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Tue 1st September 2009

Posted on September 2, 2009 at 1:45 AM

birds : It seems that we are stuck in a week of strong southwesterlies for the last week of the summer hols - good for neither passerines or seawatching. During a break in the weather I had an early morning walk to Fort le Marchant with Aidan and we had a super Lesser Whitethroat in the marshy spot behind the shingle bank.

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moths : The last night of August was unexpectedly terrific and I had three new species for the garden in one session, which hasn't happened for ages. There was the pyralid Mecya asinalis - the 4th Guernsey record. It is a common species elsewhere but is so rare here because its foodplant, Madder does not occur. Also the beautiful little micro Chrysoesthia drurella - bright orange with metallic silver stripes and dots. Again very rare (the 3rd record), apparently it doesn't come to light very often - I had the previous record a couple of years ago at Aidan's pre-school fluttering round the car park. The last was the less attractive Aproaerema anthyllidella - but this may need double checking. There were plenty of other things of interest over the last 2 night of the month - a Hedge Rustic, an Archer's Dart, 73 Setaceous Hebrew Characters in one night, another Harlequin Ladybird - but no obvious migrant activity.

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Mecyna asinalis                                                                                 Chrysoesthia drurella

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probable Aproaerema anthyllidella                                                                                       Archer's Dart

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nonsense : I was flicking through Rosie's nursing journal the other day and found a job advert which may be of interest to a birder.

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Potentially the best job in the world and potentially the worst job in the world. In October you may be finding Yellow Warblers and Pine Buntings before your one house call in the day. In February you may not have seen any birds or any sun for two months and have been filing corns and prodding piles all winter.

 

Categories: 2009 Autumn