With the Glaucous-winged Gull in the UK and big numbers of Gulls, Geese and interesting birds in the Channel Isles, Brittany and Normandy birding is now very interesting here. In Sweden a Yellow-browed bunting has turned up even
if it is from a collection there are a number of Little Buntings also around here
with one just ringed in Jersey with 150 Reed Buntings including Continental controls and 2 Little Buntings on Ouessant where one October I photographed a flock of 70 Lapland Buntings with 5 Little Buntings together in front of the Bird Observatory at the outskirts of the town of Lampaul.
In Brittany at present and in the Channel Isles just about every species of Goose and Gull you might see in the area with big arrivals in the area of a wide variety of grey Geese species.
Off Jersey now in the Channel a flock of arround fifty Balearic Shearwaters over wintering!
Also in Brittany hunting has disturbed a number of birds which can get quite jumpy in winter and head for the UK like the roost of a thousand Cattle Egrets
with one now near me in a field in front of Grouville Parish Hall which originate from the Grand Lieu breeding population of aroundd 300-500 pairs near Nantes on the Loire estuary which rear god numbers of young every year amongst 200 pairs of Great Egrets which are also dispersing north at present due to changes in the weather like the Spoonbills which also breed around here in good numbers which are also spreading north with one feeding on the south-east coast of Jersey now. Top specialists on these birds at Nantes and Rennes Universities predict a population expension north as the birds beccome fertile after a few years as the breeding population booms annually
and adults come of breeding arge wanting to establish new colonies as they are doing all along the northern parts of France and trying to expand to the UK in coming years as they did in the case of Little Egrets but adults have to
be fertile before being able to form new colonies as they will do in the coming years in the UK and Ireland which already has 10,000 pairs of Grey Herons and great habitat!
In Provence a Sociable Plover is at present at Cabassole, at Pernes les Fontaines.
In western Brittany in Finisterre at Talagrip the resident Wallcreeper is to the left of the parrking area as usual.American Herring Gull in the area nearby as are a number of Ring-billed Gulls, Iceland Gulls, Galaucous Gulls, Mediterranean Gulls and other intersting Gulls, and other seasbirds.
In Jersey at St Catherrine's breakwater every morning a big passage of auks with over 500 sometimes all heading south with good numbers of seaduck,
Divers, hundreds of Kittiwakes perhaps from the Normandy colonies which are big and expanding every year.
Vanneau sociable Chettusia gregaria : 1 H1 à Cabassole, Pernes les Fontaines-84 le 01/01 (J-M. Desprez), coordonnées géographiques : 48 72 675 X 6 61 750
A Jersey gros arrivee d'anitadees et en paticulier des oies avec cendrees,a bec courte,des moissons, rieuses parmi nonnettes et a tete barree d'elevage dans la Baie de St Ouen qui viennent d'arrivee!
Aussi HGB devant la Salle Paroissalle de Grouville pres de chez moi et spatule sur la cote du sud-est de Jersey.Le Ticho esencore en Finisterre a Talagrip a gauche du parking et plien de goelands comme AAB, GB, G d'Amerique et a Bec Cercle en Bretagne et passage a Jersey avec des mouettes tridactiles parmi des mouvements de plongeons et alcidees en centaines le matin a St Catherines et aussi des mouettes melanocephales.
Ouvrez l'oeil avec un bruyant a sourcils jaunes en Suede et a Jersey un nain comme a Ouessant ou il y en a deux petits comme la rarete en Suede!
Bertram.E.B.BREE a Jersey au soleil avec un veloce qui crie devant moi dans le jardin sous un ciel bleu et du soleil du mois de janvier 2009!