Bullfinch -  Reservoir  -  30/1/2024  -  © Kim Wilkinson
Bullfinch - Reservoir - 30/1/2024 - © Kim Wilkinson


Announcements / news items

Outdoor Meeting - 9.30am Tuesday 12th March at the Reservoir
A free two-hour walk open to everyone. Some paths are steep and uneven so suitable footwear please. We will be looking for a variety of resident birds - those elusive Bullfinches, some overwintering birds such as Grey Wagtail, and some early returning birds such as Sand Martin, Chiffchaff and Blackcap. Weather dependent, members will be emailed if the walk has to be cancelled.

AGM & Indoor Meeting - 7.15pm Thursday 7th March at Candie
***Revised start time*** There will be a short AGM to approve last year's minutes, to elect Section Officers for 2024 and to discuss any AOB. (There will be a full meeting in April). Anyone wishing to stand for election as Secretary or Treasurer, please email your nomination to ornithology@societe.org.gg with the names of your proposer and seconder. This will be followed by our first Zoom presentation. Keith Betton, Chair of the Hampshire Ornithological Society will give an illustrated talk on 'Birds and How They Live'. Keith is the County Bird Recorder for Hampshire and has been a trustee for both the BTO and the RSPB. He is the author of 'Where to Watch Birds in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight' and co-author of 'Behind the Binoculars', interviews with birdwatchers.

Bird Rarities 2023
Could all finders of official rare birds during last year please complete a rarity form for the rarities committee to properly document the sighting. If a form is not completed by the finder, their name cannot be published in the Transactions or Rarity Report. A form can be found in the files section, or can be completed online at this link https://www.gyrcrakes.com/gbrcrarityform . Many thanks, Mark (Guernsey Birds Rarity Committee)

Bird Section Subs 2024
Dear birders, 2024 Bird Section subscriptions can be paid now. 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. Cash or online payments only please - please email jamie.hooper@cwgsy.net for banking details. Only Societe members can technically be section members but donations from non-members are welcome too! Many thanks and happy birding.

Barn Owl Survey 2023
Many thanks to the volunteers who monitored known nest sites. This work was helped by more trail cams purchased with a grant from the Nature Commission. There was confirmed breeding at 19 sites, a further seven boxes were used for roosting. At least 34 chicks fledged successfully. Together with adults, we had a minimum population of 81 birds. We were unable to get information from two of the 2022 breeding sites and breeding failed at another two sites. Overall, numbers are up on 2022, mainly because we added six sites to the survey.

Colin Best NR - hide access
At present La Societe does not hold a lease on this nature reserve. The hide overlooking the freshwater Scrape is still in situ but is in a state of disrepair. The landowner remains happy for people to access the hide (only) but visitors will not be covered by La Societe's insurance.

Use of uploaded photographs
We are always pleased for people to upload their photos to the website. For clarification, from now on, by submitting photos to this website, you agree that they may be used by the Ornithology Section and La Société Guernesiaise for publications such as newsletters, event posters, reports, surveys etc. Photos will be credited where possible. Sharing photos and sightings on this website helps to improve out wildlife knowledge and contributes to science and conservation.

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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Situation Clouds
Wind WSW at 11 mph
Temp 8°C
Pressure 1005 Mbar.


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Interesting records submitted online


Guernsey

4th Mar: Perelle: Red-breasted Merganser, Mediterranean Gull
3rd Mar: Fort Le Crocq: Red-breasted Merganser. Jaonneuse: Purple Sandpiper. Perelle: Mediterranean Gull. Prevote: Hen Harrier. Shingle Bank: Purple Sandpiper. Vale Pond: Kingfisher, Canada Goose. Vazon: Common Scoter
2nd Mar: Jaonneuse: Purple Sandpiper. Vale Pond: Kingfisher
1st Mar: Catioroc: Red-breasted Merganser. Lancresse : Short-eared Owl
29th Feb: Perelle: Red-breasted Merganser. Vazon: Common Scoter
28th Feb: Undisclosed: Barn Owl. Vazon: Common Scoter
27th Feb: Prevote: Hen Harrier. Reservoir: Great Spotted Woodpecker
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Observers submitting records this month

Mary Simmons (11); Peter Vaudin (8); Eleanor Atkinson (7); Cindy Loaring (3); Dave Carre (3); Andrew Smith (1);
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On this day...
On this date in 1995 Guernsey's third record of Pale-bellied Brent Goose was found at La Grande Mare.


Wild species recorded this year to date: 117



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