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Fri 9th July 2010

Posted on July 10, 2010 at 9:10 AM

birds : Now that we are approaching mid-July, it is time to start looking out more for bird movement. There are the failed breeders (or the birds that never actually arrived in the breeding grounds) returning early southwards - such as probably was the Whimbrel I saw at Pulias this morning. Also, there is the post-breeding dispersal of birds wandering from the continent to look out for. One species that has been obvious this week was Peregrine, with two birds being very vociferous yesterday over the house. They were two very young juveniles just out of the nest and they were diving and screaming at each other. They were joined by a third bird but I couldn't see the age of that one, but it was good to see that one pair had been successful. I managed to record these calls but the traffic and wind were interfering with the sound.

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moths : I never put the moth trap mid-week because I don't have time in the mornings to sort it out, but I did this week because I wanted to take some moths in to show the kids at school. So I really didn't want a massive catch but it was really good, including a second consecutive appearance by Pale Oak Beauty, Treble Brown Spot and White Satin. Also only my second garden Blue-bordered Carpet and a new species for the garden, only my second record of Broom Moth.

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Broom Moth

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Blue-bordered Carpet

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Also below are a few photos from last weekend of a few terrific species.

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Orange Moth, Icart

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Dark Tussock, Pleinmont

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Miller, Pleinmont

Privet Hawk-moths,La Broderie

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nonsense : World Cup observations - Semi-finals

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1. Uruguay v Holland : I didn't especially mind who won in this match but I think that I probably favoured Holland since Uruguay got to the semi on slightly dodgy ground. Holland have a few great players like Van Persie and Sneijder but lack a certain style. I do enjoy Robben's speed but he always spoils it by his diving and acting. But a great game and an amazing goal by van Bronkhurst (there is no reason why England shouldn't play like Holland, or Germany). It was very exciting in the last few minutes and Holland had the luckin the end since Uruguay had used all theirs up in the quarters.

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Robben tries to fool the defence by pretending to be the ball, and De Zeeuw is lucky not to be sent off after this nasty assault on the Uruguayan forward's toes

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2. Germany v Spain : If I was quite neutral on the previous match, I was definitely cheering on Spain for obvious reasons. I was quite surprised that most people I knew were saying that Germany were looking pretty impressive after winning 4-1 and 4-0 and that they would probably beat Spain. But I told them that Germany would definitely not win because those last two matches were against teams with a terrible defence, and they have only got one properly creative player and they'll struggle to open up the Spanish defence. And so it turned out - bye-bye Germany!

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Categories: 2010 Summer