Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Close to the H'Edge - Yes

The Hedge, planted by human hand and which skirts the Sewerage Work at the very northern most part of Parley Court Farm, is the most prolific and bountiful spot across the whole of our Recording Area for Bird Life. Over the past few of days, in rain, frost and sunshine alike, we have been paying a little more attention than usual to this area to see just what can be found during the average winter day.
BUT FIRST A SONG!
IN FACT WE MEAN A MOTH
 The first
 HEBREW CHARACTER
of the year was in fact caught on 07/02/16, but unfortunately the image
was overlooked, and was the 'third' species secured this year.
On 21/02/16 these 2 were caught along with a single
 COMMON QUAKER
 THE TRIO
LOOKING NORTH
from the East end of the
SOUTHERN PERIMETER
LOOKING NORTH
from the West end.
CHIFFCHAFF
COAL TIT
the first 'returning' bird to this area absent since December.
 
FIRECREST
is searched for every day with yesterday being the first for 2016.
Like the proverbial No 68 Bus once one was found a
second quickly followed along with a very strong suspicion of a 'third'.
 PUSSY WILLOW
CATKINS
looking yellow with pollen.
GOLDCREST
abound here and given the occasional reports we read from
Portland about the lack of
GREENFINCH
due to disease we are lucky to hold such a large and healthy number here.
ROBIN
A most unusual sighting 'in' the hedge
COMMON BUZZARD
are regular 'fly-overs'
video
but this is the 'first' we have seen perched here.
Since records began at PCF
SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF
has been 'annual' but to be honest while a lookout and cock-ear
 
has been kept we were close to
video
video
giving up the ghost!
CHAFFINCH
video
also in abundance
as are
DUNNOCK
Bournemouth Airport is the stronghold for
ROOK
in the Recording Area and there is a small Rookery supporting an
average of a dozen nests close by at the root of Chapel Lane, but
this is the first 'stray' we have ever recorded from this particular spot.

Without doubt the 'bonus bird' of the winter has been this female 'type'
BLACK REDSTART
(a 'first' for the property)
with daily observations showing that while it prefers the sanctuary
of the Works and Hedge alike, feeding seems to take place
video
in the Solar Panel Compound opposite.
(see top image)
RAVEN
occasionally as many as c5 visit the same compound from time to time,
but it was fortuitous that this individual arrived to be included in this post.
LONG_TAILED TIT
video
 a clip of a very frisky feeding
BLUE TIT
Close to the Hedge at what has become known as the
Puddle of Mud
 one of at least 2
video
 GREEN SANDPIPER
stood bolt upright with no movement at all for 10 minutes
before this, and then
video
 going berserk as if there were a Raptor or another
Green Sandpiper in the area. You should be able to hear it 'calling'.
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