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 08.03.2021   .Mick Dryden 

It was another cold and cloudy morning, becoming sunny this afternoon. Winds remained from the Northeast.

New at St Ouen's Pond this morning was a Wheatear which gravitated to the common, north of the reedbed. Seen from the Wetland Centre were a Bittern, 40 Shovelers, 8 Pochard, 24 Teal, a Water Pipit, a Song Thrush and at the North Canal, 4 Reed Buntings. On and around the Scrape were 5 Wigeon which headed off mid-morning, 16 Teal, 2 White-fronted Geese, 4 Shovelers and just 5 Lapwings.

The Kempt Tower area in St Ouen's Bay had a Serin, a pair of Stonechat, 3 Shovelers, 2 Tufted Duck, a pair of Little Grebe, 10 Chaffinches, another Song Thrush, a singing Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest present. In the Sandpits were 8 Little Grebes and 18 Tufted Duck and at Petit Port were 6 Shelduck, possibly three pairs.

The Ruff was at La Sente again today along with 18 Redshanks, a Snipe, 40 Linnets, 21 Little Egrets and 8 Grey Herons. 200 Stock Doves were nearby, at Fauvic.

Passing a rather chilly Sorel Point this morning was a flock of 11 Golden Plovers, 26 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 204 Meadow Pipits with a further 80 feeding in nearby fields, a Grey Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtails, 21 Chaffinches and 56 Woodpigeons. Little was on the ground, just 11 Song Thrushes, 6 Blackbirds and a singing Dartford Warbler of note. 4 or perhaps 5 Harbour Porpoises were feeding off Mourier Valley with up to 8 Gannets in attendance

At Grands Vaux were 2 Teal, 10 Tufted Duck and a Water Rail, while 13 Redwings visited the picnic area at the Zoo ( if only we could!)

A further 4 Song Thrushes were at Gorselands, a Black Redstart at L'Hermitage gardens and a pair of Stonechat was on Beauport Common.

Yesterday, at L'Etacq Harbour were 2 Ringed Plovers, a Grey Plover and 15 Dunlin.

Picture: Thanks to Romano for this view of today's Ruff at La Sente.

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 07.03.2021   .Mick Dryden 

Another cold and mainly cloudy day with a Northeast wind.

At La Sente today were 26 Redshanks, a Greenshank, a Ruff, 2 Shelduck, a pale-bellied Brent Goose, and 4 Pied Wagtails and at La Rocque were 2 Black-necked Grebes and 6 Red-breasted Mergansers.

In St Helier, 4 Brent Geese, a Turnstone and a Common Sandpiper were at La Collette with another Common Sandpiper seen at Le Pulec, St Ouen. A Cattle Egret was in La Rue des Cotils.

A few birds were on the move over and past Sorel, notably a single flock of 245 Black-headed Gulls with 54 Mediterranean Gulls heading East mid-morning, 4 Razorbills were offshore there, 28 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 11 Gannets also headed East while overhead were 273 Meadow Pipits, 4 Pied Wagtails, 35 Linnets and 45 Woodpigeons. Raptors included 4 Buzzards, 2 Marsh Harriers a Sparrowhawk, 2 Peregrines and a Kestrel and 3 Ravens were active too. Off of Grosnez were 5 Kittiwakes, 4 Guillemots, 5 auk sp, 25 Gannets and a Red-throated Diver sitting offshore. A Harbour Porpoise was also seen.

Roosting at Petit Port were 2 Shelduck, 46 Brent Geese, 11 Curlews, a Redshank, a Purple Sandpiper, 12 Turnstones, 8 Grey Plovers, 2 Sanderlings, 8 Dunlin and 157 Oystercatchers.

On St Ouen's Pond, Shoveler numbers were up to 58, with the 2 White-fronted Geese, 5 Wigeon and 13 Pochard also there.

In Vallee des Vaux were 2 Ravens and a Grey Wagtail.

Yesterday, a Serin was still near Kempt Tower

Picture: Part of this morning's movement of Black-headed Gulls, with a few Mediterranean Gulls in company, as they passed Sorel Point.

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 06.03.2021   .Mick Dryden 

Fine but cold today in an Easterly wind.

