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Sat 26th September 2009

Posted on September 26, 2009 at 5:05 PM

birds : After a quiet week it was encouraging to see my first Firecrest of the autumn on Friday, peep-ing away in the pines at Fort Hommet. There were also a few more Robins around so birds had clearly started to arrive again, and I hoped for a bit of quality over the weekend.

Then today, I arrived home from football to get a call from Mark G that he and Julian were watching a Siberian Stonechat up at Pleinmont. I had not seen Siberian Stonechat since I was in Israel and never in the UK, so Rosie very kindly delayed tea and I whizzed up there. After an initial failure on first circuit of the field, I soon found it on top of the Blackthorn bushes and it then showed exceptionally well, coming quite close and allowing excellent photo opportunities. Siberian Stonechat is an eastern race of Common Stonechat and some consider that it should be classed as a species in its own right. Its plumage is indeed quite different from the local Stonechats, being very pale overall, with a white throat and, most importantly a peachy-white rump with no streaking. It was a beautiful bird to see and well worth the effort. 

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moths : The trap was out on Friday night but it was just typical autumn fare.

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Frosted Orange                                                                          Clancy's Rustic

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nonsense : We had a tough football match today against Port City which we won in the last minute, and I actually scored a goal! We were losing 2-1 with about 15 minutes left, so I went up for a free kick. After a couple of headers, the ball fell to me in the 6 yard box and I controlled it and span round, slotting it neatly between the keeper and post. I was really chuffed as I have only ever scored one goal before. This made it 2-2 and we scored another right at the end. A win and a draw so far in our first two games in division one, better than we honestly expected.

Categories: Other Rarities, 2009 Autumn