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 01.07.2020   .Mick Dryden 
Rain cleared by dawn this morning, leaving a fresh Westerly airflow, with a few light showers appearing this afternoon.

Early this morning, a few odds and ends passing Noirmont included 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 17 Gannets, 3 Black-headed Gulls, 6 Sand Martins and a lone Swallow. 2 Stonechats and 3 Dartford Warblers were on the ground there and an immature Marsh Harrier and 3 Buzzards were hunting there too.

Later on this morning, a Cattle Egret flew West over La Collette and at lunchtime, a Crossbill did likewise over St Brelade's Bay, with a pale Buzzard also being seen there.

At a breeding site in St Clement, 10 juvenile Little Egrets were seen, with more hidden in the trees.

A check of Pont Marquet, in St Brelade found at least 10 Short-toed Treecreepers including two pairs feeding fledged young, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Song Thrushes, 5 + Blackcaps, and several singing Goldcrests.

Evening update: 6 White Wagtails were at the Farmer's cricket pitch in St Martin, 14 Ravens were together near St George's School and a further 2 young Ravens were at Gorselands this evening.

Picture: If those toes were any shorter, he could be in trouble! An acrobatic performance from a Short-toed Treecreeper at Pont Marquet this morning.

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 30.06.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A day of on and off rain, overcast conditions and a fresh South-west wind.

Seen at St Ouen's Pond and Scrape this morning, in less than perfect conditions, were 3 Shovelers, 21 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, a Green Sandpiper, an Oystercatcher, 6 Swifts, 50+ Sand Martins, 6 Swallows, a Little Egret and 2 Skylarks, A juvenile Cetti's Warbler was in the willows near the Scrape Hide.

In the Sandpits were 12 Swifts, 70+ Sand Martins, 14 Black-headed Gulls, 6 Tufted Duck, 5 Oystercatchers, 104 Coot and a White Wagtail.

5 Sand Martins headed off from Noirmont, but little else of note and a Manx Shearwater, a Guillemot sitting in the sea off the headland and16 Gannets were offshore. The pale Buzzard was in evidence again.

The Shelducks and their 7 young were at Petit Port again and the 2 Roseate Terns were still at the nest on the Ecrehous with 2 Sandwich Terns also seen.

2 Stonechats were on Beauport Common and 6 Swifts were feeding over Sandybrook.

Yesterday evening, a Crossbill flew over Vallee des Vaux.

Picture: This juvenile Shoveler was on the South Canal by the Scrape Hide this morning.

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 29.06.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A strong Westerly flow made things feel more autumnal than summer-like today andthere was very little y way of bird activity as a result

Attempts at seawatching at both Grosnez and Corbiere proved only that, apart from a few Gannets, nothing was passing the West of the Island!

The Shelduck family was at Petit Port, lying low.

On the Ecrehous, the Roseate Terns were also keep their heads down at the nest site. Also seen there were the usual Common Terns, including several chicks, 3 non=breeding Sandwich Terns, 5 Curlews and 2 Oystercatchers with chicks below the tern ledge.

In the shelter of the Sandpits in St Ouen's Bay, were 107 Coot, 4 Oystercatchers, 17 Black-headed Gulls, 70+ Swifts, 100+ Sand Martins and a White Wagtail.

There was little to see either, at Noirmont, with nothing passing overhead, or putting it's head above the parapet.

In the last few days, a Brent Goose has been seen in Grouville Bay, where 9 Mediterranean Gulls and 5 Sandwich Terns are also present.

Picture: The image shows a plan of habitat improvement at Noirmont SSI by the Environment Department, for which the preparatory work has just begun. The area is immediately to the East of the centre car park and copse and the red line indicates where a fence will be placed to protect the area within, once bracken removal has been undertaken in the next month or so. The fence will remain for several years as heathland is encouraged to return without disturbance. You can still walk around the outside of the red line area on cleared paths.

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 28.06.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A fair day with a fresh to strong Westerly wind.

The remaining pair of Roseate Terns were both attending the nest on the Ecrehous today, but the other pair was not seen. Also on the Ecrehous were 80+ Turnstones, a Curlew and 2 Little Egrets.

