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Fri 3rd May 2013

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I have gone well beyond my self-imposed limit of two weeks between posts because our school has been subjected to one of the "surprise" inspections by the school inspectors. Not a total surprise, but three weeks' notice to get all the paperwork in place and to plan (or over-plan) the lessons, has meant that I have spent most of my spare time working. I even went into school on a Sunday!

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I did break off for a few hours though to go look at a Short-toed Lark in a potato field near Rue des Bergers. It showed very well in the scope but wasn't too forthcoming for the camera.

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Short-toed Lark - Rue des Bergers, 20 Apr 2013

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Also my 1000-species challenge has stalled somewhat, but I have been identifying a few species in the garden, including the best one, a jumping spider called Pseudeuophyris lanigera, which as far as I can tell is a new species for Guernsey.

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Pseudeuophyris lanigera - garden, 30 Apr 13

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Silver Y - garden, 27 Apr 2013 - the first migrant moth of the year

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Lasioglossum calceatum/albipes - garden, 20 Apr 2013

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So not a great deal to report, but April continues to be so cold. Even now, as the sun is shining, a nippy breeze is coming in from the NW. Looking at the forecast though, Sunday looks much, much warmer and this is the day of the annual Guernsey Bird Race. So my prediction is that "The Sultans of String" are going to pull out a Bee-eater!

 

Categories: 2013 Spring, Other Rarities