Black-tailed Godwit -  Vale Pond  -  8/7/2024  -  © Tony Bisson
Black-tailed Godwit - Vale Pond - 8/7/2024 - © Tony Bisson

Announcements / news items

Next Outdoor Meeting - Friday 16th August
The next outing will be on Friday 16th August, starting at 7pm with a bar meal at the Imperial Hotel. This will be followed by an owl watch at the Scramble Track car park. The meal is for members and family but the walk is open to all.

Next Indoor Meeting - Thursday 5th September
The next indoor meeting will be Thursday 5th September, 7.30pm at Candie. There will not be a meeting in July. Please email if there is any topic you would like added to the agenda. The meeting will include a talk by Harry Ewing of the BTO on his fieldwork with Curlews.

Annual Pelagic Trip - Sunday 25th August
This year's pelagic boat trip will depart at 8am from the Fishermen's Quay, returning at 4pm. Cost £52 - payable in advance. There is a reserve date of 1st September. This is non-refundable unless the trip is cancelled due to bad weather. Members can book from 13th July, non-members from 2oth July. Email for more details and payment information.

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.

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.

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 8th Jul
Vale Pond - Black-tailed Godwit. Also Greenshank and several Common Sandpipers

Sat 6th Jul
Pleinmont - Stone-curlew briefly

Sun 2nd Jun
Jerbourg Road - probable Indigo Bunting photographed at a garden feeder.

Thu 23rd May
Bordeaux - Cirl Bunting

Sightings Summary

July 2024   GUE   ALD
June 2024   GUE   ALD
May 2024   GUE   ALD
April 2024   GUE   ALD
March 2024   GUE   ALD
February 2024   GUE   ALD
January 2024   GUE   ALD
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Thu 18th July 2024
Situation Clouds
Wind ESE at 11 mph
Temp 17°C
Pressure 1019 Mbar.


Interesting records submitted online


17th Jul: Claire Mare: Black-tailed Godwit. Vale Pond: Black-tailed Godwit
14th Jul: Rue des Plains, Pleinmont : Yellow-legged Gull. Vale Pond: Green Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler
13th Jul: Claire Mare: Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Little Ringed Plover. Vazon: Mediterranean Gull
12th Jul: Claire Mare: Green Sandpiper. Vazon: Mediterranean Gull
9th Jul: Vale Pond: Greenshank
8th Jul: Vale Pond: Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank
7th Jul: Vale Pond: Greenshank
6th Jul: Claire Mare: Little Ringed Plover. Gallotin Quarry: Cetti's Warbler. Pleinmont: Stone-curlew. Vale Pond: Greenshank
4th Jul: Claire Mare: Little Ringed Plover
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Observers submitting records this month

Peter Vaudin (71); David Earl (17); Tony Bisson (12); Anthony Loaring (11); Julie Davis (10); Cindy Loaring (4); Eleanor Atkinson (4); Vic Froome (4); Jamie Hooper (4); Mark Guppy (3); Dave Carre (3); Judy Down (1); (1); Wayne Turner (1); Kevin Childs (1); Mark Lawlor (1);

On this day...
On this date in 1972 Guernsey's third record of Rose-coloured Starling was found at the Plaisance, SPdB by P.Strappini.

Wild species recorded this year to date: 168

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