Hawfinch -  Foulon [FOU]  -  13/3/2018  -  © Wayne Turner
Hawfinch - Foulon [FOU] - 13/3/2018 - © Wayne Turner

Announcements / news items

Alderney Bird Observatory Update – a Talk by John Horton
Thank you to everyone who attended last night's talk. The ABO continues to make impressive progress with all aspects of this great project and it was very encouraging to hear about it all from John.

To avoid any weather issues, the planned meeting for this Thursday (01 Mar) is postponed for a week. The next Bird Section meeting will now be held at Candie at 1930hrs on THURSDAY 08 MARCH. All are welcome.

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

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 - aclms@gov.gg

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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Latest News (more...)

Fri 16th Mar
Foulon - around a dozen Hawfinches now present.

Sun 11th Mar
Jaonneuse - first Wheatear of spring.

Sun 25th Feb
Colin Best NR - Canada Goose.

Mon 12th Feb
Rue des Bergers - Glossy Ibis.

Sightings Summary

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

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Latest Weather

Last Updated on March 17, 10:20 AM GMT
Situation Mostly Cloudy
Wind ENE at 21 mph
Temp 5°C
Pressure 1000 Mbar.


Interesting records submitted online


16th Mar: Foulon: Coal Tit (Continental), Hawfinch. Grande Mare: Pintail, Canada Goose. Reservoir: Kingfisher. Rue des Bergers: Glossy Ibis. Rue du Moulin: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Whooper Swan
15th Mar: Foulon: Hawfinch. Rue des Bergers: Glossy Ibis
14th Mar: Barras Lane: Canada Goose. Foulon: Hawfinch. Rue des Bergers: Glossy Ibis
13th Mar: Colin Best NR: Common Gull. Foulon: Hawfinch, Siskin. Jaonneuse: Bottle-nosed Dolphin. Pulias: Black Redstart. Route de Pleinmont, TOR: Barn Owl. Rue des Bergers: Glossy Ibis


16th Mar: Longis Common - ABO Daily Census: Tufted Duck. Longis Pond: Reed Bunting
15th Mar: Longis Common - ABO Daily Census: Tufted Duck, Reed Bunting
14th Mar: Longis Common - ABO Daily Census: Tufted Duck, Grey Seal
13th Mar: Longis Common - ABO Daily Census: Black Redstart
12th Mar: : Grey Seal. Longis Common - ABO Daily Census: Reed Bunting, Black Redstart. Mannez Lighthouse: Grey Seal
11th Mar: Crabby Bay: Mediterranean Gull. Giffoine: Brambling. Longis Common - ABO Daily Census: Reed Bunting. Telegraph Tower, Alderney: Dartford Warbler. Vallee des Trois Vaux: Hen Harrier
6th Mar: Braye Bay: Mediterranean Gull. Longis Common - ABO Daily Census: Grey Seal, Bottle-nosed Dolphin, Water Pipit (see all...)

Observers submitting records this month

ABO (697); Wayne Turner (183); Bob Murphy (181); Albert Harvey (98); Peter Vaudin (81); Ian Le Page (76); Andy Marquis (70); Mary Simmons (48); Carolyn Brouard (36); Tony Bisson (35); Julie Davis (34); Jamie Hooper (33); Nigel Pletts (31); Mark Lawlor (26); Mark Guppy (21); Vic Froome (20); Kevin Childs (17); Liz Thomson (14); Rod Ferbrache (12); David Spicer (11); Anthony Loaring (10); Andrew Smith (9); Paul Veron (8); Peter Ward (5); Shirley Ford (2); Jean Brown (1); Robert Lihou (1); Adrian Gidney (1);

On this day...
On this date in 1989 Guernsey's eleventh record of Rook was found at Pleinmont by M.A.Guppy.

Wild species recorded this year to date: 132

(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
Bob Murphy - 122
Liz Thomson - 122
Vic Froome - 118
Anthony Loaring - 116
David Spicer - 105
Andy Marquis - 102
Mary Simmons - 100
Jamie Hooper - 97
Albert Harvey - 96
ABO - 95
Carolyn Brouard - 94
Julie Davis - 88
Kevin Childs - 87
Ian Le Page - 68
Nigel Pletts - 67
Paul Veron - 42
Peter Ward - 17
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