Thursday, 2 June 2016

SHEEP (Part II) - Pink Floyd

With ½ a gale blowing in from the north, a dreary leaden sky (also full of many 100's of Common Swift and good numbers of all 3 Hirundines early morning) and a distinct possibility of rain we are not sure whether June came in like a Lion or a Lamb, but we are sure as Hell looking forward to the alternative!
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A continuation of our day with fellow wildlife enthusiast Dave Foot saw a few more species of Moth from the traps after which we continued our fairly extensive 'rounds' of the Recording Area.
NARROW-WINGED PUG
LIGHT BROCADE
FLAME
and
 RUSTIC-SHOULDER KNOT
 If they are easy enough to identify we do sometimes
dabble into the world of the Micro Moths, but not very often.
On this occasion both

 SMALL CHINA-MARK
and
RINGED CHINA-MARK
were fairly straightforward.
As in every single morning for the last 3 weeks
 REED WARBLER
 were clamoring away at the river side as Dave heard and we later saw a
 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER
close by.
 SCORPION FLIES
 were on the wing along with
 LARGE RED DAMSELFLY
 but no surprises that both male
 and female
BLACKCAP
were seen as probably the most numerous Warbler on the property.
 Always a great delight to see the year's first
 GREEN HAIRSTREAK BUTTERFLY
and it is now certain that
COMMON WHITETHROAT
are nesting at most locations including Harbins Farmhouse Garden.
FERN - BRACKEN -  BRAKE FERN
 whatever you prefer to call it is now taking over much of the under-story
 but these particular plants caught the eye as maybe something
escaped from the Tropics?
Not so we are told by our more learn'ed friend John Gifford, just another
part of out varied Fauna!
Ah, another Cweepy, Cwally in the Hedgewoe?
No, just Dave plucking yet another item of Great Interest for the surrounds,
we feel another 'Master Class' is about to begin.
FOXGLOVE
too are now bursting into flower,
 and above the door of the now redundant
 WOOD SHED
 my first ever
STOCK DOVE'S NEST
The day was getting long and the dream of a ham and tomato sandwich
with a cup of coffee was overtaking both of us, 
but not before realising what is believed to have been Dave's long awaited moment.
A visit to the   
 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER NEST
Despite the limited disturbance from the distant Sheep Shearing,
what is thought to be the female Parent Bird was still incubating the c4 eggs.
video
LITTLE RINGED PLOVER
All looked well and if last year's success is anything to go by we should be seeing some
PLOVER-LINGS
very soon?
It simply could not have been a case of leaving Best 'Til Last as this
BAGWORM CASE
was not found by Dave until the very last knockings.
Before the off, it should be made clear that none of what follows is/was
part of my own knowledge or learning, but a magical eye-opener as to what is going on
Behind Our Backs in the World of Nature.
A complex story of a tiny Moth which is thought best told through excerpts from the
Field Guide to the Micro Moths of Great Britain and Ireland
by
Doctor Phil Sterling and Mark Parsons as illustrated by Richard Lewington 
Inside the Bagworm Case is the Caterpillar, or Larvae of this tiny Moth

Male
Pachythelia villosella
 Similar to a Female
Pachythelia villosella
extract of text
Directed to further reading by Dave, it was found that the female has developed in such a way
as to be attractive to predators, especially Birds, in effect born to be eaten!
When this happens to the egg-bound adult female, her remains passes through the digestive tract
of the predator to be discharged as faeces at a later date. With the eggs still in tact, this process
has the effect of dispersing the Species over a wider area. Note, from the attached map (in green),
the minuscule area of distribution in Great Britain alone.
IF THAT STORY DOESN'T DO IT FOR YOU BEST GET BACK TO READING
LORD of the RINGS
Finally, the latest from the Trail Cameras.
video
BLACKBIRD
video
STONECHAT
video
FOX
video
video
COMMON BUZZARD
with 
SLOW WORM
He's back again
video
BLACKBIRD
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