Wheatear -  Pulias [PUL]  -  1/3/2019  -  © Dave Carre
Wheatear - Pulias [PUL] - 1/3/2019 - © Dave Carre

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Just to confirm, there will be NO monthly meeting for March as the Osprey talk at Les Cotils is arranged for the first Thursday.

OSPREY TALK - Thursday 7 March
A talk entitled “Osprey’s Home and Away” by visiting speaker Paul Stammers will be held on Thursday 7 March at 7.30pm in the Harry Bound Room at Les Cotils. It is free to Société Members, £5 to non-members payable on the door. Please join us.

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 - aclms@gov.gg

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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

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

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18th Mar: Catioroc: Spoonbill. Claire Mare: Spoonbill. Grands Marais/Pre: Cetti's Warbler, Reed Bunting. Les Bordes, [Claire Mare]: Spoonbill. Rue des Bergers: Kingfisher. Salerie Corner: Black Redstart. Shingle Bank: Spoonbill
17th Mar: Claire Mare Lane: Bar-Headed Goose. Claire Mare: Pintail, Spoonbill. Mont Cuet: Yellow-legged Gull, Yellow-legged Gull. Rue des Bergers: Cetti's Warbler
16th Mar: Chateau a l'Etoc: Bottle-nosed Dolphin. Claire Mare: Spoonbill
15th Mar: Claire Mare: Pintail, Spoonbill. Jaonneuse: Purple Sandpiper
14th Mar: Houmet Paradis Island: Royal Tern
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17th Mar: Longis Common - ABO Daily Census: Grey Seal
16th Mar: Longis Common - ABO Daily Census: Grey Seal
14th Mar: Alderney golf course: Merlin
13th Mar: Longis Common - ABO Daily Census: Great Skua, Merlin
12th Mar: Longis Common - ABO Daily Census: Grey Seal. Platte Saline: Common Gull
11th Mar: Longis Common - ABO Daily Census: Grey Seal, Merlin
10th Mar: Fort Houmet Herbe: Grey Seal, Merlin. Longis Common - ABO Daily Census: Grey Seal
9th Mar: Corbletts Quarry, Alderney: Cormorant (Continental). Longis Common - ABO Daily Census: Merlin
8th Mar: Barrackmaster's Lane: Great Spotted Woodpecker
7th Mar: Giffoine: Black Redstart
6th Mar: Longis Common - ABO Daily Census: Reed Bunting
5th Mar: Longis Common - ABO Daily Census: Reed Bunting, Grey Seal
4th Mar: Longis Common - ABO Daily Census: Reed Bunting
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Observers submitting records this month

ABO (695); Bob Murphy (295); Ian Le Page (287); Peter Vaudin (195); (89); Justin Hart (86); Peter Ward (32); Albert Harvey (26); Wayne Turner (23); Nigel Pletts (18); Carolyn Brouard (18); Tony Bisson (15); Andy Marquis (13); Dave Carre (7); Mark Guppy (7); Rod Ferbrache (7); Mark Lawlor (5); Jamie Hooper (4); Liz Thomson (4); Andrew Smith (3); Stephen Bridgman (3); Anthony Loaring (2); Paul Veron (2); Vic Froome (1); Kevin Childs (1); David Spicer (1); Tim Maclure (1); Christopher Massey (1);

On this day...
On this date in 1914 Guernsey's fifth record of Common Bittern was found at King's Mills by F.LePage.

Wild species recorded this year to date: 128

(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 - 119
Vic Froome - 106
Anthony Loaring - 101
Rod Ferbrache - 96
ABO - 89
David Spicer - 88
Andy Marquis - 84
Albert Harvey - 83
Kevin Childs - 73
Ian Le Page - 71
Nigel Pletts - 58
Carolyn Brouard - 51
Peter Ward - 44
Mary Simmons - 40
Paul Veron - 31
Adrian Gidney - 29
Tim Maclure - 1
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