Monday, 22 December 2014

A Horse With No Nmae - America

On the same day (Sunday) as the  
a photographic account of the All Comers Equestrian Event at Parley Court Farm, which surely needs no commentary. Suffice to say the competitors ranged in age from Young School Children to those in their 70's. A special rosette was awarded to all competitors over the age of 60. Unfortunately, that meant I just didn't quite qualify??


Some Little Dicky Bird has been putting its Paws in the Wet Cement!
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Friday, 19 December 2014

Cowboy Song - Thin Lizzy

Have suffered a minor glitch with the Internet Connection over the past few days, but all seems well this morning. Foul weather more or less prevented any 'field work' yesterday, so once again gainfully employed on the Memoirs - have now reached the Seychelles 1966, 130 pages, 67,000 words.
Otherwise, we did spend some time among the Solar Panels on the other days which are proving to be a great attraction and sanctuary for Birds and other Wildlife alike.
DUNNOCK
plenty of them,
with Solar Panel backdrop.
CHIFFCHAFF
also in double figures but no sign of the 'Siberian' since Tuesday.
Unusually 'Off Piste' on Wednesday as no more than a whim took
me down to the River Avon Causeway.
c2 EGYPTIAN GEESE
were among a throng of
c214 WIGEON
and put on a fine preening display.
BLACK-HEADED GULLs
along with a lone
LAPWING
before I headed back to Merritown Heath and a rendezvous with
GARY CLARK
the Herdsman who has the c4 Belted Galloways (among others) under his charge.
While I contact Gary each time I spot the bovines on the Heath
this was our first meeting at the occasion of TB and Pregnancy Testing.
Romanian Vet Micheal was there to do the 'dirty' work
first measuring skin thickness
before administering the 'jabs'
while I thought it best to spare the reader the images of the
Pregnancy Tests.
Results are now know and the news is part Good, part Bad.
While there is no sign of any TB in any of the animals there is also
NO signs of any Calves.
Just a trace of
STEREUM HIRSUTUM
on the Heath and a final
ROBIN
again at the Solar Farm.
We hope for no further Communication Breakdown, so will talk soon!
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Monday, 15 December 2014

Smooth - Santana

With the see-sawing weather pattern of late, hard frost one night, temperature nudging double figures the next, we have been selectively running at least one trap when thought suitable. Blank most nights agreed, but Sunday did produce a couple of specimens.
 FEATHERED THORN
considered by others to be a female as lacking the 'feathered' antenna.
DECEMBER MOTH
We did promise ourselves that we wouldn't lift the galvanised metal
sheets placed around the Irrigation Pond to attract hibernating
Reptiles, Amphibians etc more than once a month, and then only for
the fleetest of moments.
Immediate success as
under 2 of them there were a total of c4
SMOOTH (Common) NEWT
a single
DUSKY SLUG
One of the
GLASS SNAIL Species
along with c2
COMMON KEELED SLUG
Up at Eco, in the northern part of the property there are usually a few
HERRING GULLs
to be found, but at the other end it is a rare bird to be found perched.
Nice then to get this young bird perched on Harbins Farm House roof.
SPINDLEBERRY
still adorn the hedgerows in good numbers, while also abundant here are
BADGERs
rarely seen except one, like this, meets its Waterloo
found dead on Merritown Heath.
More excellent news from GOLDBECK the German Solar Panel Company who after completing the contract have planted about 2 miles of hedgerows around the Northern Sector and constructed more hibernaculars for Snakes, Lizards etc. 
They have now sited c4
BARN OWL
Nest Boxes across the area and already it might be said that interest has been shown.
I have never 'seen ' one on the Farm and only ever 'heard' 2, but as the last box was
being fixed to one of the fence post Chris Sugden watched a singe quartering the
panels as he did the job.
All else here involves plants, one of which
WHITE DEAD NETTLE
wasn't expected to be in bloom at this time of year??
The other, which maybe considered to be growing in plague proportions, is
CANADIAN FLEABANE
The huge area, again behind Eco, is covered in it and is attracting
various species of small birds, including the Siberian Chiffchaff
(which was still there yesterday), in their 'hundreds'!
and finally another trio of photographs taken by my friends
 from their garden in Phuket, Thailand
OLIVE-BACKED SUNBIRD
ORANGE-BELLIED FLOWERPECKER
CRIMSON SUNBIRD
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