Quiet farmland and impressive coastline combined
IT IS STILL quite possible to go quietly birding on an island as small as Jersey. This wander around a very specific area in the north of this lovely sunny island has always been both attractive and productive. There are small fields here which speak of continuing farming practice, as well as stands of pines and genuine hedgerows all with a rugged coastal backdrop. The hedgerows can be very good at migration times and I have encountered Redstart, both regular flycatchers and numerous warbler species in and around. Relatively recently, farming has included growing sunflowers, further differentiating an already fascinating ‘patch’. While the sunflowers have only concealed Stock Doves and large flocks of Linnets for me – as well as an inevitable quartering Marsh Harrier – they may do better for readers. Marsh Harrier (pictured) are easy to find on Jersey but this area also has Buzzard and Sparrowhawk and plenty of Kestrels, too. My last walk here also turned up a Serin – a bird that can occur on all the Channel Islands and one that breeds sporadically. The coast is very impressive here and drops down to the lovely Greve de Lecq which has occasional waders and can harbour grebes and divers in winter at times. Egrets are often added to one’s list at this point along with Rock Pipits. The coastal edge will provide Sky Lark and Meadow Pipit as well as Stonechat. In windy weather, the coastal path is bracing, but the relative tranquillity of the ‘in-field’ is a lovely contrast. A walk any birder would repeat on every visit here.