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 27.07.2016   .Mick Dryden 

A mostly grey and overcast day and still quiet on the bird front.

Around St Ouen's Pond and Scrape this morning were 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Dunlin, a female Shoveler, a juvenile Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzards and 6 Swifts. In the Sandpits were 10 House Martins, 5 Sand Martins and 11 Cormorants.

25 Curlews, 3 Whimbrels and a Turnstone were at Petit Port.

There was virtually no movement over Noirmont with just 3 Swifts, 5 Swallows and a Peregrine seen over the land and 53 Gannets plus 11 Black-backed Gulls offshore.

Yesterday evening around St Ouen's Pond were 20 Sedge Warblers, 2 Willow Warblers, 15 Sand Martins, just 10 Swallows, 4 Pochard, 2 Shovelers, 14 Marsh Harriers including 6 juveniles and 6 Lapwings. On Monday White Wagtails were seen at the FB Fields and Trinity football ground.

Evening update: At the St Ouen's Pond Scrape were 9 Black-tailed Godwits and 8 Lapwings plus 5 Sand Martins. The Sandpits held 47 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 5 Grey Herons, 26 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Common Sandpiper and 10 Sand Martins. In Grouville Bay were 2 Swifts, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 23 Sandwich Terns, 5 Ringed Plovers, 21 Curlews and 2 Whimbrels.

Picture: Curlews at Petit Port

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 26.07.2016   .Mick Dryden 

A mainly cloudy and slow news day.

At St Ouen's Pond Scrape this morning were 2 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, a juvenile Dunlin, a few Sand Martins and a Swift. 2 Willow Warblers were at the South Canal and the Skylark was still singing. A Common Sandpiper was at the Sandpits.

Waders roosting at Petit Port over the high tide included 5 Whimbrels, 47 Curlews and 104 Oystercatchers, plus 5 Little Egrets, with a further 19 Little Egrets and 32 Oystercatchers at Le Pulec where there were also 12 Rock Pipits.

Little was moving over Noirmont with just a single Sand Martin and 13 Swallows seen in a short session there. Offshore, 59 Gannets, a Mediterranean Gull, 9 Black-headed Gulls and a Sandwich Tern passed, also a pod of 9 Bottle-nosed Dolphins heading east at 06:40.

On Sunday, 4 Ringed Plovers were flying in Grouville Bay with up to 100 Mediterranean Gulls and a similar number of Sandwich Terns also seen and yesterday, 2 adult Peregrines were in the vicinity of St Thomas' Church in St Helier.

Picture: A Whimbrel at Petit Port today.

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 25.07.2016   .Mick Dryden 

A mainly fine day with a cool westerly wind was the order of the day.

A visit to Les Ormes Valley found the Turtle Dove still singing there, but no signs of a partner. Also seen there was a pair of Bullfinch and Chiffchaffs feeding young.

In the St Ouen's Bay Sandpits were 6 Grey Herons, 6 Cormorants, 60 Black-headed Gulls, an adult Little Grebe and 2 Common Sandpipers and at the Scrape and Pond , 2 Grey Herons, a Green Sandpiper, and a second tringa, probably a Wood Sandpiper.

Passage at Noirmont mainly involved seabirds this morning, although 2 Willow Warblers, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a juvenile Stonechat and a singing Dartford Warbler were on the ground and 16 Swifts, 4 Swallows, a House Martin, 8 Meadow Pipits and a Snipe flew over. Offshore were 6 Manx Shearwaters, 230 Gannets, 16 Sandwich Terns, 2 Mediterranean Gulls and 26 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Local raptors included 6 Buzzards, a Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine, 2 Kestrels and a Sparrowhawk.

Picture: A male Cirl Bunting carrying food for young recently, with thanks to Romano for the nice image.

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 24.07.2016   .Mick Dryden 

A mainly cloudy day with light winds

Very little to report so far. At St Ouen's Pond and Scrape this morning were a Green Sandpiper, a Skylark and a fly-over Sandwich Tern, while in the Sandpits were a Common Tern, a Mediterranean Gull, 41 Black-headed Gulls and 3 Pochard and at Le Pulec were 12 Little Egrets, a Common Sandpiper and a Whimbrel.

A trickle of Swifts and a Grey Heron moved west over Red Houses this afternoon.

Picture: A juvenile Dartford Warbler at Noirmont.

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 23.07.2016   .Mick Dryden 

A grey morning and a fine afternoon, sound familiar? Winds were light from the west

At St Ouen's Pond Scrape was a Wood Sandpiper and a Green Sandpiper, while around the Pond were 9 Grey Herons, 2 Pochard, 2 Water Rails, 3 Bearded Tits, 2 Sedge Warblers, 30 Reed Warblers with young being fed, a Cetti's Warbler also feeding young and an overnight roost of 200 Swallows and 20 Sand Martins.

Noirmont was quiet with 21 Swifts, 20 Swallows, a Green Sandpiper, a Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrels and an offshore Kittiwake, of note.

At La Rocque, and in Grouville Bay this morning 67 Sandwich Terns, a handful of Common Terns, 10 Great Crested Grebes, a Grey Heron, a Dunlin, 20 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, a flock of 10 Grey Plovers and 2 Ringed Plovers were seen. A count of Little Egrets around the south east corner found 36 dotted along the coast, plus 83 at the colony at La Lourderie.

Picture: Today's Dunlin, with thanks to Alan Gicquel for the image.

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 22.07.2016   .Mick Dryden 

A fair day with light winds.

