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 26.05.2018   .Mick Dryden 

Yet another foggy morning clearing to a fine afternoon with Northeasterly winds.

An overnight arrival of migrants at St Ouen's Pond included a Marsh Warbler in song near the North Canal and at least 9 Spotted Flycatchers. Also seen there were 20 Reed Warblers, 2 Bullfinches, a Skylark and a flock of 9 Redshanks.

Yesterday's Kentish Plover was not in evidence in Grouville Bay this morning, but waders seen included 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Grey Plover, 75 Ringed Plovers, 63 Dunlin and 42 Sanderlings.

A Hobby flew past a very hazy Sorel. 3 Whitethroats and a Stonechat were on the ground there.

Another Hobby was briefly in Les Ormes Valley where 3 Whitethroats, a Garden Warbler, a Cetti's Warbler and the female Red-crested Pochard were also present. A Skylark was singing above the Blanches Banques.

Picture: Today's Marsh Warbler, briefly popping out of cover.

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 25.05.2018   .Mick Dryden 

Hill fog shrouded the Island for most of the morning before giving way to a fine afternoon.

Seen from a slightly less foggy sea level La Coupe were 9 Guillemots, 5 Gannets, 26 Lesser Black-backed Gulls in transit, a Greenshank, an unidentified wader, probably a Knot, a Little Egret and 26 Shags. Struggling on overhead despite the conditions were 58 Swifts, 86 Swallows, 44 House Martins and a Meadow Pipit. 2 Bullfinches were feeding on the headland.

At St Ouen's Pond Scrape the 2 Lapwing chicks are still hanging in there, a pair of Shovelers were on the Scrape and a Skylark was in song. A few Swifts, House Martins, Sand Martins and Swallows were feeding overhead.

A handful of Swallows, House Martins and Swifts flew over Victoria Tower where a pale phase Buzzard was present.

Evening update: the late passage of waders continues through Grouville Bay with today's counts of a Kentish Plover, 72 Sanderlings, 67 Dunlin and 96 Ringed Plovers. At La Rocque were 48 Oystercatchers and a Bar-tailed Godwit. One Bullfinch was seen in Vallee des Vaux.

Picture: A beautiful image of a Common Tern warning off a rival on Les Ecrehous this week, taken by Nick Jouault.

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 24.05.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A very overcast morning cleared to a fair afternoon with a light Northeast wind.

A late movement of waders through Grouville Bay today included 56 Sanderlings, 45 Dunlin and 51 Ringed Plovers, seen from Seymour slip, also one White Wagtail.

On the Northwest coast, Puffins were up to 11, along with 8 Razorbills, two of which were carrying food up onto a nesting ledge.

Visible migration, at times nearly invisible today, included 129 Swifts, 255 Swallows, 70 House Martins, 2 White Wagtails and a Wheatear at Sorel this morning. The male Stonechat is still present and a Whitethroat was singing strongly there. A male Marsh Harrier flew by carrying food.

2 Wheatears were in the old car boot field by the glass church at Millbrook and 7 Swifts were flying around at the Harbour. 6 House Martins have returned to nesting boxes in Causie Lane st Clement.

Back to yesterday evening when at least 6 juvenile Long-eared Owls were located at two sites on the Southwest of the Island.

Both Lapwing chicks are still with us at the Scrape and a Sedge Warbler was at the South Canal.

Picture: Puffins at rest near Grand Becquet this morning, with thanks to Romano for the images.

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 23.05.2018   .Mick Dryden 

Another fine and hazy day with a mainly light Northeast wind.

Visible migration is noticeably reducing now as the month progresses, but still with some interest and this morning at Sorel, an adult Honey Buzzard flew East gaining height and loosing the entourage of Choughs and Crows. Just hirundines and Swifts are moving on a daily basis at the moment with today's counts at Sorel, exactly 200 Swifts, 69 Swallows, 18 House Martins and 5 Sand Martins. The only others seen were an alba wagtail and a Meadow Pipit. Other raptors seen included Common Buzzards, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Peregrines and 2 Kestrels. A singing Dartford Warbler and a Whitethroat were on the ground.

