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 30.09.2014   Paddyfield WarblerMick Dryden 

Cloudy conditions gave way to another fine afternoon with the wind falling light.

An adult Paddyfield Warbler was trapped and ringed at St Ouen's Pond and released by the willows at the north end of the reed bed at 7.30 this morning, heading straight into the reed bed, this the first record for Jersey and second for the Channel Islands. There was also a Great White Egret seen flying in from Corbiere direction, and a Cattle Egret. The juvenile Rose-coloured Starling was with a flock of Starlings on Les Mielles Golf course, close to the Five Mile Road by Le Port. Also around the Pond area, 6 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 3 Shovelers, 8 Lapwings and a Dunlin were on the Scrape with 4 Little Grebes and 10 Shovelers on the Pond. The conservation fields at the back of the Pond are starting to pay dividends with 60 Linnets, 4 Stonechats, a Wheatear, a Whinchat and a Yellow Wagtail seen today.

Coverage at Noirmont was a little patchy today, given the birds elsewhere, but still recorded a Hobby, a Merlin, 1106 Swallows, 28 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins, 804 Meadow Pipits, a Grey Wagtail, 80 alba Wagtails, 2 Skylarks, 174 Linnets, 12 Chaffinches, 16 Goldfinches and 9 Woodpigeons. On the ground were 4 Wheatears, 8 Stonechats, a Whitethroat, a Firecrest, a Blackcap and several Chiffchaffs.

At Queen's Valley, 18 Greenshanks, 2 Grey Herons and a Kingfisher were present. At Sorel Point this afternoon, Swallows were still moving through, also 3 Buzzards, a Marsh Harrier and a Whitethroat seen there.

A Short-eared Owl was seen at Kempt Tower, a Wheatear and 3 alba Wagtails at the Airport football pitch and another 3 Wheatears at L'Etacq.

On the east coast, 123 Brent Geese were in Grouville Bay, with a report of a Black Brant there too, also a Curlew Sandpiper, 40 Ringed Plovers, 200 Sanderlings, 8 Dunlin and 10 Bar-tailed Godwits. More Swallows were passing here too and 3 Wheatears were seen.

Yesterday as well as the Paddyfield Warbler, 3 Sedge Warblers, 3 Reed Warblers and 3 Stonechats were at St Ouen's Pond.

Picture: The Paddyfield Warbler, this morning. The other egret pictures will appear here, as soon as the rarities stop turning up!

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 29.09.2014   .Mick Dryden 

Light rain fell before dawn on a slowly improving day, with a murky morning and fine afternoon, with in the south-west.

Yesterday's juvenile Rose-coloured Starling was re-located this afternoon, at the junction of Jubillee Hill and the Five Mile Road in St Ouen's Bay. One Cattle Egret was at the Scrape along with 3 Ruff, 8 Lapwings, 14 Teal, 2 Wheatears, 2 Stonechats and 2 Yellow Wagtails. A Little Grebe was on the Pond.

The pick at Noirmont today were 2 Ring Ouzels and a Merlin. A good range of species seen at Noirmont today included 758 Swallows, a Sand Martin, 28 House Martins, 1268 Meadow Pipits, a Tree Pipit, 19 Yellow Wagtails, 54 alba Wagtails, 4 Skylarks, 27 Song Thrushes, 12 Blackbirds, a Reed Bunting, 84 Linnets, 7 Chaffinches, 77 Goldfinches, a migrant Marsh Harrier, and 23 Woodpigeons, On the ground were 12 Wheatears, a Whinchat, 12 Stonechats, 10+ Robins, 2 Whitethroats and a Blackcap. There was also a leucistic Dartford Warbler which caused some head scratching in it's coffee coloured outfit. Not having been seen before, it was presumably, a migrant from elsewhere on the Island.

Queen's Valley counts for the day were 19 Greenshanks, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Herons and 2 Grey Wagtails.

Picture: Today's "Rosy" Starling on the Five Mile Road. Apologies to Tony Wright, part two of the egret gallery will appear tomorrow!

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 28.09.2014   .Mick Dryden 

It was another very pleasant day with some high cloud and warm south-easterly winds.

2 Cattle Egrets were at the St Ouen's Pond Scrape today, although the Great White Egret was not seen. Also there, were 3 Ruff, 8 Teal, 10 Lapwings, 8 Snipe, 3 Stonechats and a Whinchat. A Yellow-legged Gull was at Le Pulec.

A quiet start at Noirmont this morning turned into a late morning rush. Counts there included 3910 Swallows, 2245 House Martins, 3 Sand Martins, 2765 Meadow Pipits, 82 alba Wagtails, 3 Tree Pipits, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtails, 11 Skylarks, 3 Song Thrushes, a Blackbird, 505 Linnets, 177 Goldfinches and 47 Chaffinches. On the ground were 3 Wheatears, 4 Stonechats and 20+ Robins.

