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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