Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Sowing the Seeds of Love - Tears For Fears

Those of you who read our last Post will remember the huge disappointment associated with a 'slip of the thumb' and not capturing that vital moment of copulation regards the Little Ringed Plovers. Fear not Stout Yeoman, as all will be reveled as we patiently set about redressing the issue! In fact it took no time at all as our arrival at the compound met with the 'calls' of the Plovers followed by stationing ourselves as close as we dare to the broody couple. Within a short few minutes he was on her like a long-dog and this time we were able to record the Happy Event.
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A couple of reassuring 'calls' and a check on trajectory,
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a final fanning of the tail and puffing of the chest then,
as Marillion so eloquently put in the song
Heart of Lothian
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And anarchy smiles on the Royal Mile
and they're waiting on the slyboys, flyboys, wideboys
Rooting, tooting cowboys
Lucky little ladies at the watering holes
They'll score the Friday night goals.
I was born with a Heart of Lothian.
PS - from my 5th most favourite album in the World
Misplaced Childhood.
From the Moth Traps there were 2 new additions to the Year List

 FROSTED GREEN
and
 PALE PINION
plus the
DANCEFLY
EMPIS TRIGAMMA
 7-SPOT LADYBIRD
and the amazing Beetle of the
 APHODIOUS (species)
half the size of a Garden Pea - beautiful!
After the traps we spent a little time scrabbling under our carefully
placed sheets of metal and roofing felt, to find 2 species of
CENTIPEDE
CRYPTOPS ANOMALANS
HAPLOPHILUS SUBTERRANEUS
along with a nest of 
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ANTS
now becoming far more active than over the preceding months.
A WORD OF THANKS GOES TO JOHN GIFFORD FOR
HIS VALUED ASSISTANCE IN IDENTIFYING THE ABOVE.
In addition there were a couple of
SLOW WORM
while rest of the day's action was centered on the Moors River, adjacent
Solar Panel Compound, but more particularly Merritown Heath.
 LINNET
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 with most of the males now sporting
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 Summer Plumage.
 
 Unusual to be grounded along the
 Moors River
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 CORMORANT
and 'the'
 GREY HERON 
it's still there!
A tentative plan for the day had been to pay a visit to Delph Wood, not
a million miles from here, in hope of seeing the pair of
 MANDARIN
that had been seen there lately. In the event we scrubbed round it
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 and then stumbled on a 'pair' of our own.
The clip only shows a 'brief encounter' which will suffice
as a record shot.
On the Heather c4
 COMMON CROSSBILL
 were seen, my first there but Dave Foot did have a similar number
during his last visit.
 WOODLARK
are not overly common here so any record is cherrished, but at this
time of year it could indicate another chance of breeding here??
Trail Cam Round Up
Unfortunately nothing new but at least one item which we found
most amusing even though it could easily have led to destruction.
Always opportunist the early morning
 FOX
and if my memory serves me correctly some of us were once
Young Bucks
perhaps reason then for the behavior of this young
ROE DEER
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Brain Damage - Pink Floyd
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2 comments:

  1. LR Plovers, they don't just do it once you know Paul.
    Cant you remember????

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  2. Arr, a Timely Reminder Roy, will get back to you after tonight's little dalliance!

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