Monday, 21 November 2016

Love Is In the Air - John Paul Young

Saturday was a complete 'wash out' with high winds forcing in
more or less continuous heavy rain, preventing even the hardiest
of us hitting the slopes but before all that broke loose there was 
MORE FROST, LESS MOTHS
in fact the first time we have ever drawn a blank at the traps!
All we could muster from the 5 were a
FOLDED-WINGED CRANEFLY
and a couple of
CADDISFLIES
At the Irrigation Pond the first returning 
GADWALL
have stayed
but didn't seem best pleased at my intrusion, and immediately flushed.
Moving quickly on, with the intention of returning later there was
more signs of Bird Life at the Sewerage Works than there has been
in recent days including a few
GREENFINCH
a small party of
LONG-TAILED TIT
now showing right across out area
and a single
HERRING GULL
  video
not at all a regular visitor here.
Further along there were also a few
GOLDFINCH
but on our return there was again something of a distraction!
Coincidental that we had featured our neighbours heard of
CHAROLAIS
on a recent Post as they had broken through the fence yesterday morning and were now on
Parley Court Farm.
As with the escapee Mixed Heard from Parley Common a few weeks ago
we slipped on the Cowboy Boots and Stetson and soon had them back where they belong.
During the process this overflying
 
LAPWING
was noted but it was time to return to the Pond.
Yes, predictably the
GADWALL
were back and seemingly a lot less skittish?
video
 Male
and
video
Female
and then something that was completely unexpected.
video
He started 'displaying' and then 'copulated' with her
video
which was followed by a series of quacking and bathing.
Just before arrival at Slight Return II what may well have been
the over flier was found on the ground
and may well be a part of the returned Bournemouth Airport flock
 which was only noticed for the first time that day.
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