Red-breasted Flycatcher -  Pezeries [PEZ]  -  15/10/2017  -  © Anthony Loaring
Red-breasted Flycatcher - Pezeries [PEZ] - 15/10/2017 - © Anthony Loaring

Announcements / news items

Julian Medland
Audrey and her family would like birding friends to know that Julian's ashes were scattered on the main reef just off the seawatching site at Jaonneuse - one of his favourite birding spots. Donations may be sent to Kidney Cancer UK, The Old Coach House, 56 High Street, Harston, Cambridge, CB22 7PZ (quoting Julian Medland) or online at

This month's Bird Section meeting will be held at Candie at 1930hrs on Thursday 05 Oct. Barry Wells will be talking about the 'Bird Seed Fields' project.

Julian Medland
We are very sad to report that Julian passed away peacefully on Saturday 30 September after an illness courageously borne. Our thoughts are with his family at this time. Service of Celebration, prior to cremation, at Le Foulon Chapel, on Friday 6th October 2017 at 2pm. Friends kindly accept this intimation. Preferably no mourning attire.

Tuesday 19th September 7.30pm The Work of the RSPB
A presentation to be given by Nick Bruce-White, Regional Director of the South West Region, and Paul Buckley, Regional Conservation Manager of the South West Region. La Villette Hotel (Perry’s p30 A2) Members and non-members welcome.

The Annual Bird Section BBQ will be held at Blanchelande Park on Saturday 09 September from 6pm onwards. The cost is £10pp to cover BBQ food but please bring your own drinks or any additional food you wish to contribute. To book a place and for further details, call Chris on 07911 130415. (Note - no monthly Section meeting this September).

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 -

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.

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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Thu 19th Oct
Rue des Valniquets - significant southward finch passage recorded with 53 Hawfinch, c.500 Siskin, 2000+ Chaffinches, 8 Common Crossbills, c.8 Bramblings passing over.

Tue 17th Oct
Pezeries - Red-breasted Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat, Yellow-browed Warbler. Valniquets - Yellow-browed Warbler. Colin Best NR - Ruff.

Sun 15th Oct
Pezeries & Vaux de Monel - Red-breasted Flycatchers. Pleinmont - Brambling, Siskin. Bordeaux - Yellow-browed Warbler.

Fri 13th Oct
Herm - Royal Tern, Osprey. Les Pecqueries - Curlew Sandpiper. Claire Mare - Spotted Redshank.

Sightings Summary

October 2017   GUE   ALD
September 2017   GUE   ALD
August 2017   GUE   ALD
July 2017   GUE   ALD
June 2017   GUE   ALD
May 2017   GUE   ALD
April 2017   GUE   ALD
March 2017   GUE   ALD
February 2017   GUE   ALD
January 2017   GUE   ALD
All records 2017   GUE   ALD

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Interesting records submitted online


21st Oct: Chouet: Snow Bunting, Grey Seal. Colin Best NR: Golden Plover. Grandes Havres: Mediterranean Gull. Shingle Bank: Black Redstart
20th Oct: Claire Mare: Cetti's Warbler. Colin Best NR: Golden Plover. Le Guet: Yellow-browed Warbler. Reservoir: Merlin. Rue de la Boullerie: Siskin. Rue des Hougues, STA: Merlin, Siskin
19th Oct: Claire Mare: Cetti's Warbler. L'Eree: Common Gull. Mannez Quarry: Redstart, Black Redstart. Pezeries: Yellow-browed Warbler. Pleinmont: Brambling, Siskin, Black Redstart


19th Oct: Barrackmaster's Lane: Hawfinch. Rose Farm, Alderney: Siskin, Brambling
18th Oct: Alderney Airport: Woodlark. Barrackmaster's Lane: Yellow-browed Warbler. Mannez Quarry: Brambling
17th Oct: Barrackmaster's Lane: Siskin
16th Oct: Crabby Bay: Common Gull. Rose Farm, Alderney: Siskin
15th Oct: Barrackmaster's Lane: Merlin. Braye Bay: Mediterranean Gull. Rose Farm, Alderney: Hawfinch
14th Oct: Barrackmaster's Lane: Raven, Siskin. Longis Bay: Great White Egret. Longis pond: siskin. Longis Pond: Little Grebe. Longis pond: Reed Bunting. Platte Saline: Siskin. Rose Farm, Alderney: Siskin (see all...)

Observers submitting records this month

Bob Murphy (295); Wayne Turner (217); Paul Veron (204); John Horton (189); Julie Davis (134); Albert Harvey (130); Mark Lawlor (45); Rod Ferbrache (38); Jamie Hooper (17); Andy Marquis (16); Liz Thomson (16); Nigel Pletts (12); Kevin Childs (11); Tony Bisson (10); Mark Guppy (9); David Kelly (8); Anthony Loaring (6); Andrew Smith (5); David Spicer (4); Stephen Bridgman (2); Daniel Mignot (1); Martyn Briggs (1);

On this day...
On this date in 1990 Guernsey's fifteenth record of Little Auk was found at L'Eree.

Wild species recorded this year to date: 212

(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 - 181
Bob Murphy - 180
Jamie Hooper - 177
Anthony Loaring - 173
David Spicer - 161
Andy Marquis - 153
Vic Froome - 149
Rod Ferbrache - 143
Paul Veron - 136
Kevin Childs - 131
Albert Harvey - 130
Julie Davis - 122
Mary Simmons - 103
Carolyn Brouard - 101
Nigel Pletts - 83
Ian Le Page - 62
Sarah Garrard - 60
Karen Jehan - 41
Peter Ward - 30
Jay Friend - 12
andre mignot - 6
Tony Grange - 4
Daniel Mignot - 3
James Walker - 2
Dan Scott - 2
Judy Down - 1
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