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Guernsey Bird Race - 4 May 2002

The Sultans of String:
Mark Guppy, Mark Lawlor, Chris Mourant, Wayne Turner

Weather: Sunny, moderate Southerly winds most of day. A few rain showers at dusk.

We were quite pleased with our total - 88 species, only 1 'heard only' (Cetti's) - [recorded an 89th (Garden Warbler) but not 100% sure that 3 people definitely saw it]. A decent total we thought taking into account the poor numbers of migrants around in general. Highlights were a breeding-plumaged Purple Sand with Turnstones at Fort le Crocq and a couple of Spotted Flycatchers late on in the day but there was nothing at all unusual for the time of year. Biggest dips were Brent Goose and a few not-uncommon migrants - e.g. Sedge and Garden Warblers, Whinchat.

Number

Time Species Locations

1

0445

Mallard

Clos des Pecqueries (and elsewhere)

2

-

Robin

Rue Sauvage (and elsewhere)

3

-

Blackbird

Rue Sauvage (and elsewhere)

4

-

Coot

Rue des Bergers (and elsewhere)

5

-

Reed Warbler

Vale Pond (and elsewhere)

6

-

Wren

Vale Pond (and elsewhere)

7

-

Woodpigeon

Vale Pond (and elsewhere)

8

-

Carrion Crow

Vale Pond (and elsewhere)

9

-

Song Thrush

Vale Pond (and elsewhere)

10

0500 

Tufted Duck

2m 1f, Vale Pond 2pr, Saumarez Park

11

-

Pintail

1 female, Vale Pond

12

-

Herring Gull

Vale Pond (and elsewhere)

13

-

Kestrel

Route des lisles (and elsewhere)

14

-

Blue Tit Rue des Bergers (and elsewhere)

15

-

Great Tit

Rue des Bergers (and elsewhere)

16

-

Magpie

Rue des Bergers (and elsewhere)

17

-

Pheasant

Rue des Bergers (and elsewhere)

18

-

Moorhen Rue des Bergers (and elsewhere)

19

-

Curlew

Vazon (and elsewhere)

20

-

Whimbrel

Vazon (and elsewhere)

21

-

Starling

Vazon (and elsewhere)

22

-

Oystercatcher

Vazon (and elsewhere)

23

-

Little Egret

Perelle, Rocquaine, Vale Pond, Belle Greve Bay

24

-

Swallow

Shingle Bank (and elsewhere)

25

-

Gannet

off Shingle Bank (and elsewhere)

26

-

Cormorant

off Shingle Bank (and elsewhere)

27

-

Sand Martin

Shingle Bank (and elsewhere)

28

-

Shelduck

Claire Mare, Shingle Bank, Grandes Havres, Herm

29

-

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Claire Mare (and elsewhere)

30

-

Linnet Claire Mare (and elsewhere)

31

-

Grey Plover

Shingle Bank (and elsewhere)

32

-

Ringed Plover

Shingle Bank (and elsewhere)

33

-

Great Black-backed Gull

Lihou (and elsewhere)

34

-

Wheatear

Shingle Bank (and elsewhere)

35

-

Greenfinch

Fort Saumarez (and elsewhere)

36

0600

Chiffchaff

Fort Saumarez (and elsewhere)

37

-

Whitethroat

Lihou Headland (and elsewhere)

38

-

Stonechat

Lihou Headland (and elsewhere)

39

-

Fulmar

off Lihou, Pleinmont, Chouet, Jethou

40

-

Turnstone

Fort Grey (and elsewhere)

41

-

Guillemot

1, Rocquaine Bay 1, Chouet

42

-

Rock Pipit

Rocquaine (and elsewhere)

43

-

Bar-tailed Godwit

Rocquaine (and 2 or 3 elsewhere)

44

0630

Bullfinch

2, Pleinmont 1, Fort Saumarez

45

-

Dunnock

Pleinmont (and elsewhere)

46

-

House Martin

Pleinmont (and elsewhere)

47

-

Willow Warbler

Pleinmont (and elsewhere)

48

-

Goldfinch

Pleinmont (and elsewhere)

49

0700

Yellow Wagtail

2, Pleinmont 5, Old Aerodrome

50

0707

Dartford Warbler

2, Pleinmont

51

0711

Chaffinch

Pleinmont (and elsewhere)

52

0715

Jackdaw

1, Pleinmont

53

0731

Blackcap

Pleinmont (and elsewhere)

54

0748

House Sparrow

Pleinmont (and elsewhere)

55

0757

Tree Pipit

2, Pleinmont 1, Herm

56

0812

Turtle Dove

1, Pleinmont 1, Jerbourg

57

0816

Black-headed Gull

1, Rocquaine 1, Herm 1, Belle Greve Bay

58

0822

Golden Plover

1, Old Aerodrome

59

0822

Lapwing 1, Old Aerodrome

60

0822

Meadow Pipit

Old Aerodrome (and elsewhere)

61

0825

Feral Pigeon

Old Aerodrome (and elsewhere)

62

0838

Collared Dove

Richmond (and elsewhere)

63

0842

Purple Sandpiper

1, Fort le Crocq

64

0842

Common Sandpiper

1, Fort le Crocq 1, Clos des Pecqueries 1, Reservoir

65

0847

Sandwich Tern

Perelle (and elsewhere)

66

0855

Grey Heron 1, Reservoir 1, Vale Pond

67

0855

Swift

Reservoir (and elsewhere)

68

0903

Long-tailed Tit

3+, Reservoir 1, Pleinmont

69

1000

Shag

Salerie (and elsewhere)

70

1110

Skylark

2, Herm

71

1113

Sanderling 5, Herm

72

1113

Dunlin

1, Herm 1, Miellette

73

1116

Razorbill

1, Herm - 3, Jethou

74

1120

Red-legged Partridge

2, Herm

75

1204

Puffin 2, Jethou

76

1225

Raven

1, Jethou

77

1309

Common Tern

1, Belle Greve Bay

78

1352

Sparrowhawk

2, Paradis 1, Marais Nord 2, Fauxquets Valley

79

1441

Cetti's Warbler

1 singing, Vale Pond

80

1511

Short-toed Treecreeper

1, Saumarez Park

81

1513

Goldcrest

1, Saumarez Park

82

1524

Stock Dove

2, Fauxquets Valley

83

1558

Peregrine

1, Les Sommeilleuses

84

1709

Spotted Flycatcher 2, Rue de Valniquets

85

1739

Pied Wagtail

1, Old Aerodrome
86 1904 Manx Shearwater 3+, west past Chouet
87 1942

Mistle Thrush

1, Candie Gardens
88 2134 Barn Owl 1, Talbot Valley [1, Barras Lane MPL only]