Mediterranean Gull -  St Peter Port Harbour  -  12/2/2017  -  ©  Rockdweller
Mediterranean Gull - St Peter Port Harbour - 12/2/2017 - © Rockdweller

Announcements / news items

Bird Section Meeting - 7.30pm, Thursday 2nd March
The next meeting of Bird Section will be held at Candie on Thursday 2nd March at the new time of 7.30pm. Please come along and give your support to new secretary Chris Mourant.

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 (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

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

New Guernsey Birds book published

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Latest News (more...)

Sun 26th Feb
Vazon - Royal Tern at southern end this morning.

Wed 15th Feb
Belle Greve Bay - Black-necked Grebe. L'Eree - flyover Great White Egret at dusk.

Sun 12th Feb
Grandes Havres & Belle Greve - Royal Tern still present (Day 8).

Fri 10th Feb
Belle Greve - Royal Tern present for a sixth day. Fish Quay - Iceland Gull.

Sightings Summary

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

All records for 2016
All records for 2015
All records for 2014
All records for 2013
All records for 2012
All records for 2011
All records for 2010

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Latest Weather

Last Updated on February 27, 10:00 PM GMT
Situation Partly Cloudy
Wind WSW at 25 mph
Temp 6°C
Pressure 990 Mbar.

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Interesting records submitted online


27th Feb: Fort Saumarez: Black Redstart. Perelle: Red-breasted Merganser
26th Feb: Belgreve Bay: Common Scoter. Belle Greve Bay: Black Redstart, Grey Seal, Black-necked Grebe. Chouet Refuse Tip: Raven. Grandes Rocques: Grey Seal. La Prevote: Raven. Richmond: Royal Tern. Rocquaine: Great Northern Diver. Rue des Bergers: Barn Owl. Saumarez Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker. Shingle Bank: Black Redstart. Tielles: Raven. Vazon: Royal Tern
25th Feb: Chouet: Raven. Fort Doyle: Merlin. Jaonneuse: Glaucous Gull. L'Ancresse: Barn Owl


18th Feb: Essex Hill: Raven, Dartford Warbler
12th Feb: Alderney Airport: Cattle Egret, Raven. Braye Bay: Slavonian Grebe. Crabby Bay: Mediterranean Gull. Longis Common: Water Pipit
7th Feb: Crabby Bay: Mediterranean Gull
28th Jan: Alderney Airport: Cattle Egret, Raven, Mediterranean Gull. Braye Bay: Mediterranean Gull. Corblets Bay: Mediterranean Gull. Fort Tourgis: Common Gull. Platte Saline: Black Redstart. Saye Bay: Mediterranean Gull
20th Jan: Essex Hill: Raven
14th Jan: Fort Houmet Herbe: Mediterranean Gull
11th Jan: Crabby Bay: Yellow-legged Gull, Pochard (see all...)

Observers submitting records this month

Bob Murphy (175); Julian Medland (138); Ian Le Page (128); Carolyn Brouard (118); Albert Harvey (101); Wayne Turner (93); Julie Davis (82); Andy Marquis (78); Vic Froome (64); Tim Earl (42); Paul Veron (37); Tony Bisson (34); Jamie Hooper (28); Mary Simmons (25); Paul Richardson (24); Anthony Loaring (23); Karen Jehan (23); Nigel Pletts (19); Mark Guppy (18); Kevin Childs (16); Jay Friend (14); Rod Ferbrache (14); Liz Thomson (12); peter & jane vaudin (11); David Spicer (10); Mark Lawlor (10); Andrew Smith (8); Barry Wells (8); Tim Maclure (6); Stephen Bridgman (5); Susan Germain (5); Eve Lesbirel (3); Adrian Gidney (1); Dan Scott (1); Adrian Bott (1);

On this day...
On this date in 1977 Guernsey's first record of Rook (up to 40 birds) was found at Fauxquets Valley.

Wild species recorded this year to date: 120

(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 - 105
David Spicer - 103
Vic Froome - 99
Rod Ferbrache - 95
Andy Marquis - 92
Jamie Hooper - 91
Albert Harvey - 83
Kevin Childs - 81
Paul Veron - 75
Carolyn Brouard - 68
Mary Simmons - 55
Nigel Pletts - 52
Ian Le Page - 52
Julie Davis - 51
Karen Jehan - 41
Peter Ward - 19
Jay Friend - 12
Dan Scott - 1
Adrian Gidney - 1
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