Thursday, 7 April 2016

Spirit in the Sky - Doctor and the Medics

It's back to the weekend when the anemometer was whirling like a dervish,
the wind was crying Mary and
RAIN BEARING FRONTS
were streaming our way from the English Channel then, just to make
matter worse,
JIM the MEDIC
decided to drive down from Yorkshire for a few days.
Undoubtedly one of my few firm and loyal friends, it would also be true to say that he is also among the Top 10 finest human beings it has ever been my pleasure to associate with. Like myself Jim is a 'journeyman' World Traveller having shared many a destination alongside me such as South Africa, Belize, Mongolia, Mexico, El Salvador, Japan, Guatemala and Skegness to name but a few. Never failing to seize an opportunity once, when he knew one of my journeys was taking me through Argentina, he E-mailed to say that he and his wife Liz would be in Buenos Aires on a certain date and would there be a chance to meet up? There was, and it would be safe to say, on their behalf as well as my own, that those 4 days were some of the most exciting and enjoyable any of us had ever experienced. Without labouring the point, something should also be said about his professional stance as the Medical Practitioner onboard the Oil Production Platform Buchan Alpha in the North Sea. Kind, compassionate and always understanding, my fondest memory was when consulting him with a severe case of tendinitis, which did in fact bring an end to my career in the Oil Industry, how he pulled out all the stops. Gently examining the shoulder, he asked me to give him some idea of the seriousness of the pain which was described as even preventing me from raising a comb to do my hair! "Not a problem Skipper" he declared, "I'll have you fixed before the end of the day, call in and see me at 18:00 and I'll shave your head"! 
Determined to show him as much of Parley Court Farm
and Merritown Heath as possible we started at the
Moth Traps
where, as of late, there had been little to show.
 A good start clinging on to the Harbins brickwork among the cobwebs
ANGLE SHADES
 HERALD
both 'firsts' for the year, along with a species of
 ALDERFLY
and an
EARWIG
 A pair of
REED BUNTING
the first ever seen feeding at the Harbins Bird Table.
Up at the Puddle of Mud were c2
most obliging
STOCK DOVE
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which paled against the count of 14 on the heath
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 which is a Recording Area record number.
The SHEEP are back
with just something aesthetically pleasing about their presence.
RABBIT
now starting to show in abundance and ready for a bit of the old
Proverbial Breeding!
Talking of which
DARTFORD WARBLER
where going ballistic all across the heath
fanning their tails and in full voice,
at least 12 were counted.
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DARTFORD CLIP
SALLOW
in bloom attracting CHIFFCHAFF which are thought to be
new arrival migrants.
LAPWING
are seemingly holding territory in the Solar Panel Compound
while this 'first summer'
HERRING GULL
was simply Master of all it Surveyed at the Sewerage Works.
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PAIR of KESTREL
at great distance.
Followed by 'close calls' with
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DUNNOCK
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PIED WAGTAIL
and
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GREY WAGTAIL
With an update on the Trail Cameras which feature
Day and Night footage of seemingly the same
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ROE DEER
Finally, a couple of images from our friends in Thailand
Jean Francois holding a
COPPERHEAD RATSNAKE
photographed by his wife Roong.
Also from their garden
WHITE-THROATED KINGFISHER
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