Wednesday, 26 August 2015

It Might As Well Rain Until September - Carole King

IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S GOING TO!
An Amazing Stroke of Genius, coupled with an Incomparable 
Knowledge of Computers has brought life back to the
Video Clips!
If anyone has any ideas as to which button we tweaked
then please let us know for the next time.
If you intend re-visiting the Sparrowhawk footage of
yesterday, please log off and then return - we get more 'hits' that way!
It was the turn of the wind last night to disrupt the Mothing, and without leaving the sanctuary of the hammock, it was estimated to be blowing about 20 knots. Any self-respecting Moth would, under such conditions, be tucked up under some leaf or other but on the positive side there was little or no rain. None that is until 05:00 when, 'inside' my feet hit the deck and 'outside' the first raindrops did likewise! With the Farm Yard 'electrical ring main' also still inoperative, reducing us to 2 traps, it was unlikely there was going to be any catch at all?
HERE ENDETH THE MOANING!  
The flavescens form of
SALLOW
from yesterday is presented here again today for comparison
with the 'coincidentally' taken archetype icteritia secured today.
SALLOW
DRINKER also for comparison with OAK EGGAR
along with
BURNISHED BRASS
ORANGE SWIFT
SIX-STRIPED RUSTIC
TREBLE-BAR
and
FLOUNCED RUSTIC
contributed to making up a better, even though fairly common, haul.
Several
HORNET
were also found along with
SCORPION FLY
(female)
and a
FIELD GRASSHOPPER
At 08:00 there was a lull in what had been a heavy rain storm
so advantage was taken for a look around the northern part of the property,
including the Solar Panel Compound
and Merritown Heath.
Despite a good number of 'singing' males during the Spring there
has been no indication that
REED BUNTING
has bred here, not even along this beat of the River Stour.
So, it was good to welcome what is considered the first 'returning'
bird if we might call it that.
Next up were a couple of 'fly-by'
EGYPTIAN GEESE
which seemed not to linger (archive photo).
All that was found on the Heath was this example of what might be
VASCELLUM PRATENSE
(but that is not as yet 100%)
and yes, we do realise we have been harking on about the Balancing Pond ever since the first sod was lifted but, the prospects of just what MIGHT visit this water-course when completed is buzzzzzzing through my head each time it is viewed!
Outside of the regularly occurring birds of our Recording Area
it is thought that the first (foreign) visitor might just be
WOOD SANDPIPER?
If you, as no more than a bit of fun, would like to take a shot at this
then you can submit your Species via the Comments Facility at the bottom
of the page or, via my E-mail address which is
captbagsy@btinternet.com
NOT AS STATED AT THE TOP OF THE POST
Leaving the Heath via the Parley Gate, once again there were
c17
MISTLE THRUSHES
feeding on Rowan Berries.
A quick drive round to the main Solar Panel Compound found even more there
commuting between perches on the panels

and the food source below.
Difficult to say with certainty but is was considered that there were
a further 37 within the fenced off area.
video
Let's hope these work, don't want to use up all that Genius.
video
Don't blink, It'll be gone!
By this time the foul weather had me seeking a lee so,
 returning to Slight Return II
there seemed to be a rumbling within.
 Maybe a Burglar - if so disappointment was about to follow.
 No, it was this bold
ROBIN.
 Who that 'in the eye of the beholder'?
It's only ME!
Safely back from the photo call, snuggling up and trying to get dry
there was a Text from Hugh
"Moth in the Golf Club Restaurant, they think it's a Hawk-Moth"?
Without further ado, knowing that on such occasions a 'RARITY'
could be at hand, I was met by the Captor
KIMBERLEY
and shown another female
OAK EGGAR 
which was already producing eggs. Quickly back to Slight, and more
particularly the long grass close by,  it was committed to celluloid and
then back to Nature.
video
Delightful Weather Conditions
considering we are just 2 days away from the
August Bank Holiday!
Finally,
and sent to us by one of our most Ardent Readers, the
Micro Moth
BUCCULATRIX ULMELLA
less than 3mm long.
AIN'T NATURE WONDERFUL!
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