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Mon 3rd June 2013

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Well, that's Spring gone more or less and no more rarities have been found, which is very disappointing. The most interesting personal record was of another Tree Pipit at Pulias, again in the Tamarisks by the car park just this morning. This is exceptionally late for this species and shows just what an odd and late Spring it has been. I can find no documented June records of Tree Pipit for Guernsey, so a pretty good record. Although I haven't seen them, there is also a late influx of Spotted Flycatchers going on and there is still a Short-eared Owl hanging round at L'Eree.

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Last weekend I went away to France on a Jolly-boys outing. It was Murphy's stag weekend and so we spent two riotous days in St. Malo. It was a superb trip of beer, food and laughs in a beautiful old city. I would like to give more details out, but of course we have a strict oath of secrecy.

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Birding was not exactly high on the agenda but I enjoyed watching the Swifts flying round the old city walls, and listening to Black Redstarts singing from the rooftops.

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male Black Redstart singing from a St. Malo rooftop

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female Black Redstart feeding in one of the town squares

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Swift - St. Malo - 27 May 13

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I also took a few photos of the old city, mostly taken early one morning when I was trying to walk off a rather sore head. One is shown below, but you can view the rest HERE.

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On the 1000 for 1KSq challenge I have just passed the 500 species mark with Privet Hawk-moth. Being only half-way there means a long way to go!

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Privet Hawk-moth - species number 500!

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Also, it was good to hear in the news recently, that a new species of bird had been discovered in Britain, which appears to be quite common, especially in the countryside around London and the South-East.

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I can't believe that the country seems to have gone back in time a couple of hundred years and is run by a set of toffs from Eton. This Government's record on nature conservation already is abysmal. First Buzzards secretly "got rid of" on shooting estates and now Badgers to be slaughtered because some farmers want them to be. Seems like the Tories doing favours for their old chums as usual. If you were someone who voted these devious muppets in, then I, and the wildlife of Britain, thank you. Cheers!

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Categories: 2013 Spring