Today's counts from St Ouen's Pond and Scrape included the Bean Goose, 2 White-fronted Geese, 2 Shelduck, 30 Teal, 6 Wigeon, 26 Shovelers, a Curlew, 86 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Chiffchaffs, 10 Lapwings and 70 Starlings.

Waders at Petit Port included 2 Ringed Plovers, 29 Curlews, 176 Oystercatchers, 72 Sanderlings and 6 Dunlin as well as 56 Brent Geese and a Peregrine.

Lots of common birds were passing Grosnez this morning and these included 326 Fulmars in an Eastward movement, 65 Gannets, 18 Razorbills, 13 Guillemots, 90 Shag, 5 Cormorants, 640 Herring Gulls, 44 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 40 Great Black-backed Gulls, 6 Kittiwakes and 3 Mediterranean Gulls. One Harbour Porpoise was attracting attention offshore.

In recent days, Stonechats have been seen at several locations includingLe Braye and Les Blanches Banques, in the Sandpits and behind St Ouen's Pond , al in St Ouen's Bay, at Crabbe, at Egypt and near Portinfer.

At Beaumont Marsh this morning were 12 Snipe, a Woodcock, a Grey Heron and 3 Chiffchaffs and at Augres were 26 Redwings and 100 Starlings. On the North coast, 2 Skylarks and 20 Meadow Pipits were at Egypt and 2 Gannets were close inshore at Giffard.

A Black Redstart was in Robin Bay at La Rocque while at some derelict glasshouses at Pontac were 200 Starlings, a singing Cetti's Warbler, a singing Blackcap, 2 Pied Wagtails and a pale Buzzard. 3 Buzzards were seen soaring over Grouville Church.

La Sente held 16 Grey Herons, 14 Little Egrets, 9 Redshanks, a Snipe, 50 Linnets, a Pied Wagtail and 2 Shelduck with 200 Chaffinches at Fauvic. 4 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 5 Chiffchaffs, a Firecrest and 2 Grey Wagtails were at Queen's Valley.

At the orchard field in Trinity were 9 Fieldfares, 3 Redwings, a Firecrest and, in nearby fields, 200 Chaffinches, 25 Meadow Pipits, 2 White Wagtails, 4 Chiffchaffs and a Marsh Harrier. A Kingfisher, 18 Tufted Duck, a Grey Wagtail and 8 Chiffchaffs were at Grands Vaux reservoir.

Picture: A male Teal at the Wetland Centre showing just what fine looking ducks they are when seen well.

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 05.03.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A cold day, cloudy in a brisk Northeast wind.

Despite the weather, 2 Sand Martins appeared at St Ouen's Pond on what would be a good early first date were it not for the two exceptionally early birds seen in February. Also on the Pond were 21 Shovelers, 6 Pochard, 30+ Snipe, 10 Lapwings and 2 Chiffchaffs. In the Sandpits were 9 Little Grebes, 26 Tufted Duck, 2 Shovelers and a Sparrowhawk.

Waders roosting at Le Pulec included 16 Grey Plovers, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstones and a Dunlin.

It was mainly the usual suspects passing Grosnez this morning with counts of 55 Gannets, 142 Fulmars, a Razorbill, a Kittiwake, 59 Shag, 28 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 25 Great Black-backed Gulls. A Raven was also seen and 3 Harbour Porpoises were feeding and attracting attention off the headland.

At La Sente were 179 Brent Geese, 2 Shelduck, 32 Redshanks, 14 Little Egrets and 8 Grey Herons.

22 Redshanks were in St Aubin's Bay, 2 Redwings and 15 Snipe were in Beaumont Marsh and a Grey Wagtail was is St Peter's Valley. Another 2 Redwings were seen in Vallee des Vaux.

At La Haule yesterday were 100 Dunlin and 40 Sanderlings.

Picture: Gannet passing Grosnez this morning.

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 04.03.2021   .Mick Dryden 
A cold feeling, mainly cloudy day with a moderate Northwest wind was the weather order of the day.

