Saturday, 2 July 2016

Winter in July - Bomb the Base

WELL NOT QUITE BUT....
It may have been easier just to refer the reader to the Post of 1st June 2016 than write this preamble, as the dreary, wet, windy and none to warm conditions were more or less the same. Also similarly was the desire to add a species or 2 to the 'ongoing' Month Bird List and there were a couple in prospect. However, not to be neglected was the usual delight, even in drizzly conditions, of checking the Moth Traps. Before arrival there was an early hunting
KESTREL
 in the low light directly above Slight Return II,
 while literally 'first out of the trap' was a
First For the Year
 the exquisite
 BARRED YELLOW
and later a
 COMMON EMERALD
 Although caught a number of times during 2016 thus far
GARDEN CARPET
has not features as an image to our memory.
CHRYSOTOXUM FESTIVUM
A Hoverfly which appears to have no vernacular name and not all that common.
Returned to our 'patch' on the final day of June, after an absence of 10 days, this 
 LITTLE GREBE
was found on the Irrigation Pond rather than on the usually favoured Gravel Pit.
There was no sign of it there yesterday but was relocated later on the GP.
There too was just a single female
TUFTED DUCK
where the day before a seemingly lone male had been, but the desired hope of a
'hat-trick' reaching the log was scotched, at least for now, by the absence of the
Green Sandpiper.
This was the moment things started to get very thin on the ground 
with this pair of mating
BROWN-LIPPED SNAILS
being the most of interest (yawn) over the following hour.
video
CHAFFINCH
and a male
video
STONECHAT
video
feeding young on the Heath.
Not wishing to give up on the afore mentioned Wader a second visit
was made to the GP where there had been some changes.
The Little Grebe was nowhere to be found while the male
 TUFTED DUCK
 had broken cover, but still no sign of our target!
 The 'last ditch' effort was a return to the IP where, there at the far side was a
GREEN SANDPIPER
video
we could dry our legs now, the Hat-Trick was won!
The latest from the Trail Cameras was also rather underwhelming
video
 FOX
and
video
ROE DEER
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