Monday, 17 October 2011

Swan Song - Led Zeppelin


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Apologies to the Teifi Ringing Group who I refered to a the Pembroke Ringing Group yesterday this is
their Link.

Long before daylight the storm clouds were gathering, indicated by their movement across a rapidly waning moon, and a near gale force wind could also be estimated. Rain looked inevitable as I took a wander around the cemetery noting the number of Blue & Great Tits that have now arrived joining an already healthy population of Chaffinch and Goldcrest.

Robins are also well represented, and seeing this one surrounded by Holly Berries I almost burst into a chorus of We Wish You A Merry Chr...... must be time to book a long holiday!

Over the road at Radipole, this low flying Mute Swan nearly knocked my hat off,

but felt quite chuffed that I got the camera up in time. Once again it was mostly about Waterfowl, but single Reed Bunting and Sparrowhawk did put in brief appearances as did Water Rail and Cetti's Warbler.

Shelduck have now started to return after a short absence,

as male Teal moult into their fine and bright winter plumage.

Long-tailed Tits are also forming feeding flocks, at least 3 separate ones of these on the reserve this morning,

while yesterday we had Blue Tit in the hand, today we had one in 'the bush'!

These 3 Carrion Crows were capitalising on last nights 'litter louts' discarded take away rubbish,

as a passing Great Crested Grebe was, as ever, able to find its own natural food. Throughout the water level is still low and 8 Black-tailed Godwit continue to take advantage, as 3 Mediterranean Gulls, including one 'ringed' individual, were content to rest on the waterside rails.

The Hooded Merganser is also still present, today down by Westham Bridge, and 4 Siskins flew over before I caught the bus to Portland.

Very quiet on the Island today, although both Song Thrush (my first for quite a while) and Blackcap entered the log almost immediately, as this 'one legged' Jackdaw also stopped to pose. Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails are still very much in evidence as were 2 of the resident Common Buzzards,

but all else was this lovely, Ricky Lambert caught Feathered Thorn Moth.

Departing via the Privet Hedge path there was time for a shot of the notorious Portland Race at almost high tide.

Num Perc. Country Name

drill down1800772.03%United KingdomUnited Kingdom
drill down17997.20%United StatesUnited States
drill down5582.23%TaiwanTaiwan
drill down4791.92%CanadaCanada
drill down4071.63%NetherlandsNetherlands
drill down3141.26%EstoniaEstonia
drill down3061.22%AustraliaAustralia
drill down2771.11%GermanyGermany
drill down2290.92%FranceFrance
drill down2100.84%New ZealandNew Zealand
drill down1410.56%BrazilBrazil
drill down1260.50%ItalyItaly
drill down1230.49%JapanJapan
drill down1150.46%SpainSpain
drill down1070.43%IndiaIndia
drill down1040.42%BelgiumBelgium
drill down680.27%SwedenSweden

and finally, it is noteworthy that Belgium have become the 16th country to reach a 3 figure total on the Stat Counter. Sweden are some way behind but may reach there soon.

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