Monday, 30 November 2015

Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix

Three days of blustery wind and frequent heavy rain has prevented us getting as much time in the field as we would like but, the Silver Lining has been huge progress on the Memoir front. Although edited and now complete up to the end of 2001(a year which took us to Portugal, Cyprus, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Mongolia, Iceland, Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece) there is still no light at the end of the tunnel, but we soldier on. 
THE ONE THAT NEARLY GOT AWAY
The frost at Harbins on Monday 23rd Inst.
Over the past few days Parley Pond has produced
Our regular
GREY HERON
and still c8 or more
MOORHEN
which were at first thought to be 'windblown' but were surely
'displaying'.
Again we have c3 GADWALL there which are, at least in part,
different to the similar c3 reported on the 21st of the month.
This time the combination includes a single male in company with 2
female which is the opposite of the last lot.
Bournemouth International Airport
and a look-see how the cladding on the new building is coming along.
The latest reference its use is for the construction of seating for the new Airbus??
It'll be something else next week!
Here also we found something of a conundrum.
While further away from being a Civil Engineer than Attila the Hun
it is baffling to know why the tributary to the Moors River has been
dammed (above centre) for the 3rd time, while there has been a need to
rig this run of pipework for the 5th time since works began on the
Balancing Pond? This time a twin pipe has been put in place and once
again the pumps are clattering away at both ends.
 At the most easterly end this fairly large expanse of water is looking
set fair for Wader or Wildfowl alike!
An obliging Cobham Jet lands close by.
Talking to this young lady Ecologist, across the expanse of the tributary,
she tells me there is a need to run more permanent pipes across this
area of undisturbed ground, hence her presence looking for Reptiles.
The only bird seen on the ground throughout the visit to
Merritown Heath was this female
PHEASANT
unless you count the 'stranger in the camp' over on the tarmac.
It was thought that British Midland no longer exists as an Airline and
certainly don't fly from BIA.
In fact we are told that all their aircraft have been sold to British Airways
which may be the reason for its being here, for a change of livery?
Initially this image was sent to scare the Grandchildren but
don't see why the Readership should get away with it.
With our
VERY BEST WISHES to ALL of YOU!
from Slight Return II
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Friday, 27 November 2015

Eve of Construction (sic) - Barry McGuire

Yes, we know it's DESTRUCTION but that doesn't fit!
After featuring an Insect of one type or another on just about every Post over the past 8½ months,suddenly it seems very strange to be without them. There are still one or two candidates about, mainly Bumblebees, but our 'doorstep' Dronefly is still putting in the occasional appearance. Otherwise, and by comparison to recent weeks, it has been very quiet with Construction rather than Wildlife being the prominent activity. 
This preening
 KESTREL
was seen on Merritown Heath a couple of days ago 
while on the way back there was just a single 
STONECHAT 
We won't describe the long absent
 LITTLE GREBE
at the Gravel Pit as a 'returning' bird as suspicions are that it has just 
been keeping a low profile rather than having been on an
Away Day. 
It was fairly grim going inspecting the Reptile covers with just these
EARTHWORMS
to show for our efforts, but then Bingo under the final sheet c2
SMOOTH SNAKE
which make up numbers 32 and 33 for the year.
 Despite the quagmire, construction continues apace on
 Phase Three of the Solar Panel Farm
but we don't envy them there task this week when 'trenching' and 
'cable laying' commence in the very wet conditions.
 At the Parley side of Bournemouth International Airport
another area of Heath has been cleared to make way for what we
are told is going to be a Store for Aviation Spares?
 Walking what used to be open meadows, but have now become the
extended banks of the Moors River, the recent high winds have taken
their toll of the less deeply rooted
SILVER BIRCH
 while the river remains just partly swollen,
 it's going to get a lot worse before it gets any better?
and while in Arboreal Mode both the
ASPENS
and the
APPLE TREE
at Merritown Gate are looking a little forlorn!
More construction, the new pedestrian pathways leading through the
Parley Court Farm Gateway.
Finally, we are still enjoying the daily visit of the
video
GREEN WOODPECKER
to the now disused (until next season) Tennis Court.
Coincidental that Singapore should appear on the Stat Counter Radar today as the Memoir has just seen me leaving that country after a most pleasant weeks stay back in 2001. There, 'Little India' was selected as a base where much of the time was spent among the
 Hindu Community with a few Sikhs thrown in for good measure.
 SENTOSA ISLAND
and what would Singapore be without a
SINGAPORE SLING
in
RAFFLES
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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The Tender Trap - Frank Sinatra

There had been adequate notice about its arrival and right on cue, Sunday morning, there it was laying deep and crisp and even, the
First Frost of the Season
On the strength of that warning we dedicated Saturday to gathering in the Moth Traps from far and wide, giving all the equipment a sailor's dhobie before stowing then under the bunk. That space is just about bespoke for the job!
THE TRAPS HAVE SERVED US WELL THIS YEAR!
Within the 5 traps, apart from a couple of Micros, there was just
a single
RED-LINE QUAKER
which, unless anything else is found around the bazaars, will
qualify as the final Macro of the Year.
c2 BUFF-TAILED BUMBLEBEE
COELICHNEUMON DELIRATORIUS
One of the Ichneumon Wasp complex 
 DRONEFLY
 ERISTATIS TENAX
we spent the whole of Sunday morning on the Heath at Merritown
to a total of very few birds, no Reptiles or mammals bu a fantastic
show of Fungi.
 Thought to be
PIPLOPRUS BETULINUS
SMOKEY BRACKET
BERKANDERA ADUSTA
SPLENDID WAXCAP
 HYGROCYBE SPLENDIDISSIMA
 a few of these unidentified heaps found across the Heath
 BRACKET or RAZOR STROP
PIPTOPORUS BETULINUS
 a Species of
HEBELOMS
DUSKY PUFFBALL
 LYCOPERDON NIGRESCENS
 PHELLINUS Species
 STERIUM Species
 STERIUM Species again but with a
JELLY TREMELLA Species
 Thought to be a Species of
PEZIZA
WHITE CHEESE POLYPORE
 TYROMYCES CHIONEUS
CANDLESNUFF FUNGUS
XYLARIA HYPOXYLON
Thought to be a 'ripe'
DUSKY PUFFBALL
PSILOCYBE SUBFIMENTANIA
THANKS TO JOHN GIFFORD and DAVE FOOT
the LEARNING CURVE on this SUBJECT CONTINUES!
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