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 24.03.2017   Afternoon updateViews: 1655Tony Paintin 

Cloudy with sunny periods and a light north-easterly, but the wind increasing this afternoon.

There was a very decent spread of birds around the Island for early Spring.

Bird of the day was a Black Guillemot in full summer plumage, sitting in the sea just offshore at Creux Gabourel, in company with four Razorbills. If accepted by the notorious Jersey Birds Rarities Committee this will be the ninth Jersey record for this species.

Also seen along the north coast this morning were three more Razorbills and two Puffins at Grand Becquet, a single Chough at Plemont Point and a Sandwich Tern.

At St Ouen's Pond, the pair of Garganey were seen displaying again, and the Ruff was still on the Scrape. A Short-eared Owl was seen early morning, two Black-headed Gulls were on the Pond, also at least 18 Sand Martins and 2 Swallows passed through. On the common to the north were three Skylarks, a female Stonechat and one Wheatear with another near the Scrape. A Spoonbill flew in around 4 pm, heavily decorated with colour-rings, possibly German ringed ( see picture) and looked intent on staying overnight. Other birds on the Pond included 2 Little Grebes, 37 Shovelers, the drake Pintail, 6 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 19 Teal, a Brent Goose and 11 Snipe. 5 Lapwings were also at the Scrape.

At Queen's Valley, one Teal, a Common Buzzard and a tristis Chiffchaff and a Cirl Bunting was singing on Grouville Common..

At Grouville Marsh were 7 Cattle Egrets, 2 Teal, 2 Water Pipits, a Swallow and a Grey Heron and at La Sente were 3 White Wagtails, 6 Pied Wagtails and 57 Little Egrets.,

Seen at La Rocque were 4 Greenshanks, 22 Curlews, 4 Grey Plovers, 424 Brent Geese, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers and a Peregrine.

At Grands Vaux were 4 Tufted Duck and a Grey Heron.

NB: All reports to me ( Mick) from now please, but with cc to Tony and Glyn and many thanks to both for keeping the News updated on here over the last three months.

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