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Tue 31st August 2010

Posted on September 1, 2010 at 1:30 AM

birds : Went in for a bit of seawatching on Sunday as the winds were coming in quite stiffly from the northwest, and so it was a little disappointing after 2 hours of watching to just get 2 Sooty and 2 Balearic Shearwaters, plus 2 Great and 3 Arctic Skuas. Nice to see them, but I was after more. The two species of skua however were new for the year and brought me up to 152 species - surely I can get another 11 birds in the next 4 months to break my record?

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a newly-arrived Wheatear resting after its journey across the Channel

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Two better sightings however, were two new species for the garden list in the space of just three days. On Saturday, very early in the morning, a Spotted Flycatcher swooped in and landed briefly on the line of trees next-door before continuing south. Then on Monday morning I heard a familiar call and looked up to see a Greenshank fly pretty low over the garden, heading NW. Not too shabby for the garden list.

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Yesterday the winds swung round to the East and look to be staying there all week, so I am looking forward to flocks of drift migrants on all the headlands soon. I had a couple of hours up Pleinmont this afternoon in the strong sunlight but the only things showing were the commoner chats, but it felt really good (I didn't see the Wryneck or Ortolan that were there). But things are looking up - September tomorrow and the winds in the East - can't ask for anything more! (oh, apart from having to start work again tomorrow).

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Whinchat, Pleinmont

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juvenile Stonechat, Pleinmont

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moths : Trapping has been terribly poor - August has been just awful. The Square-spot Rustic below emerged from a pupa that I dug up whilst gardening, that's why it is looking so fresh. Square-spot Rustic is the probably one of the commonest "breeding" species in the garden. When I removed the front lawn a few years ago, I collected about 30 moth pupae and put them in a pot to see the variety of noctuid that emerged. And yes, all of those which were not parasitized were Square-spot Rustic!

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I have no idea what type of fly this is, but it ran around like a spider - most weird.

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nonsense : I have managed to get the video problem sorted by creating a video gallery rather than trying to insert videos straight into this blog. Click on the picture below to open up last month's video.

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Categories: 2010 Summer