Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The Shepherd and Sally - The Savage Rose

Now there' a blast from a
Very Distant Past
but a fabulous band for all that! 
You 'never catch them all' and would you be satisfied if you did? but here are a couple of examples of how similar some of these Insects can be. With well over 2 thousand Species in Great Britain alone it's probably understandable why we stay, in the most part, well away from the Micro Moths.
SATIN WAVE
TREBLE BROWN-SPOT
RIBAND WAVE
COMMON WHITE WAVE
and just for contrast
SPRUCE CARPET
sharply contrasting.
Touching briefly on the Micros once again there were
c2 distinctly identifiable ones in the Traps including the 'ordinaire'
HYPSOPYGIA GLAUCINALIS 
and the far more 'bizarre'
AGDISTIS BENNETII
 The 'Y Stance' of the wings of this creature 'at perch' sets it aside from all others in the
Micro Moth Field Guide.
 It also has the vernacular name of
SALTMARSH PLUME
which usually favours more Coastal Wetlands, but there is always
an exception to the rule, we are some miles from the coast here at
Parley Court Farm. 
 The this little belter obligingly crawlled into a specimen pot
 BLACK-HEADED CARDINAL BEETLE
 On Parley Pond meanwhile a female MALLARD was guarding her charges,
 after which we made our way to the Common to find the Shepherd 
in something of a predicament.
 Having now taken over fully from his predicesor Alex, Jack up until now
had not given me his telephone number! 
This Ewe along with c3 Lambs have been at large for the last week
but with no contact detail there was no one to report the shortfall to.
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The youngsters had taken no catching at all, but Mum was quite a different matter.
Not only more lively, and seemingly a lot more stupid, she had found herself on
the wrong side of a deep ditch which Jack had to negotiate, on the return route,
clinging on to the Sheep. Being every bit of 6 feet 8 inches tall he is a 'natural'
in such recoveries!
With nothing of note at the Irrigation Pond it was a quick hop round to the
Gravel Pit
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where upon stopping at the most advantageous spot for viewing the
Watercourse this
 GREEN SANDPIPER
 landed directly in front of the
Strange Rover
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 albeit at a bit of a distance,
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 while close by this
BLACK-HEADED GULL
had found a comfortable spot atop of the 'Mountain'!
It was simply one of those days when anything else of interest
just didn't turn up. except maybe for a brief encounter with this
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MISTLE THRUSH
and then with my noted lightening-fast reactions managed to film
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one of the
Silverstone Energy Maintenance Staff
hard at work!
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