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Fri 12th March 2010

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 1:10 AM

birds : After a week of sunny weather,and now with the wind dropping quite a bit, I thought it was about time that I saw my first Wheatear of the year. So today after school, I popped up to the number one Wheatear site on the island - Jaonneuse beach. And sure enough, I soon saw a male bird fly across the sand. In an ever-changing and unreliable world, it is a comfort to be so sure that the first Wheatears will be seen in the first half of March. 

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Herons and Egrets sheltering from a cold northeasterly, Claire Mare

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Last week's Richard's Pipit at Pulias, along with the Ravens that flew over on the same day, brought my Pulias patch list to 100 species. I consider Pulias to be my main local patch as I have been regularly visiting the headland for 10 years now. Despite its small size, and my generally brief visits, I have been quite successful there and all 100 species are self-found including Spoonbill, Short-toed Lark, Water Pipit, Ortolan, Desert Wheatear and multiple Lap Bunts. It is only about a 500m x 200m site but there is quite good diversity of habitat, although it doesn't do very well for arboreal species.

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Pulias - my local patch

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moths : A bit of microscope work revealed an example of Dichrorampha petiverella from July from the grass at Grandes Rocques. This is the 3rd Guernsey record since the 1800's, although I did record the species 10 years ago at my previous house but I consider that one to be somewhat stringy!

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Dichrorampha petiverella

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nonsense : Seriously, what is the point?

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well-travelled fruit

 

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