Glossy Ibis -  Rue des Bergers [BER]  -  7/2/2018  -  © Mark Lawlor
Glossy Ibis - Rue des Bergers [BER] - 7/2/2018 - © Mark Lawlor

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Rarity Forms 2017
Hi everyone. I need to collate the rarity forms for the committee to look through. At the moment, I am awaiting forms for the following birds: Mute Swans x2 Iceland Gull x2 Glaucous Gull x2 Royal Tern Great White Egret x2 Bearded Tit Alpine Swift Cattle Egret Black-winged Stilt Great Shearwater x2 (Wilson's Petrel) Short-toed Lark Red-breasted Flycatcher Whooper Swan If you could these to me asap that would be great. Any birds with id'able photos will still be accepted but, without a form, the finders will not be acknowledged in the Transactions/Rarity Report. (If you think you have already sent one to me, please let me know as I may have missed it accidentally) Cheers, Mark

Due to a mix up in dates, the planned meeting for next Thursday (08 Feb) is cancelled. The next Bird Section meeting will now be held at Candie at 1930hrs on Thursday 01 March. All are welcome.

Bird Section Subs 2018
Dear birders, 2018 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.

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 -

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...)

Mon 12th Feb
Rue des Bergers - Glossy Ibis.

Sat 27th Jan
Claire Mare - Pochard, Glossy Ibis.

Tue 16th Jan
Foulon - 2+ Hawfinch still present. Various sites - 1-2 Glossy Ibis roaming. Chouet & Castel - Iceland Gulls.

Mon 8th Jan
Vazon - Glaucous Gull, Common Gull.

Sightings Summary

February 2018   GUE   ALD
January 2018   GUE   ALD
All records 2018   GUE   ALD

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Latest Weather

Last Updated on February 21, 4:50 PM GMT
Situation Scattered Clouds
Wind NE at 12 mph
Temp 6°C
Pressure 1023 Mbar.


Interesting records submitted online


21st Feb: La Vassalerie, STA: Iceland Gull. Les Vauxbelets: Raven
19th Feb: Fort Saumarez: Water Pipit. Foulon: Hawfinch. Rue des Bergers: Glossy Ibis. Rue des Padins: Whooper Swan
18th Feb: Claire Mare: Cetti's Warbler. Jaonneuse: Black Redstart. Rue de la Rocque: Slavonian Grebe. Rue des Bergers: Glossy Ibis. Rue du Moulin: Whooper Swan. Vale Pond: Little Grebe
17th Feb: Camp du Roi: Mistle Thrush. Foulon: Hawfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker. Grandes Havres: Mediterranean Gull. Grands Marais/Pre: Great Spotted Woodpecker. L'Ancresse: Barn Owl. Rue des Bergers: Glossy Ibis. Saumarez Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker


20th Feb: Longis Pond: Little Grebe
14th Feb: Mannez Lighthouse: Grey Seal
12th Feb: Barrackmaster's Lane: Siskin. Essex Hill: Raven
9th Feb: Giffoine: Raven
8th Feb: Braye Bay: Barn Owl. Crabby Bay: Mediterranean Gull
2nd Feb: Barrackmaster's Lane: Raven, Siskin. Fort Houmet Herbe: Mediterranean Gull
1st Feb: Barrackmaster's Lane: Siskin
31st Jan: Barrackmaster's Lane: Raven, Siskin
27th Jan: Braye Bay: Yellow-legged Gull
22nd Jan: Fort Houmet Herbe: Grey Seal, Great Northern Diver. Longis Bay: Water Pipit
9th Jan: Rose Farm, Alderney: Brambling
7th Jan: Clonque Bay: Grey Seal
6th Jan: Braye Bay: Great Northern Diver (see all...)

Observers submitting records this month

Bob Murphy (205); Wayne Turner (196); Albert Harvey (193); Ian Le Page (123); Julie Davis (59); Paul Veron (50); Carolyn Brouard (40); Rod Ferbrache (39); Nigel Pletts (35); John Horton (32); Andy Marquis (31); Vic Froome (27); Mary Simmons (26); Tony Bisson (22); Robert Lihou (20); David Spicer (20); Liz Thomson (17); Jamie Hooper (11); Anthony Loaring (8); Kevin Childs (7); Mark Guppy (6); Dave Carre (5); Andrew Smith (1); Mark Lawlor (1);

On this day...
On this date in 1956 Guernsey's eighth record of Common Bittern was found at the Reservoir by J.Simon.

Wild species recorded this year to date: 117

(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
Liz Thomson - 113
Bob Murphy - 113
Vic Froome - 107
Anthony Loaring - 107
Andy Marquis - 92
David Spicer - 92
Mary Simmons - 90
Albert Harvey - 85
Carolyn Brouard - 84
Julie Davis - 80
Jamie Hooper - 76
Kevin Childs - 76
John Horton - 71
Ian Le Page - 59
Nigel Pletts - 59
Paul Veron - 37
Peter Ward - 12
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