Night-heron -    -  15/4/2024  -  © Dave Carre
Night-heron - - 15/4/2024 - © Dave Carre

Announcements / news items

Tuesday 30th April - Herm Day Trip
The next outing is a day trip to Herm. Depart 10.30am, choice of return 14.35 or 16.35. This is a members-only event, although partners are welcome. Email if you would like to come. Puffins, Sand Martins and more, so lots of walking. Bring a packed lunch.

Thursday 2nd May - Indoor Meeting
The next indoor meeting is at Candie at 7.30pm on Thursday 2nd May. It will be a short meeting followed by a Zoom presentation 'Birding by Ear' given by Nick Moran, BTO Training Officer.

Sunday 5th May - BIRD RACE
Sunday 5th May is Bird Race Day

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 . 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 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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Mon 15th Apr
Rue Des Bergers NR - Night-heron, Greenshank

Sun 14th Apr
Rue Des Hougues, Castel - 2 Golden Orioles

Sat 13th Apr
Fermain - Black Kite

Thu 11th Apr
Village Du Putron area - Hoopoe

Sightings Summary

April 2024   GUE   ALD
March 2024   GUE   ALD
February 2024   GUE   ALD
January 2024   GUE   ALD
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Wed 17th April 2024
Situation Clouds
Wind NW at 9 mph
Temp 9°C
Pressure 1019 Mbar.


Interesting records submitted online


16th Apr: Pleinmont: Lesser Whitethroat. Rue des Bergers: Cetti's Warbler
15th Apr: Grande Mare: Greenshank. Rue des Bergers: Cetti's Warbler, Greenshank, Night-heron
14th Apr: Colin Best NR: Black Kite. Courtil de Bas, STS: Black Kite. Delancey Park: Pied Flycatcher. Les Traudes: Bee-eater. Rue des Hougues, CAT: Golden Oriole. St Martin (Parish): Bee-eater. Vale Pond: Canada Goose
13th Apr: Claire Mare: Spoonbill. Colin Best NR: Black Kite. Creux Mahie: Grasshopper Warbler. Fermain: Black Kite. Jaonneuse: Purple Sandpiper. Pleinmont: Cetti's Warbler
12th Apr: Grands Marais/Pre: Cetti's Warbler
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13th Apr: Alderney golf course: Cuckoo
7th Apr: Barrackmaster's Lane: Hoopoe
30th Mar: Alderney Airport: White Stork
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Observers submitting records this month

Julie Davis (94); Peter Vaudin (93); Vic Froome (30); Mark Guppy (27); Jamie Hooper (17); Kevin Childs (15); Tony Bisson (12); Anthony Loaring (11); Mark Lawlor (10); Dave Carre (9); Cindy Loaring (9); David Spicer (8); Eleanor Atkinson (8); Andy Marquis (7); Paul Veron (6); Rachel Ridley (3); Rod Ferbrache (2); GRACE DOVEY (2); Stuart Dunn (1); Christopher Wilkinson (1); William Legge (1); GuernseyBirds Admin (1);

On this day...
On this date in 1983 Guernsey's seventh record of Purple Heron (3 birds) was found at the Reservoir.

Wild species recorded this year to date: 148

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