Saturday, 25 March 2017

Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin

The opening track on the Standard Edition of
Led Zeppelin III
(Donald Trumps signature tune)
A most endearing personal memory during my short history with contemporary music,
and surely one of the finest Page / Plant collaborations in composition?
We come from the land of the ice and snow,
From the midnight sun where the hot springs blow.
‘Hammer of the Gods’ will drive our ships to new lands.
To fight the horde, singing and crying, Valhalla, I am coming!
On we sweep with threshing oar, our only goal will be the western shore.
We all know where that is if your coming from 'mainland' Scandinavia!
'Dank' would be a suitable adjective to describe the commencement of yesterday morning with an overcast sky, light precipitation and a fresh north easterly breeze dashing into ones face - in fact a morning to regret stowing away the winter woolies. "Cast not a what"? On the up side the overnight temperature had hardly wavered from a reasonable +8°C so expectations were moderate for a return or two from the Moth Traps.
 It was just a return or one as
 DARK SWORD-GRASS
 was added to the Year List as the first immigrant for 2017.
 Up at the ponds it was equally quiet with just this juvenile
MUTE SWAN
 on the Gravel Pit and the now bonded pair of
 COOT
on the Irrigation Pond were seen to lay the

 first foundation twig to what might once again be their breeding platform
as it was last year.
What was 'missed' was that brief moment of copulation which somehow
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has a familiar ring about it??
Things started to get a little more interesting inside the
 Solar Panel Compound
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as these c2 male
 PHEASANTS
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 were found jockeying for position, but the bright flash
of a white rump soon drew our attention away from such things.
 It was safe to say that, even though the bird flew off distantly,
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this was to be the first
 WHEATEAR
video
of the year
 and soon relocated found to be a decent looking
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male.
 Getting increasingly bolder
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we 'clicked' and
 'videoed away to our hearts content
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and thought it only right to bring you the best of these,
even though it may be considered 'overkill'?
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 Shortly afterwards the Sheep frightened it away.
 A second look at the
video
Gravel Pits
on the way back
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threw up another, or maybe the same
video
TUFTED DUCK
of recent days which was a little more than obliging at times.
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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Harlequin - Genesis

 Came the night a mist dissolved the trees
And in the broken light colours fly, fading by
Pale and cold as figures fill the glade
Grey is the web they spin, on and on, and on and on
Through the flame still summer lingers on
Though her pictures soon shatter

 Harlequin - Genesis (Link)
In a further attempt to catch up on recent days we present something of an 
extended Post, which we hope will be enjoyed by one and all! 
From the Moth Traps
MARCH MOTH
HARLEQUIN LADYBIRD
now emerging from every nook and cranny in
Slight Return II.
From the canopy on the Heath
ORANGE UNDERWING
could also have been the First of the Year, if proven beyond doubt,
but with the closely related Light Orange Underwing being a 'confussion species'
this will lay in abeyance. The c11 seen on the wing last Sunday were highly likely the former
as usually 'on the wing' much earlier than the later, but being unable to catch even one of these
High Fliers
we will never know for sure!
Our latest Trophy.
If the Silver Birch had not been blown down by a winter gale we would
doubtless never have clapped eyes on this rather unusually deformed 4 inch diameter branch.
Thought too much of a novelty just to be left there to rot, we sawed it off
and brought it home to rot!
New Growth
GORSE
looking splendid, although something of a nuisance on the Heath,
but then a
Close Encounter
of the very best kind with this
PIED WAGTAIL
Since their construction, we have never seen a perched
HERRING GULL
within any of the Solar Panel Compounds let alone perched on the Panels.
We are not small minded enough to maintain a 'Solar Panel Compound List',
but this bird will certainly be added to the
Through a Wire Fence Shot List
at the earliest opportunity.
After a prolonged bout of 'displaying'
video
and generally getting 'frisky' these
GADWALL
surely deserve something of a rest!
Not an ideal perch, the very top branch of an Aspen, for our first
COMMA BUTTERFLY
of the year, but we all have to come down to Earth sooner or later.
and while on the subject of getting 'frisky' - no not me - these 2 hen
PHEASANT
were quite happily spending a quiet morning in the sunshine
until
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the LADS came along.
Likewise with the 3 juvenile
MUTE SWAN
on the bank of the Moors River with an adult and
Canada Goose having taken to the water.
BUFF-TAILED BUMBLEBEE
now at all locations.
PANAEOLUS FIRMICOLA
among one of the STONECROP varieties was, if nothing else an
enjoyable photographic subject.
HERCULES
(unchained)
perched on the tarmac at Bournemouth International Airport (BIA).
 
Nothing more than another 'eye-catching'
MOOT
Without a doubt thus far in March the
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BIRD of the MONTH
First of the Year
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our first 'true' migrant
and as recorded on the 16th inst, the earliest ever for our
 Recording Area.
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LITTLE RINGED PLOVER
at Eco.
 It would seem that building such monsters as this new workshop at BIA,
comes some degree of responsibility for putting something back into the environment??
On completion of the building works this
REPTILE HIBERNACULUM,
REPTILE FENCE
(which side it is suppose to keep the creatures out of is not known)
BADGER SETT
(complete with newly planted Fruit Trees to keep the critters fed)
Bit of a 'double-edged sword' we think as looking at the number of
'road kill' Badgers do we really need to encourage more??
DORMOUSE BOXES
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