Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Jackpot - Jack the Lad

Jack the Lad were an Electric Folk Rock Band
formed in 1973 by 3 members of the recently defunct Lindisfarne.
Not at all my genre until they regrouped in 1979 just to play the Reading Festival
where they blew the crowd away, including myself, if my memory serves me!
It hasn't been particularly bountiful for Wildlife, particularly Birds, over the past few days but just like every facet of life when you least expect it a little gem turns up. First on parade at the Irrigation Pond was a
 JACK SNIPE
 which rarely make for a good photograph
as usually distant and concealed plus only being about the size of a
tennis ball doesn't help.
There were also a couple of noisy
 CANADA GEESE
which quickly departed.
Nothing was the story at the other ponds so we cut along to the
Sewerage Works Hedge
where a small group of at least c5
BULLFINCH
appear to have re-established themselves.
Close by we found a second noteworthy bird for the day a
LITTLE OWL
busily 'worming' in the hardened ground until we sent it to the trees.
video
On our way to the Heath we did call back into the ponds
to find just a small smattering of Ducks and a single
BLACK-HEADED GULL
 before encountering a
DARTFORD WARBLER
 awaiting our arrival just inside the gate.
 Coincidentally, a second Warbler turned up within 5 minutes, this time a
CHIFFCHAFF
leading to the hopes of maybe a 3 species of Warbler day - but no such luck.
 Despite the 'tributary' being amply supplied with water there has been no sign of
 Wildfowl or Wader
in the last couple of weeks.
 Continuing in attendance is the 'pied'
CARRION CROW
 while something a little more surprising is that the
ALDER BUCKTHORN
 is still holding on to its leaves?
 The FERNS have now just about had their day, but it is hoped that
this years 'spraying' will deter at least some of the growth next year.
 Our final location of the day was to be one of the
Solar Panel Compounds
where a small flock of
MISTLE THRUSH
were found, but unfortunately still no sign of any
Fieldfare or Redwing.
Back to the memoir p.m. and late afternoon these
video
MAGPIES
arrived to hoover up the bread we had scattered earlier.
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