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Mon 22nd March 2010

Posted on March 23, 2010 at 2:05 AM

birds : Spent the last couple of days with my eyes to the sky searching for swifts. It's not something I usually do in March, but with the southerly airflow there has been an influx of at least 10 Alpine Swifts into the UK, as well as a Pallid and RRSwallow. None of the above seen of course, but this morning I did pick up my first Swallow of the summer early morning racing past Fort Hommet. Looking back at my records, this is actually my second earliest Guernsey Swallow - I had one on 19th March 2005. The first dates in the last ten years range between 19th March and 7th April depending on the weather conditions at the time.

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Just received a copy of the latest Birdwatch magazine with another write-up by me of the Pacific Diver. I am now a professional journalist since they are to pay me £33 for my random babblings!

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moths : The first butterfly of the year was chased by Aidan at Saumarez Park yesterday - a Red Admiral. Rather a late date for the first one of the year, indicating just what a cold first couple of months it has been.

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nonsense : We have recently purchased a web-cam for the first time, so that we can use it with Skype to make phone calls via the interweb. Its rather a weird thing watching someone whilst talking to them and its still rather sci-fi for anyone over a certain age. It seems to have two main uses - either for grandparents to talk to their distant grandchildren, or for weirdos to flash their johnsons in public. So really its very useful to us (for the former reason rather than the latter!) and pretty cool, although I'll have to cut down on picking my nose whilst on the phone. I also discovered that it can film video. I'm not really a fan of video - I much prefer still photos, and videos use too much memory and are rarely good quality - so I don't think I will use it much. But I did put this together to test it out;

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