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Sat 14th August 2010

Posted on August 14, 2010 at 2:45 PM

birds : The winds picked up a bit later on in the week, and with the direction still north-westerly, I tried a couple of seawatching sessions. I am not a terrific seawatcher - I usually get restless as I prefer to be on the move whilst birding. However, I am becoming more keen recently - I think that I appreciate the sit-down a bit more than I used to! The first session on Wednesday wasn't too great, with a couple of Balearic Shearwaters, but Friday was much better with a couple of hours of regular shearwater passage.

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Sooty Shearwater and Manx Shearwaters passing the Casquets Lighthouse

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There were totals of 3 Sooty, 1 Balearic and 19 Manx Shearwaters, plus another 10 unidentified, mostly-distant shearwaters. Best birds of the day were 3 young Black Terns that went past, a species I do not see every year here. A flock of Common Scoter and a juvenile Kittiwake were both pretty early.

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Migrant landbirds have mostly been Wheatears, Willow Warblers and Reed Warblers so far. I recorded this Reed Warbler making a half-hearted attempt at a song.

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translation : "I'm giving you a song here because, well I suppose that's just what I do, but to be honest I can't really be bothered. I mean it's not gonna lead anywhere - 'it's the middle of August and I don't want to commit to anything, and anyway, I'm off to Africa soon . . . . ."

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As can be seen on the BUBO Listing button on the right here, Sooty Shearwater, Common Scoter and Black Tern bring my 2010 year list to 146 species. I don't know what has gone right this year but that total is already bigger than I've had in the last six years for the full year.

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As can be seen on the graph above, 162 is my best year-list in Guernsey - not coincidentally the last year before I had children. There is a very clear pattern shown, that a birders year list is inversely proportional to the number of babies in the house! But there is hope for new-father birders that as the babies get older, the lines start to rise again. Whether I can get another 17 species before the end of the year, I don't know - but it is a possibility. [btw, if you do not use the BUBO Listing website to manage your bird lists then you are simply not cool - click on www.bubo.org to log onto the site].

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moths : With the poor conditions continuing, I was not expecting anything good, and indeed there has been very few moths in the trap, but I surprisingly managed to pull out a first for the Channel Islands!

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Platytes alpinella - rather a smart crambid moth and new for Guernsey!

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Mayfly - I can't remember ever having one of these in the trap before

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nonsense : Lawlor & Lawlor - 12 years and counting!

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Saw this on the internet and the cute girl reminded me of cute Rosie. So I changed the names and blokes hairstyle. Original artwork can be found here.

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Football training starts on Monday evening and I am a bit concerned that I am totally out of shape - but then I saw this photo of a 33-year-old, ex-world footballer of the year, turning up for pre-season training at Corinthians, and I suddenly don't feel so fat!

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Ronaldo ate all the pies it seems

Categories: 2010 Summer