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Fri 5th August 2011

Posted on August 6, 2011 at 7:25 AM

This week I have been mostly looking after the children by myself, so little in the way of birds has been seen. I have still been able to catch moths however and last weekend I caught another mega! I thought I had a second Chocolate-tip perched on the wall above the trap, but it looked slightly different and indeed was the first definite Guernsey record of Scarce Chocolate-tip. This is very rare in the UK, but does occur on Alderney and Jersey looking at the records.

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Scarce Chocolate-tip - garden, 30 Jul 2011

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Dark Spinach - less than 20 records for Guernsey

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Also this week we had what I consider to be one of the most exciting events of the year - the emergence of hundreds of winged ants from the main ant-nest in our garden. I always find this exceedingly exciting. It is not something I ever saw when I was younger - maybe the northern ant species don't do this. It's always on a warm, muggy evening when they come out, and to see streams upon streams pouring out of the holes and climbing to a high spot to take flight is superb.

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I really should read up what exactly is going on. There seems to be three different types: small yellowish ants buzzing around; very large, darker beasts powering up to the launchpads; and smaller, blackish, winged ants in amongst these.

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Like father like son . . . . .

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Categories: 2011 Summer