Saturday, 23 July 2016

They Only Come Out at Night - The Edgar Winter Group

The fine weather continues making for some of the best catches from the Moth Traps so far this year. For the last few mornings we have been accompanied at our task by the raucous and continuous cries of the local
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juvenile
GREEN WOODPECKERS
(sound track)
 POPLAR LUTESTRING
 DINGY SHEARS
DOUBLE SQUARE-SPOT
 BLACK ARCHES
and
 SCARCE FOOTMAN
have all been caught for the first time this year, the latter here in
comparison with the far more numerous close cousin
COMMON FOOTMAN
Aside of the traps we have been finding
just a single example of 
 EVERLASTING SWEETPEA
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and in one of the only remaining puddles of water
BLACKBIRD BATHING
On the Heath the usually abundant
APPLE TREE
is now showing a good amount of fruit while the
FERNS
have now formed a complete carpet over much of the area.
video
On our way back it was noted that the Blackbird had been
relieved at the bathing pool by a
video
MISTLE THRUSH

Along the Sewerage Works fence the
WILD PRIVET
is also in bloom.
video
Returning to Slight Return II for a coffee
 the juvenile
GREEN WOODPECKER
was now showing in person.
Trail Camera Update
and it can be said that at purchase, of the bird, there were just 2 Species
in our sights as hopefuls. Already, Woodcock has been captured and it
was with great surprise that yesterday we caught the second a nocturnal
NIGHTJAR
video
just look at those eyes.
A pity
They Only Come Out at Night!
There was also an early morning
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GREENFINCH
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Friday, 22 July 2016

Morning Dew - The Grateful Dead

1285 HITS yesterday was something of a
Record Breaker
For modern times. We would extend a
Thank You
to all of you that tuned in!
Another hot, sunshiny day resulted in a further decent haul from the
Moth Traps
 Many Hundreds of Insects
stuck to the collar of the trap by the Morning Dew, and as the
sun got uo so they all disappeared.
Yesterday's catch started with both male
 Male
and
 Female
 FESTOON
with the latter said only to come to light occasionally.
 SCORCHED CARPET
 While in passing and found on the 5th Tee a discarded
BLACKBIRD EGG
which looked more like it had hatched than been predated?
SMALL DOTTED BUFF
However, 'out in the field' things were far quieter but
 after this small clump of
 GREATER KNAPWEED
and
 the First
 MARBLED WHITE
of the Year, this juvenile
 WILLOW WARBLER
 was almost the only representative of the
 Bird World
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until a feeding
SONG THRUSH
was happened upon.
 The first flowering
 MULLEIN
and unusually a lone
LINNET
Finally a
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video
ROE DEER
also hove into view.
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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Blue Moon - The Marcels

Our computer issues are by no means resolved, but there is at least an opportunity to use a machine elsewhere. It isn't my idea of fun lugging all that gear back and forth but when you have an appreciative audience in waiting the thirst must be slaked. Not exactly sure of the Gibbous at present, maybe waxing, but will be content to call yesterday's rise a
video
 FULL MOON
There are still a great number of images in the backlog, generated the lack of Internet,
which we hope to catch up with in the days to come, but with a dawn temperature here
hovering at a balmy +19C hopes were high for a bountiful haul from the Moth Traps.
 SWALLOWTAIL
 SMALL BLOOD-VEIN
 LEAST YELLOW UNDERWING
 and
DUSKY SALLOW
came into the mix.
In our continuing efforts to be able to recognise at least some
of the Micro Moths we took a stab at
HYPSOPYGIA GLAUCINALIS
and the far more distinctive
 LOZOTAENIODES FORMOSANA
but the most satisfying capture of them all came when this male
 BANDED DEMOISELLE
was plucked from the depths and in its relatively
 docile state was happy to perch on my figure.
At this time of year we record these on a daily basis, by what a privilege
to have one 'in the hand'!
A regular part of our daily doings is also to check the
MUTE SWAN FAMILY
on Parley Pond and to bring you an update image of their progress.
As can be seen there ate still c7.
 and talking of water levels, that at the Irrigation Pond has seen
something of a dramatic fall. Even though a bowser load is taken from here each day,
to quell the dust clouds at the Eco Recycling Works, there is much disappeared
au natural. This has the benefit of exposing the 'scraped' banks which is
hoped to attract more Waders than just
 LAPWING
video
but we'll settle for that in the meantime.
Onward to the Heath and the juvenile
 STONECHAT
 with some now having developed so much that it is possible to sex them
this a Male.
Before leaving and heading back to the tedium of photo editing, list compiling etc,
 there was to be a welcome surprise at the presence of the 'first'
 LITTE EGRET
 at the
 Balancing Pond
alongside Bournemouth International Airport
and we still predict much more to come from this location.
It was my approach which 'flushed' it in the first place,
but after a circuit of the hangers and hard-standings
it appeared content to return from whence it came!
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