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Sun 26th July 2009

Posted on July 29, 2009 at 2:05 AM

birds : After arriving home from my trip there was much to do around the house so little birding has been done. On Thursday, over the house, I watched a Peregrine attacking an immature Herring Gull with extreme prejudice. It really looked like it was going to bring it down! Also, the same evening, two early Whimbrels called as they circled high over the garden.

moths : Highlight of the trap last night was Guernsey's second Yponomeuta sedella - I had the first almost exactly 4 years ago. It is one of the easiest small ermines to identify (see 4th July post) as it is a pale grey colour all over, rather than white.

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              Yponomeuta sedella                                                           wasp nest

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Also on the insect front, whilst tidying the shed, I found, hanging from the ceiling, a neat little wasps nest. It was an upside-down bowl attached at the base, with a cluster of 7 hexagonal cells in the middle hanging from a rod from the base of the bowl. It was very intricate and delicate - and marvellous to think it was constructed by a little insect from mashed-up bits of wood. Unfortunately it was abandoned, probably because I had shut the shed window properly.

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