Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Spider Web - Joan Osborne

 Still enough 'movement' about in the Wild World to keep our
interests up with Moths, Birds and
 CUMULUS CLOUD
alike, chugging down the English Channel while sticking
close to the Dorset Coast.
Returns from the Moth Traps included
NOVEMBER MOTH
 but there lies an identification problem.
If this is indeed as shown then surely this must be the 'close cousin'
PALE NOVEMBER MOTH?
 Not quite that simple unfortunately as both can be diverse in colour and patterning.
The only surefire way of knowing is by dissection and examination of genitalia,
which in our case precludes certainty as hardly being able to see the Insect let alone its 'tackle'!
 Not for the first time this Autumn we once again bring you the 
'SPECTACULAR'
 MERVEILLE du JOUR
as the dozen'th caught here thus far and breaking the previous year count of 9.
 The daily early morning wander around 
Parley Pond
produced a few of the minimum c37
 
 COLLARED DOVE
 still remaining with us, while as ever a
 GREY HERON
 has also taken up station. It would be usual for it to hold firm
throughout the upcoming Winter.
The Irrigation Pond still holds a number of Waterfowl, including
MALLARD and TUFTED DUCK
TUFTED DUCK
video
DITTO
There was then a fly-past of a brace of young
 MUTE SWANS
of unknown origin but just as likely to be from
Parley Pond?
video
ROE DEER
the 'buck' making a meal of things while the
video
DOE
appeared happy just reflecting on things.
We left after filming these c6
video
TEAL
which were well spread and difficult to fit into the 18 seconds
allowed on such footage.
It is easy to see that the Northern Thrushes (Fieldfare and Redwing)
have not yet arrived as the
HOLLY
 is still bowing under the weight of Berries.
ALSIKE CLOVER
a new species added to the 
Recording Area List.
A hour wandering the Heath turned up both the
Arachnid
 ARANEUS DIADEMATUS
which comes with a choice of vernacular names including
EUROPEAN GARDEN SPIDER, DIADEM SPIDER, CROSS SPIDER, or CROWNED ORB WEAVER
 and a slightly worn and insipid looking
FIELD GRASSHOPPER
 A quick glance behind the
Eco Recycling Works
shows that the ground is now levelled and presumably ready for the
construction of the extension to the works?
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