Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Nut Rocker - B. Bumble and the Stingers

Seems Parley Pond is coming into its own during late Spring, with first the Reed Warbler going bonkers in song, and while this continued yesterday the descant was provided by this
REED BUNTING
 which are also still singing along the banks of the River Stour.
At the Moth Traps good returns continue sprinkled with the odd
First for the Year
which keeps both interest and anticipation in equal measure.
The Hawk-moths are all impresive which of course includes our first
ELEPHANT HAWK-MOTH
 for 2016 along with
 TREBLE BROWN-SPOT
COMMON MARBLED CARPET
and 
GREEN PUG
and the start of the Stinging Season as
 WASP
(we only got stung by c6 last year so obviously more effort needed)
WHITE-TAILED BUMBLEBEE
BUFF-TAILED BUMBLEBEE
The ever watchful and opportunist
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GREAT TIT
 gathering whatever it can from the surrounds of the traps.
 YELLOW FLAG IRIS
or Water Flag
 are now bursting into bloom at all suitably damp/wet locations.
Nothing more than the 'sitting' Coot at the Irrigation Pond and it was thought
just the pair of
 CANADA GEESE
with the 'singleton',
 but hang on a sec, what's that appearing from among the vegetation?
 The pair of
TUFTED DUCK
 have returned just in time to be added to the June List.
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 A short clip always adds to the story.
Now all over the place
OX-EYE DAISIES
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Trying to find a meal on the
Solar Panel Compound Fence
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GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER
LITTLE RINGED PLOVER,
at least the 3rd pair in the Recording Area,
have now taken a toe-hold at the new Balancing Pond at the Airport.
With the Bund now close to completion and almost completely blocking
access to the large rubble area behind the Eco Recycling Works there was
a serious priority to be undertaken. A visit to the offices of Justin Dampney,
the Site Manager, to seek permission to access the area via the Works Yard.
THERE WASN'T A HITCH WITH THIS!
Taking up station, first into view was this suspected
LAPWING NEST
before this 'third'
LITTLE RINGED PLOVER
landed right next to the Strange Rover
at very close quarters.
Surely these birds are nesting somewhere among the strewn rubble?
With so much Heavy Plant, from both Eco and the Bund Builders, it was
almost inevitable that one of them would 'flush' the presumed sitting bird,
which had 2 distinct advantages. While the agitated 'parent' was flying low
above us the opportunity was taken to 'prove' that eggs had been laid,
 which happily turned out to be the case,
and to mark the spot with an iron pole while advising the
collective drivers of the position of the nest.
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Returning to Strange and sitting it out, it wasn't long
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before the flying bird landed and very cautiously
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returned to the nest, the eggs
just showing as it makes the final approach, while the
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LITTLE RINGED PLOVER,
 which may well have been heard 'calling' throughout these clips,
also went about its business.
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