Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Watcher of the Skies - Genesis

Part II of the May Day saga and initially it was more a case of
LOOK UP
what do you see? 
All of you and all of me florescent and starry some of them,
they surprise the bus ride, I went to write this 4a.m. letter.
Fields of Poppies, little Pearls all the boys and all the girls,
sweet-toothed each one a little scary I said your name.
I wore it like a badge of teenage film stars
hash bars, cherry mash and tinfoil tiaras
Dreaming of Maria Callas whoever she is.
THIS FAME THING, I DON'T GET IT!
Trivia:- E-Bow is an electronic gadget which acts like a Violin Bow only used on a guitar, the sound of which opens this fantastic track, E-Bow The Letter (Link) by REM. The female voice is that of Punk Poet Laureate, Patti Smith she of 'Because the Night' fame!
In quick succession
ROOK
most unexpected as absent for more than 2 weeks now

CORMORANT
 
(3 in fact)
followed by a pair of

SHELDUCK
another pair of which would prove far more cooperative
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behind Eco latter in the day.
Completing the profitable Aerial Display was this
 
MUTE SWAN
Continuing along the River Stour, another lucky strike as
KINGFISHER
have also been keeping a low profile lately.
The ROBIN 
which is continually trying to nick what few Moths there are
is now sitting on eggs in Janet's Stable neatly tucked away in one of
the horses feeding baskets.
While another 'parent in waiting' and
 with little likelihood of missing out on
MALLARD
this vigilant male was surely the epitome of being
'pinned down'
while guarding his female sat on eggs no more that 30 feet  from the
Garden Pond Moth Trap.
No problem with
BLUE TIT
ever present at the Harbins Bird Table while nearby
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 JACKDAW
continued nest building operations.
GREENFINCH
and 
one of the Harbins Garage

SWALLOW
joined the List before something of a deviation to watch a pair of
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BROWN HARE
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cavorting but no sign of the prenuptial 'boxing' associated with these creatures.
A total of c4 were recorded on the day.
DUNNOCK
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 CHIFFCHAFF
and
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WHITETHROAT
they all count, and then at the still frosted over meadow known as
First Parley
our 'first of the year'
 WHIMBREL
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 There were c7 here and a further c3 behind Eco later in the day.
REED BUNTING
and the first
LADY'S SMOCK
or
CUCKOO FLOWER
if you prefer.
CHAFFINCH
was the penultimate species for this chapter leaving probably the
BEST
until last. It would appear that there are at least c3 individual
CETTI'S WARBLER
now on territory along this beat of the river, one of Dorset's rarest breeding birds.
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