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Mon 20th September 2010

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 5:30 PM

birds : Just starting the late September migrant-lull. The bulk of the summer-breeding british birds have passed through, and there will be a few weeks before the "winter" migrants arrive. Of course, there is just as much chance of finding something really good so its important to keep on plugging away. My most pleasing sighting was of a Barn Owl flying around the Vale Pond area at dusk on Friday night. Despite the species being quite widespread here, I just never see them - this was only my second this year. I think it is because I am rarely at the right places at the right time of day. The other good bird was a Curlew Sandpiper at Pulias this afternoon - a new one for the year. This bird has been around for a couple of weeks on and off.

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Curlew Sandpiper, Pulias/Pecqueries beach

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This bird makes 158 for the year list. If I cannot get another 5 species by the end of the year to beat my best total then I deserve to be stripped of my Leicas.

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moths : Trapped once and it was most underwhelming - well a Sombre Brocade was in there, but we're getting rather blase about those now!

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Sombre Brocade

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a rather smartly-marked Eudonia angustea

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nonsense : For only the second time in 6 years, the banana plant in the back garden has flowered. Last time it did - in January, about 2 or 3 years ago - it chose one of the rare days that there was actually snow on the floor and the flower just fell off. It is more sturdy this time and is quite spectacular being about a foot or so across.

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It cannot be called pretty however, and those yellowy things are not actual petals but rubbery bracts or something. It is very triffidlike. Looking closely, you can see the fluffier flowery bits at the base of these bracts and the bees have been visiting these bits. Below these you can see the fleshy green bits which I presume would turn into the banana fruits.

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Categories: 2010 Autumn