Spoonbill -  L’EREE   -  14/6/2021  -  © Rod Ferbrache
Spoonbill - L’EREE - 14/6/2021 - © Rod Ferbrache

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BIRD RACE 2021 - Sunday 02 May
The annual Bird Race will be held on Sunday 02 May. Teams of up to four will be birding from dusk till dawn (and beyond) to see how many species can be recorded in 24 hours. For those who obtain sponsorship or give a donation, funds are split between Bird Section and RSPB Guernsey Group. Further details through the Guernsey Birdwatching FB page.

Bird Section Subs 2021
Dear birders, 2021 Bird Section subscriptions are now due. 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. Online payments preferred - please email jamie.hooper@cwgsy.net for banking details. Alternatively, cheques (payable to La Societe Guernesiaise Ornithology Section) can be sent 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.

Poisoning of Peregrines
Over the last 18 months, four Peregrines and a Buzzard have been found deliberately poisoned, mainly in the north of the island. An unknown number of birds will have been killed but the bodies not found. Pigeon baits laced with deadly chemicals have been used to kill the falcons. Bird Section and La Societe as a whole have so far contributed £2000 in addition to the £7000 anonymous pledges held by Animal Aid. Many local birders have also pledged money. The reward currently stands at over £17,000 which would be paid for information leading to a successful criminal prosecution. Further pledges to this fund can be made by emailing the Section treasurer: jamie.hooper@cwgsy.net

Barn Owl Survey 2021
As part of the ongoing Barn Owl survey, we are looking to locate as many breeding sites as possible. If you know of a box, barn or natural site which is being used, please submit the details as a sighting on this website or contact the Guernsey Biological Records Centre. Tel 233571 or email: barnowlsurvey2020@gmail.com Records will be treated confidentially.

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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Mon 14th Jun
Pleinmont and elsewhere - Spoonbill flew north.

Wed 9th Jun
Vazon - White Stork (ringed) in hay field.

Mon 31st May
Jaonneuse (& elsewhere) - Rose-coloured Starling.

Sun 16th May
Pleinmont - Woodchat Shrike

Sightings Summary

June 2021   GUE   ALD
May 2021   GUE   ALD
April 2021   GUE   ALD
March 2021   GUE   ALD
February 2021   GUE   ALD
January 2021   GUE   ALD
All records 2021   GUE   ALD

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19th Jun: Pleinmont: Balearic Shearwater, Unidentified shearwater. Rocquaine: Mediterranean Gull. Rousse: Mediterranean Gull
17th Jun: St Peter Port: Mediterranean Gull
16th Jun: Hanois: Balearic Shearwater
15th Jun: Perelle: Mediterranean Gull. Pleinmont: Unidentified shearwater
14th Jun: Hanois: Balearic Shearwater. L’Eree: Spoonbill. Pleinmont: Spoonbill, Hobby, Balearic Shearwater, Spoonbill, Hobby. Rue des Bergers: Cuckoo, Barn Owl. Tielles: Balearic Shearwater
13th Jun: Route de Pleinmont, Torteval: Barn Owl
12th Jun: Dixcart Bay: Bottle-nosed Dolphin
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20th Jun: Braye Bay: Mediterranean Gull
19th Jun: Alderney Airport: Cuckoo
8th Jun: St Anne: White Stork
7th Jun: Alderney Airport: Cuckoo. Clonque Bay: Cuckoo. Longis Common: Cuckoo. St Anne: Rose-coloured Starling
1st Jun: Essex Farm: Hobby. Kiln Farm, Alderney: Black Redstart. Longis Common: Fan-tailed Warbler
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Observers submitting records this month

Ian Le Page (278); Peter Vaudin (79); gary elson (63); Wayne Turner (62); Daniel Whitelegg (20); Mark Guppy (18); Phil Atkinson (12); Julie Davis (10); Jamie Hooper (6); Anthony Loaring (6); Tony Bisson (6); Vic Froome (6); Mark Lawlor (3); Mary Simmons (3); Rod Ferbrache (2); Carolyn Brouard (2); Chris Sharman (2); Nigel Pletts (1);

On this day...
On this date in 1989 Guernsey's second record of Honey Buzzard was found at Pleinmont by T.D.C.Earl.

Wild species recorded this year to date: 173

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