Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden

On another dark and dank morning, with the temperature promising to rise, we once again found all the watercourses frozen over save for a dartboard size 'ice-hole' at the Irrigation Pond being favoured by c8 Mallard. With little or no prospect of any Wildfowl we cut along to the Sewerage Works hedge where we took up station, as we do on most Winter mornings, and waited to see what popped out. The wait was short as not 'one' but 'two' squabbling
 FIRECREST
 
 broke cover, put on a pugilistic demonstration before disappearing
as quickly as they had arrived. Always considered a Brilliant addition to any
Year List!
 The plan from thereon was always to wander a little further afield and after
a short detour at Red Post, in search of either species of Partridge
(which drew a BLANK) it was onward to Lane End at Bere Regis.
There, the wonder of the Firecrests dissipated at the hands of the
FLY-TIPPERS
Not content with desecrating Dorset's Green and Pleasant Lands
these oafs have parked their gash in the gateway of a small redundant farm
owned by 2 more elderly and lovely people who feed the Birds here
on a daily basis.
While not wishing to sound Draconian, in a nutshell, it would be best
for the decent element of society to simply 'HANG' 'first offenders',
 and make the punishment far more severe for repeat offenders!
Back to the matter in hand and a very good chance to see
YELLOWHAMMER
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here in fact on that day
there seemed to be more than ever remembered
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over the last 45 years?
From there we travelled further west to the County Town of Dorchester
in search of a far more scarce Bird in terms of visitors to Dorset.
If, as was hoped, there were other Birders in attendance the task may have
been fulfilled right away but unfortunately this was about to turn into a
Needle in a Haystack!
Somewhere, across the vast sprawl of a housing estate, lay our quarry but
there was some help from the Bird Information Service which had only been
reporting it from one or other of just 2 roads. A favoured address had been given
so that was where the car was parked before setting out on our lone search which in total
took 90 minutes before returning to find the
ROSE-COLOURED STARLING
on the TV aeriel of the house described.
(can you see it yet?)
 lower centre
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The best we could do under the circumstances.
In addition there were some very nice people stopped and enquired
as to what was going on, including Ivan the Postman, Jules 9an ex-diver
but not Verne), a local lady householder and 2 young lady school teachers
with their bevy of charges who it was a delight to show the images to.
The Iron Age Hill Fort which is
 MAIDEN CASTLE (Link)
Iron Maiden - gedit?
 is literally just around the corner from the Rose-coloured Starling,
which was to be our next Port of Call,
but of more particular interest were the surrounding fields and bridleways.
West End of the Earthworks.
Met by a veritable storm of a considered 1000+
GOLDEN PLOVER
only a single Bird was close enough for a photograph
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and a short video clip.
SHEEP
Close by and at about the same distance was another Year Tick

in the shape of a
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MEDITERRANEAN GULL
Overflying Golden Plover
The nest Year Tick was also a
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GULL
this time a
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COMMON GULL
more

GOLDEN PLOVER
 Eastern End of the Earthworks.
To end our visit we also found, mostly among the ground crops
 a small group of
SKYLARK
and an similar number of
 far more reluctant to be photographed

CORN BUNTING
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Sunday, 15 January 2017

No Surprises - Radiohead

If you are not familiar with the fantastic compositions of
RADIOHEAD
you are strongly advised to sample Creep and Karma Police
both available on this same link - ENJOY!
NO SURPRISES Link
With yet another pulse of unseasonably warm overnight temperatures,
again we activated the single Moth Trap but found in the first instance 'no suprises'.
 Although we have caught one of these already this year (Day One)
any Moth caught at this time of the year will qualify for publication!
 MOTTLED UMBER
 along with 2 variations of "we don't do Micros"
 LIGHT BROWN APPLE MOTH
Now, we did stipulate from the start
NO SURPRISES
but we were certainly dealt a couple in the form of a
GREAT DIVING BEETLE
and a
DOR BEETLE
 So, no alarms and no surprises, no alarms and no surprises,
no alarms and no surprises Please!
MUTE SWANs
cutting through the early morning sky.
and maybe it's the same afore mentioned temperatures keeping the
Gravel Pit
devoid of Wildfowl while "shrouded by fine mist".
Long overdue, even though the year isn't much more than a week old,
we would have expected our semi-resident male
KESTREL
to have shown long before now.
A heart that's full up like a landfill
a job that slowly kills you, bruises that won't heal.
You look so tired, unhappy bring down the government
cus they don't, they don't speak for us.
I'll take a quiet life a handshake of carbon monoxide!
With no alarms and no surprises, no alarms and no surprises, no alarms and no surprises
PLEASE!
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Mixed Gulls at Eco Recycling and
among them a couple of
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HERRING GULL
along with about a dozen Black-headed Gulls, or at least that is what was thought.
Even though there were so few on the first couple of passes we completely overlooked the
MEDITERRANEAN GULL
complete with 'ring' that we can make neither head nor tail of.
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lurking at the back.
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We thought that GREEN would be rather a good colour to
signify any creature that has already been recorded in the current year,
but not thus far within our Recording Area - here's another!
On our way back we paid a second visit to the Irrigation Pond
where this time we found a 'First for the Year
GADWALL 
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Friday, 13 January 2017

My List - The Killers

In the same way as the Post indicating the Moth Species that have been added to our Recording Area List during 2016, we now do likewise with the Birds. Any addition is a milestone as each time one is added so it becomes more difficult to add another. The total for the year of 8 new Species is considered notable!
 BLACK REDSTART
 POCHARD
 SHORT-EARED OWL
 SANDERLING
 PINTAIL
GREAT WHITE EGRET
SANDWICH TERN
WATER PIPIT
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9