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Sun 12th September 2010

Posted on September 12, 2010 at 5:45 PM

birds : A superb bit of September wonderfulness today. A beautiful sunny day, and I was "working hard" doing the gardening whilst the family were out. It was late on in the afternoon and I received a call via the local grapevine. Fifteen minutes later, I was standing on the edge of fairway 5 with a super little Buff-breasted Sandpiper trotting around the turf in front of me.

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Buff-breasted Sandpiper, L'Ancresse Golf Course

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This was not my first Guernsey Buff-breast, but I would always go and see these birds if possible - full of character and generally pretty tame, they generally give ace views (although, why are they more wary of the cryptically-dressed birders hiding behind the gorse bushes, than the plaid-trousered, fluorescent-sweatered, club-wielding golfers that seem to walk right up to them?). Photography was quite difficult as it was constantly on the move and it was just too sunny. As usual, a massive twitch of 4 birders shared the bird with me, and I was home in time for a lovely roast dinner. Bliss.

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The latter half of last week was quieter migrant-wise with most birds seemingly moved on. On Thursday lunchtime I did my usual circuit of Lihou Headland and saw the Wryneck again in the same area. But this time I also flushed two other birds, one which was no doubt a Song Thrush, but the other appeared pretty wrynecky to me as it disappeared. So Friday lunch I went straight to the spot and, approaching more carefully I discovered that there was indeed 2 Wrynecks in that area. A very poor photo follows . . .

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moths : Trapped both nights but apart from 2 Pearly Underwings, it was pretty ordinary.

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nonsense : For those birders of a certain age who owned a certain field guide. I loved it - and I read it and read it and read it. It looks quite dated now, but I probably learnt more about W Pal birds from that book than any other.

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Categories: Other Rarities, 2010 Autumn