Friday, 25 November 2016

Emerald - Thin Lizzy

We hadn't considered that at this late stage in the year that Moths and other Insects would continue to predominate these pages, but still they come. Not so the more northerly Birds though as it seems, like most other places in Dorset, that Redwing, Fieldfare etc are still to get this far south in any sort of numbers. They will also come when ready!
Emerald? That's a
 GEM
get it?
 GREEN-BRINDLED CRESCENT
ICHNEUMON MOLITORIUS
with a much smaller possible
PRISTIPHORA ABIETINA 
John Gifford never ceases to amaze me with his ID skills, was
only expecting the Big Lad to have been given a name - should have known better.
 DECEMBER MOTH
 SPRUCE CARPET
 and in the Oak Tree (looking splendid) trap
 BLAIR'S SHOULDER-KNOT
and hopefully the last
WASP
While we were stung 4 times last season by there beautifully marked
creatures, so far this year we have avoided such a pleasure.
Hope we haven't spoken too soon as there's still time yet!
At the Irrigation Pond the 'ringed'
MUTE SWAN
video
proved to be a little bolder, while a combination of other
Waterfowl there included
video
GADWALL, MALLARD and TEAL
video
with the male of the latter progressing nicely into
Winter Plumage
(first signs of the 'gold' quarter patches)
On the Heath we noted a comparison of leaf-fall between
 SALLOW
hardly changed and the
ASPEN
 which are all but totally bare, which was when c3 extremely vocal
GREEN SANDPIPER
flew overhead.
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