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Wed 14th October 2009

Posted on October 14, 2009 at 5:00 PM

birds : Last night, after dark, the first of the winter Redwings were calling as they passed overhead. I find it one of the most exciting sounds in birding, as it tells you things are on the move up above and there could be anything dropping in. At school this morning a few groups went over and this evening there were flocks circling round the house, with one group of at least 100 birds noted. This all gave me impetus to pop out in my lunch hour to Le Guet to see what else had arrived but found there was little in the trees apart from a couple of Firecrests. It was worth the effort however as I picked out a Crossbill calling loudly from above the pines and I managed to get it in the bins as it flew strongly away North-east. I have been very unlucky with this species previously in Guernsey, and have only seen it once before despite regular influxes.

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moths : An Oak Rustic at the back door was notable as was a further record of Mediterranean Flour Moth from the kitchen. This one looked like it had just emerged and the photo below shows its weird behaviour. It was protruding something from its nether-regions - now I don't know enough about moths to know what it's doing exactly, but I am thinking perhaps it is a female protruding its bits to release its pheromones into the air to attract the males. Perhaps it isn't but that's my best guess. Pity the nearest male is probably a km away at the pet food shop!

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Mediterranean Flour Moth

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nonsense : I was astonished to come across a recently-released song entitled "Leeds United". And rather than being a typically naff football song it is a piece of serious music by the singer Amanda Palmer from the group 'Dresden Dolls', who I have heard of but not heard. Watching the video, it has dancers dressed in blue and gold and also LUFC yobbos storming the stage! It doesn't actually seem to be about football and the woman is from America, so the Leeds United reference is a bit obscure, but it sounds a pretty good tune!

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Categories: 2009 Autumn