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 25.08.2016   .Mick Dryden 

A warm day with light winds, with the Island dodging most of the showers which were scattered around.

Right on cue, the first Wryneck of the Autumn was seen on the east side of the large field at Noirmont and was still present this afternoon. A good selection of migrants on offer at Noirmont included, in the air, 5 Swifts, 605 Swallows, 173 Sand Martins, 18 House Martins, 43 Tree Pipits, 19 Yellow Wagtails, 7 White Wagtails and 3 Ringed Plovers, with a Common Tern and 9 Sandwich Terns passing offshore, where 10+ Bottle-nosed Dolphins were loitering mid-morning. On the ground at Noirmont were 7 Wheatears, 3 Whinchats, a Common Redstart, a 2 Spotted Flycatchers, a Garden Warbler, 3 Whitethroats and 5+ Willow Warblers. 4 local Stonechats and several Dartford Warblers were also seen.

At the conservation fields behind St Ouen's Pond were 12 Whinchats, 2 Yellow Wagtails and 2 Lapwings and on the beach by Kempt Tower, 35 Ringed Plovers and 2 Sanderlings.

5 Buzzards were in flight together at Hougue Bie.

A couple of significant extras for yesterday were reports of a Honey Buzzard flying over Trinity Hill and a Great White Egret on the mud pond at Dannemarche.

Picture: Thanks to Alan for the report and this image of today's Wryneck at Noirmont.

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 24.08.2016   .Mick Dryden 

A cooler day today with the wind in the north-west, but fine conditions this morning allowed some interest from autumn migrants, before a line of showers arrived this afternoon.

Visible migration past Noirmont included 84 Tree Pipits, 3 White Wagtails, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 4 Swifts, 233 Swallows, 6 Sand Martins, 14 House Martins and a distant high wader, probably a Wood Sandpiper. Despite clear conditions overnight there was some interest on the ground at Noirmont with 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Whinchats, 2 Wheatears, 10+ Willow Warblers, 4 Whitethroats and 6 Stonechats seen, also a Clouded Yellow Butterfly. Raptors in view included 9 Buzzards, a Marsh Harrier, a juvenile Peregrine, 2 Sparrowhawks and a Kestrel. 8+ Bottle-nosed Dolphins headed west past Noirmont at 06:50.

2 Tree Pipits and a Wheatear were at Beauport, but yesterday's Spotted Flycatchers had moved on. 3 Whinchats were in the fields behind St Ouen's Pond.

37 Ringed Plovers were in St Ouen's Bay near Kempt Tower and in Grouville Bay were 84 Ringed Plovers, 14 Dunlin, 3 Snipe ( on the beach) and 9 Turnstones.

Yesterday, 2 Pied Flycatchers were in a garden on Mont les Vaux in St Brelade.

Details on an Oystercatcher with colour rings, seen at La Rocque last week showed that it had made a mighty flight all the way from - Chausey !

Picture: One of today's Wheatears, visiting the bunker at Noirmont.

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 23.08.2016   .Tony Paintin 

Sunny and becoming very warm, at 30C this afternoon with a light to moderate south-east wind and things are warming up in more than one sense!

Passing over Noirmont this morning were 29 Tree Pipits, most of them first thing, one Yellow Wagtail, eight Swifts, 42 Swallows, 3 Sand Martins and a Whimbrel. On the ground were three Whitethroats, a Garden Warbler, three Stonechats (local birds), a Whinchat, two Willow Warblers, the first Common Redstart of the autumn and also the first Ortolan, which made a brief appearance on top of a hawthorn bush, before being chased off by a Magpie.

An early morning ringing session at St Ouen's Pond found, 50 Sedge Warblers, 60 Reed Warblers, 15 Willow Warblers, a Kingfisher and two Water Rails.

At the Scrape today, one Greenshank, one Wood Sandpiper, two Snipe, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Willow Warbler in the tamarisks.

Waders in Grouville Bay included 74 Ringed Plovers, 14 Dunlin, six Turnstones, a Sanderling also a Clouded Yellow here.