At Grouville Marsh were 2 Grey Wagtails, a Whinchat, 2 Stonechats, 30 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 15 Linnets, a Peregrine, 4 Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks and 3 Grey Herons. There were also 2 Cetti's Warblers there, one of which was ringed three weeks ago at St Ouen's Pond.. Queen's Valley held 19 Greenshanks, 24 Cormorants, 2 Grey Herons, a Grey Wagtail and a Little Egret. 2 Grey Wagtails were at Vallee des Vaux.

An anting flock over Red Houses this evening included 50 Black-headed Gulls, a Mediterranean Gull, 2 Jackdaws and 2 Ravens.

Extras for yesterday include a Kingfisher at Rozel Harbour, 8 Stonechats at Noirmont and a Common Sandpiper at St Ouen's Bay Sandpits.

Evening update: A possible juvenile Rose-coloured Starling was seen by the junction of Jubillee Hill and the Five Mile Road in St Ouen's Bay this evening, in bushes on the golf course boundary.

Picture: Yesterday's "egret set" at the St Ouen's Pond Scrape was completed with a Little Egret being added to the Cattle Egret and Great White Egret, all captured on camera by Tony Wright. Today's image shows the Cattle Egret - more tomorrow.

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 27.09.2014   .Mick Dryden 

Yet another pleasant and warm late summer day with a light south-east wind.

It was a notable day at St Ouen's Pond, where a Great White Egret and a Cattle Egret were both seen on the Scrape this afternoon - just a Little Egret missing for the set! Also there were 3 Ruff, 6 Lapwings and 12 Snipe.

At Noirmont this morning, visible migration watching turned up a Hobby, a Tree Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtails, an alba Wagtail, 145 Meadow Pipits, 227 Swallows, a House Martin, a Sand Martin, 13 Chaffinches, 2 Greenfinches and 6 Linnets. Also present were 3 Wheatears, a Buzzard, 2 Kestrels, a Whitethroat, 2 Stonechats, 10+ Robins, 8 Goldfinches, 3 Firecrests, 2 Willow Warblers and 10+ Chiffchaffs.

A ringing trip to the Ecrehous found a selection of species including a Water Rail, 4 Wheatears, a Whinchat, a Robin, 4 Chiffchaffs, a Firecrest and 8+ Rock Pipits, 4 Grey Wagtails flew over and waders there included 170 Oystercatchers, 160 Turnstones, 10 Ringed Plovers and 15 Curlews. 2 Grey Seals were close in at Maitre Ile.

Picture: Firecrest at Les Ecrehous this morning.

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 26.09.2014   .Mick Dryden 

Today was one of those days when very little happened! A light south-westerly and weak fronts to the north of the Island failed to turn up the goods.

At St Ouen's Pond today, 3 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, a Snipe, 5 Little Egrets and 3 Stonechats were seen from Eddie's Hide at the Scrape.

Noirmont was very quiet for the time of year with counts struggling to 276 Swallows, 4 House Martins, 222 Meadow Pipits, 4 alba Wagtails, 36 Linnets, 16 Chaffinches, 4 House Sparrows, a Wheatear, a Stonechat, 3 Whitethroats, 5+ Chiffchaffs and a Firecrest, 24 Brent Geese were in St Aubin's Bay and a Balearic Shearwater flew past the headland.

Picture: The Clifden Nonpareil is a very rare migrant moth to the Channel Islands. This individual was found on a garage forecourt at Five Oaks three days ago. Many thanks to Roger Long for the picture and information.

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 25.09.2014   .Mick Dryden 

It was a return to fine conditions today, with a light westerly wind.

At Les Landes, the Cattle Egret was seen again, also a Wheatear there.

Stonechats have started to migrate into the Island with 6 at Noirmont, 3 at Crabbe, 2 at Sorel and one at Les Creux today.

Clear conditions made for decent migration past Noirmont this morning with counts of 1072 Meadow Pipits, a Tree Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 4 Grey Wagtails, 83 alba Wagtails, 802 Swallows, 47 House Martins, 45 Chaffinches, 30 Linnets, a Song Thrush and an arrival of 37 Wheatears. Offshore ( and overhead) were a Balearic Shearwater, 5 Gannets, 2 Ringed Plovers, 10 Sandwich Terns, a Mediterranean Gull, 204 Black-headed Gulls and 14 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. 18 Brent Geese were in St Aubin's Bay. 2 Whitethroats, a Firecest, 5 + Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler and a Blackcap were on the ground at Noirmont.

Also at Sorel were good numbers of Meadow Pipits including one flock of 28, a Peregrine, 2 Buzzards and a Raven.

St Ouen's Pond Scrape held 3 Ruff, 8 Lapwings, a Kingfisher and a Skylark overhead and Les Creux, 2 Wheatears and 2 Blackcaps.

Picture: As promised another fine image from Kris Bell, this time Royal Terns in Florida

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 24.09.2014   .Mick Dryden 

The wind shifted into the west today, for the first time in a while, with an immediate impact on the numbers of migrants on the move.

