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 11.12.2017   .Tony Paintin 

Gale force northerly winds and heavy rain, hence little to report today.

At St Ouen's Pond from the shelter of the Wetland Centre, all the usual birds, 10 Wigeon, the female Goosander, 17 Teal, 50+ Shovelers, 31 Snipe and 14 Marsh Harriers in the air.

On the Scrape a Little Grebe, 2 Curlews and Golden Plover calling as it flew north.

3 Coal Tits are still in Vallee des Vaux and 3 Great Crested Grebes were at La Collette.

Yesterday 20 Mediterranean Gulls were at Pontac, with a further 3 at Gorey and a Sandwich Tern at La Rocque. At Les Varines near Longueville Marsh about 1,000 Herring Gulls were roosting in a ploughed field. Last night a Long-eared Owl was heard at Woodlands Farm.

Picture: 61mm of rain have fallen in the last 2 days, that is more than half of the December average and by the look of the Scrape this afternoon, most of it fell in St Ouen.

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 10.12.2017   .Tony Paintin 

Westerly gale force 8 with heavy showers.

On St Ouen's Pond seen from the shelter of the Wetland Centre, 48 Shovelers, 60 Teal, 19 Cormorants, the female Goosander which flew in from the south, a Little Grebe, 8 Grey Herons and a Stonechat.

On the Scrape, 10 Wigeon, 54 Brent Geese, 2 Curlew, 29 Lapwings, a Golden Plover, a Grey Plover, 2 Curlews, 97 roosting Great Black-backed Gulls, and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

11 Pochards were in Le Braye Sandpit and a Black Redstart near the Francis Le Sueur Centre. Down in St Aubin 35 Redshanks were roosting behind the sea wall. At Greve de Lecq another Black Redstart and a Stonechat were visiting bird feeders. At Petit Port 46 Curlews.

Moving east at a slightly flooded La Sente in Grouville, 41 Little Egrets, 4 Cattle Egrets, 8 Grey Herons, 21 Curlews and a Peregrine on the ground eating an unidentified wader.

3 Coal Tits and 16 Siskins were in Vallee des Vaux with 100 Chaffinches and 20 Bramblings in adjacent fields.

Passing La Coupe this morning 4 Fulmars, 34 Kittiwakes and just 9 Razorbills.

Picture: a nice selection of herons/egrets La Sente today taken by Alan Gicquel.


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 09.12.2017   .Tony Paintin 

Passing La Coupe this morning in a light north-westerly wind were one Great Northern Diver, 4 Red-throated Divers, one Black-throated Diver, 3 unidentified divers too far away to be certain but possibly Black-throated as well, 3 Mediterranean Gulls and 2 Common Gulls. 17 Gannets were feeding offshore and a Firecrest was calling in the bushes.

At La Rocque Harbour on the high tide, 33 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Slavonian Grebes, one Black-necked Grebe, 72 Curlew, 28 Redshank, 44 Turnstones, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits, 23 Grey Plovers, 18 Dunlin, c250 Oystercatchers, 44 Little Egrets, 14 Grey Herons and 2 Sandwich Terns.

At Grouville Marsh this afternoon, 3 Teal, 10 Water Rails, 5 Marsh Harriers, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 50 Chiffchaffs, 10 Firecrests, one Brambling, 6 Siskins, 80 Reed Buntings and a Little Bunting which was caught and ringed.

In Vallee des Vaux, 3 Coal Tits are still visiting feeders and 4 Siskins also seen.

At the Scrape,St Ouen's Pond a juvenile Golden Plover, photographed today looked interesting and may have been an American Golden Plover.........one to look out for tomorrow.

Picture: what ever you may think of them, they are certainly an handsome bird. A Pheasant taken by Mick.

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 08.12.2017   .Tony Paintin 

Feeling very cold at +6C and strong force 6/7 north west winds.

In Grouville Bay on the sea wall at Fauvic, 12 Pied Wagtails, 4 Rock Pipits, 2 Black Redstarts and c60 Sanderling on the beach.

In St Ouen's Bay, 8 Little Egrets were at La Pulente, 42 Ringed Plovers and 21 Dunlin were roosting near Big Verns. All the usual at the Pond, 10 Wigeon, 49 Teal, 62 Shoveler, the female Goosander, 6 Grey Herons, a Little Grebe and 27 Lapwing.

Bird of the day a Hawfinch which has visited a bird feeder near Victoria Village half a dozen times today.

Picture: a Little Egret at the Scrape.

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 07.12.2017   .Tony Paintin 

Rain and drizzle with strong south-west winds until the cold front arrived and swept it all away after lunch.

Around the south-east coast this morning were 4 Red-breasted Mergansers and 2 Great Crested Grebes at Le Hocq. 2 Mediterranean Gulls and a Common Gull at Pontac. 6 Mediterranean Gulls and a Common Gull at La Rocque. !00 Dunlin and 100 Sanderling were at Le Hurel Slip along with another Common Gull.

In St Aubin's Bay 430 Brent Geese of which 20 were pale-bellied.

At the Pond, 62 Shovelers, 10 Wigeon, 49 Teal, one Goosander, one Little Grebe, 55 Snipe and a Stonechat.

