Tuesday, 9 February 2016

You Don't Know What You've Got, Until You Loose It - Ral Donner

With the lap-top still in the Sick Bay the associate difficulties in getting a post publish continue. However we managed to publish from all four corners of the World with this poxy thing is not remembered! This effort contains a few images from the Sewerage Works fence which were taken before the weekend and include some slightly better ones of the 
 BLACK REDSTART
 which still remains in residence.
Otherwise, more common fare which just appear randomly.
LONG-TAILED TIT
 GOLDCREST
 GOLDFINCH
 
 
 GREENFINCH
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 BLACK REDSTART
video clips.
We have no idea if these will function, but having lost the will to live during
the forming of this Post so "frankly my dear I don't give a damn"!
Rhett Butler - Gone With the Wind
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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Black is Black - Los Bravos

February arrived and was immediately seen to have inherited what conditions January had left behind, dark, dismal, dank and windy with a liberal sprinkling of rain showers sometimes heavy. Apart from that it was close to perfect but despite the weather there were were a few things in evidence and noteworthy.With a smattering of
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SONG THRUSH
(in full voice, what a way to start a new day let alone
a new month)
Redwing and Fieldfare behind us it wasn't until arrival at the Sewerage Works that anything else was added to the notebook. Unseen, but somewhere within the complex was a highly vocal Green Sandpiper and while still in earshot a second was seen close to the Phase III Solar Panel Compound. Fast forwarding about 90 minutes, and a third was noted feeding in the now complete? Balancing Pond at Bournemouth Airport. This equalled the previous day count for this nifty Wader within the Recording Area, it may be remembered however that they were captured together in a neat line rather than so outspread.
 GREEN SANDPIPER
 With still no sign of a/the Firecrest, seen by a. n. other earlier in the year, we quickly cut along to scan the short beat of the Moors River that is open to us and among the few Mallard, Teal and Gadwall was our 'third' ever
 GOOSANDER
 for the patch and a male (our second) at that.
This was also an addition to the Dorset Year List.
 There was a Welcoming Party as we reached the gate leading onto
Merritown Heath
 a Quartet of seemingly very contented
 BELTED GALLOWAY COWS
Ever onward, and while so far this year we have heard them 'calling' and
'scolding', among the heather, that day we recorded our first 'singing'
 DARTFORD WARBLER
Unusual for there to have been no construction activity noted here
over the weekends, all of the residue banks of soil had disappeared
over that period opening up the now completed (on the outside at least)
Aircraft Fitting Factory
to 'full' view.
It was no more than a whim that sent us back to the Sewerage Works again on our return journey, but what a stroke of luck. In hope of a final Bullfinch, Coal Tit or even the afore mentioned Firecrest all that were found were Pied Wagtail and Robins. Turning for home one of these 'Robins', perched on the Solar Panel fence, was 'twitching' quite uncharacteristically for such a bird and worth further investigation. With the Strange Rover completely out of position for anything like a decent view, it was moving that flushed the bird which headed for the works. Turning full circle, there it was again
this time perched on a bush, where luckily it stayed until
 further manoeuvring, to best advantage, proved it to be a female
BLACK REDSTART
This, like the Short-eared Owl of last month, is a
New Species to the Recording Area as well as to both
Year Lists.
In closing, what has been a report from Monday the first day of the month, there is a snippet of bad news. Our faithful and rarely failing Lap Top has died on us and the totally inadequate substitute is driving me up the bulkhead! So much so that if the situation cannot be resolved (the Desktop Doctor has been summoned) then there is no knowing when the next Post might be. Please bear with us - Thanks!
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Monday, 1 February 2016

Spirt in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum

Today's change of header photo is significant in as much as during my first 2 excussions to South Korea (2002 and 2004) this seriously threatened species was still extinct there after several decades. It was the same situation in Japan, where it is not known if they have yet returned! It was only as a huge quirk of fate that this pair had returned to the Sedsan Marshes a matter of weeks before my arrival. It's good to see that fine, diverse and most interesting country back among the Top Ten Stats again.
Despite the weather it has not been a bad month with some interesting Birds already on the list, but this was the first January ever that we have caught a Moth of any sort. Even back in the days when a trap was run both at Wyke Regis, Weymouth and one at East Weares, Portland did we enjoy such early success.
We didn't even have to leave Slight II before recording our first
Wildlife yesterday as this
HARLEQUIN LADYBIRD
nearly dropped into the coffee cup.
A little bit of success from the single Moth Trap, which is being
activated on selective nights,
 with our second species of Macro being
 CHESTNUT
Otherwise it was down to Fly Species with this as yet still unidentifies

SMALL CRANEFLY
along with dozens of
DUNG FLIES
mostly copulating.
Early morning silhouettes have included
CORMORANT
and a medium size flock of
LAPWING
which, to the annoyance of the Airport Authorities, have taken up
temporary residence there.
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PHEASANT
cavorting outside of the caravan and an annoying
ROYAL NAVY HELICOPTER
which has done nothing but fly backwards and forwards all day
and directly overhead at that. We feel it must be carrying our Radar Calibrations
or some such thing?
The farmer across the River Stour now has his (500+?) Sheep out
to graze, guess it it will be Lambing soon.
At Parley Pond
HERRING GULL
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and even more what we will describe as
CALL DUCKS
which have been released there.
WREN
GREENFINCH
 With nothing to disturb on the Irrigation Pond it was thought an
ideal time just to check and count the overwintering
 SMOOTH (COMMON) NEWTS
of which there were c14, a little down on last year at this time.
LITTLE GREBE
is now back on the Gravel Pit after a short absence due to the freeze
with the ever dependant
PIED WAGTAILs
On Merritown Heath there was a little more action than in recent days
except this hunting
KESTRAL
which found success right in front of our eyes.
Maybe 'action' isn't quite the right word when associated with
Fungi and Watercourses?
but two clumps of
 COPRINUS ATRAMENTARIS
seem to have survived the cold and wet, while the never ending saga of the
BALANCING POND
continues.
Still unfinished and seemingly in a quandry as what to do next,
at least the Green Sandpiper is still paying an occasional visit.
At the very last knocking of January daylight a
SKYLARK
graced Slight II airspace,
which put the Year Total at 108
and pushed the Dorset Year List to 97.
HYGROCYBE PUNICEA
growing through
HYPNUM JUTLANDICUM
HEATH PLAIT-MOSS
At last we captured a decent image of the new
Flybe Livery
which was just in time as having arrived here less
 than a year ago they are now making plans to pull out.
Gone is the fusalage logo
Spirit of Bournemouth!
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