Tuesday, 3 May 2016

A Day at the 'Races' - Queen

Just like a kid on Christmas Eve, it was a night of intermittent sleep but before even 'showing a leg'
 PHEASANT
took pride of place as first on parade,
 and coming in a variety of plumage's this one has been
strutting his stuff locally for a few days now.
 The fluid songs of
 BLACKBIRD
 and
WREN
were heard before springing out of the hammock like the proverbial
Thomson's Gazelle 
and with the door flung wide open
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WOOD PIGEON
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GREEN WOODPECKER
 GREAT TIT
and
 HOUSE SPARROW
were logged.
As this appeared and making a necessary diversion to the
Moth Traps,
we found among the still meagre pickings 2 species
New for the Year
 MUSLIN MOTH
this specimen being something of a Max Whitlock of Lepidoptera
Beautiful Underparts
 IRON PROMINENT
 along with another
PIED SHIELDBUG
 With 2 of the traps sited close to the banks of the
River Stour
it was no surprise to hear, and later see,
 REED WARBLER
among the Sedge's, but unfortunately search as we did we could find no
Sedge Warbler among the Reeds.
MAGPIE
 BLACK-HEADED GULL
 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER
'If I Had a Hammer'
I'd
Trinidad "Trini" López III
one or two of them.
 COLLARED DOVE
 GOLDFINCH
lots of breeding pairs with the closest nest just outside the door.
 MOORHEN
unusually no signs of breeding, it's getting late.
 BLACKCAP
a good number have arrived, with a few establishing themselves here,
since late April.
 A little thin on the ground at this time of year, so a valued addition of
GREYLAG GOOSE
having said that these 2 have taken to flying close to 
Slight Return II
each morning for the past week so thought "well pinned down"!

CARRION CROW
brought up the final Bird Species for this episode 
but please tune in again tomorrow for 
Part Two it gets Better.
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The first of the 4 Mammals noted on the day.
ROE DEER
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