Thursday, 3 November 2016

Tony Chestnut - Children's Game

Before last nights freeze, the first of the Autumn, overnight temperatures had continued to hold in double figures as we again reaped the benefits from the Moth Traps. Only a few short days since the last addition to our Recording Area List with ANOMALOUS, 
lightning struck for a second time  with the arrival of
=
 SOUTHERN CHESTNUT
We say 'new addition', but in fact this creature has been proved to
exist on our 'patch' since last year when Dave Foot, on one of his occasional visits,
did seek and find the Larvae (Caterpillar) on the Heath.
 As can be seen from this extract from British Moths by
Chris Manley Southern Chestnut is only a relatively new addition
to the British List and extremely 'local', gracing just our section of the
South Coast of England for now at least.
 The good fortune continued as
 -
 FEATHERED THORN
and then
 GREY SHOULDER-KNOT
were added to the Year List and adequately backed up by a
VINE'S RUSTIC
 also in a couple of the traps the Beetle
 APHODIUS RUFIPES
 Not much in the way of fame and glory for me while 
Hugh and Janet 
have been away in Borneo for 2 weeks, reduced in rank from
Almighty Master of all He Surveys
to
Chicken George - Second Lieutenant of the Coop
a bag of corn has been kept handy to give the birds a quick early morning feed.
 It didn't take long for this
 WOOD MOUSE
 to move in and also dig itself a
 HOME
 More 'poultry' awaiting at Parley Pond as this male
PHEASANT
 was looking resplendent in the early morning sunshine.
Overhead, there was another new and also shining arrival a
 BOMBARDIER GLOBAL 6000
not an aircraft we can remember seeing hereabouts before.
The most welcome Sun had also seemingly encouraged the
HOVERFLY
 Syrphus ribesil
and a tardy
SPECKLED WOOD
 onto the wing but no 'flying' for this
FOX DROPPING
 the image taken as much for the Moss
POLITRICHUM FORMOSUM
as for the turd.
The Wildlife Day ended by watching this
WOOD PIGEON
feeding directly outside of
Slight Return II
bon app├ętit!
We once again THANK John Gifford for help with some ID's.
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