Kingfisher -  Grands Marais/Pre [PRE]  -  11/10/2021  -  © Chris Sharman
Kingfisher - Grands Marais/Pre [PRE] - 11/10/2021 - © Chris Sharman

Announcements / news items

Section Walk - Wednesday 06 October
Meet at Jerbourg car park at 0900 for a walk along the cliffs mainly to watch migrating hirundines. All are welcome.

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

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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Sat 9th Oct
Ivy Castle - Yellow-browed Warbler ringed.

Fri 1st Oct
Prevote - Iduna sp. warbler seen briefly

Mon 27th Sep
Les Bordes, Claire Mare - Red-backed Shrike.

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

Sightings Summary

October 2021   GUE   ALD
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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18th Oct: Claire Mare: Jack Snipe. Les Vauxbelets: Great White Egret. Trinity: Siskin
17th Oct: Baubigny: Siskin, Brambling. Claire Mare: Cetti's Warbler, Jack Snipe. Grands Marais/Pre: Siskin, Cetti's Warbler. Perelle: Mediterranean Gull. Pleinmont: Siskin, Brambling. Rue de Valniquets: Siskin
16th Oct: L'Eree: Great White Egret, Common Gull. Perelle: Short-eared Owl. Pezeries: Siskin. Pleinmont: Siskin, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl
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18th Oct: Barrackmaster's Lane: Siskin
17th Oct: Barrackmaster's Lane: Coal Tit, Siskin, Hawfinch
13th Oct: Longis Pond: Great White Egret. Val de la Bonne Terre: Siskin
10th Oct: Braye Bay: Mediterranean Gull. Longis Bay: Grey Seal
6th Oct: Kiln Farm, Alderney: Hobby, Golden Plover
1st Oct: Braye Bay: Mediterranean Gull
30th Sep: Chateau a l'Etoc: Mediterranean Gull, Balearic Shearwater, Great Skua
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: Pied Flycatcher, Wryneck
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Observers submitting records this month

Wayne Turner (145); Ian Le Page (138); Peter Vaudin (84); Mark Guppy (40); Daniel Whitelegg (36); Mark Lawlor (19); Jamie Hooper (13); Dave Carre (11); Anthony Loaring (9); Mary Simmons (9); Tony Bisson (9); Chris Sharman (5); Lydia Miller (5); David Spicer (5); Julie Davis (4); Paul Veron (4); Christopher Wilkinson (2); Vic Froome (2); Cindy Carre (1); Andrew Smith (1); Tim Bishop (1); Graeme Falla (1); Phil Atkinson (1);

On this day...
On this date in 1961 Guernsey's seventh record of Tawny Owl was found at La Corbiere by C.C.Carey.

Wild species recorded this year to date: 193

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