CHAN­NEL IS­LANDS

Bird Watching (UK) - - Uk Bird Sightings -

JER­SEY: A Cory’s Shear­wa­ter was off the south-west coast (6th). The Grou­ville area logged nine Sand­wich Terns, 750 Brent Geese, nine Wi­geon, 50 Tufted Ducks, 40 Pochards, 49 Shov­el­ers, 11 Lit­tle Grebes, 30 Mediter­ranean Gulls, a pos­si­ble Bon­a­parte’s Gull, 50 Cor­morants, 120 Great Black-backed Gulls, 1,000 Black-headed Gulls, Cirl Bunt­ings, Yel­low-browed War­blers, Jack Snipe, Wood­cock, Wa­ter Pip­its, Bittern, Bearded Tits, 30 Reed Bunt­ings, 20 Teal, thou­sands of finches and Meadow Pip­its, 500 Stock Doves, 10 Marsh Har­ri­ers and 10 Buz­zards. There were 27 pale-bel­lied Brent Geese near St Au­bin’s har­bour. Pon­tac had 1,000 roost­ing Her­ring Gulls. Thou­sands of thrushes moved through Gorey with a few Waxwings at the end of the month. Thou­sands of Star­lings, Chaffinches and Swal­lows moved through Noir­mont and La Rocque, with hun­dreds of Sky­larks and Wood Larks and the odd Short-toed Lark. La­p­land Bunt­ings and Richard’s Pip­its were at Noir­mont and St Ouen’s Bay. Wheatears moved through in hun­dreds, mostly Green­land-race birds. A pos­si­ble Is­abelline Wheatear was at Le Braye. A Red Kite was at La Coupe and a Hen Har­rier at Noir­mont. The odd Hobby moved over Noir­mont early in the month. Pere­grines were on St Thomas Church. A few Mer­lins, Short-eared Owls and Long-eared Owls were noted. Twenty Choughs moved be­tween Les Lan­des and Sorel. Some 500 Pied and White Wag­tails roosted at St He­lier har­bour. Divers, scot­ers, auks, skuas and grebes passed St Cather­ine’s break­wa­ter. Black Red­starts turned up at the end of the month around the coast. Ber­tram Bree

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