Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Night Owl - Gerry Rafferty

The Superb
RED-NECKED AVOCET
(without all the unavoidable clutter)
The main feature yesterday morning at 02:00 was Tawny Owl activity with at least c5 clear and distinct birds going, what can only be described as, BONKERS! Often hear but seldom seen, two of these denizens of the night even showed in silhouette as they passed through the loom of one of the Moth Trap lamps - brief but brilliant.
TAWNY OWL
(a 'borrowed' image)
The Fabulous 'Night Owl' Link 
While we seem to be suffering a (hopefully) short hiatus regarding
additions to either or both Lists, we continue to catch a few eye-catching Insects.
 BIRCH MOCHA
 GOLD SPOT
always good to see
Heavily Pregnant
 ORANGE SWIFT
which along with her eggs were rapidly returned to the food plant
 SILVER Y
 A bit better image of
CENTRE-BARRED SALLOW
than the one that accompanied its inclusion onto the PCF List.

 FLAME SHOULDER
Another crack at the Micros with this thought to be
YPSOLOPHA SEQUELLA
what followed was a moment of Wildlife Magic.

When it came time to photograph this little beauty, by coincidence
the track 
'Threads' by Portishead (Link)
was playing providing excellent accompaniment for a fine performance.
Releasing this active little Moth from the specimen pot it firstly scurried
forward, then via the reciprocal track backwards and completed the performance
with a neat 'on the spot' pirouette.
 If only I'd had the wit to switch to the video function!
Somewhat overlooked in my opinion Portishead, who take their name from the Somerset town 8 miles west of Bristol, are ostensibly Beth Gibbons - Vocals, Geoff Barrow - Guitars and Adrian Utley - Drums. This trio is often augmented by additional musicians. 
To push my luck even further this surely has to be
GARDEN ROSE TORTRIX
all else was this
BRONZE SHIELDBUG
Back at the ponds and
what is to become of the Water Pipe and associate Filter
is not yet known but this morning on arrival a
KINGFISHER
was sat on it so perhaps it should stay.
I hear a sigh coming on when mentioning that addition to yet another List,
but each to their own. during the following hour other additions included

 GOLDCREST
 BULLFINCH
 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER
 SKYLARK
and
 KESTREL
3 large lorries are now being employed to back-fill

North Pond
where works there should be completed before the end of the week.
Progress at North Pond
The soil levelled in this area, east of the pond Irrigation Pond,
will eventually be turned into a
HORSE PADDOCK
but for now a fine source of groceries for Meadow Pipit, Pied and
Grey Wagtail, Linnet, Goldfinch, Robin etc.

A small subsidiary pond, which was initially marked for back-filling,
has been saved and may serve as a water source for the livestock.
Yellow Wagtails welcome.
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Monday, 29 September 2014

I Feel the Earth Move - Carole King

under my feet
I see the sky tumbling down.
With overnight temperatures remaining in double figures (12°C last night) this mornings rummage through the Traps was infused with anticipation. Unfortunately nothing new to add to either list, but an eclectic selection of some most attractive Moths plus one or two others.
 COMMON MARBLED CARPET
 BEAUTIFUL HOOK-TIP
 a 'dark' version of the most attractive
FROSTED ORANGE
 LARGE WAINSCOT
along with 2 'shade' variations of
 BRINDLED GREEN
 BLACK RUSTIC
 TURNIP MOTH
 and what is now the most numerous each morning
SQUARE-SPOT RUSTIC
 Still plugging away at the Micros, I am sure one of my Mentors will
be quick to correct me if this is not
AGONOPTERIX YEATIANA
DOLICHOPODID FLY
(kindly identified for us by John Gifford)
who tells me that this is a female, the male having 'white dots' at the tips 
of the wings to attract a mate - rather like the Nightjar me thinks!
Not a new sight for me but both
 GIANT DIVING BEETLE
and
 POLLEN BEETLE
should be familiar to our regular readers.
We thought on 'size difference' alone they were worthy of
inclusion on today's Post.
 It is a few months now since the c8 Mute Swan eggs hatched and to date all of the Cygnets appear to have been in fine fettle. It was Saturday that the first of these took to the wing and with a parent bird in attendance each flexed their wings and while in flight let out a continuous high pitched 'peep'.
When flying operation finished on that day only c7 of the young returned to base, while today that figure fell to c6 and it didn't take long to find out why. Every year young Swans fledged both here on Parley Pond and on this stretch of the River Stour collide, fatally, with power cables but little or nothing is being done to resolve the situation.
 But Get This! The Service Providers in charge of the offending cables are more than willing to provide and rig Aviation Marker Balls or Bird Diverters, but there was such a 'local' HULLABALOO about cutting the power while such works take place that they have never been rigged. In this rural part of Dorset most go around claiming to be 'Country Folk' but in truth I can only think their knowledge and experience of Wildlife comes from being glued to the Idiot's Lantern night after night complaining of the Morons responsible for poaching Rhinoceros Horn or pumping Bear Bile! Moan over, so to continue with an
 EARTH MOVING EXPERIENCE
While work continues on back-filling the North Pond this huge pile of
fertile earth is being levelled next to the Irrigation Pond in readiness to 
become a horse paddock.
With the blessing of Lord Lawney and Hugh I have been keeping a sharp eye on these operations which, it should be said, are being carried out in a sympathetic, professional and very speedy way. By the end of the week all should be completed but during the interim I have been given something of a free-hand to develop, this Pond at least, into a mini Nature Reserve.
My thoughts are that most of what is here should remain untouched, but to 'scrape' some of the margins may encourage more Wading Birds (such as the Green Sandpipers) to frequent this site?
 As work continues it has now been agreed that the small
 Subsidiary Pond
should not be back-filling as was the original intention.
 Thought on Wild Flower Seeds are already well advanced,
 while a little more light gravel is planned for the area between the soil and the watercourses.
 What is to happen to the very large hole left after extraction of
material to in-fill the North Pond is yet to be discovered but
 COLLARED DOVE
and a 
Grey Heron 
have already been noted prospecting.
 The Bulldozer did break down this morning so there was opportunity 
a chat with one of the lorry drivers. A very pleasant personality came in the form of
Hungarian 
BALINT KISS
 'Kiss' for short commands excellent English, fine conversation and came
over as a very nice person.
Good to Meet You Sir!
 Don't panic I'm only letting off a Distress Flare.
 My visits to see The Secret Lemonade Drinker are always awash
with interesting things to see and at my last, a couple of weeks ago,
he produced this
Webley and Scott
VERY PISTOL
used to fire a Flare/Signal often in the event of an emergency.
During my time at sea I must have fired one of these about half a dozen times
but never for the reason stated above.
and finally, we leave you with the Gods not quite on our side
as this morning I found the remaining area of aggregate at the 
Hurn Gravel Pit
being 'covered' by yet another
Earth Moving Experience!
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