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Fri 21st July 2010

Posted on July 23, 2010 at 5:10 PM

nonsense : The final week of the academic year means 'Activities Week' at Beaucamps and for me this means spending each day strolling down to the Park, then down the nature trail to La Mare de Carteret for a barbecue and ball games, then slowly wandering back along the beach and through the lanes back to school. It is quite a splendid time - I enjoyed listening to the birds, watching the insects and sucking in some fresh air - the kids enjoyed listening to their ipods, watching their phones and sucking in sweets and pop. Whilst showing off my rounders skills, and accelerating round second base after a fine hit, I managed to lose my footing and crash to the floor. Both knees are now bruised and there's a bloody, red patch where once there was skin! As you can imagine, the kids thought this was hilarious and gave me lots of sympathy . . .not!

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birds : On Tuesday whilst waiting at the Saumarez Park cafe for the kids to return from their treasure hunt, a small group of at least 8 Crossbills suddenly appeared, calling and flying low over our heads. I scurried off and managed to find them feeding at the top of a very tall pine tree and managed to see at least one was a nice red male. I tried to record their calls but they were now being very quiet and I only got a few very faint examples - not enough to be able to assign them to form.

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In the same area though there was a family party of at least 6 Short-toed Treecreepers, with both the adults and young calling vociferously.

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sonogram of adult and juvenile Short-toed Treecreeper calls

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moths : I had a week off from moth-trapping to try and catch up with my inputting and sorting records. One species that does seem to be doing well this year is the Comma butterfly - I am definitely seeing more than usual. I counted at least 8 along the Ruette du Frocq green lane, where I also saw a Buff Footman.

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Dingy Shears from the trap last week - rare in Guernsey

Categories: 2010 Summer