Tuesday, 29 September 2015

To Our Children's Children's Children - The Moody Blues

Please Click this Link
to make a donation, no matter how small,
(they tell me a POUND is worth a GOLD CROWN when you're that ill)
to help cure my 3 years old grandson Benny and/or
many other children suffering with
LEUKAEMIA
BENNY (center) 
before the disease took his hair, strength and complexion away.
The heartfelt THANKS of Alex, Lisa, Benny, Bernard and Fred, Elizabeth
and of course Myself
go out to those who have done so already!
Here at Parley Court Farm there has only been one 15 minute blemish
across nearly 3 days of more or less uninterrupted sunshine.
Even then the spectacle of first a single
then a double 
RAINBOW
above Harbins Farm House
with its attendant heavy shower of rain didn't damped any spirits,
and early morning the Moth Traps were cleared to find more 
PINK-BARRED SALLOW
accompanied first by a singing
CHIFFCHAFF
then
SALLOW
along with
CENTRE-BARRED SALLOW
before an equally vocal
WILLOW WARBLER
joined in the chorus.
CADDISFLY
(Port Side)
CADDISFLY 
(Starboard Side)
EARWIG
and then we headed north.
At the Sewerage Works we noted the first
Large Gull
of the Autumn a juvenile
HERRING GULL
while close by another far less cooperative
CHIFFCHAFF
amid a good number of
GREENFINCH
Again of the less than helpful brigade a female
BLACKCAP
was not prepared to reveal her true colours, so we turned our attention to
the abundance of
FRUITS of the FOREST
PINE CONES
ROSE HIPS
ACORNS
some as big as your thumb and masses of
BLACKBERRIES
BLUE TIT
was just one of a fair few feeding among the Oak foliage, before we
(yes you've got it)
another
SMOOTH SNAKE
but not just any old Smooth Snake no, but
the SMALLEST one we have found to date
pointing to the fact that breeding is, or has been, underway.
video
Cecil B DeMille
Further along what was considered to be a 'pregnant'
SLOW WORM
along with an
odd coloured individual and another
BROWN-LIPPED SNAIL
There seems to be an awful lot of
ROYAL NAVY HELICOPTER
activity around he of late, reminiscent of how the Portland was back
in days of yore when Wasp Helicopters would land and take off
rather like (well), Wasps at their nest.
Walking back to Merritown Gate a bird plunged into the Heather
which by the time the Bins were brought to bear was showing just a 
Barred Underwing.
Our first Short-eared Owl for certain, but unfortunately,when it revealed itself,
it was a Short-eared Owl dressed as a female
SPARROWHAWK
Never mind, there will be other days.
Talk Soon!
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Sunday, 27 September 2015

Benny and the Jets - Elton John

We have always prided ourselves here at the Bagsy Blog in not publishing any profanities, swear words, general lewdness, while staying well away from Politics, Religion and most of all Advertisements. Of the latter, had we taken up any or all of the many offers of cash incentives from various companies we would have been no better off as likely we would have lost many of our Valued Readers. Similarly, we have never ventured into highlighting Charities, simply having favoured ones which are personal to ourselves! Never say Never as today we are going to slightly crack that mould! Even before his 3rd birthday my youngest Grandson  
BENJAMIN PETER YORK
(puffed-out after yet another bout of Chemotherapy)
was diagnosed with 
LEUKAEMIA
Without labouring the point further I am going to kindly ask 
each and every one of you to make a
(Click This Link PLEASE)
which can, if preferred, be made anonymously.
There is no limit either way to the amount a £, a Penny,
a Yen, a Tugrik a € or even a Rupee they all count!
More information can be found by visiting 
THANKING YOU 'ALL' IN ANTICIPATION
with Benny's own personal message!
video
" When Grandpa Bagsy Got Stuck Up the Chimney"
On with 'Any Other Business' and back to yesterday when daylight broke with the temperature touching Zero C but quickly increased as the morning wore on. While we are well used to walking to find our quarry, it is always a short drive to 
MERRITOWN GATE
(looking north west and beyond which is the largest of the
SOLAR PANEL COMPOUNDS)
Looking in the opposite direction, the view is across the Heath with the
Apple Tree to the left and an Alder Buckthorn Bush to the right.
Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?
You are Bagsy without a doubt, thank you Mirror, Roger, Out!
It was only a casual glance back through the wing mirror that brought
the perching Hirundines to our attention. At first just many dozens of
SWALLOW
 mostly young birds
but all putting on a fine
 adult performance.
It was about then that a few House Martin joined the 'flying
throng' but were mighty reluctant to go to perch.
All this activity was attracting other species as well with a number of
STARLING
 also happy
 to perch on the
Solar Panel Compound Perimeter Fence
and followed by
 CHAFFINCH
 for whatever reason usually reluctant to get close to the camera here.
 MEADOW PIPIT
joined the action before it was time for the first
 HOUSE MARTIN
 plucked up the courage to pitch in.
 After the first
 maybe up to 50 or more
 intermittently
 followed suit
 allowing for
excellent views.
A visit to this area simply wouldn't be complete without
 PIED WAGTAIL
putting in an appearance, but then our attention was attracted to a
scalding call from among the Ferns.
Scanning the area, 2 discoveries were made, one was this
 male
BLACKCAP
taking full advantage of the cover provided by the
Buckthorn Bush,
 and 2 just why they have black eyes.
 Great camouflage among the
 ripe black berries.
 Time for a quick bit of 'scrumping' particularly as there is now no
competition with the 4 Belted Galloway Cattle which have been
fenced off at the other side of the Heath for the winter.
 Among the Apples and the Leaves this
 COMMA BUTTERFLY
 and then this rather ragged looking female
 BLACKCAP
looking every bit like a juvenile.
CHIFFCHAFF
were also numerous along with
Nuthatch, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Stonechat and Dartford Warbler
none of which seemed likely to fall to the camera.
 Another ragged specimen this time a
MEADOW BROWN
seen before heading back to base.
A stop at
PARLEY POND
was to note the prolific growth of what is thought to be one of the invasive 
AQUATIC FERNS?
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