This afternoon at least four Spotted Flycatchers and a Willow Warbler were in the trees behind Beauport car park.

Yesterday evening at St Ouen's Pond, a Greenshank, a Wood Sandpiper a roost of 300 Swallows at dusk, 50 Sedge Warblers, some of which were caught and ringed, one of them weighing a mighty 19 grams, 60 Reed Warblers and a Water Rail.

Picture: a Curlew yesterday roosting at Petit Port, taken by Mick.

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 22.08.2016   .Mick Dryden 

A fine and warm day with a reducing south-west wind.

Although far short of yesterday's figures, some shearwaters were on the move again past Grosnez this morning. 38 Balearic Shearwaters and 3 Manx Shearwaters were seen as well as 88 Sandwich Terns, a first winter Mediterranean Gull, a juvenile Peregrine, 28 Fulmars, 11 Sanderlings, 4 Oystercatchers and a Turnstone.

3 Common Sandpipers were at Le Pulec and another Common Sandpiper, 48 Curlews, 94 Oystercatchers, 7 Mediterranean Gulls, 10 Black-headed Gulls and 55 Sandwich Terns were at Petit Port.

58 Curlews and 7 Ringed Plovers were at Le Hocq and a Great Crested Grebe, 350 Oystercatchers and 40 Sandwich Terns were between Le Hocq and La Rocque. In Grouville Bay were 2 Common Terns, 5 Whimbrels, 17 Ringed Plovers and a Dunlin.

A Whitethroat, several Dartford Warblers and a juvenile Stonechat were at Noirmont, but no visible migration was in progress.

Yesterday, one Whinchat was still at Beauport.

Picture: A first winter Sandwich Tern at Petit Port today.

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 21.08.2016   .Mick Dryden 

After near gale westerly winds overnight, today was dry but still with strong winds to the fore.

Balearic Shearwaters were seen in excellent numbers this morning with 436 passing Grosnez heading west and another 313 passing La Coupe heading south-east, mostly prior to 8.00 am. Also seen at Grosnez were a Sooty Shearwater, 41 Manx Shearwaters, an un-identified Skua sp, 88 Gannets, 52 Fulmars, 2 Sandwich Terns, an unidentified tern, probably an Arctic tern, a Whimbrel and 57 Lesser Black-backed Gull.
36 Sandwich Terns passed La Coupe. This afternoon, another 20 Balearic Shearwaters, 4 Mediterranean Gulls and 4 Grey Herons were seen at La Coupe.

At the St Ouen's Pond Scrape this morning were 2 Teal, a Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit, 2 almost fledged Water Rails, a Common Sandpiper and 2 Snipe with 2 Black-tailed Godwits flying past the Wetland Centre this afternoon Also seen around the Pond today were 2 Gadwall, 4 Pochard, 35 Tufted Duck and 155 Coot. In the Sandpits were 44 Tufted Duck, the female Red-crested Pochard, 14 Pochard, 6 Little Grebes and 230 Coot, also 20 Sand Martins and 40 House Martins..
At La Saline in St Ouen's Bay were 4 Ringed Plovers, 2 Dunlin, a Greenshank, 15 Turnstones, 12 Curlews and 60 Oystercatchers.

In Grouville Bay, a Common Sandpiper and 10 Mediterranean Gulls were at Gorey and and 10 Mediterranean Gulls, a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, 10 Dunlin, 10 Sanderlings, 100+ Ringed Plovers, 10 Turnstones, 40 Curlews and 50 Oystercatchers were at Le Hurel.

A Spotted Flycatcher and a Bullfinch were in St Catherine's Woods

Yesterday, 500 Black-headed Gulls were sheltering in Grouville Bay.

Picture: A Gallery image of Balearic Shearwater, taken by Regis Perdriat.

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 20.08.2016   .Mick Dryden 

A clear day with an increasingly strong to near gale south-west wind.

