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Wed 31st August 2011

Posted on September 1, 2011 at 4:50 PM

On Monday I had a fabulous seawatch from Jaonneuse. In a couple of hours I saw a Sooty Shearwater, about 5 Bonxies, an Arctic Skua, a handful of Manx Shearwaters, a few terns and a young Peregrine chasing things way out over the sea. You may say that this does not sound like a fabulous seawatch - just a few species, and mostly way off too - but it really was. As a birder who tends to go birding alone, it is a treat to be able to sit back occasionally with a few other guys and just chat about birds for a while. I could have seen no birds at all and would have still enjoyed it - thanks fellas (although you do remind me every time we seawatch that I missed the Tropicbird. . . .)

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Expert seawatchers and me - Jaonneuse Point, Aug 11

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Less fun though in the afternoon, when I sped over to Pleinmont to look for a Barred Warbler that had been sighted. An hour and a half of searching failed to relocate it, even though I had a brief possible when a greyish rear end dived into the brambles. There was rather a nice young Redstart there however which cheered me up.

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A few days previous me and Abigail did some more rockpooling down by Lihou causeway with James and Duncan. We found lots more interesting stuff there - at least 4 species of crab, a Worm Pipefish, a Common Brittlestar, plus other unnamed beasties. The most interesting was something I didn't realise occurred in the UK - a Sea-spider.

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Sea-spider - Lihou Causeway, Aug 11

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Broad-clawed Porcelain Crab - Lihou Causeway, Aug 11

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I think I have worked out the mystery plume moth that I caught a week or so ago:

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Stenoptilia bipunctidactyla - garden, 19 Aug 11

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And finally, we had a cracking sunset one evening last week:

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Categories: 2011 Summer