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Fri 9th October 2009

Posted on October 10, 2009 at 1:55 AM

birds : It's still very quiet here and no-one had reported anything to me since last weekend. A slight change in the weather on Thursday has improved things a bit, with a few Wheatears and Song Thrushes appearing and a Willow Warbler was at Fort Hommet today - but it is hardly a classic October so far. Three Spoonbills were briefly on the Old Aerodrome today but had gone before my lunch hour.

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moths : A bit inclement for the trap tonight I think but I did find a Flame Brocade by the outside light this evening. The most notable insect around at the moment is the Crane Fly. There are hundreds of them flying about and even the kids at school have noticed them and are asking about them. They all call them 'Daddy Long-legs' but, as far as I'm concerned, that really is the name for the Harvestman. I call them 'Jimmy Spinners', the name my Grandad taught me when I was a boy. I thought it was just his made-up name for them but looking at the oracle that is Wikipedia, it seems that it is actually widely used.

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Flame Brocade - another Guernsey speciality

   Jimmy Spinner

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nonsense : Check out the new song page here and the new release - "The Ballad of Leapy Lee" - a story of a young birder struggling to get ticks on Scilly until a strange, mystery birder appears . . . . . .

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Categories: 2009 Autumn