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Tue 17th August 2010

Posted on August 18, 2010 at 11:40 AM

birds : Visited the reedbed at the Claire Mare this morning in the vain hope that the Aquatic Warbler that Chris had trapped yesterday might be showing. It was quite blowy and drizzly and not exactly the best conditions for reedbed-watching. The Willow Warblers and Sedge Warblers were showing well in the line of Tamarisks but no sign of the Aquatic. A Green Sandpiper flying over the pool was a first for the year, but I soon gave up as the rain persisted, and resorted to watching Vazon beach from the car and taking pictures of wet birds.

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Sandwich Tern, Vazon - mostly in first-winter plumage.

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Starling, Vazon - some adult feathers on the belly, wings, tail and couple on the back. 

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Swallow, Vazon - there were quite a few, presumably newly-arrived, hirundines resting on the sand in the poor weather.

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moths : Some microscope work has resulted in two new species for the garden, recorded in June - Scrobipalpa acuminatella and Coleophora glaucicolella - both small moths which look pretty much identical to some other small moths. Apart from that, the poor August continues.

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Coleophora glaucicolella

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Chinese Character

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nonsense : Football training passed by without any need for an ambulance although I was consistently second-to-last on all the fitness exercises. The annual summer visit to town today where we spent a zillion quid on uniforms and shoes. The kids bought Super Mario Kart and classic Sonic games today for their Nintendos - they might get a chance to have a go on them soon. Done some landscape gardening in the back garden and created this magnificent safe-play area. When I say safe, that is a relative term - see if you can spot the obvious trip hazard which has indeed already been a trip hazard numerous times!

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Pointless things parents say no.1035 - "Aidan, don't fall!" - a game of extreme hide and seek at Bordeaux on Monday. But whilst trying to extract Aidan down, I did spot a Pine Hawk-moth on the tree trunk.

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