One Lesser Black-backed Gull was in the Sandpit at Le Braye.

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 06.12.2017   .Tony Paintin 

Passing La Coupe this morning in the increasing southerly winds were 57 Brent Geese, 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 Red-throated Divers, four Kittiwakes, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, one Yellow-legged Gull, a Common Gull, 79 Razorbills and 5 Guillemots. 2 Firecrests were calling in the bushes.

At Gorey Slip this morning c400 Black-headed Gulls including one adult in full summer plumage, also a Mediterranean Gull and 6 Common Gulls. Among the flock of 200 Brent Geese present only 4 juveniles were seen, indicating a poor breeding season in 2017.

This afternoon in Grouville Bay 790 Brent Geese and behind the seawall at Fauvic, 6 Pied Wagtails, a Black Redstart and a surpprise Swallow probably the same bird seen at La Rocque on the 2nd.

A single Cattle Egret was in the field with the tethered cows at Mont A l'Abbe.

Gallery Picture of a Swallow.

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 05.12.2017   .Tony Paintin 

Overcast and calm.

On the high tide this morning at Petit Port, 3 Sandwich Terns, 48 Turnstones, one Purple Sandpiper, 5 Curlew and 100+ Oystercatchers. Roosting near Big Verns in St Ouens Bay were 47 Ringed Plovers, 65 Sanderling and 14 Dunlin.

At the Pond, 63 Shoveler, 6 Wigeon, 50 Teal, a female Goosander, 2 Little Grebes, a Mediterranean Gull, 30 Lapwings, 67 Snipe, one Skylark, a Water Pipit in front of the Wetland Centre, one Stonechat and 10+ Reed Buntings. This morning 18 Marsh Harriers came out of roost.

Passing La Coupe, one Great Northern Diver, a Red-breasted Merganser and 25 Razorbills.

At least 23 Great Crested Grebes were in Grouville Bay and a Kingfisher near Archirondel.

The wintering male Black Redstart was in Robin Bay at La Rocque and 2 Cattle Egrets at Fauvic. Another Black Redstart, a female was at La Mare Slip.

Picture: the Black Redstart at La Rocque today taken by Alan.


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 04.12.2017   .Tony Paintin 

Light northerlies and sunny this morning.

It was very quiet at La Coupe, a flock of 5 distant divers, probably Red-throated, 3 Common Gulls and 37 Razorbills. A Stonechat was in the hedge at the top of the hill.

Near the north canal at St Ouens Pond were 2 male Bearded Tits, 2 Redpolls, 4 Firecrests, 15 Chiffchaffs, 10 Water Rails, 3 Fieldfares, 50 Reed Buntings and a Sparrowhawk. The female Goosander was also still present on the main Pond.

In Le Braye Sandpit, 10 Pochard and 3 Little Grebes. A Stonechat was on Les Blanches Banques.

Gallery Picture: Reed Bunting.

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 03.12.2017   .Tony Paintin 

Light north-westerly with a little drizzle at times.

Passing La Coupe this morning were 2 Great Northern Divers, 10 Red-throated Divers, a Red-breasted Merganser, a Great Crested Grebe, 95 Razorbills, 5 Guillemots, 11 Common Gulls, 5 Kittiwakes and 11 Brent Geese. Also recorded c100 Redwings, a Fieldfare and 10 Siskins.

A walk along Le Perquage near Beaumont Marsh found, 5 Blackcaps, a Firecrest and a Black Redstart.

At La Sente 40 Redwings and 5 Pied Wagtails. In Vallee des Vaux 3 Coal Tits and 2 Firecrests.

In the conservation fields at La Rocque, 2 Peregrines, 6 Snipe, a very late Woodlark overhead, 15 Songthrush, 50 Redwings, 8 Fieldfares, 2 Stonechats, 2 Firecrests, 100 Brambling, 150 Chaffinch, 25 Linnets and 10 Reed Buntings.

Le Roncier 3 Snipe, a Marsh Harrier and 37 Skylarks. At Hamptonne 25 Fieldfares and 100 Redwings

The female Goosander is still on the Pond.

Picture: a male Chaffinch taken by Romano.

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 02.12.2017   .Tony Paintin 

Cloudy with a light to moderate north east wind.

Passing La Coupe this morning, 14 Brent Geese, 2 Wigeon, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver, one flock of 11 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Gannets, 36 Razorbills, 4 Mediterranean Gulls and 3 Common Gulls. 4 Common Buzzards, a Raven and 50+ Redwings were also in the area.

At Grouville Marsh, 10 Water Rails, 100 Chiffchaffs, 15 Firecrests, 10 Goldcrests, a Bullfinch, 6 Siskins, 5 Cettis Warblers, 100 Reed Buntings and a Marsh Harrier. Over 120 birds were ringed this afternoon.

3 Coal Tits were on feeders in Vallee des Vaux.

At dusk about 2000 Herring Gulls were roosting in the sea near Icho Tower in Grouville Bay.

The bird of the day prize goes to Alan for a Swallow seen at La Rocque this morning.

Yesterday a Jack Snipe in front of the Wetland Centre, with the Common Snipe.........so one to look out for.

Picture: a Redwing taken by Romano.

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