Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree - The Andrews Sisters

The 'highlight' of yesterday didn't appear on that Post, as it hadn't happen by the time we went to press, which was the arrival of my dear friend Lyn from Hampshire. Here on a 10 days stay, like myself she spent all of her professional career at sea so what better common denominator? Priding myself on knowing just how to treat a Lady it was straight into the 'Charm Offensive' opening with one of my, guaranteed to impress lines, "ay-up mi Duck, we're off to look for Woodcock and Nightjar this evening". Unable to resist my Boyish Charms we arrived at Merritown Heath 
 just as the Sun dipped below the horizon
 and took up station for the vigil. 
Lovely to be in such company but now 
we would have to focus more on listening for the distinctive 'voices'
of both these nocturnal birds. However, it was the 'call' of a distant
TAWNY OWL
that was heard first but just as we caught sight of Venus the
sleek silhouette of Lyn's first ever 
 NIGHTJAR
passed very close overhead. We had c6 close quarters views of at 
least c2 individuals but as it was now getting quite dark we decided
to give our mission just 10 more minutes. That was just enough time
for Lyn to point and ask "what's that"? The lone and silent
WOODCOCK
flew one complete circle close overhead before, along with the Nightjars,
disappearing into the gloom. GREAT excuse for a hug and a nightcap back at
Slight II 
Neither of these enigmatic creatures have ever been recorded by myself during
a Dorset September, so were excitedly added to that particular list.
(Illustrations are 'on loan' from Wikipedia)
Today, along with the first day of Autumn, has been free from any precipitation although at time the cloud formations did look rather threatening, but again it was the low overnight temperature (5°C) that let the Mothing side down. Nothing to generate any great excitement but here are a few of the more common species that were found in the traps this morning.
 GREEN CARPET
 MAGPIE
 c27 HORNET to contend with.
 PEBBLE HOOK-TIP
 ANGLE SHADES
 BRIMSTONE MOTH
GOLD SPOT
NOTHING!
was the net result of our search of the northern half of PCF, including both Ponds,
but with the memory still fresh of the 'flush' of Egrets over the
Bank Holiday Weekend
and with both
Cattle Egret and Great White Egret
awaiting addition to not only the
Dorset/September List but also our own Recording Area List
where better to start a search then than among
neighbouring Farmer Greg's Herd of
 CHAROLAIS CATTLE
grazing the Water Meadows along the banks of the Moors River.
ANOTHER BLANK
so onward to
Merritown Heath
where first up were even more Cows this time the 4
 BELTED GALLOWAYS
 gorging themselves on the 'fallers' but........
Don't Sit Under the 'Apple Tree'
With Anyone Else But Me.
Otherwise the day concluded with this
diminutive example of one of the Species of
HYGROCYBE FUNGI
a
WHITE-LIPPED SNAIL
a close-up of
HEATHER
and an example of one of the
SPEEDWELL FAMILY
which it is hoped will bloom in days to come, we'll be waiting.
AS EVER WE THANK 'JOHN GIFFORD' FOR SOME OF THE I.D's.
Finally, a degree of annoyance is generated by Helicopters particularly
flying across the Heath, when surely there must be alternative
Air Space??

No doubt interesting to watch this
PILOT TRAINING AIRCRAFT
video
but also very worrying as it was thought they might be
coming to take me back to the
video
OIL RIG!
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2 comments:

  1. Just have to say....
    I watched a brilliant program last night on BBC4.
    'Miniature Britain'...First shown on BBC2.
    Just checked iPlayer...Well worth a watch, if anyone's
    missed it, or would like to see it! Runs for 60mins..
    So check it out....That's 'BBC iPlayer BBC4'
    I just Googled it....!

    Oh! And Capt...There down and around Old Harry Rocks.

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  2. Cheers Willie, will take a look later. All the Best

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