A few odds and ends passing Corbiere first thing today included a Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Divers, 3 Guillemots, 6 Razorbills, 2 Fulmars, 9 Mediterranean Gulls, a Kittiwake, a Common Gull, a flock of 18 Grey Plovers, a flock of 6 Curlews, 15 Purple Sandpipers and off the sea, 3 Pied Wagtails and 2 Meadow Pipits. A female Stonechat was near the Phare hotel. In Petit Port Bay were 50 Sanderlings, another Purple Sandpiper, 27 Turnstones, 20 Curlews, 2 Dunlin and 15 Brent Geese. Further Stonechats seen today included a female at La Pulente and a pair at Le Braye where 2 Skylarks were in song.

There was little change at the Pond and Scrape again today with a Bittern, 2 White-fronted Geese, 15 Pochard, 22 Shovelers, 25 Teal, 5 Wigeon, 170 Brent Geese, 10 Lapwings, at least 50 Snipe, 2 Curlews, 2 Dunlin, a Water Pipit, 3 Reed Buntings and a Chiffchaff seen.

At St Aubin were 21 Redshanks and 15 Turnstones and in Beaumont Marsh were 220 Brent Geese and 2 Pied Wagtails. 4 Great Crested Grebes were at La Collette.

La Sente held 10 Grey Herons, 2 Teal, 41 Redshanks, 110 Brent Geese and 2 Shelduck. 12 Common Scoters were in Grouville Bay.

14 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were at Hougue Bie.

Evening update: at Queen's Valley were 10 Tufted Duck, 4 Teal, 2 Grey Wagtails, and at Grands Vaux were 13 Tufted Duck and 8 Chiffchaffs. 2 Woodcock were in Vallee des Vaux.

Extras from St Ouen's Pond yesterday were 2 Woodcock, 34 Skylarks, a Merlin and a Reed Bunting, with a Short-eared Owl seen there the day before.

Picture: This beautiful juvenile pale-phase Buzzard was circling low over Red Houses at lunchtime today.

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 03.03.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy day with showers this afternoon, in a Southerly wind.

We are still waiting for the Spring migration to get underway to any great extent, but at Sorel Point this morning, 560 Woodpigeon and 3 Stock Doves was a start! Also seen there were 240 Linnets, mostly not leaving, 8 Pied Wagtails, 25 Meadow Pipits, a Skylark, 6 Starlings, a pair of Stonechat and a displaying Dartford Warbler again. Raptors included 2 Peregrines, a Buzzard and a Marsh Harrier

Around St Ouen's Pond and Scrape were the usual suspects in the form of 2 White-fronted Geese, a Bean Goose, 145 Brent Geese, 25 Teal, 5 Wigeon, 16 Pochard, a Jack Snipe, 100 Snipe, a Water Pipit, 4 Reed Buntings, 2 Pied Wagtails, 10 Dunlin, as well as an abietinus Chiffchaff and a Woodcock which did a circuit of the backfields. At Kempt Tower were 2 Little Grebes, 3 Shovelers, 2 Tufted Duck and 3 Chiffchaffs in song.

Waders roosting on the North side of Corbiere included 29 Grey Plovers, 25 Turnstones, a Redshank and 48 Dunlin while in Petit Port Bay were 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 26 Mediterranean Gulls, 30 Sanderlings and 35 Turnstones.

3 Cattle Egrets were at Grouville Marsh while at La Sente were 33 Redshanks, 11 Grey Herons, a White Wagtail, 50 Brent Geese including a pale-bellied Brent and at the Happy Hens was a Grey Wagtail.

Dotted around La Rocque and Seymour were 18 Red-breasted Mergansers, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 82 Turnstones, a Peregrine and a Black Redstart.

Picture: Yesterday's Harbour Porpoise at Grosnez provided some collateral benefit for this Great Black-backed Gull, as can be seen here.

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 02.03.2021   .Mick Dryden 

Another anticyclonic day with clear but hazy conditions in a Southeast wind, but a change is on it's way.

Not a huge amount is changing on the bird scene, as the first migrants in any numbers are awaited. At St Ouen's Pond this morning were 143 Snipe, a Jack Snipe, 16 Pochard, 29 Shovelers, the Bean Goose, 2 White-fronted Geese and a Water Pipit. On the Scrape were 55 Teal, 5 Wigeon, a Shoveler, 34 Lapwings, 18 Dunlin, 106 Brent Geese including 12 flying over, a Snipe, a Merlin, 4 Mediterranean Gulls and 4 Song Thrushes. At Kempt Tower were 3 Little Grebes, a Firecrest and a singing Chiffchaff. 23 Mediterranean Gulls and 2 Stonechats.

