Friday, 19 June 2015

At the End of the Day - Michael Rutherford

A beautiful lament to carry you through today's post,
have a tissue ready!
Vocals by the virtually 'unsung' (no pun intended)
Noel McCalla
and here's the Post with a few images of our wanderings 
during the past couple of days.
Wednesday was likely the best Moth Trapping night of the year
and we certainly had our share here at Parley Court Farm.
Unfortunately, there was competition waiting in the wings with both
 HOUSE SPARROW(s)
 and a very bold juvenile
ROBIN
awaiting a free meal.
Of the 492 Macro Moths of 70 species
Top of the Day List was a new addition to the Property
and a fairly scarce one at that
ROSY MARBLED
which even in a subdued state
was a devil to photograph, we still don't consider the Insect was done justice.
Additions to the Year List included
 
 GREEN SILVER-LINES
CYPRESS CARPET
SMALL ANGLE SHADES
 
 POPLAR GREY
 BIRD'S WING
RIVULET
 SMALL GRASS EMERALD
 
 FIGURE of EIGHTY
PINION-STREAKED SNOUT
and while we repeat over and over again that we don't do Micros
we are prepared to make exceptions for such a fabulous creature as the
MEAL MOTH
LITTLE RINGED PLOVER UPDATE
With some Good news and some as yet Undecided.
This was the c2 surviving juveniles on Wednesday.
 The smaller of the c2 chicks
 seemed by far the more active that day
 with lots of wing stretching, just look at those tiny 'primary feathers'
forming in this image.
 This may indeed be an unusual case of the 'runt' surviving.
 While there is no indication via these shots of size comparison,
this sibling is a full ⅓ larger than the other, they didn't want to come together.
Yesterday, after an hour long vigil not a sight or sound was heard of
Parents or Chicks.
ELSEWHERE
Peeking from among the horse tack
a couple of baby
ROBIN
and to continue the theme of 'new born', on the way to Merritown to
activate the traps a couple of evenings ago this
ROE DEER FAWN
appeared not very old and still naive enough to allow this
Close Approach.
video
ROE DEER FAWN
(testing its legs)
video
(calling)
video
(alarming)
The DOE was in close attendance and, with placenta still trailing,
gave some idea of just how close to 'new born'
the Fawn was.
 CHARLOCK
COMMON VETCH
The LAIR of a
FUNNEL WEAVER SPIDER
Amaurobius Sp
ENGLISH GREEN-VEINED ORCHID
alternatively
GREEN-WINGED
(Thanks to Sheila Edwards for the ID)
Our Recording Area is rarely associated with
COMMON SWIFT
but over the past few days there have been up to 200 or more
over the Heath.
Much more at home there, not surprisingly the annual emergence of
POPLAR LEAF BEETLE
BIRD'S-FOOT TREFOIL
STITCHWORT
Thought to have been predated the eggs of
MALLARD
and
PHEASANT
Still plenty of
DARTFORD WARBLER
on the Heath as well.
The first
GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL
chick to emerge
and the same for
HERRING GULL
on the hanger roofs of
Bournemouth International Airport.
GREEN DOCK LEAF BEETLE
having a bit of fun on my car door.
video
GREEN BEETLE CLIP
 GARDEN BUMBLEBEE
 TREE BUMBLEBEE
 GRASS SPIDER
Tibellus oblongus
NURSERY WEB SPIDER
Pisaura mirabalis
MUSK STORK'S BILL
 A difficult department but thought likely to be
ACORN WEEVIL
Curculio glandium
ROVE BEETLE
 Paederus littoralis
 SOLDIER BEETLE
YELLOW MEADOW ANT COLONY
video
Ants with Eggs on the move.
. video
GREEN NETTLE WEEVIL
video
on Building Brick.
Once again a 'note of thanks' goes to our friend
John Gifford
for assistance in identifying many of the species herein!
At the End of the Day
and back at Slight Return II, with both batteries and memory cards out of the cameras for processing, a movement in the corner of my eye. Looking through the port hole 'panic' immediately set in, and isn't it strange how you forget the location of the items you placed not a micro-second ago? A 'MAMMAL' but not any old animal, no one of the most secretive, usually only seen quickly scurrying across the path in front of us!
 STOAT
 shots published as they happened
 but as can be seen
 the hand starts to get a little shaky
 as it starts to
run away.
 and as a finale a few shots from my dear friends
Jean Francois and Roong
currently travelling in Chile and Peru.
 An absolute 'beauty'
BELCHER'S GULL
 
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Seems like a case of "it has worked for years, now it is being awkward", hey ho!

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