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Wed 8th September 2010

Posted on September 8, 2010 at 5:05 PM

birds : So we have the annual annoyance of things starting to hot up as September gets underway, just as I return to work. And this September so far has been pretty good, with an easterly airflow over northern and central Europe, there has been stacks of drift migrants in the UK and there has been plenty here too. Although I am just managing to get brief snatches of birding done, it is great to see migrants passing through the island. And it is especially interesting to see how the species change day to day - on Monday there was only Willow Warblers obvious, then yesterday there seemed to be Whinchats everywhere, then today there was suddenly piles of White Wagtails on the beach at Fort le Crocq.

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In amongst these migrants there has been a few decent quality birds turn up - most of which I haven't seen - but there has been two highlights for me. First, on Sunday I was in the car with Pete and Phil on our way moth-hunting, when I picked a raptor up over L'Eree Bay. Stopping the car, we watched an Osprey flapping above the sea, reasonably high up, clearly struggling to make southerly progress against the stiff breeze. My third Guernsey record and a nice surprise when not actually birding.

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Then yesterday, I had a quick run round Lihou Headland during my lunch hour and came across a superb Wryneck in a weedy area above the beach. One of my favourite birds, I managed to get within 5 yards of it as it skulked beneath the undergrowth. It was probably the one Mark G had seen a few days previously.

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rough sketch of a Wryneck

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moths : I spent a good part of the weekend studying moth specimens and looking for larvae with Peter and Phil, as we have a few interesting irons in the fire. A few moths of interest in the trap.

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Nephopterix angustella - there were multiple records of this species on Guernsey between 2003 and 2006 but strangely none since then - until now. Some species just come and go.

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Canary-shouldered Thorn

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Oak Nycteoline - well I presume it is, but I have never seen one this silvery-white colour before. It may be worth checking this more thoroughly. A beautiful moth anyhow.

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nonsense : Well today was the end of an era. After a run of nine and a half years, we no longer have any pre-school children. Anais started reception class today. She got onto the school bus this morning and we waved her off from the front gate. She seems too tiny to be a schoolgirl!

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My baby ain't a baby any more

Categories: 2010 Autumn