Spotted Flycatcher -  Fort Hommet [HOM]  -  10/5/2024  -  © Christopher Wilkinson
Spotted Flycatcher - Fort Hommet [HOM] - 10/5/2024 - © Christopher Wilkinson

Announcements / news items

Next Indoor Meeting - Thursday 6th June
The next indoor meeting will be Thursday 6th June 7.30pm at Candie. Please email if there is any topic you would like added to the agenda. The meeting will be followed by a slideshow of spring migrants from this year.

Next Outdoor Meeting - Friday 17th May
The next birding walk will be Friday 17th May, 6.30pm at Rue des Bergers, Castel for an informal walk to the Pré d'Enfer Reserve and the surrounding lanes for an hour, followed by a bar supper at Le Fleur du Jardin. Parking at the Fleur if you're staying for the meal - please email to book your place and menu choice by 14th May.

The results of the annual Bird Race are as follows - SPICE INVADERS (Dave Spicer, Tony Loaring, Jamie Hooper, Jean Brown) - 81 species. THE FUNDERBIRDERS (Chris Bale, Dave Carré, Kevin Childs, Vic Froome) - 79 species. SULTANS OF STRING (Mark Guppy, Mark Lawlor, Chris Mourant, Wayne Turner) - 78 species. Well done to the winners and to the other teams in a close race.

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 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 -

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Sun 5th May
Rocquaine - Nightjar

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Vale Pond - Spoonbill

Sun 28th Apr
Pleinmont - Bee-eater

Fri 26th Apr
Vazon - Hooded Crow

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Interesting records submitted online


17th May: Grands Marais/Pre: Cetti's Warbler
15th May: King's Mills: Great Spotted Woodpecker
14th May: Pezeries: Cuckoo, Cetti's Warbler, Grey Seal. Pleinmont: Spotted Flycatcher. Rue des Bergers: Cetti's Warbler
13th May: Les Bordes, [Claire Mare]: Knot
12th May: Vale Pond: Greenshank
11th May: Creux Mahie: Lesser Whitethroat. Fort Hommet: Spotted Flycatcher. Icart: Nightingale. Jaonneuse: Merlin. Pleinmont: Spotted Flycatcher, Hobby. Saumarez Nature Trail: Spotted Flycatcher
10th May: Fort Hommet: Spotted Flycatcher. Grande Mare: Cetti's Warbler. Pleinmont: Cuckoo
9th May: Icart NR: Lesser Whitethroat
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1st May: Giffoine: Cuckoo. Longis Common: Fan-tailed Warbler
30th Apr: Barrackmaster's Lane: Hobby. Kiln Farm, Alderney: Hooded Crow, Rook. Longis Bay: Tree Pipit. Longis Common: Tree Pipit. Longis Pond: Cetti's Warbler. The Nunnery, Alderney: Pied Flycatcher
29th Apr: Barrackmaster's Lane: Wood Warbler. Longis Common: Fan-tailed Warbler
27th Apr: Longis Common: Fan-tailed Warbler
26th Apr: Barrackmaster's Lane: Spotted Flycatcher. Giffoine: Dartford Warbler. Kiln Farm, Alderney: Cuckoo. Longis Common: Fan-tailed Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Redstart
25th Apr: Barrackmaster's Lane: Pied Flycatcher, Hooded Crow. Giffoine: Dartford Warbler. Longis Common: Osprey, Ring Ouzel
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Observers submitting records this month

Peter Vaudin (123); Julie Davis (94); Vic Froome (48); Wayne Turner (31); Tony Bisson (20); Kevin Childs (19); Mark Guppy (18); Mary Simmons (15); Mark Lawlor (14); Eleanor Atkinson (10); Cindy Loaring (5); David Spicer (4); Jamie Hooper (3); Anthony Loaring (2); Dave Carre (2); Christopher Wilkinson (2); GuernseyBirds Admin (1); Rod Ferbrache (1);

On this day...
On this date in 1980 Guernsey's eighth record of Nightjar was found over Le Bourg by & 0.

Wild species recorded this year to date: 164

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