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Sat 10th September 2011

Posted on September 11, 2011 at 6:00 PM

The first football match of the season was this afternoon. So at two o'clock on Cambridge Park, I got myself into my position as the dark clouds gathered overhead. A little bit nervous having not played for a few months, wondering whether there was still any life left in the old legs. This was especially worrying today since this other team were new, appeared to consist of a group of teenagers and I was the oldest I have ever been. I would have literally been their age before they were born.

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A few minutes after kick-off they got a free kick just into our half, and I marked their winger on the edge of our box. Looking up the field towards their free-kick taker, a large bird appeared from behind the tree just over his left shoulder. It was immediately obvious what it was - an awesome Osprey! It was at about tree-top height and it flapped lazily southwards above the opposition's goalmouth and disappeared behind the next line of trees. I was totally shocked and when I regained concentration, I realised that the free-kick had been taken and we were clearing our lines. Luckily the ball went nowhere near me. I do not think my team-mates would have accepted my excuse for poor marking. I did survive the game despite the regular deluges from above, and it finished as a 4-4 thriller. Easily the best bird on my "whilst playing football list" (if I had one).

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It was the first week back at school/work this week and so it has been rather busy as it always is. Unfortunately I do not have any Games lessons this year which is a shame, but the best news is that I have a new classroom - only the biggest in the whole school I tell ya!

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me in my new classroom - check out the massive disco-ball in the corner - maybe I should start a disco-dancing club at lunchtimes, hmmm.......

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The weather during the week has been atrocious with strong winds and regular heavy rain. On Wednesday there was a bit of a break and before work I had a few Bar-tailed Godwits and a Greenshank at Vazon, plus a Manx Shearwater out to sea. So that lunchtime, I did a wee seawatch from Fort le Crocq and had a superb Balearic Shearwater drift past pretty close in for Guernsey standards. Other than that, Wheatears are very visible at the moment and the Greenshank continues to be present at Pulias Pond.

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Greenshank - Pulias Pond, 9 Sep 11

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Wheatear - Fort Hommet, 9 Sep 11

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The main news this week was that Charlie Moores invited me onto the "Talking Naturally - Conference Calls" podcast to mainly talk about the stuff I've done with Gyr Crakes and about birding in Guernsey. It is not something I have ever done before but it went very well and I enjoyed it. You can listen to the show by clicking the picture below. I listen to the show every week and it is informative and a good laugh. If you are interested in birding and conservation it is well worth a listen.

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And finally, I think that I have reached new heights with my cake decorating skills. Below is my latest effort which I did this morning which looks pretty realistic. It is all edible apart from the plastic horseshoes and the feathers. I have had to sort of 'pixelate' part of the cake for common decency since it was for a Hen night.....

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Categories: 2011 Autumn