At least 4 Dartford Warblers were heard at Portelet Common this morning with another at Ouaisne.

Yesterday evening, an adult and a juvenile Long-eared Owl were located at Val de la Mare.

Picture: Today's Honey Buzzard with a Chough for close company as it passed Sorel Point.

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 22.05.2018   .Mick Dryden 

Another clear day, but with more high cloud this morning, becoming warm in a light Northerly wind.

Counts of the auks on the Northwest coast this morning found 7 Puffins and at least 11 Razorbills, also 9 Swifts flying over Plemont.

At St Ouen's Pond and Scrape were 4 drake Pochard, 3 Shovelers, 9 Tufted Duck, a Sparrowhawk, 4 Lapwings, still with two large chicks, 15 Sand Martins, 10 Swifts, a Sedge Warbler and an immature Grey Heron.

A pair of Stonechats were on the Blanches Banques near the Sandpits with another singing in the Sandpits. In Les Ormes Valley were 2 Whitethroats, a Dartford Warbler, 2 Garden Warblers, a Cetti's Warbler, 6 Blackcaps and 5 Chiffchaffs. The female Red-crested Pochard was on the pool there along with at least 40 Mallard chicks and several adults. 7 House Martins were collecting mud and 2 Buzzards plus a Marsh Harrier flew over. A large raptor, probably a Honey Buzzard flew low across the Airport Road this morning heading North. 4 Ravens were at La Moye Point.

On the East coast, at Seymour were 43 Ringed Plovers, 14 Dunlin, 2 Sanderlings and a Common Sandpiper.

Evening update: In the St Ouen's Bay Sandpits were 50 Sand Martins, with 114 holes now created, 2 pairs of Oystercatchers, 2 pairs of Coot with young, 8 Tufted Duck, a Common Sandpiper, 7 Reed Warblers and a Cetti's Warbler.

At Elizabeth Castle were 25 Swifts including a pair mating and 3 Common Terns.

Up to 50 Common Terns and 2 Sandwich Terns were at Les Ecrehous yesterday, but are being disturbed by the numbers of visitors there during this fine weather.

Picture: One of today's House Martins at Les Ormes.


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 21.05.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A hazy but clear day with warmer air than of late in an Easterly wind.

Yesterday's Osprey was seen again at St Ouen's Pond later and a large raptor seen gaining height over St Aubin's Bay late this morning may well refer to the same bird.

Very little was passing Sorel in this morning's hazy conditions with 29 Swifts, 45 Swallows, 5 Sand Martins, 5 House Martins and a Cormorant seen, while offshore there, was a Manx Shearwater, a Kittiwake and a Sanderling. A Whitethroat, Dartford Warblers feeding young and the male Stonechat were on the ground.A Tree Pipit was seen at Noirmont and Swifts were flying over Fort Regent.

A Guillemot was seen flying out from below the light at Grosnez early on and a Wheatear was by the Castle. A single Sand Martin flew by.

On St Ouen's Pond were 14 Tufted Duck, 2 drake Pochard and 3 drake Shovelers with a Wheatear seen at La Saline and 3 Stonechats, a pair plus a second male, near the model aircraft site at Les Landes.

Yesterday at St Ouen's Pond were 3 Sedge Warblers, 30 Reed Warblers, 20 Sand Martins, 25 Swifts and fledged juvenile Goldfinches. On Saturday, 5 Puffins were seen to the East of Grand Becquet.

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 20.05.2018   .Mick Dryden 

Fog covered most of the Island this morning, clearing to fine conditions this afternoon.

An Osprey was seen flying West over First Tower mid-afternoon.

At a murky La Coupe this morning, 3 adult Shelduck and 4 Guillemots flew by.

Waders roosting at Pontac over the high tide included a Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Curlews and 89 Oystercatchers.

In the West a Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Turnstones and 55 Oystercatchers were at L'Etacq while at Kempt Tower were a Little Grebe, and a pair of Tufted Duck and on Les Mielles were 3 Whitethroats, several Reed Warblers and a Cetti's Warbler by the Frances le Sueur Centre.The 2 Lapwing chicks are still surviving at the St Ouen's Pond Scrape.

