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 14.01.2021   .Mick Dryden 

It was mild again today, but overcast and with a very strong Westerly wind.

The auk extravaganza continued today off the west of the Island. An estimated 4,000 Razorbills and Guillemots (mainly Razorbills) flew west past Grosnez this morning as well as 800 Kittiwakes and counts at Corbiere totalled 2,551 Razorbills, 227 Guillemots, 14 Fulmars, 52 Gannets, 114 Kittiwakes, 4 Mediterranean Gulls, 44 Shag, 12 Cormorants, a Curlew and 29 Great Black-backed Gulls. 400 Kittiwakes were seen feeding off of L'Etacq later on.

A Barnacle Goose flew in off the sea at L'Etacq late morning and settled at the Scrape, albeit very warily. Also at L'Etacq were 12 Mediterranean Gulls, a Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Choughs.

On St Ouen's Pond and Scrape, in addition to the goose, were 26 Shovelers, 12 Pochard, 2 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 13 Tufted Duck, 49 Lapwings, a Grey Wagtail and a Fieldfare. The Bean Goose and 2 White-fronted Geese were with the Greylags at Mont Matthieu and 26 Skylarks were also there.

260 dark-bellied Brent Geese at Beaumont Marsh included 30 juveniles with 24 pale-bellied Brent Geese, including 3 juveniles, also there. At St Aubin were 37 pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Grey Herons, 2 Little Egrets, 30 Redshanks, 18 Turnstones and a Kingfisher, but the Knot was not!

At Gigoulande Mill were 28 Redwings, a Grey Heron, 13 Long-tailed Tits, a Grey Wagtail and a Buzzard. A Peregrine was seen near Elizabeth Castle.

Yesterday evening, a Short-eared Owl was seen at Le Catillon in Grouville

Picture: A great shot of today's Barnacle Goose by Romano.

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 13.01.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A mild but cloudy day with some drizzle in a westerly wind.

It was mostly about seabirds today, with a mass move of auks past both Corbiere and Grosnez. 2508 Razorbills moved West past Corbiere, mainly in the first hour after sunrise as well as 54 Guillemots, 47 Gannets, 3 Brent Geese, 103 Kittiwakes, 7 Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Curlews, a Purple Sandpiper and 25 Turnstones. At the same time, 2000+ Razorbills and 250 Guillemots moved past Grosnez, , also heading West with some hundreds stopping to feed offshore and likely to have been different birds to those at Corbiere. Also seen passing Grosnez were 2 Great Skuas, 300 Kittiwakes, a Mediterranean Gull, a Common Gull, 10 Gannets as well as a Harbour Porpoise.

14 Cattle Egrets were at Grouville Marsh and 6 Common Gulls plus a Sandwich Tern were at Gorey.

At St Ouen's Pond were 2 drake Wigeon, 19 Lapwings, a Siberian Chiffchaff and a Water Pipit.

2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were heard communicating at the Zoo.

Picture: Red-breasted Mergansers passing La Rocque recently.

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 12.01.2021   .Mick Dryden 

It was back to mild, overcast and rainy conditions today, winds were strong from the West.

Seawatching was productive at Corbiere through the morning, despite - or perhaps because of the conditions. Pick of the birds was a Red-necked Grebe which passed close inshore mid-morning. Auks made up the bulk of the movement and these included 1,030 Razorbills and notably, 323 Guillemots which are less commonly seen in numbers here, a Red-throated Diver, 24 Gannets, 7 Fulmars, a single Brent Goose, 175 Kittiwakes, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, 13 Great Black-backed Gulls and 13 Turnstones.

At St Aubin were 54 pale-bellied Brent Geese, 29 Redshanks, the Knot and 22 Turnstones.

Picture: Lapwings and Starlings in flight over the Scrape at St Ouen's Pond, on a much brighter day.

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 11.01.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A cloudy and cold feeling day in an increasing westerly wind.

There was a strong movement of Razorbills past Corbiere from sunrise with 2,064 seen heading North in two hours. Also seen were 9 Guillemots, 2 Common Scoters, 156 Kittiwakes, a Fulmar, 5 Gannets, a Mediterranean Gulls and 14 Cormorants.

Yesterday's Serin near Kempt Tower was not relocated today. In the same area were 50 Pied Wagtails, 30 Goldfinches, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Cetti's Warbler. The Little Grebe was singing at the pools again.

At St Ouen's Pond were 2 Wigeon, the Bean Goose and 2 White-fronted Geese. 31 Tufted Duck were at Val de la Mare.

