Monday, 13 July 2015

The Wanderer - Dion

The weekend weather didn't amount to much, with almost continuous rain accompanied by a stiff breeze throughout Sunday, but all of that was adequately countered by a visit of my dear and long time friends from Emsworth, Hampshire
Paul and Tess Lifton
Long time wanderers in their mobile home, they are recently returned from a wander through a fair section of the South of France with plenty of tails of Roller, an abundance of Nightingale, along with plenty of Golden Oriole, while for my part it was a delight to show them around the Recording Area. Much of the action from their stay is yet to be edited, cannot do two things at once, and hopefully brought to you via our next Post. For now, some images from last weeks wanderings starting with a few more Moths.
 BRUSSELS LACE
 FOUR-DOTTED FOOTMAN
 BROWN RUSTIC
 SHOULDER-STRIPED WAINSCOT
 SINGLE-DOTTED WAVE
 and just the odd Micro
 THISTLE ERMINE
 along with what is believed to be
Trinia semifulvella
There was something of a surprise at the 
 IRRIGATION POND
this morning, in fact 1½ surprises! Suddenly overnight it had become
 HIGH TIDE
as water, much needed for the Recycling Process, had been pumped
from the aquafer, while additionally and only a ½ surprise the
 LAPWING
which have been 100% attentive here over the past few weeks,
introduced their new arrivals to the world.
 We had predicted that Little Ringed Plover might make the
Island in the middle of the pond a nest site, but by no means a
 complete surprise the Lapwings piped them to the post.
 Thus far just
3 youngsters have been noted.
Also there an example of
MOUSE-EAR HAWKWEED,
a member of the Dandelion family, along with
good numbers of
 COMMON BLUE DAMSELFLY
 already getting
 well into the
 Mating Game
and talking of
WILD OATS
it wasn't me Sir!
Round at the Gravel Pit, first to be encountered was
Mother MALLARD
video
video
with her little brood.
Among the Fat Hen and at what has become a favoured 
Watering Hole
for a number of species this 
 COLLARED DOVE
looked a little on the 'dark side' of the usual colour
video
while another looked a little pale!
BLACKCAP
have had a 'bumper year' here at PCF
 still noted daily as singing in just about every hedgerow, but
just try 'seeing' one let alone getting a shot.
This female was partially obliging.
While unlocking the access gate to the Heath yet another
 GREEN WOODPECKER
was spotted clinging to a fence post in a nearby Horse Paddock
and thought worthy of a shot or three.
Greeting came by way of juvenile
STONECHAT,
 lots of
 SMALL HEATH BUTTERFLIES
 and just a month plus a couple of days
 since seeing my very first
 SMOOTH SNAKE
 another one obliges.
On the way back, God's Little Acre came up with a new species of
Butterfly for that patch a
MEADOW BROWN
with a text alerting me to the fact that the
HOUSE MARTINs
are back at both the Manor and Gavin's House.
Must qualify that by saying as yet I have not seen a single bird but
we will be keeping an eye open.
 Puffed out and back to Base I got to thinking of trying a 'pint' of that there
PETRUS
everyone is raving about. Got to be honest, even though it was a bit old
(1982)
it was thought to taste more like Red Wine, won't bother again.
CHEERS!
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