Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Holy Diver - Dio (Ronnie James Dio)

With Hugh and Janet having gallivanted off to the South of France, leaving me in sole charge as Lord Lieutenant of the Chicken Coup, there were also other responsibilities to undertake! With heavily pregnant
 BELTED GALLOWAY # 18
 due any day now, other duties in the immediate future involve
Daytime Maternity Watch
and when the waters break Midwife Number Two!
Otherwise, with overnight temperatures hardly increasing at all, we consider
ourselves very lucky to get any Moths at all let alone
 our first 'Hawk' of the year
LIME HAWK-MOTH
This was followed by just one other addition to the Year List
BRIGHT-LINE BROWN-EYE
 with a couple of decent size other Insects of interest.
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GREAT DIVING BEETLE
 and the 'first' but unlikely the last
COCKCHAFER
or May Bug if you prefer.
The Moth Traps completed it was decided on just a mini-rounds of our
Recording Area
before scooting off a little further afield.
Our New Neighbours, right outside of
Slight Return II
and joining the likes of Goldfinch, House Sparrow and Greenfinch
nesting right outside the door.

 WOOD PIGEON
and
BLACKBIRD
A quick look from Chapel Lane to note developments at the soon to be
Aircraft Black Box Recorder Factory
they are doing very well!
Unusual for the Irrigation Pond which has never been proven to hold any Fish
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a virtually static
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GREY HERON
never was able to resist the song of a 
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ROBIN
and now having moved in mob-handed
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JACKDAW
followed by something of a marathon drive for me, the
full 15 minutes over to
Longham Lake where after passing the
GREYLAG GEESE
 a 'first for the year'
 in fact a probable 4
 but both flighty and rangy it was difficult to tell.
 COMMON SANDPIPER
CONTENTED CATTLE
 LITTLE EGRET
If for no other reason, as we have never recorded
 GREAT CRESTED GREBE
on our patch, worth the visit for this bird alone.
Getting a little overborne with
GREY HERON
we just couldn't resist the pose.
 COMMON SWIFT
also an addition.
Last, but not least, this aberrant looking
CANADA GOOSE
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