Sunday, 1 July 2012

Keep On Running - Spencer Davis Group

Before we start on today's happenings, a hark back to Friday evening when friend and fellow birder Bob Ford found this distinctly rare
GULL-BILLED TERN on Lodmoor. An excellent find Bob, would like to have seen it but you never get them all. Photographs are © Martin Cade, Warden of the Portland Bird Observatory PBO Latest News.
Looking through the curtains first thing this morning there was already a good deal of brightness, but arriving at the cemetery dark clouds were building along with a rumble of thunder or two. Undeterred, it was onward to Westham Bridge and past the new retaining walls that were built last year,
which are now a carpet of wild flowers. I carn't believe these are all self setters, so maybe our Council Gardeners (the best department in the Borough) have chucked in a couple of packets of seed?
What a sight, akin to the very best of Claude Monet.
Approaching Ferry Bridge there was this small but beautiful clump of BITING STONECROP,
while on the fore-shore an obliging BLACK-HEADED GULL

along with 2 very flighty
Portland proper was once again very quiet, with a single SMALL TORTOISESHELL BUTTERFLY,
Odemera nobilis male, at least that's what is says in the Field Guide and plenty of them around.
Later joined by one of the Plant Hoppers (Centrotus cornutus?),
and the PORTLAND 10 MILE ROAD RACE just about at its half way stage. As the runners passed me at the Avalanche bus stop, this was the leader behind the safety vehicle,
while in second place and some 90 seconds behind, I have it on good authority that this is our friend Mike Munroe's nephew.
 In 5th place and only 2 minutes adrift was the first lady competitor, all of whom would have been aware that
the 'Drinks Station' was only just around the next bend, and strategically placed right outside the 8 Kings Public House.
By now I was being afforded a lift by Ricky Lambert and able to take shots of the rest of the field.
At home I was delighted to watch a couple of families of newly fledged HOUSE SPARROWs that had already learned to 'steal' water out of my garden pond, but the air rifle should fix that, I'm not made of money and the water bill is due!!!!
I could have watched these cheeky little birds for the rest of the day.
Earlier, there had been an e-mail from my 'shipmate' Andy Lindsay (right)
Chief Engineer of the Technips owned Deep Constructor. She is a powerful deepwater pipelay vessel (flexible pipe and umbilical's) and a multi-purpose subsea construction vessel capable of working virtually anywhere in the world. Currently 'working' (ay hang on a minute) in deep water off the coast of Brazil, there was a need for the ship to return toVitoria where he met up with another of our old 'shipmates' Paul 'Half-height' Boulton, who he or I haven't seen for 18 years. The 3 of us had enjoyed some good times together on the Semi-submersible Drilling Rig Stena Hunter back in the 90's. Paul now lives in Brazil and owns a bar in the town.

It may be the only opportunity in your life to see this event, so here are the times of local runs.
Olympic Torch Link Portland and Weymouth Timetable

As we come to the end of June 2012, it's worth looking at the Stat Counter where the daily readership total has taken something of a dip but in all other areas numbers have increased. 2 new countries/regions, Haiti and New Caledonia, joined during the month, taking the grand total to 171 as UK races towards the 60,000 milestone, with the USA and Canada now firmly into 4 figures. A further 43 are now in treble figures with Ukraine and Bulgaria both crossing the threshold during the last week, leaving Vietnam teetering. It is staggering, and rewarding to think of the corners of the world we are reaching along with an enormous number of people. A huge Thank You is extended to each and every one, with the hope you might pass on the LINK to your Families, Friends, Facebook, Twitter etc addressees.

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