Blog

Mon 21st June 2010

Posted on June 22, 2010 at 1:00 AM

birds : I have finally finished the Guernsey Rarities Report for 2009 after a few pedestrian months working at it. Now that I have easy pdf-making facilities on the computer, I have put more effort into it and I think it is looking really good (especially as it is a total rip-off of the BBRC Rarities Report!). Contact me if you'd like a copy sent.

.

.

moths : A fantastic new species for the garden on Saturday morning, with 2 Rannoch Loopers in the trap. In the UK, this is a speciality of the Scottish Highlands pine forests, and me and Andy had one last year when we were there. So it is surprising that it is also a rare migrant to the Southern UK - I don't know where these ones would be arriving from. I was not exactly surprised to get one though, since I knew there had been a few caught here during the previous week .

.

Rannoch Looper

.

.

There were also a few other migrants in the trap despite the slightly northerly vector to the winds - three Silver Y, a few Rush Veneers and a Gem. A Crambus lathoniellus was only my second records. Re-totalling up the garden Lep list brings it to over 550 species.

.

Gem

.

Crambus lathoniellus

.

.

Pale Tussock

.

.

Figure of 80

.

nonsense : A superb cooked breakfast and a selection of hand-made cards & gifts made for an excellent Father's Day yesterday.

.

.

A World Cup card and tile from Anais on the right and a wildlife-themed card from Abigail on the bottom left (I think she has gone for White-headed Duck and Chimney Sweeper moth). Aidan has done a computer portrait of me on his card but I am concerned that he thinks his daddy is Jabba the Hut.

.

World Cup observations : days 8 to 11

.

1. England - After the debacle of the Algeria match, the hopes and dreams of the England fan have never been so low. The players looked like they had just finished off a roast dinner and a few pints down the pub. There was no speed and energy - even worse than the first game and the worse performance I have ever seen from an England team. Even short passes were going astray, control was non-existant and they seemed to have lost all footballing ability. The team lacks a talisman playmaker in the midfield - a Gazza, a  Hoddle, a Zidane, a Xavi, a Lawlor - and so creates nothing. It is a good job that the defence still seems pretty steady, even though Algeria didn't test it very much. Very depressing since there is no evidence that an improvement will be coming. 

.

.

2. Referees reversal - After my comments about the good standard of refereeing, FIFA have probably told them to turn bad again so that we can get more goals and exciting incidents! The disallowed USA goal, the double handball goal from Luis Fabiano, the sending off of Kaka for being ran into , etc etc. . . .

.

3. French gone nuts! - There's always one team that implode during the tournament and its especially funny when its one that shouldn't even be there. I know that the French team are one of the older teams in the cup but I think that the blankets are a bit far . . .

.

 

.

4. Speckled Jim - The highlight of the England vs Algeria game was the juvenile Speckled Pigeon that came and sat on the goal net during the match. He was looking for a safe place to rest and after watching a few minutes of England play decided that the ball was never going to hit him there.

.

 

Categories: 2010 Summer