Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Wild Geese - Art Garfunkel

While searching the archive for last months header photograph,
the 'adult male' Snow Bunting, we came across the photograph
of a Snowy Owl's nest which was at the side of the road just
outside of the town, While not unique it is thought rather unusual 
and considered  good reason to continue the
BARROW THEME.  
It's a fact that as Summer wears on the passage of Birds slows to almost a stop, and Lover's thoughts turn to other things. Lover's of Wildlife that is, we hasten to added, but for all that there are now Common Swift circling overhead each evening, no doubt preparing for an early departure, and we have recorded, this very day, our first returning
 GREEN SANDPIPER
We continue to concentrate on Moths early each morning, but ever 
mindful of all else around us, which we will record, hopefully photograph
and in turn share with our faithful and valued 
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 ELEPHANT HAWK-MOTH
 3 Hawk-moths from top clockwise
2 x ELEPHANT, EYED and LIME
BARRED YELLOW
LIGHT ARCHES
COMMON FOOTMAN
The 'migrant' 
GEM
 'barred'
TREBLE LINES
also in the traps
 BROWN CHAFER
 CADIS FLY
Mystacides longicornis
and a late addition to the PCF Year List
 SMALL EMERALD
There was an unexpected surprise awaiting under the Solar Panels
at the Gravel Pit
where an
EGYPTIAN GOOSE
had dropped in.
At great distance to start with
it certainly wasn't going to get any closer to me!
With a little deft driving the Mobile Hide was positioned as near as
possible by which time it had started fraternising with the relatively small
CANADA GOOSE Family
video
A couple or three
video
Egyptian Goose
video
clips.
The Moth Trap on Merritown hasn't been showing particularly
good returns but
 LINNETs
 particularly those with a 'Tick'
are starting to get a little bolder
and if your lucks in, your lucks in.
Can you see it yet?
No not a 'Snake in the Grass'
but our first
SAND LIZARD
for the Recording Area.
Even better, those who are 'licensed' to do so caught this
Beautiful Creature
and moved it onto the Heath away from the ongoing ground-works.
Another small Ant Colony the surprise here being the
size of the Eggs in proportion to the Adults.
HEATHER
starting to bloom.
In the Solar Panel Compound, taking my usual protective look across
the flock of Sheep, both adult
LITTLE RINGED PLOVER
(giving some size comparison)
flew in followed most unusually by what was thought to be a 'third'.
 It was in fact
 one of the juveniles undertaking its
 Inaugural Flight
 Altogether that has been
 25 days under Incubation
 and a further 27 days to
Take Off.
Despite the new found attribute, what has throughout been thought of as
The Runt

of the brood is still seeking sanctuary with Mum (or Dad for that matter).
Back at Slight Return II some scraps of bread were
scattered on the grass in hopes of enticing the local
Robin or Blackbird
but no chance, they were easily 'beaten to the punch' by
video
MAGPIE and BLACK-HEADED GULL
followed in quick succession by transiting
video
HERRING GULLs
video
We had quite overlooked the fact that prior to this a
bit of 'Goth' had been stuck on the Juke Box which is
considered perfect accompaniment in the shape of
DAWNRAZOR
performed by the incomparable
Fields of the Nephilim Link
THIS ONE'S FOR YOU 'SECRET'
(don't forget my invitation!)
or why not watch the full concert
Remain Forever 1 - Fields of the Nephilim
Trivia:- to achieve that dusty, weather beaten, we've just ridden 200 miles across the prairie look, the band undertake a 'baking powder' fight which provides a darn good dusting down!
Finally, over the past couple of days we have been blessed by yet more
INCOMPARABLE'S
 THE
RED ARROWS
The first day I missed them completely, the second is presented here
in its entirety. Unfortunately not performing here on this occasion, simply
using Bournemouth International Airport as a Springboard.
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

In God's Country - U2

Not that I believe in the Bogey Man you understand, but it's 'Someones' Country
It may not look like much from that distance but it is a
MILESTONE
for us here at Parley Court Farm.
BRINDLED WHITE-SPOT
marks the 400th Macro Species noted in our Recording Area.
Continuing the theme of varying patterns on the same species of Moth,
 CLOUDED BORDER
with Central Band absent
 'Broken' Centre Band
 and 'Complete' Centre Band
 SALLOW KITTEN
 and please note we are still trying to do a Micro or two.
 Callisto denticulella
and
 EUROPEAN CORN-BORER
also in the traps
HORSEFLY
also known as
CLEG-FLY
but only since he was 'unfrocked'.
We started the rounds today behind the Eco Recycling Plant
from where the Good News is at least c5 pairs of
Sand Martin
continue to feed young.
On the subject of young, the
 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER
(only one 'parent' bird in attendance yesterday)
continue to thrive in their new quarters on the gravel pathways between the
Solar Panels.
 The larger and more developed of the two has now
 moulted all of the first 'downy' feathers,
 while the smaller of the two
remains the smaller of the two!
It was also noted that half of the former Rubbish Dump and now 
 WEED FIELD
has been prepared for the sowing of a Game Crop,
 with attendant Security Officer.
 PURPLE TOADFLAX
HONEYSUCKLE
and an
ANTIRRHINUM
(cultivar Snapdragon)
were also found. along with a few juvenile
STARLING
On to the Gravel Pit where all on display was a
 juvenile
HERRING GULL
and close by a
STOCK DOVE 
taking a drink.
At Merritown Gate the
 APPLE TREE
is now completely devoid of blossom
but the crop of fruit looks as prolific as last year,
Along with the Belted Galloway Cows we will be awaiting our share.
On the Heath was found only our second young
 DARTFORD WARBLER
and the first to fall to the lens despite being elusive.
 It was then joined by an adult and then a
 COMMON HEATH (Moth)
 Plenty of those here
so they shouldn't starve.
 What was far more difficult was an accurate count as these tiny,
 skulking, fast moving and wide ranging birds are never still for long.
In all a reasonable estimate suggested between 8 and 10 juveniles.
A GREAT RESULT!
 COMMON WHITETHROAT
 are also back in good voice
 likely trying to get a second brood off before returning south.
 Thus far no young of this species have been seen, but feeding
and removal of fecal sacks have been noted daily over the last couple of weeks.
 Talking of elusive, none more so than this shy
WILLOW WARBLER
 and what was considered a nice series of shots of another
 
 STONECHAT
along with a
 DUNNOCK
and
 BULLFINCH
 Along the pathway are a number of these Ant excavations
 looking more like something you might see along the
INCA TRAIL
Also there was a good showing of Wild Roses
 DOG ROSE
 ROSA MULTIFLORA
and
 FIELD ROSE
Desert rose, dreamed I saw a desert rose
Dress torn in ribbons and bows
Like a siren she calls (to me).
Sleep comes like a drug in God's country
Sad eyes crooked crosses in God's country
Having satisfied the requirements to clear all Reptiles from the area, works
have now started in earnest at Bournemouth International Airport.
This is to be a Watershed to drain excess rain from the runway, while
a large Electronics Factory is programmed for close by.
 En-route to the Solar Panel Compound
FLOWERING CHERRY
and
 SCENTLESS MAYWEED
were found along the wayside,
 while in the Compound numbers of juvenile
 PIED WAGTAIL
 seemed to have increased to about 16 individuals.
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