Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Kind Hearts and Coronets - Alec Guinness (et al)

The overnight temperatures continue to hover in the lower teens, but not helped at all by the persistent breeze which remains prominently in the northern quadrant. A few more Macro Moths have been added to the Year List which have included
 CORONET
 another little crack which the image belies its size
 FOXGLOVE PUG
 COMMON SWIFT
 OAK HOOK-TIP
 ORANGE FOOTMAN
and we are never shy of posting any of the Hawk-moths, so here once again is
 LIME HAWK-MOTH
 which obligingly showed us its underparts,
while this
LUNAR MARBLED BROWN
started laying eggs so was quickly returned to the nearby grassland.
For reasons that as yet have not become apparent, a huge BUND is being
built around 2 sides of the area we refer to as 'Behind Eco. On the face of it
a tract of waste-ground which, mainly because of lack of human disturbance,
becomes home for a good number of bird species here at Parley Court Farm.
 Works have been ongoing for nearly 2 weeks now
 and are thought to be nearing completion.
 If nothing else all this disturbed soil has provided a 
Welcome Bounty
for the hundreds of bird, and other creatures, now feeding young.
When we find out more we will bring the information to you.
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Before leaving this usually productive area we did find yet another
 family party of
 MALLARD
along with a Plant we had never even heard of let alone noted.
 Thanks to John Gifford we find it is
LESSER HAWBIT
and additionally a few, now becoming endangered, 
 SMALL HEATH BUTTERFLY
on the wing.
It was also encouraging to see that for the 'third' time this year the
 COOT
at the Irrigation Pond have now completed nest building and one or
other of the adult birds are 'sitting'. Unfortunately, we have been here
twice before so are not raising our hopes just yet.
 MALLARD
looking a little mottled as a good few of them are now, approaching moult.
A year ago now, when the
 BALANCING POND
was being excavated within the bounds of
Bournemouth International Airport
hopes were high that one day something special might visit the area?
 Small beer yet, but already we are seeing signs of
Aquatic Plants
taking hold and who knows it might be Spotted Crake next!
 For the time being  we will have to content ourselves with these new arrivals
 GREY HERON
and
SHELDUCK
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Monday, 30 May 2016

Foxy Lady - Jimi Hendrix

With the overnight temperature still remaining in 'low double figures' production from the the Moth Traps continues to be interesting compare with the season thus far. So much so that time has prevented us posting all of the images, which will be rectified in due course. First call of late has been to monitor the progress of the
WREN
family which are prone to building a number of nests before deciding on which should
be occupied for the production of their young. GREAT to see then that
they have chosen the one built above the
Harbins Farm House
backdoor, and are now engaged in feeding young.
Some of those taken from the traps and added to the Year List included
GARDEN CARPET
TURNIP MOTH
SETACEOUS HEBREW CHARACTER 
and
BUFF-TIP
 on
FINGER-TIP
all making the cut as additions to the Year List,
while the stranger in the camp is a


COMMON CARDER BEE
Onward, and our first find of the day, outside of Insects was a
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 GREY HERON
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at
 Parley Pond
where it was also noticed just how quickly the
PARROT'S FEATHER
has grown over the past week.
On our way north we stopped to note the progress on the
Aircraft Black Box Recorder Factory
where they are certainly getting on with it as 'all' of this steel has been
erected in just one week!
At the Irrigation Pond the Coot continues to incubate eggs while the pair of
CANADA GEESE
at the Gravel Pit
maintain this strange 'low profile' stance whether ashore or on the water.
Along the Moors River, except for Wood Pigeon, there are no birds to see
but this rather bold
 FOX
seemed little perturbed about our presence even though aware that we were there,
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even allowing for these
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Video Clips.
On the Heath, what can clearly be seen as a pair of
 SHELDUCK
(top left)
constitutes the first record of this species for the site.
 LINNET
looking resplendent
and
GREEN TIGER BEETLE
taking to the wing at just about every foot-fall.
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and pregnant
BELTED GALLOWAY 18
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still keeps us in suspense?
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Sunday, 29 May 2016

Video Killed the Radio Star - Buggles

Just what we have been waiting for, a significant rise in the
Overnight Temperature
has seen a marked increase of specimens from the
Moth Traps
 COMMON WAVE
has already been caught this year but this is a much better image. 
 WHITE ERMINE
also caught before this year but here for comparison with its nearest relative
BUFF ERMINE
which was new. Also added to the Year List were
 COMMON WAINSCOT
 YELLOW BELLE
and
 LEAST BLACK ARCHES
which may appear bigger than it really is until compared, size wise to a
FIVE PENCE COIN
which wasn't a Year Tick either!
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EYED HAWK-MOTH
preparing for 'take-off'.
Friday evening also saw the start of what goes under the guise of the
BOURNEMOUTH RUGBY 7's COMPETITION
Said to be the Biggest Festival of its Kind in the World,
it combines Sport and Music and from report a Great Time!
THE TENT VILLAGE
 Unlike last year, which was a massif success, there is far more security fencing
all round the sight blocking the view to most of the attractions.
THE BIG TOP
 LIGHTING and SOUND EQUIPMENT
We did make a bid to enter and gain more images but were 'rightly'
given short shrift by the Security Guards.
Otherwise, the rest of the day was spent pointing the
Video Camera
at anything that moved.
We have been asked on a number of occasions as to how you can play videos on this site, and far be it for us to educate anyone in the fine art of computers, all we know is you need something like
click this Link, follow the instructions and
The World's Your Scallop Rodney!
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CANADA GOOSE FAMILY
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Male and Female
SHELDUCK
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SONG THRUSH
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Male (black and white) and Female
TUFTED DUCK
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MEADOW PIPIT
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STOCK DOVE
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