The male Shelduck was at Petit Port with the female not seen. 72 Oystercatchers were roosting there too.

In Les Ormes were 2 Whitethroats, a Garden Warbler, a Cetti's Warbler, a Willow Warbler, a male Bullfinch and a female Red-crested Pochard. 2 Choughs were again at La Rosiere

Picture: A Gannet passing Grosnez, thanks to Alan Modral for the image.



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 19.05.2018   .Mick Dryden 

The fine weather continues as do the Northeast winds, but lighter today.

Today's visible migration at Sorel consisted of 112 Swifts, 314 Swallows, 71 House Martins, 14 Sand Martins, a Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtails and a Tree Pipit. 2 Wheatears were on the ground there as well as the usual male Stonechat and Dartford Warbler.

At Grosnez, 2 Guillemots were sitting below the point, the first time they have been seen there this year and a flock of 10 Kittiwakes flew by while at Plemont were a Wheatear and albeit briefly, a Sand Martin.

A further 5 Wheatears were at La Rosiere, near Corbiere, also a pair of Stonechat carrying food and a Red-billed Chough.

3 Cirl Buntings, a pair and a second singing male, were in their usual localities

A visit to Les Ecrehous this morning found 3 Little Egrets, 30 Oystercatchers, a Turnstone and around 40 Common Terns. Most of the breeding Cormorants have now departed but the Shags continue to raise their young with another 20 birds ringed there today.

One off Island report of particular interest is of a Black Guillemot near to Sark today. Could it be our bird from last year returned?

Picture: Fulmar off the North coast.

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 18.05.2018   .Mick Dryden 

Another fine anticyclonic day, still with a cool Northeast wind though.

A Lesser Whitethroat was singing in Rue du Pont by La Rocque harbour early this morning. Also seen at La Rocque were 5 Whimbrels, 2 Curlews, 4 Grey Plovers and 6 Little Egrets, while in Grouville Bay were 3 Bar-tailed Godwits and a Great Crested Grebe.

Visible migration at Sorel included a Hobby, 363 Swifts, 148 Swallows, 15 Sand Martins, 40 House Martins and a Yellow Wagtail in three hours.

Some more House Martins have returned to Beaumont with 4 birds seen nest building today.

A raft of 70 Manx Shearwaters was seen to the West of the Island from the Manche Ile express this morning, with Swallows also seen, moving into St Ouen's Bay. By the Barge Aground in St Ouen's Bay were 4 Ringed Plovers, 3 Sanderlings, a Knot, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Grey Plover while the 4 Lapwings at the Scrape are still defending 2 chicks and 25+ Swifts were over St Ouen's Pond.

In Les Ormes Valley, 2 Dartford Warblers were feeding young and other warblers there included a Reed Warbler, a Cetti's Warbler, a Garden Warbler and a Whitethroat.

Picture: Head detail of a Dartford Warbler at Sorel recently.

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 17.05.2018   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy start to a fine day with a chilly and blustery Northeast wind.

At La Rocque, over this morning's high tide period there was a better range of species on show. Offshore were a Great Northern Diver heading high to the North, a Guillemot, 92 Gannets, 9 Cormorants, a second year Mediterranean Gull, 5 Whimbrels, 2 Turnstones, 4 Ringed Plovers, 4 Sanderlings and 12 Dunlin. Some good early movement overhead included 39 Swifts, 265 Swallows, 79 House Martins and 16 Sand Martins. A Peregrine was near Icho Tower.

At a chilly St Ouen's Pond and Scrape were the 4 adult Lapwings still with two, now quite large, juveniles, a Whimbrel, over 100 Swifts, 50 Swallows, 20 Sand Martins and 2 House Martins. A female Reed Bunting was near the Wetland Centre, very close to where a male sang for several days last month.

Yesterday, a juvenile Long-eared Owl was heard near La Moye Point.

Picture: Today was the first of the year for any decent numbers of Swifts to be passing through. This one was over the Scrape this morning.

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