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Sat 23rd July 2011

Posted on July 24, 2011 at 10:05 AM

birds : The final week of the school year being Activities Week, I was out and about most of each day, although it tipped it down all Wednesday (babrecueing in the rain isn't so splendid). On three separate days a young Peregrine was seen either over school or at Saumarez Park. Whilst the kids were milling around the Park, I positioned myself for supervision by the large pines near the lake. Here a family of Short-toed Treecreepers kept returning and I managed a few shots. I have never photographed the species before which indicates the limitations of my previous camera.

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Short-toed Treecreeper, Saumarez Park, 21 July 2011

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moths : Recently, the weekends have been poor weather-wise, and since this is the only time I can get the trap on, then I have been missing out a bit onwhat seems like a decent year so far. However, on Friday night, I had what I believe to be a new tortrix moth for the Channel Islands - Eucosma obumbratana.

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Eucosma obumbratana - garden, 22 Jul 2011

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Dingy Footman f. stramineola - garden, 22 Jul 2011

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Dingy Footman is a species which is common in Guernsey and occurs in two colour forms, a grey form and a yellow form (stramineola). This is quite unusual since, although moths vary a lot, these are generally either aberrant individuals or part of a 'continuous' variation. I have been taking a note of the number of each form recorded of this species in the last 4 years and the data is shown below.

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other stuff : As usual at the end of term, the kids bring all the work they have done during the year and we sort through the piles of junk superb quality pieces of art. In amongst this, we pulled out this from Abigail's bag and we were amazed. They had to do a Lowry-style picture and this is what she came up with, which we thought was just great, especially as she is only 10. So proud.

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Categories: 2011 Summer