Wednesday, 24 June 2015

The Emerald - Thin Lizzy

Down from the glen came the marching men
With their shields and their swords
To fight the fight they believed to be right
And overthrow the Overlords
To the towns where there was plenty
They brought plunder, swords and flame
When they left the town was empty
The children would never play again
There was a certain desperation about yesterday, that being the 'third' day that we had been unable to locate the Little Ringed Plovers and while a positive attitude was being maintained there was also a feel of unease in the air. Regardless, the Birds had to second place as the sun was above the horizon and the Moth Traps must be attended too before the heat of the day sets in. Once they feel that increased temperature the overnight lethargy is soon overtaken and they become all of a flutter. All of those who pursue this fascinating activity will, like myself, doubtless spend long periods browsing one or other of the splendid Field Guides associated with with the subject. It was only 2 days ago that my interest was taken by a particular Insect which is described on the Dorset Moth Group Website   as "a scarce and very local resident" which, it should be added, up until then had not been recorded here at Parley Court Farm.
 BLOTCHED EMERALD
 was almost the first Moth of the day
 not in the trap at all
 but perched precariously on the perspex collar.
BUT WE GOT IT!
The Emerald - Thin Lizzy Link
From their graves I heard the fallen
Above the battle cry
By that bridge near the border
There were many more to die
Then onward over the mountains
And outwards towards the sea
They had come to claim the Emerald
Without it they could not leave
New for the Year were
 LILAC BEAUTY
 SMALL DUSTY WAVE
RIBAND WAVE
with the exception to this being a nice example of the very common
 DOUBLE-STRIPED PUG
 The 'migrant'
BORDERED STRAW
continue to be taken daily and back to the Year List with
DOUBLE SQUARE-SPOT
 It's been said before in these pages and here we go again that these
AIRBUS A400M  
look mighty sinister, and even more so when passing into low cloud.
No time for Plane Spotting really as best haste had to be made for the
Solar Panel Compound.
On arrival the water hose was turned on
which always entices one species or another to come and drink.
Today it was the turn of
GOLDFINCH
but that was soon forgotten as the 'call' of an adult
 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER
was heard. Soon after
 BOTH CHICKS
were also located, causing some relief, in again a totally different area.
More of the days images can be viewed at the end of this Post.
 It was only the arrival of a most obliging
 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER
 searching for food
 that dragged me away from the Waders.
 BRILLIANT
to watch such a Master at work and inevitably ending up with a
BIG FAT GRUB!
BITING STONECROP
now starting to bloom.
 HEDGE BEDSTRAW
 
 BUFF-TAILED BUMBLEBEE
 
TREE BUMBLEBEE
and the final look at the LRP's at least until
The Next Time.
video
LITTLE RINGED PLOVER Clip
and a few more photographs of their shenanigans yesterday.
 It was likely the new preference for the long grass
 that denied us any sightings
 over the past couple of days.
ENJOY!
 
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