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Sun 17th February 2013

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 5:40 PM

I appear to have given up birding for Lent. Typically, nothing new has arrived at all in this late winter period and I have had trouble dragging my ass out into the field. I suppose that is why I am a birder and definitely not a birdwatcher. I am not satisfied with watching common species pottering around - it's not what I want out of my birding. I need to see rare and uncommon birds. I need to see migrants. I need to see the unexpected. 

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Chiffchaff - in the garden, Feb 2013

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At the moment though I am getting my fix of the unexpected by looking at the very small. As, due to circumstance, I am currently unable extend my horizons towards distant lands, I am exploring the the mysterious macro-world and I am finding some great discoveries. My 1000for1KSQ challenge is going great guns and I have hit 200 species already in my home 1K square. It really is a tough challenge which has involved poring over books and the internet. Here are a few of some recent finds.

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 Heliophanus tribulosus - inside the house, Feb 2013 - a super jumping spider. This species does not occur in Britain but lives on the Continent. There is at least one old record for Guernsey I think.

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 Garlic Snail - Baubigny, Feb 2013 - it stunk of garlic!

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 Grey-cushioned Grimmia - Les Effards, Feb 2013 - mosses can be a nightmare to identify.

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 Bristly Millipede - garden, Feb 2013 - these freaks are common on our garden walls. I always wondered what they were. I thought they maybe were baby woodlice!

 

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