Saturday, 23 May 2015

Foxy Lady - Jimi Hendrix

While night-time temperature continue to remain annoyingly low, the upside is we have still been adding to the Year List. We could certainly do with a New Species for the Property, but there is plenty else to see besides.
Yesterday started with the First Out of Trap
also being the First for the Year, a
FOX MOTH
the Lucky Streak continued with
BLOOD-VEIN
CLOUDED BORDER
with 2 distinct variation what we might describe as
'Centre-barred' above and 'Bar-less' below.
SETACEOUS HEBREW CHARACTER
brought up the last addition but there was little else anyway.
BLACK SEXTON BEETLE
 Heard long before they were located, these 2
 REDSHANK
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are, as far as can be established,
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 the 'first' recorded here at PCF.
Another path-side nest this time of
LINNET
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The song of
Whitethroat
may be considered a little 'scratchy' but don't you just love it?
Problem is, he's been at it for days now without luck.
 All else includes the MAIZE sprouting very nicely,
 SISKIN
 still showing regularly on the Farm but not posing very well
nor revealing their nest site.
 What might qualify as the first 'returning'
 LITTLE EGRET
as there have been none for about 2 months now!
and a new arrival, not to mention something of a shock.
 Down to Parley Pond and there was this baby
ALPACA
and me under the impression all 3 adults were males???
 Just goes to show in this day and age you have to keep and open mind
I have suggested they call it
ELTON FURNISH!!
just in case.
 and finally, just as we were about to spring into the hammock last night,
THE TOAD of Toad Hall.
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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Brass In Pocket - The Pretenders

Trivia:- Anyone who has been associated with the Weymouth Music Scene
over the past few decades will be more than familiar with our dear friend
 ROBBIE McINTOSH
 who was a member of The Pretenders from 1982 to 1987.
 Some of his other contributions to Rock 'n' Roll have included
 the 'Wings' World Tour with
Linda and Paul McCartney
and the
John Mayer World Tour
Manfred Mann's Earth Band and Norah Jones
but always ready to play his
Local Patch
seen here with (from left) Adrian Milward (drums), Chris Lonergan (bass guitar),
Clive Ashley (saxaphone) and Steve Mutter ('self made' Natal Congas)
Best Wishes wherever you are Robbie.
and the BRASS concerned, a First for the Year
 BURNISHED BRASS
 GREEN CARPET

COMMON WAINSCOT
COMMON WAVE
MARBLED BROWN
PAEDERUS LITTORALIS
TREE BUMBLEBEE
and one that posses something of a problem, so we are told.
Said most likely to be
ACORN WEEVIL
Curculio glandium,
without the benefit of 'disection' it could also be
NUT WEEVIL
Curculio nuncun
Thanks again to John Gifford
The question is, "just how many more times are the Gravel Pit and
Irrigation Pond going to throw up Avian Goodies"?
With the usual stealth of a Bull Mammoth in Musk, we quietly crept up to the GP only to flush a small Duck, initially thought likely to be a Teal which, luckily, returned to the very same subsidiary pool it had sprung from. This late in the year that in itself would have brought its own rewards, but anyway there were now c3 of them. Peering over the gravel bund that part surrounds the pit those on view could be clearly seen as
 a 'pair' of
GADWALL
(male above, female bellow)
likely those that have been knocking about all year?
However, that first bird was surely 'smaller' than these so the search went on
but not for long as just 2 camera clicks later the 'first bird' again
took to the wing and seemed to head for the IP.
Sure enough, there it was with its 2 pals, a splendid looking
male
GARGANEY
While the other 2 left as quickly as they had arrived
this handsome chap
decided to stay for most of the morning.
A 'first' for Parley Court Farm
but not tolerated by the resident, and now nesting,
COOTs.
With a far more tolerant
BLACK-HEADED GULL
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Right, that seems to have sufficiently
FLOGGED IT TO DEATH!
LARGE WHITE BUTTERFLY
were also on the wing which brought up the sum total of
anything else new to report.
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