Sunday, 22 February 2015

I Am a Mole and I Live In a Hole - The Southlanders

Another heavy frost last night, -5°C first thing, so doubt there will be much in the Moth Trap. However, at first light and among the 'whiter shade of pale' was a welcome splash of colour along with a Wren perched on the doorstep on Slight Return II.
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'Dancing'
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PHEASANTs
While no claims of true migration are being made from at Parley Court Farm, there is certainly already evidence of some 'dispersal' on the watercourses. On Wednesday (18) the first 
 COOT
arrived on Parley Pond along with an increase on the daily tally of
MOORHEN
While some time has been given over to finding anecdotal evidence that Coot has been recorded on the Irrigation Pond in the past, none as yet has been forthcoming. That would make the c2 that arrived there yesterday the first ever for the North End of the property. In addition a second Coot also appeared on PP the same day along with a lone
LITTLE GREBE
also yesterday, as returning from my rounds, a second visit was made
to Parley Pond which proved to be 'right place, right time' as a pair of
GADWALL
had decided to drop in. Only there for the briefest of stays they were
only the 5th and 6th individuals to have been recorded on the Farm.
In the continuing quest to become the worlds most Minimal Minimalist,
a couple of evenings this week have been spent jettisoning even more
keep sakes, memorabilia and junk consigning it to the
metaphoric scrap heap.
A glass ashtray (unused) from the
HMS ESKIMO
'second commission' on the Persian Gulf Squadron
assigned to the Secret Lemonade Drinker along with
A memento of the 1976
OLYMPIC SAILING TRIALS
held in Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay.
Our part on RMAS Cricklade was to lay all the courses as well as
forming the Start Gate for most of the Races.
'The' Games took place later that year in Canada.
This went to Secret's son Robert an adept Sailor himself.
To continue the wander around PCF
 WATER (Aquatic) FERN
Azolla filliculoides
is now covering the Harbins Garden Pond
but also revealing other creatures.
 The garden lies parallel with the 5th Fairway of their Golf Course
and as such it is not unusual to find the odd mis-directed Golf Ball.
These are usually picked up and placed in a garden urn which was my 
intent for this one. On closer inspection it was seen to be hosting this tiny creature.
 WANDERING SNAIL
Radix balthica
One of the 4 or 5
COMMON BUZZARD
which continue to thrive within the
Northern Section.
A familiar sight here, but one that had not yet been captured with the camera.
Everything is getting vocal here, but enough about Me, this
ROBIN
was making a far better fist of it.
DAISIES
already!
With another Species that seems to have done well here this winter
REED BUNTING
highest single count being 37.
Not at all accommodating, one of the local
SPARROWHAWK
It's been a long time coming but finally the task was set to ID these
NORWAY PINE
(Thanks to John Gifford)
Having disappeared for a while it was good to note over 300
STARLING
back on the farm yesterday.
The 'new look' resurfaced
FARM YARD
Plenty of
SNOWDROPS
blooming here and only the second 'live'
MOLE
I have ever seen.
Finally, yet another
HARLEQUIN LADYBIRD
comes out of hibernation within Slight Return II
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