At the conservation fields near La Rocque was an out of season Whitethroat. In the fields there, were 80 Linnets, 20 Chaffinches, 6 Reed Buntings, 2 Blackcaps, a Snipe, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Stonechats and 10 Redwings. In the conservation fields near Queen's Valley were 400 Linnets, 150 Chaffinches, a Brambling, 10 Greenfinches, 6 Bullfinches, 5 Blackcaps and 30 Redwings.

8 Fieldfares and a Redwing were seen near Trinity Church and a Shelduck was at Pontac. A Peregrine and a Raven were jousting at Sorel where at least one Buzzard was also present and another Buzzard was found dead on the roadside on Rue des Pelles at Rozel, presumably a road traffic victim.

Picture: Well done to Tom Frazer for capturing this fine image of the Serin in St Ouen's Bay - seen on both Saturday and Sunday.

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 10.01.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A cold and cloudy day in a light northerly wind.

A few birds passed La Coupe before sunrise this morning, but very little later on. Seen were 2 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Common Scoters, 5 Razorbills, 8 Kittiwakes, a Common Gull and 4 Mediterranean Gulls. On the ground were 4 Redwings, a Blackcap and 29 Chaffinches. A large movement northwards of local gulls included 450 Herring Gulls, 6 Great Black-backed Gulls and 51 Black-headed Gulls.

9 Purple Sandpipers were roosting at Corbiere and 41 Curlews in Petit Port Bay.

At St Ouen's Pond and Scrape were 2 White-fronted Geese, 37 Teal, 15 Pochard, 19 Shovelers, 19 Tufted Duck, a Little Grebe, 47 Coot and 4 Reed Buntings. On Kempt Tower pools were 7 Tufted Duck, a singing Little Grebe, a Water Rail, with a Firecrest and a Blackcap also there. Near Sands were 27 Ringed Plovers, 58 Sanderlings, 13 Dunlin and 61 Brent Geese.

By St Aubin's Harbour were 32 Redshanks, the Knot and 23 Turnstones while at Beaumont Marsh were 260 Brent Geese, 2 Pied Wagtails and a Stonechat. 4 Stonechats were on the racecourse at Les Landes.

A Black Redstart was at Le Pulec and another was a garden tick at La Pouquelaye.

In the conservation fields at La Rocque were 120 Linnets, a Brambling, 90 Chaffinches, 45 Goldfinches, 12 Reed Buntings, 4 Blackcaps, 8 Chiffchaffs, 5 Stonechats, 22 Snipe, 9 Redwings, 6 Song Thrushes, as well as a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel and a Marsh Harrier. At La Sente were 15 Grey Herons, 35 Little Egrets and 400 Brent Geese.

Elsewhere, 72 Redwings and a Raven were at La Tourelle and 5 Fieldfares were near to St Clement Church.

Late records from yesterday included a Firecrest, 14 Reed Buntings, 2 Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 5 Teal, 2 Woodcock, 50 Redwings, 4 Water Rails, a Barn Owl and 15 Jackdaws at Grouville Marsh and 20 Redwings, a Blackcap, a Firecrest, a Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinches and a Siskin in Vallee des Vaux.

On the mud pond at Grands Vaux were 7 Tufted Duck, at Grouville Hill, 300 Stock Doves and in Vallee des Vaux, 85 Redwings and another 3 Blackcaps.

Evening update: At Noirmont this evening were 16 Woodcock and a Long-eared Owl. A Serin was seen near to Kempt Tower this afternoon, also present yesterday

Picture: A male Marsh Harrier at St Ouen's Pond today.

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 09.01.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A fine day at last, still cold in a light Easterly wind.

This morning's counts from La Coupe included 6 Great Northern Divers, 26 Red-throated Divers, 4 Common Scoters, 403 Razorbills, 4 Guillemots, 4 Brent Geese, 27 Kittiwakes, 16 Common Gulls, 2 Redwings, 2 Song Thrushes and 78 Chaffinches, also a Blackcap was on the ground and a Raven plus 2 Jackdaws overhead.

7 Brent Geese were seen off White Rock where there was also a dead Shag. 9 Brent Geese were reported from Rozel also a Great Crested Grebe, a Little Egret and 2 Buzzards.

A good selection of birds seen around the Les Platons area included 33 Chaffinches, a Greenfinch, 5 Song Thrushes, 23 alba Wagtails, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Peregrine, a Buzzard and a Kestrel.

