Wood Sandpiper -  Claire Mare [CLA]  -  20/7/2021  -  © Anthony Loaring
Wood Sandpiper - Claire Mare [CLA] - 20/7/2021 - © Anthony Loaring

Announcements / news items

An all-day pelagic trip is being planned for 25th August. If you wish to book a place on the boat, please contact Vic Froome on 07781 116726.

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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Thu 24th Jun
Rocquaine - Red Kite.

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.

Sightings Summary

August 2021   GUE   ALD
July 2021   GUE   ALD
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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4th Aug: Claire Mare: Green Sandpiper, Greenshank. Les Grantez, CAT: Honey-buzzard. Perelle: Yellow-legged Gull
3rd Aug: At sea: Balearic Shearwater, Storm Petrel, Great Skua. Claire Mare: Green Sandpiper. Jaonneuse: Unidentified shearwater. Tielles: Balearic Shearwater
2nd Aug: Claire Mare: Green Sandpiper. Cobo: Mediterranean Gull. Perelle: Mediterranean Gull. Pulias: Balearic Shearwater, Great Skua
1st Aug: Claire Mare: Green Sandpiper. La Lague, Rocquaine: Greenshank
31st Jul: Vale Pond: Green Sandpiper
29th Jul: Rocquaine: Grey Seal. Vale Pond: Greenshank
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3rd Aug: Longis Pond: Fan-tailed Warbler. Mannez Garenne: Honey-buzzard
29th Jul: Longis Common: Fan-tailed Warbler
28th Jul: Longis Bay: Mediterranean Gull
26th Jul: Chateau a l'Etoc: Bottle-nosed Dolphin
25th Jul: Braye Bay: Mediterranean Gull. Corblets Bay: Mediterranean Gull. Longis Bay: Mediterranean Gull
23rd Jul: Crabby Bay: Mediterranean Gull. Fort Albert: Honey-buzzard
22nd Jul: Braye Bay: Mediterranean Gull. Saye Bay: Mediterranean Gull. St Anne: Great Bustard
21st Jul: Longis Bay: Honey-buzzard. Platte Saline: Knot
17th Jul: Giffoine: Dartford Warbler
16th Jul: Giffoine: Dartford Warbler
14th Jul: Braye Bay: Mediterranean Gull
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Observers submitting records this month

Peter Vaudin (21); Julie Davis (16); Tony Bisson (9); Wayne Turner (7); Daniel Whitelegg (6); Mark Guppy (6); Vic Froome (3); Mark Lawlor (3); Mary Simmons (2); gary elson (1); Dave Carre (1); Jamie Hooper (1); Carolyn Brouard (1);

On this day...
On this date in 2001 Guernsey's sixth record of Cory's Shearwater (2 birds) was found at Jaonneuse Point.

Wild species recorded this year to date: 177

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