Redshank -  QE2 Marina [QE2]  -  28/1/2019  -  © Dave Carre
Redshank - QE2 Marina [QE2] - 28/1/2019 - © Dave Carre

Announcements / news items

This month's BIRD SECTION meeting will be held at Candie on Thursday 10 January starting at 7.30pm. All are welcome. Contact Chris on 07911 130415 for further details.

Last chance for Rarity forms 2018
It is now the end of January and I have photos of, but no rarity forms for, the following rarities from last year: Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull, Canada Goose, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Iberian Chiffchaff, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Spotted Crake, Rose-coloured Starling x2, Caspian Gull, Red Kite, Yellowhammer, Pink-footed Goose. If you would like to be acknowledged as the finder of these birds in the Transactions/Rarity Report, please forward me a rarity form asap. Thanks, Mark.

Bird Section Subs 2019
Dear birders, 2019 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 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 for 2018 due in now
Hi all. This is my annual reminder. Could I ask anyone who found an official rarity in 2018 to complete a rarity form to officially document your sighting and be assessed by the Rarities Committee. These can be downloaded from this website's 'Documents' section and sent to me by the end of the month. If the bird was clearly photographed, only form A is required. Unfortunately, if the form is not completed we cannot acknowledge you by name in the Rarities Report or Transactions. If you are not sure whether the bird you find is an official rarity, please get in touch (NB Cattle Egret is now not classed as a rarity). Thank you, Mark

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 -

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Wed 16th Jan
The Royal Tern is back!

Wed 2nd Jan
Belle Greve - Red-necked Grebe, Claire Mare - Spoonbill and Pintail still, Castel - 7 Cattle Egrets.

Fri 21st Dec
Rousse - Red-necked Grebe.

Wed 5th Dec
Claire Mare - long-staying Spoonbill.

Sightings Summary

February 2019   GUE   ALD
January 2019   GUE   ALD
All records 2019   GUE   ALD

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All records for 2015
All records for 2014
All records for 2013
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Last Updated on February 19, 7:20 AM GMT
Situation Partly Cloudy
Wind SW at 9 mph
Temp 7°C
Pressure 1020 Mbar.


Interesting records submitted online


17th Feb: Claire Mare: Spoonbill. Houmet Paradis Island: Royal Tern. Les Grantez, CAT: Cattle Egret
15th Feb: Claire Mare: Pintail, Spoonbill. Colin Best NR: Merlin. Grands Marais/Pre: Cetti's Warbler. Houmet Paradis Island: Royal Tern. Little Russell: Long-finned Pilot Whale. Rue des Bergers: Cetti's Warbler. Rue Godfrey: Kingfisher
14th Feb: Claire Mare: Spoonbill. Colin Best NR: Merlin
13th Feb: Bordeaux: Royal Tern. Claire Mare: Spoonbill. Herm: Royal Tern. Little Russell: Common Dolphin (Short-nosed)
12th Feb: Candie, STA: Cattle Egret. Claire Mare: Spoonbill. Rocquaine: Slavonian Grebe
(see all...)


17th Feb: Giffoine: Dartford Warbler
16th Feb: Chateau a l'Etoc: Common Dolphin (Short-nosed), Great Skua. Longis Bay: Mediterranean Gull. Longis Pond: Cetti's Warbler
14th Feb: Longis Bay: Grey Seal. Vallee des Trois Vaux: Green Sandpiper
13th Feb: Fort Houmet Herbe: Bottle-nosed Dolphin
12th Feb: Chateau a l'Etoc: Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Mediterranean Gull. Crabby Bay: Mediterranean Gull
11th Feb: Longis Common - ABO Daily Census: Mediterranean Gull
9th Feb: Longis Common - ABO Daily Census: Grey Seal
6th Feb: Braye Bay: Black-necked Grebe
4th Feb: Braye Bay: Black-necked Grebe. Crabby Bay: Grey Seal
2nd Feb: Kiln Farm, Alderney: Golden Plover
1st Feb: Crabby Bay: Mediterranean Gull
30th Jan: Longis Pond: Cetti's Warbler
(see all...)

Observers submitting records this month

Ian Le Page (393); ABO (278); Peter Vaudin (169); Bob Murphy (144); Wayne Turner (64); Albert Harvey (52); Andy Marquis (33); Nigel Pletts (27); Carolyn Brouard (18); Mark Guppy (15); Kevin Childs (15); Anthony Loaring (13); Tony Bisson (11); Vic Froome (7); Dave Carre (4); Jamie Hooper (4); Mary Simmons (3); Claire Thorpe (2); Adrian Gidney (2); Rod Ferbrache (2); Liz Thomson (1);

On this day...
On this date in 1993 Guernsey's sixteenth record of Rook was found at Fauxquets Valley.

Wild species recorded this year to date: 118

(Species recorded in 2017: 223)
(Species recorded in 2016: 212)
(Species recorded in 2015: 206)
(Species recorded in 2014: 196)
(Species recorded in 2013: 191)

Personal year list totals
Liz Thomson - 114
Vic Froome - 105
Anthony Loaring - 99
Rod Ferbrache - 92
ABO - 81
David Spicer - 79
Andy Marquis - 79
Albert Harvey - 77
Kevin Childs - 67
Ian Le Page - 64
Nigel Pletts - 50
Carolyn Brouard - 45
Mary Simmons - 40
Adrian Gidney - 29
Peter Ward - 25
Paul Veron - 24
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