Numbers of birds at Noirmont were well down on recent days and included 552 Swallows, 34 House Martins, a single Sand Martin, 308 Meadow Pipits, a Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtails, 3 White Wagtails, 2 Song Thrushes, 50 Linnets, 3 Chaffinches and 3 Woodpigeons. A Wheatear, a Stonechat was on the ground and 6 Buzzards, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrrowhawks and 2 Kestrels in the air.

In Grouville Bay were 97 dark-bellied Brent Geese, 150 Sanderlings, 4 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, a Redshank, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits and a Peregrine.

Picture: Some recent, worldwide images from Kris Bell have just been posted on the Gallery and not to be missed. Today's is of Rainbow Bee-eaters in Australia. Don't miss tomorrow's either.

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 23.09.2014   .Mick Dryden 

Hazy conditions and a light easterly wind was the order of the day, with a shift back to the west forecast from tomorrow.

A Wryneck was at La Collette this morning.

At Noirmont, another Osprey flew east past the headland mid-morning, the sixth of the autumn. Another 2 very late Swifts flew by there and good numbers of common migrants included 3056 Swallows, 820 House Martins, 8 Sand Martins, 1235 Meadow Pipits, a Grey Wagtail, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 83 Linnets, 10 Goldfinches, 6 House Sparrows, 3 Song Thrushes, a Common Snipe and a Ringed Plover. 14 Wheatears flew in and also there, were 4 Stonechats, 20+ Robins, 3 Whitethroats, 3 Blackcaps, a Willow Warbler, 5+ Chiffchaffs and 5 Firecrests.

Seen in Grouville Bay, at Le Hurel, were 50 Sandwich Terns, 300 Black-headed Gulls, a Ruff, a Curlew Sandpiper, 300 Sanderlings, 10 Bar-tailed Godwits, 100 Grey Plovers, 30 Ringed Plovers, 50 Dunlin, 10 Redshanks, 50 Turnstones, 50 Curlews, 90 Brent Geese, 15 Great Crested Grebes, and a Whinchat, at La Sente Farm.

St Ouen's Bay Sandpits held a pair of Gadwall and the female Red-crested Pochard. 8 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 3 Ruff and 3 Snipe were on the Scrape and 10 Shovelers, a Little Grebe and 4 Bearded Tits at the Pond. 3 Wheatears were at Les Landes and a Common Sandpiper at Le Pulec.

Evening update: At Sorel, a Cuckoo was seen very briefly, flying low out of bracken, also a juvenile Peregrine, 2 Yellow Wagtails and lots of Meadow Pipits.

Picture: A very nice image of Kingfisher, taken from Eddie's Hide at St Ouen's Pond, by Tony Wright.

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 22.09.2014   .Mick Dryden 

Cooler air is encouraging the migrants, with a bumper crop at Noirmont today.

Counts of common migrants at Noirmont included a Hobby, 4620 Swallows, 437 House Martins, 10 Sand Martins, 1630 Meadow Pipits, 7 Tree Pipits, 28 Yellow Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail and 21 alba Wagtails. Among the later season migrants were 15 Grey Herons, 8 Skylarks, 5 Song Thrushes, 7 Greenfinches, 49 Linnets, 15 Goldfinches and 4 Woodpigeons. Wheatears again flew in during the morning, with 38 seen, with 2 Whinchats, a Stonechat, 10+ Robins, 2 Whitethroats, 2 Blackcaps and several Chiffchaffs also there. Raptors included a Peregrine, 3 Sparrowhawks, 2 Buzzards and 3 Kestrels.

A further 15 Wheatears and a Whinchat were on Grouville Golf Course.

Back to yesterday when 11 pale-bellied Brent Geese were near the Gunsite in St Aubin's Bay, 2 Wigeon, 3 Ruff, 5 Snipe and 2 Kingfishers were seen from Eddie's Hide at St Ouen's Pond.

Picture: Snipe at St Ouen's Pond Scrape, with thanks to Sarah Scriven.

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 21.09.2014   .Mick Dryden 

Weak fronts moving south brought a cloudy morning with a northerly wind, which perked up migration in the cooler air.

A Turtle Dove was in a garden at Gorselands.

A feature of visible migration at Noirmont was a steady arrival of Wheatears, at least 88 flying in and mainly, out again. The bulk of migration was again provided by hirundines. pipits and wagtails with counts of 2250 Swallows, 1128 House Martins, 11 Sand Martins, 1368 Meadow Pipits plus several hundreds more scattered around in the fields, 124 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Grey Wagtails, 19 alba Wagtails and 3 Tree Pipits seen. Others passing were a Hobby, a juvenile Peregrine, 2 Grey Herons, 5 Skylarks, 4 Chaffinches, 47 Linnets, and surprisingly, a House Sparrow. Apart from the Wheatears, little was on the ground with a Whitethroat and a Blackcap seen.

Queen's Valley counts included 21 Greenshanks and a Grey Heron.

Some late records include 4 Ruff and 3 Snipe yesterday at St Ouen's Pond Scrape, a Spotted Flycatcher at Crabbe along with 4 Whinchats along the north-west coast and a Hobby on Friday at Les Landes.

Picture: One of today's many Wheatears, on the cannon at Noirmont.

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