Saturday, 19 November 2016

Splish Splash I Was Taking A Bath - Bobby Darin

While we are persisting with the Moth Traps there has been nothing new in recent days, but on the up-side there's that short walk along the bank of the River Stour, to attend 2 of them, that's worth its weight in gold.
 RIVER STOUR and neighbours SHEEP
Plus another small cluster of the more expected,
from top clockwise
 Merveille du Jour, Angle Shades, Black Rustic and Large Yellow Underwing
 and something of a late
 SALLOW
 While things have been a bit quiet on Parley Pond since the Mandarin
what is thought to be one of the young
MUTE SWANs
hatched there in the spring seemed to have paid a return visit.
The fate of the other 6 is not known.
It only took a quick look around a couple of the
Solar Panel Compounds
to note that there had been something of an arrival of birds overnight
which included a large number of
 MEADOW PIPIT
 great to see an upturn in the number of
 SONG THRUSH
 while the humble
CHAFFINCH
should not be left out.
Further along
CARRION CROW
video
is not a bird we associate with the 
Irrigation Pond
video
but as we have now started 'feeding' it and the Gravel Pit 
with barley we are expectant of any opportunist.
 All that could be found on the Gravel Pit, despite a ready supply of victuals,
was this single
WIGEON
that looks every bit as though it will develop into a fine male!
Venturing inside the largest compound, which has historically been
favoured on occasion by by the odd passing Winter Wader
all that was found were a small flock of veracious
video
video
GOLDFINCH
and a flock of the locals
which seemed worthy of a shot
video
and a clip!
Lean times up on the Heath as all that was found there was
the continuing residence of the once thought 'not long for this World'
(pied)
video
CARRION CROW
 the disappearing leaves revealing a
WOOD PIGEON NEST
along with a
MYCENA species of Fungi
More evidence of the 'influx' as we headed home to find
video
MEADOW PIPIT
video
Splish Splash - Link
video
at their ablutions.
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