Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Old Lady - Sinéad O’Connor

It was an altogether short day in the field yesterday as there was a pressing engagement in Weymouth that was simply unavoidable. With my Visa and Passport both in correct order it was a quick turn around which took no more than 2 hours 20 minutes door to door and we also managed to squeeze the Moth Traps in prior to departure.
New for 2016
OLD LADY
and for size comparison.
Ditto
FROSTED ORANGE
and another 'monster' this time a female
OAK EGGAR
Yes, 'common as muck' especially here in the breeding season,
but it was thought this short series of images of a
COMMON BUZZARD
 carrying out its ablutions on the Solar Panels
 may be seen as both interesting and amusing.
Firstly a little ear picking
and talon clenching,
followed by surveying its domain
before jettisoning a little ballas!
 It's coming
 ahhrrr that's better!!
At the Irrigation Pond most things were much the same, except
for whatever reason the female
COOT
has returned to the ancestral home, surely not to attempt another brood?
video
The Juvenile Coot
meanwhile stretching its legs,
video
and a different
video
ROE DEER
Back at Slight Return II
there was much activity from above as an
AIRBUS A400 ATLAS
once again paid us a visit.
One has never been seen to land or take-off from Bournemouth International Airport,
simply spending the day steaming backwards and forwards directly over our heads.
Our theory is that they are carring out Radar or other Gadget Calibrations?
One of the 5
COBHAM JET TRAINERS
(so close we couldn't get it all in the frame)
mostly used for practise on In-Flight Refuelling
and what these days they call the
Thursday War with the Royal Navy.
Back in my day this one day of the week was set aside for
Naval Anti-Aircraft Gunnery Firings for ships involved in
Work Up, prior to joining the Fleet, out of Portland.
In those days it was known as the Wednesday War but no one is spared when it comes to
Government Cuts!
FOR THOSE OF YOU INTERESTED IN 'AIRCRAFT IDENTITY'
PLEASE VISIT THE ROY NORRIS COMMENT ON 28/08/2016
GOING HOME - DIRE STRAITS!
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Monday, 29 August 2016

Helicopter - Bloc Party (a little Indie for a change)

As we peeped out of the 'porthole' at 06:00 yesterday morning all the signs were that it was going to be a Bank Holiday Sunday, it could just as easily have been a Monday but we'd had the fore-thought to check the diary. The anemometer was whizzing round at about 20 knots, it was still partially dark and the rain clouds were gathering apace which were 3 good reasons to hoist myself back into the hammock! Within one minute the first rain drops were drumming on the roof of Slight Return II, a sound which is thought most theraputic, which simply increased and persisted for a further full 90 minutes. Not even a consideration to monitor Moth Traps in such conditions, unless you want everything soaked and egg trays scattered to all points of the compass, so also time for a leisurly cup of coffee.
Over the last week we started to catch the delicate and tiny
VESTAL
but don't let the looks fool you as this is a serious
Long Distant Migrant
which on occassion can travel from as far away as the
Sahara Desert.
Our annual total has now reached c21 with a pulse of c10 yesterday morning alone.
Also within were
CYPRESS PUG
TAWNY BARRED-ANGLE
YELLOW BELLE
HEART and DART
and the deminutive, but no less attractive, Micro
 PYRAUSTA AURATA
was also in one of the traps.
At the Irrigation Pond one of the adult
COOT
 was at the favoured mid-water preening perch,
while the only remaining juvenile has taken to suning (wot sun)
on the banks of the Island.
 Also taking it easy there was a moulting
 ROE DEER
video
before taking to the hoof and nicking some of the local groceries.

Finally. the juvenile

LITTLE GREBE
 surfaced right before our eyes,
after which it only showed very intermitantly.
The Gravel Pit only threw up this single
RABBIT
 as they say on Portland!
Merritown Heath showed a little more of interest as
'not before time'
 GREYLING (Butterfly)
was seen for the first time this year nectaring on the
Bell Heather.
 
 Continuing in that vein, signs are already visible that

 Tim and Adam's
spreying regime is taking effect and it is hoped

that in years to come this whole area will be rejuvenated with

ERICA
 There were also a good number of very mobile
 COMMON DARTER
on the wing, making them a little difficult to get to grips with,
but with the 'flyers' that followed life was made a little bit easier.
During that 90 minutes 3 differing 'service' Helicopters put in a show
starting with what is thought to be a
ROYAL NAVY MERLIN
COAST GUARD
 who have, unfortunately, been extremely busy this Summer Season.
The local
NATIONAL POLICE HELICOPTER
 stationed at Bouremouth International Airport seems to put in a
collosal number of flying hours hopefull detering
'those who do not wish us well'.
It is always worth a look behind the
Eco Recycling Unit
especially as full permission is in place with the only proviso
being to activate hazzard warning lights whilst on site.
Here there is an ever ready water supply, albeit from puddles which
rarely, if ever, dry out. My plan for the winter is to have a meeting with
Justin Dampney with a view to making a few small adjustments which it
is hoped will benifit next years migrants and breeding wildlife alike.
 On the day we found the first Autumn arrival juvenile
video
LAPWING
video
not thought to have bred here as they have been absent for a while now.
There was also a rather coy looking

STOCK DOVE
 It was noticed on the way back that the
HIMALAYAN BALSAM
was again in prolific growth despite the slashing and spraying
that took place during May.
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