There was less to be seen around La Rocque than yesterday, but still some reasonable totals. 8 Balearic Shearwaters flew north past La Rocque and 7 Great Crested Grebes flew in from the east. Other counts at La Rocque and Seymour included 228 Sandwich Terns, 10 Common Terns, 2 Fulmars, 64 Gannets, 12 Mediterranean Gulls, 190 Black-headed Gulls, 35 Little Egrets and a Grey Heron. Among waders on view were 120 Ringed Plovers, 35 Dunlin, 12 Sanderlings, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshanks, 39 Curlews, 409 Oystercatchers and 37 Turnstones. 2 Swifts flew past Seymour Tower and the immature Peregrine continued it's disturbing presence. A male Grey Seal was also off Seymour. Later, at Le Hurel slip were 138 Ringed Plovers and one Curlew Sandpiper.

Seawatching at Grosnez produced 5 Balearic Shearwaters, 4 Manx Shearwaters, a Kittiwake and 2 Sunfish.

Seen at the Wetlands Centre at St Ouen's Pond were 4 Grey Herons, 9 Pochard and 50 Tufted Duck. 150 Coot and 40 House Martins were in the Sandpits

One Whinchat was at Beauport today.

Picture: A distant view of one of yesterday's Curlew Sandpipers in Grouville Bay, with thanks to Dave Buxton.

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 19.08.2016   .Mick Dryden 

A dreadful morning of rain and an increasing southerly wind gave way to a fair afternoon.

It was a wader day today with good movement off the east coast and in Grouville Bay

Seen passing la Coupe this morning, in the rain, were 150 Dunlin, 17 Ringed Plovers, 38 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Oystercatchers and a Common Sandpiper. Other birds passing included 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 11 Fulmars, 49 Gannets, 5 Mediterranean Gulls, 26 Great Black-backed Gulls and 18 Sandwich Terns. Overhead, 4 Swifts, 88 House Martins and 35 Swallows were seen, with 4+ Willow Warblers on the ground.

Flying onto the beach at Seymour, on the falling tide were 63 Redshanks, 4 Knot, 17 Curlews, 18 Bar-tailed Godwits, 28 Grey Plovers, 12 Dunlin, 2 Sanderlings, 34 Ringed Plovers and 13 Turnstones. 43 Common Terns flew in and landed on the beach, 15 of them juveniles and 100+ Sandwich Terns were also in the area. A further 2 Swifts flew over as did 2 Sand Martins.

More waders at the St Ouen's Pond Scrape included a Ruff, a Green Sandpiper, a Greenshank and 3 Snipe with 12 Teal also present. A Sandwich Tern was in the Sandpits and a further 8 Sandwich Terns were at Petit Port. 2 Whinchats were on Beauport common this afternoon.

Evening update: More waders seen at Le Hurel include at least 5 and possibly 9 Curlew Sandpipers, 12 Sanderlings, 16 Dunlin, 130 Ringed Plovers and 31 Grey Plovers. 15 Teal were at the Scrape also a Shoveler and 40 Sand Martins, 40 House Martins and 21 Cormorants were in the Sandpits.

Extra records from yesterday include, at the Scrape, a Wood Sandpiper, a Greenshank and a Snipe and at Kempt Tower, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Water Rails, a Willow Wabler and a roost of 40 Swallows. At Le Hurel slip in Grouville Bay were 24 Turnstones and 18 Dunlin and on the 17th 50+ Swift were seen over Pontac.

Picture: Seymour beach this morning with Common Terns, Sandwich Terns, Redshanks and a Knot, in shot

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 18.08.2016   .Mick Dryden 

A second morning of hill fog which improved a little this afternoon, with light winds from the west

Seen between Pontac and Seymour Slip over this morning's high tide were a juvenile Arctic Skua, 89 Sandwich Terns, 6 Common Terns ( two juveniles), 13 Mediterranean Gulls, 450 Black-headed Gulls, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 54 Gannets, a Fulmar, 18 Cormorants, 25 Little Egrets, 3 Grey Herons and the immature Peregrine again. Among the waders showing were 303 Oystercatchers, 39 Curlews, a Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 75 Turnstones, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Green Sandpiper, 32 Ringed Plovers and 4 Dunlin.