There were lots of birds passing Grosnez during the morning, but mainly routine fare. Among the few passerine migrants there, male Serin flew over before returning to the Island and 7 Linnets, 11 Meadow Pipits, 6 Pied Wagtails , a Greenfinch and 2 Goldfinches headed off with 2 Crows arriving from the North. Passing offshore were a Black-throated Diver, a Red-throated Diver, 85 Gannets, 123 Fulmars, 50 Razorbills, 61 Kittiwakes, 4 Mediterranean Gulls, a Common Gull, 7 Black-headed Gulls and 44 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. 3 Harbour Porpoises were feeding near Grosnez headland and 2 Bottle-nosed Dolphins also passed by.. A Peregrine, 2 Ravens and a Stonechat were also seen. 4 Razorbills were seen near Petit Becquet and 20 Meadow Pipits and a displaying Raven were at Plemont.

A kayak trip out to Les Dirouilles on the low tide saw 6 Purple Sandpipers, 4 Turnstones, 2 Redshanks, 6 Oystercatchers and 2 Razorbills.

At La Sente, Redshank numbers had increased to 46 with 160 Brent Geese and 17 Grey Herons also there while on Grouville Common were 9 Redwings and 3 Cirl Buntings.

95 Turnstones and a Black Redstart were in Robin Bay at La Rocque while, sadly, a dead Greenshank found at Webber's Lane slip was one of our regular wintering birds, ringed at Grouville Marsh in 2007 and likely to have been one of the few birds which still roost at Queen's Valley.

Evening update: Around the North coast earlier today: A Peregrine was at Jardin d'Olivet, 8 Buzzards, a Bullfinch, a singing Short-toed Treecreeper, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a Great Crested Grebe were at Bouley Bay, another Short-toed Treecreeper and a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker were at Egypt and a female Stonechat was at Belle Hougue Point.

Picture: This Harbour Porpoise was one of three at Grosnez today, feeding close in and attracting plenty of attention from passing Gannets and Gulls.

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 01.03.2021   .Mick Dryden 

Another fine but hazy day, still in a cool Easterly wind.

In St Ouen's Bay today, at the Scrape were 38 Teal, 4 Wigeon, 21 Dunlin, a Merlin, 2 White-fronted Geese, 20 Lapwings and c 100 Starlings. On the Pond were 25 Shovelers, 12 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 140 Snipe and 2 Jackdaws. In the Sandpits were 13 Little Grebes, 28 Tufted Duck and 2 Shovelers.

A Common Sandpiper was at Plemont with 4 Razorbills seen along the coast there. Offshore at Sorel Point were 8 Razorbills, 12 Gannets, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Mediterranean Gulls and a Harbour Porpoise. At Sorel Point were 2 Skylarks, a Firecrest, 200 Linnets, 10 Chaffinches, 5 Goldfinches, 4 Rock Pipits, 10 Meadow Pipits, a Grey Wagtail, 8 Pied Wagtails, 6 Song Thrushes and a Stonechat. 9 Buzzards and 2 Marsh Harriers were in flight there.

A Mistle Thrush was at Rozel Manor and on the headland at La Coupe were 5 Bullfinches. Little was moving offshore there though with just 11 Gannets, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 10 Common Gulls, a Kittiwake and a Black-headed Gull seen. 3 Curlews roosting at La Coupe included the regular wintering yellow-flagged bird from Poland.

At La Sente were 2 Shelduck, 37 Redshanks, 17 Grey Herons and 3 Little Egrets with 13 Mediterranean Gulls seen between La Rocque and Pontac.

On Mont les Vaux in St Aubin were 2 Redwings and a singing Firecrest.

Around the Grands Vaux mud pond were 25 Tufted Duck, a Grey Wagtail and 3 Chiffchaffs. 6 Redwings were in Vallee des Vaux.

Picture: One of today's Bullfinches at La Coupe.

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 28.02.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A fair but cool day in an Easterly wind.

