Black-throated Diver -  Belle Greve Bay [BEL]  -  14/1/2018  -  © Judy Down
Black-throated Diver - Belle Greve Bay [BEL] - 14/1/2018 - © Judy Down

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Environment Guernsey Ltd is looking for photos of the following species for use in the new Red Data Book. Please email the Records Centre if you can help - Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Starling, Mistle Thrush, Jack Snipe, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Chough, Skylark, Turtle Dove, Dartford Warbler, Bullfinch, Spotted Flycatcher, Woodcock, Grey Wagtail, Shag, Common Tern, Sand Martin, Dunlin, Curlew, Brent Goose, Turnstone, Swallow, Swift, House Sparrow, Song Thrush, Snipe, House Martin, Stonechat, Ringed Plover and Oystercatcher. Photos will be credited accordingly.

Please could anyone who found an official rarity in 2017, and who would like to be acknowledged for it in the Transactions and the Annual Rarity Report, please fill in a "Rarity Report Form" and return it to me by the end of the month. If a decent photo exists, you only need to complete form A. These forms are to be found in the 'documents' section of this website. Any problems please get in touch. Mark

This month's Bird Section meeting will be held at Candie at 1930hrs on Thursday 04 January. 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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Tue 16th Jan
Foulon - 2+ Hawfinch still present. Various sites - 1-2 Glossy Ibis roaming. Chouet & Castel - Iceland Gull(s).

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

Sun 7th Jan
Various sites - Iceland Gull. Perelle - Red-breasted Merganser.

Tue 2nd Jan
Belle Greve - Black-necked Grebe. Foulon - 2+ Hawfinch still. Rue des Fresnes area - Whooper Swan and Glossy Ibis still.

Sightings Summary

January 2018   GUE   ALD
All records 2018   GUE   ALD

All records for 2017
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 January 17, 12:20 PM GMT
Situation Scattered Clouds
Wind WNW at 25 mph
Temp 9°C
Pressure 1015 Mbar.


Interesting records submitted online


17th Jan: Rue des Hougues, STA: Raven
16th Jan: Chouet: Iceland Gull. Courtil de Bas, STS: Brambling. Foulon: Hawfinch. Jaonneuse: Iceland Gull. King's Mills: Iceland Gull. Rue a Fresnes: Glossy Ibis. Saumarez Park: Siskin. Vale Pond: Little Grebe
15th Jan: Fort Saumarez: Water Pipit. Jaonneuse: Raven, Iceland Gull. Juas Quarry: Tufted Duck. La Girouette: Siskin. Rue des Houges, SSV: Glossy Ibis. Rue des Hougues, STA: Raven
14th Jan: Belle Greve Bay: Black-necked Grebe, Royal Tern, Black-throated Diver. Foulon: Hawfinch


9th Jan: Rose Farm, Alderney: Brambling
7th Jan: Clonque Bay: Grey Seal
6th Jan: Braye Bay: Great Northern Diver, Mediterranean Gull. Longis Bay: Water Pipit. Rose Farm, Alderney: Siskin
5th Jan: Alderney golf course: Mistle Thrush
3rd Jan: Braye Bay: Mediterranean Gull
1st Jan: Giffoine: Raven. Longis Pond: Water Pipit
29th Dec: Fort Quesnard: Grey Seal
28th Dec: Braye Bay: Mediterranean Gull. Longis Bay: Bottle-nosed Dolphin, Royal Tern
25th Dec: Fort Quesnard: Grey Seal
19th Dec: Kiln Farm, Alderney: Siskin
18th Dec: Mannez Lighthouse: Mediterranean Gull
11th Dec: Longis Bay: Great Northern Diver, Water Pipit
9th Dec: Longis Common: Water Pipit (see all...)

Observers submitting records this month

Bob Murphy (321); Julie Davis (243); Andy Marquis (192); Albert Harvey (181); Ian Le Page (168); John Horton (136); Wayne Turner (135); Liz Thomson (125); Carolyn Brouard (124); Mary Simmons (115); Vic Froome (111); Anthony Loaring (94); Rod Ferbrache (93); David Spicer (86); Kevin Childs (74); Jamie Hooper (63); Nigel Pletts (37); Tony Bisson (25); Mark Guppy (25); Andrew Smith (16); Jean Brown (11); Mark Lawlor (8); Peter Vaudin (6); Shirley Ford (1); Barry Wells (1); Christopher Massey (1); Wendy Meade (1);

On this day...
On this date in 1982 Guernsey's eighth record of Velvet Scoter was found at Perelle.

Wild species recorded this year to date: 109

(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 - 99
Liz Thomson - 99
Anthony Loaring - 90
Andy Marquis - 87
Vic Froome - 86
Mary Simmons - 81
David Spicer - 73
Julie Davis - 71
Kevin Childs - 68
John Horton - 66
Carolyn Brouard - 65
Albert Harvey - 64
Jamie Hooper - 57
Ian Le Page - 47
Nigel Pletts - 29
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