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Mon 22nd August 2011

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 1:25 AM

The holidays are flying by, a lot faster than usual. My sister and family have now come for a visit so we are still busy, busy, busy. I had a lot of 'paperwork' I wanted to get done in the break from work but it's not happening! Bird highlight this week was a Tree Pipit going over the house early Sunday morning whilst I was emptying the moth trap.

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I have had plenty of excellent moths this week, including a new species for the garden on Saturday night - Pyrausta cingulata - which, not only is a great-looking species but is officially my 700th species of lepidoptera that I have identified in Guernsey. Quite a milestone.

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Pyrausta cingulata - garden, 20 Aug 11 - This is an uncommon and very local species in the UK, and with the easterly winds at the time, may have been blown in from France.

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Gypsy Moth - garden, 20 Aug 11 - I get a few of these every year and it probably breeds here uncommonly. One of my favourite species, especially when looking at it from the angle shown below.

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Orange Swift - garden, 17 Aug 11 - first in the garden for five years. Also shown below with its devil-horns.

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When the family come to visit they always stay by Port Soif and so we often spend a few evenings on the beach where we go rockpooling. I am not very good at finding things but my brother-in-law is a Rockpool Ninja and finds lots of interesting stuff. We found a Butterfish and a Broad-clawed Porcelain Crab that I have never seen before, but it is very difficult to identify things that you find.

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Aidan doing some "extreme" rockpooling at Port Soif - there was a young Shag feeding in these shallows and it was coming within a couple of yards of him (I deleted photos of this - doh').

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Snakelocks Anenome - Port Soif, Aug 2011

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Cushion Starfish (Asterina gibbosa) - Port Soif, Aug 2011

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Sea Rocket - Port Soif Beach, Aug 2011

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The family on the beach. Evenings such as this remind me that it was an excellent decision to move to Guernsey rather than stay in Leeds.

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