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Sun 4th October 2009

Posted on October 4, 2009 at 3:10 PM

birds : It's still not really autumnal weather - I was in a t-shirt in the garden this afternoon - but I did have a few hours out this morning looking for migrants. I parked at Fort Doyle and walked south to Miellette and was impressed by the varied habitats and numbers of birds in these fields and gardens - it looked 'rare' - certainly a walk I shall try and do a few times this autumn. There were plenty of finches and Robins, with a few Chiffchaffs and Meadow Pipits. The most peculiar things I saw were Goose Barnacles covering a washed up log on one of the beaches. Moving onto Marais Nord there were a few more Chiffchaffs, Blackcap and a Firecrest along the back path, and a Cetti's called briefly. Then a quick look over Jaonneuse Bay, where there were 2 Bar-wits and a Grey Seal.

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Bar-tailed Godwit, Jaonneuse Bay

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Grey Seal, Jaonneuse Bay

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One interesting bird which was resting on the beach there was a young Herring Gull which was surprisingly pale. It looked like a first-year bird but was whitish-plumaged with sparse pale brown barring. You often see very pale first-year gulls in late spring or summer, just before they start to moult into second-year plumage, but by October, second-year birds should have more or less completed their moult and be mostly in fresh-ish feathers. So this is either a bird which has had a delayed moult and is still in very, very worn first-year feathers, or it is a leucistic bird with abnormal pigmentation. Either way it's interesting to a gull-nerd.

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unusually pale Herring Gull, Jaonneuse Bay

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moths : Had a new species of moth for the house list this week when an Indian Meal Moth was found in the utility room. No doubt this is another escapee from the Guinea Pig food, especially since the last one I saw was on the ceiling of the Guinea Pig food shop. Had the trap out on Friday night but there wasn't too much in the blustery conditions.

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Indian Meal Moth

 Beautiful Gothic - a local speciality

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nonsense : Police F.C. continued our good start to the year with a fine 2-0 win against PWC, a team that beat us twice last year in division 2. So after 3 matches we sit in second place - how long it will last, who knows?

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Categories: 2009 Autumn