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Mon 5th April 2010

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 4:25 PM

birds : I had a couple of hours out today, but birding on a sunny afternoon, on a bank holiday, on Guernsey, is a tiny bit annoying - there are people everywhere! You can avoid the Teds and Freds just by getting out birding early, or by going midweek if you are able, but weekends are packed from late morning. But with a large human population on such a small island, it's inevitable. So I tried three different headlands and there were very few birds down - no Wheatears even. I just had a single Chiffchaff at Chouet and a few White Wagtails, including a few feeding in a puddle in the car park at Jaonneuse that I just drove up to and took photos - no zoom required.

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male White Wagtail, Jaonneuse 

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At Miellette there were 29 Brent Geese and a couple of Sandwich Terns, and Marais Nord had 2 Willow Warblers with the Chiffchaffs.

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moths : At Marais Nord there were single Peacock and Comma butterflies, making 4 species for the year. When I got home I noticed a massive red mite crawling into the house. When I say massive I mean about 3-4mm body length and much bigger than the tiny red mites that are common. Looking it up on the net it looks like a Red Velvet Mite, something I have never noticed before,

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Red Velvet Mite 

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nonsense : “We shall build a tower that will reach to the stars!” Having conceived Babel, yet unable to build it themselves, they had thousands to build it for them. But those who toiled knew nothing of the dreams of those who planned. And the minds that planned the Tower of Babel cared nothing for the workers who built it.

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Between the mind that plans and the hands that build there must be a Mediator,

and this must be the heart.

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Categories: 2010 Spring