Saturday, 11 June 2016

Brass In Pocket - The Pretenders

Magical to see the Sun Rise over the trees first thing!
Overnight catches from the Moth Traps continue to rise in overall numbers of Insects as well as additional new Species for the Year List. However, having said that it was singularly
BURNISHED BRASS
 that was added last night plus another variation of
COMMON MARBLED CARPET
 This allowed for an earlier than usual start to the daily Wildlife rounds
with, as usual, the Irrigation Pond being the first location.
There was a suspicion a couple of days ago that there were 'young birds' in the
 COOT NEST
but that was laid to rest when the 'sitting' bird was absent and
at least c4 eggs could be clearly seen.
 Additionally at that site there were a few
COMMON BLUE DAMSELFLIES
flitting about.
On to the Gravel Pit, and without putting the horse before the cart it could be said
that this relatively small watercourse was something like a mini 
Slimbridge Wildlife Trust.
First to show was what was considered to be the 'usual'
LITTLE GREBE
but on closer inspection there seen to be
 c2 (beyond the pair of Canada Geese with the single Gosling) 
both in full summer plumage.
Being such secretive little birds it would be a reasonable theory to
think that they are those which 'over-wintered' here, and who knows
if they have bred or not. Little Grebes do carry their young on their backs,
and while close scrutiny has been given to this not have yet been seen.
Maneuvering the Strange Rover to best advantage it was thought that a female
 MANDARIN
was spotted in the margins but by the time we had finished faffing about
there was no sign of it until minutes later it flew overhead.
It would have been nice to see a little more of this scarce visitor to
our Recording Area, but the moment was lost!
However, that was when we picked up on a male
TUFTED DUCK
video
chugging its way out of the Sedges.
While concentrating on the 2
video
LITTLE GREBES
frequently diving, another 'splash' caught my eye as the
MANDARIN
made a return but 
  video
quickly headed for cover of the vegetation and then climbed onto the bank.
Between shots of a
  video

BLACK-HEADED GULL
which also dropped in briefly for a drink, she appeared again
  video

but the scene was short lived as she soon flew off.
The rest of the patrol was by and large 'fruitless' unless you count a bunch of
 WHITE CLOVER
and similarly a clump of
BIRDS-FOOT-TREFOIL
so we decided to head back for a final look at the Gravel Pit.
Stopped in our tracks half way we managed to secure a shot or two
 of c5 overflying
 MUTE SWANS
Back at the GP we disturbed this bathing
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
which may have provided a nice bit of footage, but surprise, surprise the
  video
5 MUTE SWANS
  video
had beaten me to the punch and were
  video
sedately cruising up and down the pond.
  video
At the End of the Day.
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