Waders are on the increase along the west coast. 4 Common Sandpipers were at Petit Port and 4 Green Sandpipers, a Snipe, a Water Rail, 2 Grey Herons and a Swift at the St Ouen's Pond Scrape. A further 2 Common Sandpipers were at Le Pulec and 2 more in the Sandpits, where 42 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 40 Black-headed Gulls were also present. 16 Little Egrets were at Le Pulec.

Counts at Noirmont this morning included 68 Swifts, 50 Sand Martins, 37 Swallows, a Curlew, a White Wagtail and a Mediterranean Gull, with 3 Manx Shearwaters, a Sandwich Tern, and 9+ Bottle-nosed Dolphins offshore.

Some extra records for yesterday, with 2 Yellow Wagtails and 6 Lapwings at the Scrape and 62 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, a Mediterranean Gull and 2 Grey Herons in the Sandpits. Around St Ouen's Pond was a roost of 300 Swallows and 50 Sand Martins, also 20 Reed Warblers ( but very few young), 2 Water Rails with a juvenile, a Grey Heron and 4 juvenile Bearded Tits.

At the Farmer's Cricket Field in St Martin White Wagtails have a nest with 4 eggs in the rolling machine used on the pitch.

Picture: A juvenile Goldfinch takes a bath at Noirmont.

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 21.07.2016   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy morning was followed by a pleasant warm afternoon with light north-west winds.

Odds and ends passing Noirmont this morning included a Green Sandpiper, a Whimbrel, 2 Grey Wagtails, a Meadow Pipit, an early Song Thrush which dropped in, 5 Swifts, 20 Sand Martins, 19 Swallows, 5 Mediterranean Gulls, a Common Tern and 58 Black-headed Gulls.

At St Ouen's Pond and Scrape were the first Snipe of the Autumn, a Green Sandpiper ( possibly the same bird which flew over Noirmont)_, a flyover Yellow Wagtail and a singing Skylark while in the Sandpits were 3 Grey Herons and 2 Common Sandpipers.

140 Black-headed Gulls and 2 Mediterranean Gulls were at La Pulente.

A check of the Cirl Bunting sites this morning found a pair with two juveniles and a second pair carrying food for young. A Dunlin in full breeding plumage was at Grouville Common early this morning.

Several Swifts flew over Red House in St Brelade, this afternoon.

Picture: No sightings of any unusual egrets so far, today. Here are two of yesterday's Cattle Egrets at Noirmont though.

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 20.07.2016   .Mick Dryden 

A complete change on the weather front today, after yesterday's record breaking temperature of 35.2c, today was cloudy with a period of hill fog before fine but cool conditions arrived with a brisk westerly wind.

Most of the news concerns egrets. 4 Cattle Egrets - 3 adults in breeding plumage and a young juvenile were feeding around the horses near Warren Farm at Noirmont, two of the adult birds, presumably, the parents of the young one. Where did they breed?

A Great White Egret was again in the Zoo grounds early this morning and a late report of the same species, with one seen with Little Egrets at L'Etacq over last weekend.

There was some visible migration past Noirmont early on, before fog obscured the view and then a freshening westerly wind stopped it. 69 Swifts, 14 Sand Martins, 10 Swallows and 21 Black-headed Gulls were counted. A family of Goldcrests, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Whitethroats and a Dartford Warbler were also seen.

46 Curlews and 3 Mediterranean Gulls were at Petit Port and a Common Sandpiper was at Le Pulec.

At Plemont this afternoon were 35+ Swifts and a family of four Peregrines.

Picture: The 4 Cattle Egrets at Noirmont.

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 19.07.2016   .Mick Dryden 

A clear and hot day , with temperatures reaching 32c , but the south-east wind invited some early season visible migration.

What is presumably the same individual seen flying over the Zoo a week ago - a Great White Egret was in the Zoo grounds this evening.

Counts at Noirmont this morning included 253 Swifts, 61 Sand Martins, 33 Swallows, a White Wagtail, 2 Grey Herons, 5 Mediterranean Gulls and 254 Black-headed Gulls. Offshore, 8 Balearic Shearwaters and 145 Gannets passed by. On the ground at Noirmont were 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Whitethroats, a Dartford Warbler and a juvenile Stonechat.

30 Sandwich Terns and 2 Mediterranean Gulls were at La Rocque, while, up at Queen's Valley reservoir, a Grey Heron, a Long-eared Owl and 9 Cormorants were seen.

Picture: A male Linnet at Noirmont this morning.

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 18.07.2016   .Mick Dryden 

The fine and nearly hot weather (30c), continues with the difference of an easterly wind today.

See on the early morning high tide from Seymour to Pontac were 38 Sandwich Terns including 23 juveniles, 5 Common Terns, 14 Mediterranean Gulls, 230 Black-headed Gulls, 32 Gannets, a Grey Heron, a Peregrine, a Dunlin, 2 Turnstones, 136 Curlews, 155 Oystercatchers, 2 Swifts, a Sand Martin, 48 Swallows high offshore and a White Wagtail.

Some passage at Noirmont included 36 Swifts, a Sand Martin, a House Martin, 9 Swallows, with another 25 feeding young at the headland and 7 Black-headed Gulls. A Whitethroat was in song and 4 Buzzards were flying north of the headland. An adult Long-eared Owl was found dead at Noirmont Farm, Portelet, and was, presumably, one of the local breeding birds. 2 Sand Martins flew over Beauport and 2 Dartford Warblers were at Gorselands.

Waders at Petit port included 32 Curlews and 80 Oystercatchers with another 25 Curlews and a Common Sandpiper at Le Pulec.

Picture: A juvenile Linnet at Noirmont.

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