Rose-coloured Starling -  Jaonneuse [JAO]  -  21/9/2021  -  © Rod Ferbrache
Rose-coloured Starling - Jaonneuse [JAO] - 21/9/2021 - © Rod Ferbrache

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Recent website maintenance
We have recently made improvements to the running of the website in order to address minor problems such as display issues of certain features and login difficulties. Please let us know through the 'contact us' option (below) if such problems persist. Thanks

Section Walk - Saturday 11 September 0800
Meet at the Shingle Bank car park, walking to La Claire Mare NR where Chris Mourant will give a bird ringing demonstration if the weather is suitable. An open event, but members are particularly welcome.

PELAGIC 2021 - Sunday 12 September
An all-day pelagic trip is being planned for Sunday 12th September. Tickets cost £50 and must be paid in advance. If you wish to book a place on the boat, please contact Chris Mourant on 07911 130415.

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:

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 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.

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: 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 -

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Mon 20th Sep
L'Ancresse - Rose-coloured Starling

Wed 15th Sep
Portinfer CP - Red-backed Shrike. Pleinmont - Rose-coloured Starling.

Sat 11th Sep
Lihou Headland - Wryneck still present.

Tue 7th Sep
Pleinmont, Lihou headland, Fort Hommet etc - lots of migrants passing through currently.

Sightings Summary

September 2021   GUE   ALD
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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25th Sep: Pleinmont: Spotted Flycatcher
24th Sep: Perelle: Caspian Gull, Brent Goose (Light-bellied). Pleinmont: Grasshopper Warbler. Vale Pond: Greenshank, Green Sandpiper
23rd Sep: Perelle: Brent Goose (Light-bellied). Richmond: Common Gull. Rocquaine: Common Gull. Vazon: Golden Plover, Mediterranean Gull
22nd Sep: L'Eree: Common Gull. Pleinmont: Wryneck, Osprey. Vazon: Golden Plover
21st Sep: Jaonneuse: Rose-coloured Starling. L'Eree: Common Gull. Perelle: Brent Goose (Light-bellied), Mediterranean Gull. Pleinmont: Hobby
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23rd Sep: Mannez Lighthouse: Merlin
22nd Sep: Chateau a l'Etoc: Merlin
21st Sep: Longis Bay: Little Stint
20th Sep: Alderney golf course: Osprey. Barrackmaster's Lane: Wryneck, Pied Flycatcher
14th Sep: Longis Bay: Little Stint
12th Sep: Vallee des Trois Vaux: Pied Flycatcher
11th Sep: Braye Bay: Mediterranean Gull
10th Sep: Alderney Community Woodland: Honey-buzzard. Chateau a l'Etoc: Balearic Shearwater, Common Scoter. Longis Bay: Little Stint
5th Sep: Barrackmaster's Lane: Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher. Essex Hill: Honey-buzzard, Redstart
2nd Sep: Braye Bay: Mediterranean Gull. Longis Bay: Little Stint
1st Sep: Braye Bay: Mediterranean Gull
30th Aug: Rose Farm, Alderney: Hobby. Vallee des Trois Vaux: Tree Pipit, Dartford Warbler
29th Aug: Essex Farm: Honey-buzzard. Mannez Garenne: Redstart
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Observers submitting records this month

Ian Le Page (170); Wayne Turner (120); Peter Vaudin (93); Mark Guppy (60); Mark Lawlor (56); Tony Bisson (47); Dave Carre (37); Daniel Whitelegg (35); Julie Davis (28); Jamie Hooper (28); Mary Simmons (18); Vic Froome (17); David Spicer (16); Andy Marquis (11); Anthony Loaring (10); Nigel Pletts (10); Chris Sharman (9); gary elson (9); Abbs Domaille (8); Jean Brown (3); Christopher Wilkinson (2); Rod Ferbrache (1); Carolyn Brouard (1); Andrew Smith (1);

On this day...
On this date in 2004 Guernsey's twenty-fifth record of Rose-coloured Starling was found at Rousse by M.A.Guppy.

Wild species recorded this year to date: 188

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