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Fri 12th February 2010

Posted on February 13, 2010 at 5:45 AM

birds : It has been much the same this week with little new arriving. There are still plenty of winter thrushes in the fields but numbers of other winter birds are already falling. I did manage to finally see the Water Pipit at Fort le Crocq for the year list, plus a Guillemot that was clearly in trouble in Grandes Havres, as it seemed to be able to flap just one wing as it was surrounded by gulls. The Buzzards are now very visible around the central valleys as they prepare for the breeding season - hopefully we can prove breeding this year.

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Pied Wagtails, Raptor Ridge

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If you look closely at the female-type wagtail above, it has a bright pink ring on its leg, part of a UK colour-ringing project. The other rings were caked in mud so I couldn't see the combination and they never stand still long-enough anyway. I know that they do a lot of colour-ringing of wagtails at Slapton in Devon, and since this is the closest part of the UK to here, I suspect that it will be one of those birds.

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I received the latest Birding World this week and was pleased to see my 2 page article on the Pacific Diver - my first ever article published in Birding World.

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moths : Whilst gardening I discovered a caterpillar under some palm leaves. It wasn't fully-grown, which makes the id somewhat more difficult but I think it was an Angle Shades larva, a common species in the garden.

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Angle Shades larva (probably)

 

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