Melodious Warbler -  Claire Mare [CLA]  -  21/8/2017  -  © Anthony Loaring
Melodious Warbler - Claire Mare [CLA] - 21/8/2017 - © Anthony Loaring

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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).

This Saturday (19th August), there will be an open Bat and Moth evening at Le Guet starting at 1930hrs. Everyone is welcome - further details from Vic Froome on 07781 116726.

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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Latest News (more...)

Tue 22nd Aug
Claire Mare - Melodious Warbler ringed, Wood Sandpiper briefly in evening.

Mon 21st Aug
Claire Mare - Melodious Warbler. Jaonneuse - Black Tern, Pomarine Skua.

Wed 16th Aug
Paradis - Royal Tern reappeared (after four month absence).

Mon 14th Aug
Pelagic - 20 Black Terns, Wilson's Petrel, 2 Arctic Terns, many Storm Petrels and Common Terns, Balearic Shearwater, Puffin, Yellow-legged Gull. Also Blue-fin Tuna, Harbour Porpoise, 4 Ocean Sunfish.

Sightings Summary

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


23rd Aug: Vale Pond: Kingfisher
22nd Aug: Claire Mare: Cetti's Warbler, Wood Sandpiper, Gadwall. Creux Mahie, TOR: Tree Pipit. Fort Hommet: Spotted Flycatcher. Fort Saumarez: Spotted Flycatcher. L'Eree: Common Gull. Pleinmont: Tree Pipit. Rue des Hougues, STA: Rook. Tielles: Tree Pipit. Vazon: Mediterranean Gull
21st Aug: Chouet: Pomarine Skua, Black Tern. Claire Mare: Melodious Warbler, Green Sandpiper
20th Aug: Chouet: Arctic Skua, Black Tern. Claire Mare: Green Sandpiper. Jaonneuse: Balearic Shearwater


22nd Aug: Valongis : Spotted Flycatcher
19th Aug: Alderney Airport: Hen Harrier, Raven. Alderney golf course: Turtle Dove. Chateau a l'Etoc: Balearic Shearwater
18th Aug: Corblets Bay: Grey Seal
17th Aug: Barrackmaster's Lane: Raven, Hen Harrier. Braye Bay: Mediterranean Gull. Crabby Bay: Yellow-legged Gull. Mannez Lighthouse: Mediterranean Gull, Common Scoter
15th Aug: Barrackmaster's Lane: Barn Owl. Crabby Bay: Yellow-legged Gull
14th Aug: Barrackmaster's Lane: Raven
12th Aug: Barrackmaster's Lane: Barn Owl, Raven
11th Aug: Mannez Lighthouse: Great Skua, Mediterranean Gull, Balearic Shearwater (see all...)

Observers submitting records this month

Wayne Turner (279); Bob Murphy (161); Andy Marquis (68); Paul Veron (58); John Horton (36); Tony Bisson (35); Mark Lawlor (35); Vic Froome (19); Kevin Childs (18); Liz Thomson (16); Julian Medland (9); Jamie Hooper (9); Mark Guppy (8); Ian Le Page (7); Anthony Loaring (6); Julie Davis (5); Nigel Pletts (5); Carolyn Brouard (2); Rod Ferbrache (2); James Walker (2); Peter Vaudin (2); Andrew Smith (1); David Spicer (1);

On this day...
On this date in 1997 Guernsey's second record of Western Bonelli's Warbler was found at Fort Saumarez.

Wild species recorded this year to date: 195

(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 - 165
Liz Thomson - 164
Jamie Hooper - 163
Anthony Loaring - 157
Vic Froome - 149
David Spicer - 146
Andy Marquis - 144
Paul Veron - 129
Kevin Childs - 125
Albert Harvey - 122
Julie Davis - 109
Mary Simmons - 103
Carolyn Brouard - 95
Nigel Pletts - 79
Ian Le Page - 62
Sarah Garrard - 60
Karen Jehan - 41
Peter Ward - 30
Adrian Bott - 16
Jay Friend - 12
Dan Scott - 2
James Walker - 2
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