At Pontac were 59 Brent Geese, a Shelduck, 3 Curlews, 85 Grey Plovers, 160 Dunlin, 110 Sanderlings, 300 Oystercatchers, 20 Little Egrets, 3 Grey Herons, 32 Redshanks, 10 Turnstones and 37 Mediterranean Gulls.

5 Purple Sandpipers and 13 Turnstones were on the Corbiere rock, west side while at Petit Port were 7 Ringed Plovers, 40 Dunlin, 30 Sanderlings, 15 Grey Plovers, 28 Curlews and 12 Brent Geese.

Neat the Cutty Sark in St Ouen's Bay were 19 Ringed Plovers, 24 Dunlin and 98 Brent Geese. 10 Tufted Duck were on Kempt Tower pools.

In Ouaisne Bay were a Great Northern Diver and a Stonechat.

Picture: A Pied Wagtail at Le Pulec

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 08.01.2021   .Mick Dryden 

Most of today's promised rain held off to the north of the Island leaving a cloudy but mainly dry day in a light westerly wind.

A quiet day weather-wise and also in birds around. Seawatching at La Coupe produced a grand return of 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Golden Plovers, 45 Razorbills, 1 Guillemot, 8 Kittiwakes, 3 Common Gulls, 10 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Redwings, 12 Song Thrushes, 85 Chaffinches, a Firecrest and 32 Blackcaps.

17 Razorbills, and 4 Gannets passed Corbiere where 50+ Kittiwakes were feeding offshore. Off Grosnez were 30 Razorbills, 2 Guillemots, 10 Kittiwakes, a Common Gull and 2 Harbour Porpoises.

At St Ouen's Pond and Scrape were 2 White-fronted Geese, a Bean Goose, 51 Lapwings, 17 Teal and a drake Wigeon. Near la saline were c80 Mediterranean Gulls on the beach and at the Milano Bars were 250 Crows, 5 alba Wagtails, 22 Meadow Pipits, 50 Starlings and 3 Little Egrets. A Black Redstart was at Le Pulec, Up at Val de la Mare were 27 Tufted Duck and 5 Redwings and at Petit Port were 22 Grey Plovers, 26 Brent Geese, 36 Curlews, 224 Oystercatchers, a Purple Sandpiper, 39 Ringed Plovers, 27 Dunlin and a Kingfisher.

A visit to the Ecrehous saw 14 Purple Sandpipers, 24 Ringed Plovers, 36 Turnstones, 75 Oystercatchers, a Razorbill, 5 Guillemots and 3 Gannets.

Between Le Hurel and La Rocque were 564 Brent Geese, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers, 300 Dunlin, 94 Sanderlings and 134 Grey Plovers. Inland in Grouville Bay, 32 Grey Herons and 92 Little Egrets were at La Sente, and 100 Linnets plus 50 Chaffinches were at Holmegrown. At Pontac were 12 Mediterranean Gulls and 3 Greenshanks and at Le Bourg, a Black Redstart. On Grouville Golf Course were 30 Redwings, 5 Song Thrushes and 11 Collared Doves.

2 Ravens were seen at Sandybrook.

Picture: Given the amounts of rain which have fallen in the last two months it is no surprise that flooded fields can be found around the Island at the moment. This was Noirmont at dusk last night.

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 07.01.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A mainly cloudy and cold but dry day in a light Easterly wind.

It was more of a diver day off La Coupe this morning with totals of 97 Red-throated Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers and one Great Northern Diver. Also passing were 101 Razorbills, 3 Guillemots, a Fulmar, 11 Gannets, 18 Kittiwakes, 20 Common Gulls, 9 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Turnstones and 4 Curlews with 6 Redwings, a Grey Wagtail, a Firecrest and a Blackcap also seen. A large pod of at least 60 Bottle-nosed Dolphins moved North mid-morning.

Off Corbiere were 2 Velvet Scoters, a Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Fulmars, 266 Razorbills, 3 Guillemots, 15 Kittiwakes, 19 Mediterranean Gulls and 2 Common Gulls.

At St Ouen's Pond were 50 Lapwings, 24 Snipe, 17 Shovelers, 14 Pochard, 34 Teal, a Water Rail, 2 Reed Buntings, 2 Skylarks and 90 Brent Geese flying over. Another 36 Brent Geese were sitting offshore in the Bay.

32 Redshanks and a Knot were at St Aubin and 400 Brent Geese, 2 Pied Wagtails and a Stonechat were at Beaumont Marsh.

La Sente held 38 Grey Herons, 48 Little Egrets, 320 Brent Geese and a Stonechat.

3 Ravens and a Marsh Harrier were seen at Les Platons.

Picture: Bottle-nosed Dolphins passing La Coupe this morning.