A trickle of birds past La Coupe this morning included a departing Merlin, a Great Northern Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 3 Red-throated Divers, 4 male Common Scoters, 101 Razorbills, 7 Guillemots, 23 Brent Geese, a Fulmar, 27 Gannets, 32 Common Gulls, 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 69 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 47 Great Black-backed Gulls, 605 Herring Gulls, 9 Kittiwakes and 6 Black-headed Gulls with a Harbour Porpoise offshore. 4 Cattle Egrets were near Haie Fleurie. A Mistle Thrush was singing at Rozel Manor with a second bird also seen there.

At La Sente were 4 Teal, 31 Redshanks, 13 Grey Herons and 250 Brent Geese.

A good selection of species at Fountain Lane included 43 Redwings, a Kingfisher, a Grey Wagtail, 16 Snipe, a Reed Bunting, a Chiffchaff, a Water Rail and a singing Cetti's Warbler. 16 Tufted Duck were on the mud pond at Grands Vaux while in Vallee des Vaux were 2 Siskins, 2 Bullfinches and 2 Blackcaps. The orchard field near to Trinity school held 18 Fieldfares and 6 Redwings.

A pair of Shelduck at petit Port was likely to have been the same birds also seen on the Scrape where 5 Wigeon, 33 Teal, 18 Lapwings, 12 Dunlin, c100 Brent Geese and a juvenile Mute Swan were also present. In the Sandpits were 18 Tufted Duck, 2 Shovelers and 10 Little Grebes and on the Blanches Banques were 2 pairs of Stonechat.

Elsewhere, c400 Chaffinches and Linnets were seen on the north coast near to Ile Agois and at Beaumont Marsh were 400 Brent Geese, 2 Grey Wagtails and a Pied Wagtail.

A late report for yesterday, from Grouville Marsh included a Reed Bunting wearing a Lithuanian ring, 4 Teal, 3 Marsh Harriers, 20 Jackdaws, 2 Grey Wagtails and a Barn Owl.

This evening, at Handois were a Fieldfare, 3 Redwings, 2 Firecrests and 2 Woodcock.

Picture: A Little Grebe at Kempt Tower yesterday.

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 27.02.2021   .Mick Dryden 

Another fine day, but cool in a Northeast wind.

A second February Sand Martin of the year was seen flying past Sorel this morning. 200 Linnets were also there and a Razorbill plus 2 Harbour Porpoises offshore.

A scattering of seabirds passing Grosnez included 54 Gannets, 45 Fulmars, 3 Red-throated Divers, 11 Razorbillls, 26 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 33 Kittiwakes, a Common Gull and 4 Mediterranean Gulls. There was also a trickle of passerine migration there with 85 Linnets, 15 Goldfinches, 5 Chaffinches, a Greenfinch, 26 Meadow Pipits, a Grey Wagtail and 5 Pied Wagtails seen. Local birds included a Raven, 2 Peregrines and a pair of Stonechats. 3 Crows headed off towards Guernsey too. Near to L'Ile Agois were 4 Fulmars on nesting ledges and a Skylark.

A Black Redstart was at Le Pulec again and around the Kempt Tower pools area were 2 Little Grebes, 5 Tufted Duck, a Water Rail, a singing Chiffchaff and a Cetti's Warbler. On St Ouen's Pond were the 2 White-fronted Geese, 35 Shovelers, 9 Pochard, 10 Teal, a drake Wigeon, 20 Lapwings and 20+ Snipe.

At La Sente were 19 Redshanks, 2 Teal and 6 Grey Herons and at Beaumont Marsh were 260 Brent Geese.

La Moye Point now has 4 pairs of Fulmars in attendance with 12 Jackdaws also there. At Beauport Common and headland were a pair of Stonechats and a displaying Dartford Warbler.

Grouville Marsh held 3 Redwings, a Snipe, 10 Reed Buntings, 2 singing Cetti's Warblers, a Short-toed Treecreeper, 4 Water Rails, a Chiffchaff, 5 Cattle Egrets and the remains of a Great Spotted Woodpecker taken by a Sparrowhawk. 30 Black-headed Gulls and a Common Gull flew over there.

Picture: A fine drake Teal on the Scrape yesterday.

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