Category
A
Status
Rare
Breeding status
First Record
1845
Last Recorded
2006

Purple Heron Ardea purpurea


Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Cindy  Carre
  Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011 Photo: © Cindy Carre (visit site)

An irregular overshooting spring migrant and with occasional late summer and autumn records. Noted by Smith with birds being shot in May 1845 and 1849. The species has occurred in Guernsey less than 20 times. Typically the species favours reed beds and with the increased protection of these sites in recent years one may anticipate the species becoming more frequent. The reported increase in the Dutch breeding population may account for the majority of spring records with birds being displaced westwards on their return from Africa.

Juveniles disperse in all directions after fledging and remain nomadic at least throughout August. True migration begins in this month and continues into October.

In Guernsey the species has been recorded in all months from March to October. Sites include the Reservoir, Vale Pond, Rousse and La Claire Mare. It seems probable that at least some of the records involve the same bird moving between different sites. In 1995 sporadic reports of a single bird from 5th May to the 24th August from sites including the Vale Pond, Rocque Balan and La Claire Mare may well have been of the same bird. Four together flying past Petit Bot on the 22nd September 1971 and two at the Reservoir on the 7th May 1983 are the only multiple sightings noted. Earliest and latest dates are 31st March and 14th October.



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Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Cindy  Carre
Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Cindy Carre (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 29/7/2013. Photo: © Mike Cunningham
Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 29/7/2013. Photo: © Mike Cunningham (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Reservoir on 30/7/2006. Photo: © R J Murphy
Purple Heron photographed at Reservoir on 30/7/2006. Photo: © R J Murphy (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 2/8/2014. Photo: © Dan Scott
Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 2/8/2014. Photo: © Dan Scott (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Mike Cunningham
Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Mike Cunningham (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 29/7/2013. Photo: © Mike Cunningham
Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 29/7/2013. Photo: © Mike Cunningham (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Rod Ferbrache
Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Rod Ferbrache (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Reservoir [RES] on 30/7/2006. Photo: © Bob Murphy
Purple Heron photographed at Reservoir [RES] on 30/7/2006. Photo: © Bob Murphy (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Rod Ferbrache
Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Rod Ferbrache (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Cindy  Carre
Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Cindy Carre (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Cindy  Carre
Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Cindy Carre (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 29/7/2013. Photo: © Anthony Loaring
Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 29/7/2013. Photo: © Anthony Loaring (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 29/7/2013. Photo: © Royston Carré
Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 29/7/2013. Photo: © Royston Carré (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 2/8/2014. Photo: © Dan Scott
Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 2/8/2014. Photo: © Dan Scott (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers on 3/4/2016. Photo: © Anthony Loaring
Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers on 3/4/2016. Photo: © Anthony Loaring (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 29/7/2013. Photo: © Royston Carré
Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 29/7/2013. Photo: © Royston Carré (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 29/7/2013. Photo: © Royston Carré
Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 29/7/2013. Photo: © Royston Carré (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Mike Cunningham
Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Mike Cunningham (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 29/7/2013. Photo: © Mike Cunningham
Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 29/7/2013. Photo: © Mike Cunningham (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Rod Ferbrache
Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Rod Ferbrache (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Mike Cunningham
Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Mike Cunningham (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Mike Cunningham
Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Mike Cunningham (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 29/7/2013. Photo: © Mike Cunningham
Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 29/7/2013. Photo: © Mike Cunningham (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at La Clare Mare NR on 6/5/2008. Photo: © Paul Hillion
Purple Heron photographed at La Clare Mare NR on 6/5/2008. Photo: © Paul Hillion (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 29/7/2013. Photo: © Royston Carré
Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 29/7/2013. Photo: © Royston Carré (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 22/7/2014. Photo: © Anthony Loaring
Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 22/7/2014. Photo: © Anthony Loaring (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 29/7/2013. Photo: © Royston Carré
Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 29/7/2013. Photo: © Royston Carré (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 29/7/2013. Photo: © Royston Carré
Purple Heron photographed at Rue des Bergers [BER] on 29/7/2013. Photo: © Royston Carré (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pré [PRE] on 15/5/2009. Photo: © Mike Cunningham
Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pré [PRE] on 15/5/2009. Photo: © Mike Cunningham (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Mike Cunningham
Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Mike Cunningham (visit site)

Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Cindy  Carre
Purple Heron photographed at Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] on 3/8/2011. Photo: © Cindy Carre (visit site)



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Purple Heron Reservoir 5/6/1994 9/6/1994 1
Purple Heron Vale Pond 5/5/1995 1
Purple Heron Claire Mare 7/5/1995 1
Purple Heron Rue de Bergers N.R. 13/5/1995 1
Purple Heron Rocque Balan Lane 23/5/1995 1
Purple Heron Vale Pond 30/7/1995 1
Purple Heron Rousse 2/8/1995 1
Purple Heron Vale Pond 11/8/1995 1
Purple Heron Vale Pond 24/8/1995 1
Purple Heron Claire Mare 14/10/1996 1
Purple Heron Claire Mare 31/3/1999 1
Purple Heron Reservoir 1/4/1999 3/4/1999 1
Purple Heron Marais Nord/Vale Marais 2/4/1999 1
Purple Heron Rue de Bergers N.R. 3/4/1999 1
Purple Heron Claire Mare 4/4/1999 7/4/1999 1
Purple Heron Vale Pond 30/5/1999 1
Purple Heron Pleinmont 15/4/2006 1
Purple Heron Claire Mare 24/8/2007 1
Purple Heron Claire Mare 24/8/2007 1
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 26/3/2011 1
Purple Heron Grande Mare [GMA] 26/3/2011 1
Purple Heron Gele Marsh 26/3/2011 1
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 26/3/2011 1
Purple Heron Claire Mare [CLA] 3/4/2011 2
Purple Heron Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] 3/8/2011 1
Purple Heron Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] 3/8/2011 1
Purple Heron Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] 3/8/2011 1
Purple Heron Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] 3/8/2011 1
Purple Heron Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] 3/8/2011 1
Purple Heron Tielles [TIE] 16/9/2011 1
Purple Heron Tielles [TIE] 16/9/2011 1
Purple Heron Vale Pond [VAL] 26/9/2012 1
Purple Heron Vale Pond [VAL] 26/9/2012 1
Purple Heron Vale Pond [VAL] 26/9/2012 1
Purple Heron Vale Pond [VAL] 26/9/2012 1
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 29/7/2013 1
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 29/7/2013 2
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 29/7/2013 2
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 29/7/2013 1
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 29/7/2013 1
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 29/7/2013 2
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 29/7/2013 2
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 29/7/2013 2
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 29/7/2013 2
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 29/7/2013 1
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 29/7/2013 2
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 22/7/2014 1
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 29/7/2014 1
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 2/8/2014 1
Purple Heron Richmond Vazon 8/8/2014 1
Purple Heron Catioroc [CAT] 24/7/2015 1
Purple Heron Catioroc [CAT] 24/7/2015 1
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 3/4/2016 1
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 3/4/2016 1
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 3/4/2016 1
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 3/4/2016 1
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 3/4/2016 1
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 3/4/2016 1
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 3/4/2016 1
Purple Heron Rue des Bergers [BER] 3/4/2016 1
Purple Heron Mount Row, SPP [MOS] 19/4/2016 1
Purple Heron Rue de la Ronde Cheminee 12/5/2017 1
Purple Heron La Vrangue [VRA] 12/5/2017 1
Purple Heron Bordeaux [BOR] 4/10/2017 1