Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Mallow Yallow (sic) - Donovan

Not a bad weekend at all weatherwise which, in the first instance, allowed
us to get out and about in comfort and drew a couple of candidates towards the
Moth Traps.
 DARK SPECTACLE
 MALLOW
while yesterday morning had a chill start about it with
 Morning Mist hanging over the River Stour
 just a whisp of Cirus at altitude and at deck level the
 First Frost of Autumn
 The Old Current Bun soon took care of that!
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The trapping was briefly interupted by the appearance of a
GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER
TEAL
 numbers at the Irrigation Pond had risen to c3 overnight
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 which were obliging enough for a couple of
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video shots (with a Mallard) which were interupted by
 c5
GREY HERON
 flying directly overhead.
 Each of these shots shows a different bird,
 but they all look the same to me!
Also remaining on the Pond the 
COMMON SANDPIPER
 still favouring the
Water Filter Platform
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 as a preening perch.
Got a feeling this may be the last we see of this small Wader for a while.
 WOOD PIGEON
 in seductive pose
was also thought worthy of a shot or two, before heading for the
Sewerage Works Hedge in search of Firecrest, Yellow-browed Warbler et al.
Unfortunately, no such luck
but by way of compensation,
 
 among a group of at least 'double figures' a most confiding
COAL TIT
and a bathing
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STOCK DOVE
While the Heath remains painfully devoid of just about everything
there was this starnge encounter with a sun-bathing
RABBIT
which at first glance was thought to be dead save fo the proud ears.
Closing to just a few feet it was seen to be well alive but swelling around
the eye-lids indicated it may be suffering from Myxomatosis.
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However, on realising our prescence it bolted off like a Long Dog.
Driving back from the Heath
 and not at all expected this
COMMON DARTER
flew into the Starnge Rover, via the driver side window
which is a 'first' for us from this particular source.
Late afternoon and as ever there was a single
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GREEN WOODPECKER
feeding on the Tennis Court, while all else from the
Gravel Pit Trail Camera were
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CARRION CROW and MAGPIE
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and
STOCK DOVE
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