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Sat 15th October 2011

Posted on October 16, 2011 at 10:40 AM

The eye of the rare bird storm appears to have been passing over Guernsey at the moment. Hopefully we will hit the rear end of the autumn rarity rush soon. It has been good to see the late autumn and winter birds arriving though in the bright, clear conditions. On Wednesday I saw the first Siskins and Grey Wagtail of the season, then on Thursday the first Brent Goose flew past Pulias. This weekend has been especially clear with thrushes going over, including a flock of 10 Redwing over the house.

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The highlight of the week though was on Friday when I was checking one of my favourite little spots - the gardens by the Penisula Hotel - and I had a cracking Yellow-browed Warbler on a bare Sycamore. I only saw it because I went back to look at a Pied Flycatcher that was in the same area. This little corner of the island, barely 5 minutes from my house, has finally come up with something after years of not-that-regular checking.

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Moth-trapping last night was just a selection of the regular late-autumn species, although 24 Flame Brocades was an excellent count, and I have not had very many Red-line Quakers before.

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Red-line Quaker - garden, 14 Oct 11

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Flame Brocades - garden, 14 Oct 11

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Just a pic of the moon behind clouds the other night - I have souped up the colours somewhat!

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Made a new sign to put on my classroom door on Monday. The little guy is Ferb. If you don't know who Ferb is then, well you have not lived.

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One of the most difficult parts of my job is to persuade the kids that there's nothing wrong with being good and working hard at school. There is a strange attitude throughout the country that it is not cool to do well at school - (I don't know about other parts of the world). But you hear it all the time from adults, thinking they are cool saying "Oh yeah. I was soooo naughty at school. We used to have a right laugh. Doing this and doing that, etc etc". Children pick up their attitudes from the adults they know and so grown-ups need to think more carefully about what they say around children. The hard-working, well-behaved children then get labelled as nerds and geeks by their "cool" peers and can feel very left out. So I try to persuade these pupils to embrace their geekiness and nerdiness and be proud of it - like I am - and realise that "coolness" is actually very bad for you. If they can get through High School without moving over to the dark side then they will reap the benefits in the future. I played this video to my Additional Science class last week.

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Categories: 2011 Autumn