The Shelduck family at Petit Port remained as 2 adults and 7 young, and a single Curlew was also there.

There was no significant visible migration at Noirmont, Grosnez and Corbiere. A single Swift flew over Noirmont but little else. A male Stonechat , a female Marsh Harrier and 2 Buzzards, including a pale bird, were also seen.

60 Black-headed Gulls and a Swift were at St Aubin and a pair of Bullfinches were seen at Sandybrook.

Along the North coast, 6 Puffins and 3 Razorbills were counted.

Picture: A digiscoped image of one of the pair of Roseate Terns at the Ecrehous today, with thanks to Nick Jouault for the picture.

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 27.06.2020   .Mick Dryden 

Showers this morning were followed by a cloudy afternoon in a strong Westerly wind.

Some passage of seabirds past Corbiere this morning included 2 Manx Shearwaters, 5 Balearic Shearwaters, 6 Razorbills, a Fulmar, 18 Gannets and 2 Bottle-nosed Dolphins.

One breedng pair of Roseate Terns is still hanging on at the Ecrehous and the pair which lost it's nest may also still be there. The Common Terns there now have good numbers of chicks.

At Le Hurel were 125 Black-headed Gulls, 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 8 Curlews and a Redshank. 20 Black-headed Gulls and 2 Swifts were at St Aubin.

A Crossbill was feeding in a garden at Vallee des Vaux and a pair of Stonechats at La Pulente have one juvenile.

A check on nesting hirundines at two farms found 28 House Martin and 3 Swallow nests at Francheville Farm and 17 House Martin plus 2 Swallow nests at Fauverie Farm.

Late evening update: The pair of Nightjars was seen again at Portelet.

Last night, a Nightjar was seen feeding at near the Biarritz Hotel in St Brelades Bay and may well have been the male from Portelet.

Picture: A Wren at St Ouen's Pond.

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 26.06.2020   .Mick Dryden 

Early hill fog gradually cleared to cloudy conditions in a fresh and far cooler airflow than yesterday's 32c. Winds were firmly back in the West.

In the disturbed conditions there was some noticeable passage at Noirnont, once the visibility allowed. Between 7 am and 11 am, 126 Swifts, 2 Crossbills, 19 Swallows, a Sand Martin, 2 House Martins, a Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, a Fulmar, 23 Gannets and 21 Black-headed Gulls were seen. 3 Stonechats , a Whitethroat and 3 Dartford Warblers were on the ground and a Marsh Harrier plus 3 Buzzards, which included a pale bird, were seen. 4 Bottle-nosed Dolphins headed West around 09:30.

the Shelduck family was counted at 2 adults and 7 fast growing young, this morning, at Petit Port.

At St Ouen's Pond were 7 Shovelers, 6 Pochard, 7 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Herons, 100+ Sand Martins, a Swift and 2 Buzzards. A further 9 Little Egrets were at Le Pulec as well as a large Grey Seal, again.

3 Swifts and a Rock Pipit were at St Aubin, also 62 Black-headed Gulls , while at Beaumont Marsh were 3 House Martins, 2 Swifts and a Swallow.

This afternoon, an adult Yellow-legged Gull was at Pontac

Yesterday evening, a Nightjar was churring again at Gorselands.

Picture: Greenfinches appear to be having a good year at Noirmont with several pairs active, which included this male yesterday.

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 25.06.2020   .Mick Dryden 
A hot day, in excess of 30c in a light Easterly wind.

Afternoon update: A selection of species was on the move past Noirmont again today. Notable among them were 31 Crossbills. It is looking like 2020 will be an irruption year for them, with large numbers moving into the North of England today, including over 1200 at one watchpoint at Scarborough. Worth listening out for as they fly over. Also passing Noirmont this morning was a Tree Pipit, a Meadow Pipit, a White Wagtail, 65 Swifts, 3 Swallows and 30 Black-headed Gulls.

There are now 3 Green Sandpipers at St Ouen's Scrape while at Petit Port were 2 Shelduck and 23 Curlews, with another single Curlew seen at Pontac.

