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which baffled me altogether.
Starting with a visit to the 'Hole in the Ground', all on offer there was this
but there was at least a New Arrival at the Irrigation Pond.
Over the last couple of days the area has been fed with a handful
of corn or so and seems to have attracted this
It should be pointed out that this small watercourse has been in existence for 15 years or more and according to local 'Wildfowlers' is visited by Mute Swans regularly. So, when it is stated a bird is 'new' to the Pond List
that only relates to my own records since the site was cleared..
Not only good for the record but also to answer a couple of outstanding questions that might have been tackled in quite a different way had this bird not shown. Firstly, how deep is the pond? Well sat there in the rain for 2 hours it fed across the whole area and didn't have to cock its tail once, making the depth no more than Swan-Neck! The second and final question was answered as a consequence, is there any natural food? It was bringing up great beaks full of greenery so in addition it is thought ideal for 'Diving Ducks'.
There are a good number of resident
by migrant birds. It is unlikely they will stay as similar to 2012 there is
not an ACORN to be found.
Quite close to the Ponds and alongside the Eco Recycling works is this small and rapidly diminishing area of
which was previously a
Rubbish Tipadjoining to Merritown Heath. This is where, during his last visit, Dave Foot pointed out and identified a wealth of Wildlife for me.
The whole area is covered by Webs of one description or another
which are best viewed early morning when the Dew is still on them.
Most unusual of these must surely be the home of
RED SPIDER MITES
LARVAE of a species of SAWFLY
complete with plenty of Snail Shell evidence,
and most dramatic of all, good numbers of
zealously protecting their