Monday, 26 October 2015

Flowers in the Rain - The Move

It's unlikely you will hear us say this again but, it was something of a blessing this morning that there were only 46 Moths of 15 species in the traps to process, as we have a couple of Little Herbert's coming to stay with me at Slight Return II today. A short but flexible Wildlife programme is planned, with the hope of finding at least one Snake or Slow Worm along with all the farm animals that should be guaranteed. 
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So, on to yesterday when the early morning temperature was Zero but quickly turned into a bright sunny day.
New for 2015
MOTTLED UMBER
and by comparison with
MALLOW
The first of the mornings interruptions came as c3
EGYPTIAN GEESE
flew to the south with not a hope of capturing an image.
(archive)
Back to Moth business and yet another addition to the
Year List
DARK CHESTNUT
and a little better representation than our last effort of
YELLOW-LINED QUAKER
Interruption number 2, this time a skein of c6
GREYLAG GEESE
(ditto)
followed by
what appeared to be a heavily marked example of
WHITE POINT
Just to make up the hat-trick a small squadron of
FIELDFARE
flew in and landed in the distant Oaks, our first of the autumn.
Still a few lethargic
WASPs
lurking in the Traps along with an
EARWIG
or two.
The Common and attached Solar Panel Compounds were devoid
with just a couple of
video
BLACK-HEADED GULL
enjoying the tranquillity of the Irrigation Pond.
Time to seek my own tranquillity so off to the banks of the
RIVER STOUR
It was Plant Life that was most in evidence there with
GREEN ALKANET
CORN MARIGOLD
CORNFLOWER
COMMON POPPY
and
HORSESHOE VETCH
all still in bloom.
CARRION CROW
flying by with the groceries,
and further up the 'beat'
the new arrival
SHEEP
in neighbouring pasture.
There always seems to be a BLACK one, it used to be me!
OX-EYE DAISY
along with 
TEASEL and WILD ROSE species with
BEDEGUAR GALL also known as ROBIN'S PINCUSHION
or
MOSS/MOUSEY GALL
brought an end to the Botanical Bonanza before venturing into a
corner of the Farm we rarely visit.
Surprise indeed to find
a number of
GOATs
along with this fine looking
and extremely vocal
KUNEKUNE PIG
a 'rare breed from New Zealand.
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