4 male and a female Cirl Bunting were seen at their usual sites in Grouville and a party of screaming Swifts were over Bonne Nuit this evening.

At the Ecrehous were 72 Turnstones, 100+ Common Terns, one pair of Roseate Terns and 3 Sandwich Terns while in Grouville Bay at Seymour were 68 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Mediterranean Gulls and 15 Turnstones.

Yesterday, a Green Sandpiper was at the pond in the Bee field at Boulivot. and last night, the 2 Nightjars were seen again at Portelet.


Picture: the magnificent seven, so far at least. Petit Port, yesterday.

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 24.06.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A fine and hot day at 28c in an Easterly breeze.

One pair of Roseate Terns was still active at Les Ecrehous this morning, but the other two adults were not seen.

Noirmont continued to provide some interest, given the time of year. A Yellowhammer was calling by the bunker before flying down to the valley at the south-east corner. Tail views only as it flew down prevented judging if it was male or female. Flying over were 63 Swifts, 16 Swallows going South, 2 House Martins, 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 30 Black-headed Gulls and 34 Gannets. On the ground were 2 Stonechats, 3 Dartford Warblers and a Whitethroat. 10+ Bottle-nosed Dolphins were feeding outside St Aubin's Bay.

The Shelduck family at Petit Port still included 7 young.

5 Buzzards were flying together over Beauport.

A surprise at Icho Tower yesterday was a Wren.

Picture: Male Cirl Bunting in Grouville.

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 23.06.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A fine and very warm day at 26c in a light Easterly wind.

Evening update: One of the two Roseate Tern nests on the Ecrehous has gone and the other is predictably, very likely to follow. A natural event?

There was a surprising amount of movement over Noirmont this morning, given the date. A Hobby drifted over the headland twice during the morning seeming to be in no hurry to depart, unlike 2 immature Peregrines which headed off South in a hurry ( separately). 84 Swifts, 15 Sand Martins, 2 House Martins and 6 Swallows made up the bulk of the birds passing which also included 27 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Grey Herons, a Curlew, 2 Meadow Pipits, 5 Starlings and offshore, a Kittiwake and 8 Gannets. 5 Stonechats were together and 4 Dartford Warblers plus 2 Whitethroats were also seen there.

The 2 Choughs were near the Desalination plant at Corbiere again, with another heard near to Gorselands at the same time.

This evening the. Nightjar was churning at Gorselands again. The female Nightjar was heard at Portelet but not the male

A late record for Ouaisne was of a male Yellowhammer near to the Pond a week ago.

Picture: Skylark with food near St Ouen's Pond this week.

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 22.06.2020   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy start to a fine day with a South-west wind and warmer at 22c.

A welcome report this morning was of a Turtle Dove singing on Grande Cueillette Hill which is opposite Kempt Tower with a Whitethroat also in song there.

An early watch at Noirmont saw 4 Grey Herons, including 3 flying together, 10 Swifts, a House Martin, a Mediterranean Gull, 7 Stonechats, 3 Dartford Warblers including a juvenile, a Whitethroat and 2 Buzzards, one a pale bird.

3 Grey Herons over Vallee des Vaux may well refer to those seen at Noirmont as they were heading in that direction.

The Shelduck pair at Petit Port remain with 7 young and 17 Black-headed Gulls were also present.

At St Ouen's Pond and Scrape were a Green Sandpiper, 70+ Sand Martins, 7 House Martins, 16 Swifts, a Peregrine carrying food, and Skylarks also taking breakfast home. For a second day, there were no Lapwings seen.

At Seymour in Grouville Bay were 78 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Mediterranean Gulls and 30 Oystercatchers

10 Swifts were over St Catherine's and a similar number were over Red Houses this afternoon, also a pale Buzzard. A Sparrowhawk was seen doing what it does best over Longueville golf course. 2 Choughs were over the Highlands Hotel at Corbiere again.

This evening a Nightjar was singing at Gorselands and another at Portelet

Picture: This Grey Heron flew in from the sea at La Coupe last week.

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