Thursday, 26 May 2016

The Wall - Pink Floyd

After the Magnum Opus (?) of yesterday,
it's now back to reality with the intention
of returning to a 'DAILY' Post.
This being in recognition of the efforts of those who passed our Link to others.
 THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN
and there is still time to do so if you have not already! 
While the Moth Traps were the first consideration, as ever, this morning having watched the Hirundines arrive over a number of weeks now, and set about the business of procreation, we decided to dedicate much of the rest of the day to them.
Our Little Mate was in Waiting.
ROBIN
and Firsts for Year

 TURNIP MOTH
 COMMON PUG
and one of the few Micros we can put a name to, the immigrant
RUSTY-DOT PEARL
Not the best of starts reaching Parley Pond
 where a fresh dead
BLACK-HEADED GULL
for found with no signs of 'cause of death'?
Only prognosis 'Natural Causes'?
On to the Hirundines and
we found the 2 'nest building' species (in oppose to excavators) taking full
advantage of what few rain puddles are not dried out.
SWALLOW
video
With so many ideal sites in the Recording Area
video
there is no knowing how many pairs the property supports,
but thought to be as high as the mid-20's?
We just have to wait now to estimate the success rate.

video
SWALLOW
About the same with
HOUSE MARTIN
video
which favour one or two of the private dwellings here,
but also nest on the Manor House.
video
Despite the continuous day time clatter associated with the
Eco Recycling Plant
video
they also seem to be very much home there as well.
On the way up to Eco
 we stopped to take a closer look at the mass of
 JACK-BY-THE-HEDGE
 and where was also found a species of
CYSTODERMA
FUNGI
The Wall
was purposely carved out of the bund of 'saleable' top soil
with the residue set aside should a customer be found for it.
The returning
SAND MARTIN
video
took to this readily on arrival
although they did investigate and start some burrowing at the old site
just 100 feet away.
video
Since that time they have been more than happy with their New Quarters
video
and are currently feeding young in 21 active nest holes.
 Elsewhere on our daily wander we found the first signs of
 BIRD'S-FOOT TREFOIL
Hundreds, or just as likely 'thousands of

 FUNNEL WEAVER SPIDER LAIRS
along with the tiniest
SMOOTH SNAKE
we have ever clapped eyes on.
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