Ring Ouzel -  Rue des Hougues, STA [H04]  -  27/3/2017  -  © Wayne Turner
Ring Ouzel - Rue des Hougues, STA [H04] - 27/3/2017 - © Wayne Turner

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Bird Section Event - 6 pm, Thursday 6th April
The next event of Bird Section will be a bar meal followed by an evening walk at the Reservoir. We will meet at the Longfrie Inn at 6pm. We need to confirm numbers for food so please give your name to Chris Mourant by Friday 31 March (07911 130415).

Protection for local waders
Over the last 40 years, local populations of many wading birds have plummeted and some species have been lost entirely. The long-running 'Wader Count' survey shows that disturbance is a major factor in the decline. If you agree that our waders need urgent protection at key sites, please email the States of Guernsey Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Service (ACLMS) at this address - aclms@gov.gg

Talk on the Alderney Bird Observatory
Thank you to everyone who attended the talk on the first year of the ABO given by warden John Horton. We look forward to further updates on this exciting project in the future.

Bird Section Subs 2017
Dear birders, 2017 Bird Section subscriptions are now due. Each year, the annual subs pay for costs such as the hosting of this website, nestboxes on La Societe's nature reserves and upkeep of the seven public bird hides. By paying just £5, you will be supporting and promoting local birdlife. Please send payment to Jamie Hooper, 1 Trinity Cottages, Torteval, GY8 0QD. Only Societe members can technically be section members but donations from non-members are welcome too! Many thanks and happy birding.

Rarity Report Forms 2016
Please could all 2016 Rarity Report forms be emailed to me before the end of January to mplawlor@cwgsy.net (and could anyone who has sent me one already please re-send it – I had an email meltdown and lost some attachments). It is important that, for a rare bird sighting to be entered into the official record, it must be fully documented and accepted by the Rarities Committee. If a bird has been clearly-photographed, then only 'Form A' need be filled in. Otherwise, for sighting-only birds, both forms A and B need to be completed. The Transactions and Rarity Report will only include the name of the finder if the relevant forms have been completed and the record is accepted by the committee. The forms can be downloaded from the Guernsey Birds website can be found in the “Documents” section. Also there, the Guernsey Bird List indicates which species require forms to be completed (those with a blue 'R' next to them). Thanks, Mark.

New Rare Bird Report 2015 published
The latest report detailing sightings of rare and scarce birds in the Bailiwick of Guernsey has been published and is available for download - click on the Downloads link in the top menu bar.

Guernsey Birds Facebook Group
For informal chat about local birds and more photos, everyone is welcome to join our Guernsey Birds Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/399693560103149/

Alderney Bird Observatory website
The ABO site is now live and has daily blogs from John Horton, the ABO warden. Well worth a look - http://www.alderneybirdobservatory.org

New Guernsey Birds book published

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Sun 26th Mar
Colin Best NR - 3 Black-tailed Godwit. Rue des Hougues - 2 Little Ringed Plover. Grand Pre & Rue des Bergers - Garganey. Various sites (north) - Royal Tern still.

Wed 22nd Mar
Desert Wheatear - sighted at Fort Tourgis Alderney, resting in stubble field

Tue 21st Mar
Bordeaux - Royal Tern.

Mon 20th Mar
Claire Mare/Les Bordes - Royal Tern headed towards Shingle Bank, 10am.

Sightings Summary

March 2017   GUE   ALD
February 2017   GUE   ALD
January 2017   GUE   ALD
All records 2017   GUE   ALD

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27th Mar: Colin Best NR: Little Ringed Plover. Rue des Hougues, STA: Ring Ouzel
26th Mar: Claire Mare: Little Grebe. Colin Best NR: Black-tailed Godwit. Grands Marais/Pre: Garganey, Cetti's Warbler. Les Tielles: Raven. Old Aerodrome: Black-tailed Godwit. Rue des Bergers: Garganey, Garganey. Rue des Hougues, STA: Little Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover. Saumarez Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker. St Peter in the Wood (Parish): Black Redstart. Track Marais: Jack Snipe
25th Mar: Belle Greve Bay: Royal Tern. Bordeaux: Royal Tern. Chouet: Raven. Claire Mare: Little Grebe, Little Grebe


26th Mar: Alderney Airport: Grey Seal, Raven. Longis Pond: Tree Pipit, Little grebe. Mannez Quarry: Garganey
24th Mar: Fort Tourgis: Desert Wheatear
23rd Mar: Fort Tourgis: Desert Wheatear. Mannez Quarry: Garganey, Little Grebe
22nd Mar: Fort Tourgis: Raven, Desert Wheatear
19th Mar: Barrackmaster's Lane: Raven
18th Mar: Longis pond: Little Grebe
15th Mar: Barrackmaster's Lane: Raven
13th Mar: Longis Bay: Raven
12th Mar: Fort Quesnard: Grey Seal
28th Feb: Barrackmaster's Lane: Raven
22nd Feb: Crabby Bay: Pochard
18th Feb: Essex Hill: Dartford Warbler, Raven (see all...)

Observers submitting records this month

Bob Murphy (302); Albert Harvey (284); Julie Davis (194); Wayne Turner (165); Andy Marquis (76); Julian Medland (71); Paul Veron (55); JOHN HORTON (53); Tony Bisson (44); Mark Guppy (43); Kevin Childs (37); Mary Simmons (30); Mark Lawlor (29); Rod Ferbrache (28); Jamie Hooper (27); Carolyn Brouard (26); Ian Le Page (22); Vic Froome (13); Liz Thomson (13); peter & jane vaudin (11); Andrew Smith (10); Nigel Pletts (9); Dave Andrews (8); Anthony Loaring (8); David Spicer (7); Stephen Bridgman (5); Peter Ward (2); Adrian Bott (2); Tracey Henry (1);

On this day...
On this date in 1990 Guernsey's ninth record of Little Bittern was found at Rue des Pres, SPdB by P.J.Castle et al.

Wild species recorded this year to date: 133

(Species recorded in 2014: 196)
(Species recorded in 2013: 191)
(Species recorded in 2012: 215)
(Species recorded in 2011: 208)
(Species recorded in 2010: 210)

Personal year list totals
Anthony Loaring - 112
David Spicer - 110
Jamie Hooper - 110
Vic Froome - 107
Rod Ferbrache - 107
Andy Marquis - 103
Albert Harvey - 95
Kevin Childs - 90
Paul Veron - 83
Mary Simmons - 75
Carolyn Brouard - 73
Julie Davis - 68
Ian Le Page - 55
Nigel Pletts - 53
Karen Jehan - 41
Peter Ward - 20
Jay Friend - 12
Dan Scott - 1
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