Sunday, 3 May 2015

Cool Water - Frankie Laine

What is destined to be a very poor day that started with a lack-lustre (LIVE) performance in Las Vegas by messrs Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, it is now pouring with rain as it has been most of the night. Good job we have a little news from the past couple of days to fall back on which is certainly better than a Blank Page - put your hand up the person who said "No It's Not", Oh, all of you!
Too early to say the Moth Traps are starting to warm up, but a couple of new entries for the Year.
BRIMSTONE MOTH
COMMON PUG
OAK-TREE PUG
 LYCHNIS
along with
BRINDLED BEAUTY
which is caught almost daily but is a fine looking Insect.
 Otherwise a
RED ANT
had also snook in.
It is not idea still having to top-up the puddles from the mains supply, but certainly better than no water at all as far as local Wildlife is concerned. The running end of the hose-pipe is permanently in the puddle but the tap is not far away so in all cases causes some disturbance. We have to pick our moment as with the recent Golden Plover and today's

  LAPWING
 which was absent when we turned on.
 Returning to the St-range Rover a quick glimpse and it was there,
 it didn't bathe
but as might be seen from the residual droplet on the bill, enjoyed a welcome drink.
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Thought to be Nest Building.
With the shallow 'scrapes' already excavated, we now await
funding from
for the membranes. There is little point putting more than a couple of gallons
in the depressions as the ground is so porous, it quickly seeps away.
There are an awful lot of Solar Panels to check here,
 in fact avenue after avenue of them, but you never know what may be found.
 These redundant Cable Drums already serve as nesting sites for at
least c2 pairs of
PIED WAGTAL
while in the nearby
 BROOM HEDGE
Whitethroat, Robin, Greenfinch and
 GARDEN WARBLER
(new for the Year)
seem to be showing interest.
About to move off, a couple of Sheep were heading my way and it is thought
The Rule of the Road
say they have the Right of Way.
Good job we waited as before them came an unexpected but most welcome surprise.
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WHIMBREL
After regaining our composure, we were able to photograph
 this bird at leisure
 and now overburden you with just some of the 'dozens' of images!
I have to thank my Lucky Star that
SILVERSTONE
allow me the privilege of entering the Compound.
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Trivia:- in my past life I served on the
Experimental Trials Vessel 'Whimbrel' as
Able Seaman, Boatswain, Chief Officer and Master.
 Many would just pass the
 HERRING GULL
by
 but watching these 'great survivours' day after day
is a JOY each of them!
 Regular readers will doubtless be pleased to know
 'one pair'
of
LITTLE RINGED PLOVER
are still prospecting the Irrigation Pond but as yet
no sign of breeding.
Had to bring my Ol' Mate John Gifford into play to do the Plants so
with his compliments.

FIELD MOUSE-EAR

 GARLIC MUSTARD
and
GREEN FIELD-SPEEDWELL
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