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 06.01.2021   .Mick Dryden 

A cold and mainly cloudy day with the wind again from the Northeast.

Today's early feeding movement past Corbiere consisted of 1,079 Razorbills, 8 Guillemots, 170 Kittiwakes, 20 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Fulmars, 18 Gannets, 23 Cormorants and also, a flock of c20 Purple Sandpipers which flew behind Corbiere to roost. Many of these birds went to L'Etacq and later there was a feeding flock of 50 Razorbills, 150+ Kittiwakes, 51 Mediterranean Gulls. 76 Curlews, 14 Little Egrets and a Black Redstart were at Le Pulec. Roosting at Petit Port were 31 Grey Plovers, 42 Dunlin, 26 Ringed Plovers, 4 Sanderlings, a single Purple Sandpiper and a Kingfisher. There was also a trickle of Kittiwakes and Razorbills past Grosnez.

Seen around St Ouen's Pond and the backfields were a Bittern, 2 Water Pipits, a Peregrine, 71 Lapwings, 22 Shovelers, 15 Teal, 12 Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck, a pair of Stonechats, a Reed Bunting, 13 Skylarks, a Grey Wagtail, the Bean Goose and 2 White-fronted Geese.

In St Aubin's Bay were 30 pale-belllied Brent Geese, 33 Redshanks, the Knot, 26 Turnstones and 12 Curlew at St Aubin, 350 dark-bellied Brent Geese at Beaumont Marsh, 4 Ravens at Bel Croute, 2 Sandwich Terns, 10+ Red-breasted Mergansers and a Great Crested Grebes at the Demie des Pas and a roost of 150 Pied Wagtails and 8 White Wagtails in the St Helier Marina.

On the East coast, 21 Red-breasted Mergansers, 43 Redshanks 12 Sanderlings, 4 Dunlin, and a Peregrine were at La Rocque, and 35 Grey Herons plus 52 Little Egrets were at La Sente.

3 Woodcock were seen in Vallee des Vaux and also on the good news front, the oiled Guillemot which was taken into care was successfully released at Le Saie today, so well done to the JSPCA.

15 Woodcock were at Noirmont this evening

Seen and heard yesterday at La Haule were 80 Dunlin, 15 Sanderlings and a few overflying Redwings.

Picture: Blackbird by Romano da Costa.


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 05.01.2021   .Mick Dryden 

Showers again today, turning to more general rain this afternoon. Cold in a Northeast wind again.

From around Grouville Bay today: At La Sente / Happy Hens were 38 Grey Herons, 42 Little Egrets, 312 Brent Geese including one pale-belled Brent Goose, a Lapwing, 4 Redshanks, 80 Linnets, 7 Pied Wagtails and a Stonechat. On Grouville Golf Course were 27 Redwings and 100+ Starlings and at Seymour, 385 Brent Geese. Scattered around the La Rocque and Robin Bay area were124 Brent Geese, 400 Dunlin, 175 Sanderlings, 45 Turnstones, 39 Grey Plovers, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and a Black Redstart. 11 Cattle Egrets, a Grey Heron and a Woodcock were at Grouville Marsh. Yesterday, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls and a Sandwich Tern were seen at Seymour.

Passing by off La Coupe this morning were 3 Great Northern Divers, 4 Red-throated Divers, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Common Scoters, 34 Brent Geese, 23 Gannets, 41 Razorbills, a Guillemot, 8 Common Gulls, a Mediterranean Gull, 6 Redwings, 2 Blackcaps, a Grey Wagtail, a Firecrest and a Goldcrest. One Harbour Porpoise was offshore again.

Seawatching from Corbiere saw 449 Razorbills, a Great Northern Diver, 5 Gannets and 54 Kittiwakes in two hours. At Petit Port were 30 Curlews, 8 Grey Plovers, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and a Grey Seal.

In St Ouen's Bay, 36 Ringed Plovers, 29 Dunlin and 56 Sanderlings were near to Sands, a Merlin was at the Scrape and 8 Little Grebes, 236 Coot and a Peregrine were in the Sandpits. The Bean Goose and 2 White-fronted Geese were again with the large flock of Greylags.

390 Brent Geese and 2 Grey Wagtails were at Beaumont Marsh while at St Aubin were the Knot, 33 Redshanks, 4 Turnstones and by the Fort, 22 Curlews.

A flock of 18 Goldfinches were on a garden feeder at Les Platons.

Picture: A Redwing sunning itself ( briefly) at La Coupe today.

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