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Sun 18th April 2010

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 3:35 PM

birds : The cold northeasterlies persisted right up until the weekend, only today have they abated. I had few sightings of note this week, the most weird was on the way to work on Friday. Whilst driving past Vazon Cafe, I noticed a lanky-winged bird flying over the golf course ahead of me, and stopping quickly I used my bins and realised it was a Fulmar. But this bird was heading straight inland and I lost it somewhere over King's Mills! What it was doing I don't know, but it was rather unexpected. I have never seen a Fulmar anywhere other than over or by the sea, although I know that they can nest away from the coast - indeed I remember reading about the birds in Yorkshire breeding on Sutton Bank, a good 25-30 miles from the sea.

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Today's sunnier, calmer weather improved conditions for migration, with Swallows passing over the house all day. It was a good raptor day as well with three Buzzards over the garden calling and displaying to each other, then a splendid male Marsh Harrier quite low, plus another Buzzard. This evening my first Greenshank of the year was noted at Vale Pond.

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moths : At last, I got my arse into gear and put out the moth trap for the first time. In the past I haven't tended to get much early in the season - hence my late start - and today I had 18 moths of 9 species. The most significant was a very early Cinnabar, my earliest by over a month, and there is no earlier one in the Mapmate database.

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Cinnabar

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Hebrew Characters

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Other lepidopteran sightings today were the first Holly Blue of the year as well as the splendid Esperia sulphurella in the garden. Up at Pleinmont a male Emperor Moth flicked by me so close that I could even see its eye spots. It took me a quite a while to realise that the quite large, orangey-coloured, day-flying moths that I often saw whilst out birding at this time of year were in fact Emperor Moths.

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nonsense : A famous sports photographer (my mum) was at the footie match last week and took a few photos of the (in)action. I'm surprised that her camera had a shutter-speed fast enough to capture me as anything other than a blur. I think that before next season we need to buy a new kit as these ones have clearly shrunk in the wash and are getting a bit tight.

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The Theatre of Dreams - Delancey Park

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Lawlor fires a thunderbolt shot from 25 yards as the defenders fear for their lives - (it missed)

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"honestly ref, I was going for the ball . . ."

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Lawlor collapses in a heap after a horrific foul by the opposition winger. The spectators are literally incandescent with rage at the tackle

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