Saturday, 18 May 2013

The Highways and Byways of Dorset - Sir Frederick Treves

A little further afield today to try and add to the Year/Dorset Lists and a chance to rekindle memories of some of my favourite sites in in the south of the county. Grey and Red-legged Partridge were considered good contenders around the Winterbournes, a group of small farming communities prefixed with that name such as Zelston, Tomson, Muston and Kingston, but with no success after a hour it was time to move on. Heading towards the village of Bloxworth, known by every entomologist as lending its name to a tiny Moth known as the Bloxworth Snout,
looking over this lovely vista there was something of interest
among the trees.
I know if it were mine, this tiny Summer House 
would have seen a few parties by now.
Also on view and seemingly enjoying the farmers crop this
DEER Sp which I cannot identify, but know a man who can.
Over to you John!
 and then the first

which thereafter seemed to be in every hedgerow.

At the next farm gateway the air was full of birdsong including
Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff,  Robin,
Blackbird, Song Thrush, Swallow, Skylark etc,
 along with more DEER believed to be ROE.
 There was also visible migration going on overhead, the pick
of the bunch being a brief
 a 'rare' breeding bird to our shores and as the name suggests
 rather fond of the product of the Hive.
 The subject and quality of these images are something I can only
dream of and 'borrowed' from Wiki for illustration.
 Returning to skyward, SISKINs were well represented but
after a period of time were seen to be flying from one coppice to 
another and not in fact migrants at all.
 Identified from their calls the passage birds included
In addition there were also 'hundreds' of Racing Pigeons which
Looked and sounded fantastic.
Sticking with the flying theme, these also are not 'migrants'just another GLIDER being towed to altitude from the local club. There followed a cursory wander around Oakers Wood, where the now abandoned Lesser Spotted Woodpecker hole looked tantalising, Waddock and Tincleton Watercress Beds all to no avail. Starting slowly back to base, the area around Higher Hyde and Great Plantation is always worth a look but Turtle Dove was not in evidence. What was pleasing to see there was the
 continuing breeding
 of that delightful little bird the
 seen carrying food to young that could be heard but with no 
attempt to find them.
 On the down side the were no Turtle Dove, Hobby or Green Hairstreak Butterflies and no hirundines at all let alone the usual healthy colony of Sand Martin that have historically bred in this quarry.
 The final planned site was the Heath at Ovens Hill
 where this 'singing' male
 was quickly and easily located. The guess is he hasn't found a 
'bit of nonesense' yet?
 There was also a very lucky, but all too brief, sighting of a tiny
Sand Lizard
 unfortunately this shot id also from Wiki.
 and a final peek into Longham Lake found this 
at fairly close quarters and irresistible.
Totals - Year = 115
Dorset = 93


  1. The Winterbournes are'nt to far away from me...!
    Know the area well of course...! Lovely!

    As one of my middle names is John, though not 'the' John....HeHe!
    The deer in the above photo, looks very much like a Sika Deer...?
    The others are Roe...!

  2. Apologies for delay on reply Willie. Thanks for the info (never could get my head round tose deer) and sorry to have missed you @ the W'bournes.