnstones, 3 Knot, 102 Sanderlings, 34 Ringed Plovers, 17 Dunlin, 22 Grey Plovers, 10 Bar-tailed Godwits, 4 Curlews, 3 Greenshanks, 2 Redshanks, 350 Black-headed Gulls and a Grey Seal. In Grouville Marsh were 3 Cattle Egrets, 17 Yellow Wagtails and 3 Reed Warblers.

On Icho Tower rocks were 2 Willow Warblers and 2 Wheatears.

Picture: New to the scene, this first winter Rose-coloured Starling was one of two seen near El Tico in St Ouen's Bay today. Thanks as ever to Romano for another great image.

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 07.09.2021   .Mick Dryden 

Another settled, hot day in a fresh easterly wind, with a breakdown in the current weather forecast for tomorrow.

Another good range of species was located around the Island in the fine conditions. Starting at Noirmont, where 2 Osprey, 5 Hobby, 6 Swifts, 323 Swallows, 59 Sand Martins, a House Martin, 138 Yellow Wagtails, 32 Tree Pipits, 8 White Wagtails, and a Dotterel were recorded overflying while on the ground were 35 Wheatears, 6 Whinchats, a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Whitethroats and 2 Willow Warblers were on the ground, most of yesterday's birds having departed. The Blue-winged Parrot was there again, feeding near to the migration watch bunker and very tame, but no one has yet claimed ownership. 9 Ravens flew overhead, also 2 Sparrowhawks and a Grey Heron.

A surprise was the arrival of 3 pale-bellied Brent Geese at the Gunsite in St Aubin's Bay. With three birds having been there into late May, maybe these were the same birds, having cut short their Canadian trip ( we know how they feel). A Kingfisher was at Bel Croute.

Birds on the Scrape through the day included 3 Lapwings, 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Little Stints, a Curlew, 18 Snipe, 22 Teal, a Grey Heron and 6 Yellow Wagtails.

At Les Landes were a Dotterel, 2 Redstarts, 3 Whinchats, 2 Wheatears, a Sedge Warbler and 2 Whitethroats, and at Plemont, 26 Wheatears, 2 Whinchats, a Redstart, 3 Willow Warblers and a Whitethroat. Sorel held 8 Wheatears, a Whitethroat and 2 Clouded Yellow butterflies.

9 Wheatears, 3 Yellow Wagtails and 2 Willow Warblers while at Gorselands were 4 Wheatears.

A garden in Vallee des Vaux held 2 Firecrests, and a Willow Warbler with 2 Yellow Wagtails flying there and a garden in St John had a Swallowtail butterfly feeding on fennel there.

At Petit Port this evening were 41 Sandwich Terns a Purple Sandpiper and a Bar-tailed Godwit.

Lots of extras for yesterday: A late visit to the Ecrehous saw 7 Balearic Shearwaters, 100 Sandwich Terns, 25 Common Terns with 12 fledged young, 12 Grey Plovers, a Redshank, a Whimbrel, a Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers, 13 Sanderlings, a Common Sandpiper, 50 Turnstones, 8 Willow Warblers and a Wheatear with 11 Yellow Wagtails and 11 Swallows flying over.

A Dotterel flew over Portelet calling at dusk while on the North side of St Ouen's Pond were 4 Whinchats, 2 Wheatears, 3 Swifts, 40 House Martins, 3 Reed Warblers, 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Snipe, 6 Yellow Wagtails 800 Swallows and 12 Sand Martins. A Barn Owl was seen at Rozel last night too.

Picture: One of today's Osprey heading off at Noirmont this morning.

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