Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Feels Like the 'First' Time - Foreigner

A very busy weekend in the field with the expected start of the influx of
Firsts of the Year.
We didn't have to wander far to find the first of these,
in fact no further than the 3rd of the 5 Moth Traps where this
DARK SWORD-GRASS
was found. Being an ardent watcher of various web-sites there have
been few, if any, 'migrant' Moths visiting the County in recent weeks. 
Next, and of great interest to me, was a variation of 
CLOUDED DRAB
which my associates tell me the 'greyish' specimen on the right is not at all common.
You could place a large bet on the fact that once the Moth Traps are activated
the PREDATORS will soon follow such as this
 CLUBIONA TERRESTRIS
(a species of Sac Spider)
within the traps and
 these cheeky and bold little fellas without
ROBIN
With Kestrel and Little Egret overflying Parley Pond first thing and the c4 now established Coot and a pair of Little Grebes on the water the next stop was the Irrigation Pond, which like all others in the area is approached with more than a little stealth. Not unusually a 'Duck' was seen on the surface and through the tree considered to be either a Mallard or Gadwall, which are most likely, but did seem to be a little more bulky.  
Closer inspection would have been preferred, but under attack from
one of the local Black-headed Gulls and a Coot, it was put to flight.
It was doubly unfortunate as this could now be seen as the first
POCHARD 
ever recorded across the whole Recording Area let alone here at Parley Court Farm. 
video
 POCHARD with MOORHEN
video
It looked to be heading for the Gravel Pit but a visit drew a blank
with instinct suggesting a return to the original site.
video
Yes, there it was but again not for long so taking up an
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advantageous station we were prepared to wait it out.
Within 5 minutes it was once again circling the pond and soon put down
and decided to stay, allowing for the stills and videos above to be taken.
video
COOT
video
are now starting to get frisky there as well.
On the way to the Large Solar Panel Compound in the hope of
Little Ringed Plover it was decided that
all that FLITTERS is not GOLD
but this was
the 'first'
SMALL TORTOISESHELL
of the year followed by an overflying
 RAVEN
There was certainly a good deal of bird activity in the compound,
and almost 'first up' was this fine male
 WHEATEAR
 which makes for the first 'true' migrant of the year
and the first we have heard of from an inland site thus far.
video
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Listen for the passing Green Sandpiper.
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video
WHEATEAR
Also in the compound
were 50+
video
LINNET
before heading off to Eco in pursuit of Sand Martin.
Unfortunately, still none have arrived but the surprise was c9
MALLARD DUCKLINGs
on one of the many flooded areas
video
and feeding on
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Insects on the Surface.
Up at the area between the Sewerage Works and the Phase III Solar Panels
now known as the
Puddle of Mud
one of probably 3
GREEN SANDPIPER
was, probably predictably feeding in the newly made pool.
All across the winter period this, and maybe others have been good value here
video
and seem little concerned with vehicular activity
video
driven slowly
video
Also there were c3
GREY WAGTAIL

which were seeming less content with the approach of the
Strange Rover
video
but nevertheless
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allowed a few shots.
Other than c2 pairs of Teal on the new Balancing Pond, the boundary between
 Merritown Heath and Bournemouth International Airport
which were never going to be committed to the cameras, this
  video
PHEASANT
was all that was found.
On the strength of that we returned to the Solar Panel Compound for a
Trail Camera Update.
In the hope of viewing Wildlife from a different angle. one of the cameras
has been placed at low lever at the side of one of the pools we dug last
year and then baited with corn.
The most frequent visitors were
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CARRION CROW
which were seen to feed not only throughout daylight hours
but also at both
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 DAWN
and
video
DUSK
as well as in the dead of
NIGHT
They didn't seem to mind sharing with
video
LINNETs
and
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 PIED WAGTAIL
and other Finches, while also on the scene was a lone
HERRING GULL
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