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Sun 25th September 2011

Posted on September 25, 2011 at 3:45 PM

The weekend's weather has been too bright and sunny for any rare birds to be dumped on the island so I have been content with staring skyward for rare flyovers. I didn't see any of course but I have noted that there is now the odd Meadow Pipit and Chaffinch going over, which tells me that we have entered the second half of autumn, with birds from the North and East arriving. A Buzzard seems to be hanging around the area and keeps giving low fly-pasts over the house.

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Buzzard being buzzed by a Carrion Crow - over the garden, 25 Sep 11

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With the warm weather I have put the moth trap on both nights this weekend despite the nights being clear. I have put a selection of photos from this weekend below. The highlight of the catches was the Dewick's Plusia on Friday night which is only my second ever - there are about 20 records for Guernsey.

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Dewick's Plusia - garden, 23 Sep 11

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Clancy's Rustic - garden, 24 Sep 11

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Brindled Green - garden, 24 Sep 11 - with the arrival of Sombre Brocade on the island the ID of this species has become less easy. These two species are very similar in markings, although the latter is generally darker, and this one has shorter wings (as far as I can tell!) 

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Large Ranunculus - garden, 24 Sep 11

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Light Emerald - garden, 24 Sep 11

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Sallow - garden, 24 Sep 11

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There are also many species of caddis-fly that are attracted to the moth trap. I have no clue as to their identity but some seem quite distinctive and must be 'doable'. The two below were in last night and were both massive.

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Caddis-flies - garden, 24 Sep 11 

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The weekend did have a low point however, and it was quite distressing to those concerned. I was walking through the utility room when I saw a group of youngsters chatting on the freezer. I knew these kids pretty well - Winnie the Pooh, Violet Flowertot and Boots the Monkey - and they are a really pleasant group. Just as I was about to go over to chat to them, a massive flying Pterosaur swooped down and landed beside them. And before anyone had time to think, this dirty old dinosaur exposed himself in front of the little ones. I wanted to make a citizens arrest but I wasn't close enough. I did manage to take a snapshot of the incident and I hope it will help the police apprehend the heinous pervert. As you can see, Boots and Pooh seem to be laughing it off, but Violet looks pretty shocked. If anyone has any information, or has themself suffered at the hands of this Cretaceous cretin, please let me know or contact PC Plum at Balamory Police Station.

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Categories: 2011 Autumn