Around St Ouen's Pond were 9 Teal, a Shoveler, 2 Snipe, 5 Green Sandpipers, a Greenshank, 2 Lapwings, a Kingfisher and a Buzzard at the Scrape, with 2 Whinchats at Kempt Tower. 500 Swallows were at St Ouen's Pond, held up by the weather presumably, and at Le Pulec were 37 Curlews.

As the fog thinned, 3 Sand Martins and 25 Swallows appeared at Noirmont, where 4 Willow Warblers and a juvenile Stonechat were on the ground.

Evening update: More from Grouville Bay today with a Curlew Sandpiper, 133 Ringed Plovers, 6 Dunlin and 72 Sandwich Terns seen. A male Peregrine was at St Thomas' Church in St Helier and a Green Sandpiper flew over Gloucester Street. Good numbers of Black-headed Gulls were near La Collette.

Picture: A juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull at Elizabeth Castle yesterday.

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 17.08.2016   .Mick Dryden 

A day of changing fortunes on the weather front with hill fog giving way to clear but hazy conditions before some showery rain arrived late afternoon. Winds were mainly light from the east

Seen around St Ouen's Pond and Scrape this morning were 4 Common Sandpipers, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Snipe, a Dunlin, a Whimbrel, a Redshank, 2 Teal, 2 Grey Herons, a Mediterranean Gull, 2 Kingfishers, 3 Whitethroats, 50 Sedge Warblers, 70 Reed Warblers, 2 Willow Warblers, 100 Swallows, 10 Sand Martins, 10 House Martins and a Whinchat.

5 Ringed Plovers and 2 Dunlin were near the Cutty Sark and 3 Willow Warblers were at Kempt Tower.

Through the murk at Noirmont, a Green Sandpiper, a Whinchat, a Tree Pipit, a Mediterranean Gull, 23 House Martins, 7 Sand Martins, 26 Swallows, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Whitethroats, 2 House Sparrows and a Peregrine were located.

At West Park and Elizabeth Castle, in clearer conditions this afternoon were 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 85 Black-headed Gulls, 10+ Common Terns, 5 Sandwich Terns, 5 Redshanks, 97 Oystercatchers, 5 Curlews, 2 Grey Herons, 6 Little Egrets and a Ringed Plover, with 3 Willow Warblers in the tamarisks on Elizabeth Castle breakwater.

Picture: A Grey Heron at the Scrape, pictured by Tony.

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 16.08.2016   .Mick Dryden 

Another fine, anticyclonic day with a fresh easterly breeze.

Less was moving at Noirmont this morning than yesterday, with counts of one Green Sandpiper, 97 Swallows, 37 Sand Martins, 32 House Martins, a Tree Pipit, a White Wagtail, 180 Gannets, 97 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Mediterranean Gulls, 7 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Terns and a Manx Shearwater. On the ground were a Wheatear, 4 juvenile Stonechats, 3 Whitethroats and 3 Willow Warblers and in the air, 2 Marsh Harriers, 7 Buzzards and a Peregrine.

A Whimbrel was at St Catherine and a pale phase Buzzard at St John and later, at Handois. Swallows were moving over Plemont from nine o'clock.

Seen around Eddie's Hide at the St Ouen's Pond Scrape were 2 Teal, 2 Lapwings and the first 2 Whinchats of the autumn. A Greenshank and a Whitethroat were at the North Canal. At Kempt Tower this evening were 2 Little Grebes, a Water Rail, 400 Swallows, 10 Sand Martins, 10 Willow Warblers and 2 Whitethroats.

A Willow Warbler was at Beauport and a Mediterranean Gull was among other gulls anting over Red Houses this afternoon.

Picture: Although qualifying as today's "bird on the rail" at Noirmont, this is a better image of this morning's Wheatear at Noirmont.


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