Thursday, 25 May 2017

We Plough the Fields and Scatter - Hymn

It has been a while now since they
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Ploughed the Fields and Scattered the Good Seed on the Land
but at long last we know bring the story to you.
4 days of intensive activity as the 3 largest fields on
Parley Court Farm
succumbed to the blades attracting a small wealth of Wildlife.
 After the early morning
 C-130 Hercules Transport
 had passed overhead, first to arrive
 and follow the tractor were
BLACK-HEADED GULL
forcing us to stop and take stock of what else might be about.
Worth walking the furrows for a short time, we found a
VIOLET GROUND BEETLE
(not to be confused with a 'Violent' Ground Beetle)
before turning our attention to the other Birds where both
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HERRING and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
where in attendance.
 HERRING GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
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this one with a 'club-foot'.
All 3 of the more common species of Gull
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Black-headed, Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gulls
Mixed Gulls
Among them were the odd
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WHEATEAR
The Corvides were represented by
JACKDAW
 There was also a
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COMMON BUZZARD
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to be found amidst all these frenzied feeders,
but the 
King's of the Castle,
for me at least
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were the host of beautiful looking
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MEDITERRANEAN GULLs
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Additionally, on that day there was just a single addition to the
Annual Moth List
SPECTACLE
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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Bits 'n' Pieces - The Dave Clarke 5

A memory jerker this, the very second I clapped eyes on those 'high-collar,
side-neck buttoned shirts' it was down the road to get one! As one of the early
MODS (in oppose to Rockers - YUK!) and a model of sartorial elegance my wardrobe
already sported high-heeled almond toed boots, frilly-fronted shirts and 4-buttoned, high collared
suits (circa The Kinks). Was at one time thinking of getting an orange cravat
but didn't want to look ridiculous!
In my little world it would I would consider myself a loser if at 70 years young
I were sat here saying to myself "I wish I'd done this, or I wish I'd done that"!
NO ONE TOLD YOU WHEN TO RUN, YOU MISSED THE STARTING GUN"
Pink Floyd
Anyroad, delving into the plethora of recent photograph files we fine a few that might
have been published before now had time allowed.
Again we have to report that the wind then had remained firmly fixed in the
North and East,
and while catches might be better on a more South Westerly zephyr we were still adding 
new species of Moth to the Year List.

NARROW-WINGED PUG
and
TREBLE-BAR
An early morning sighting of c7 'over-flying'
WHIMBREL
 which were found later in the day at
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 Mead Close
one of the larger fields here at
Parley Court Farm
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and now planted with this years
Maize Crop.
As can be seen, these
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BULLFINCHES
were, in the first instance, seen feeding on the deck not in our experience 
at all common practise
 but soon took to the Birches
on our approach.
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The male 
COOT 
is now providing food for the female on the nest 
at the Irrigation Pond but not exactly a banquet!
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While a male
GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER
gleans the fence posts at the Solar panel Compound.
While also favouring the same fence line
 and breeding close by
 STARLING
 JACKDAW
along with very healthy
GREENFICH
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 with no signs of the disease effecting others across the County.
Yet another short foray along the
MOORS RIVER
 found examples of
 GREATER TUSSOCK SEDGE
 CHAFFINCH
nest building
 and
CHERRY BLOSSOM
was this a case of 
Big in Japan - Alphaville 
or
Do you remember chalk hearts melting on a playground wall
Do you remember dawn escapes from moon washed college halls
Do you remember the cherry blossom in the market square
Do you remember I thought it was confetti in our hair
It is doubtful there is a Prog Rocker alive who would disagree that
Misplaced Childhood (from which Kayleigh is taken) or
Clutching at Straws (both by Marillion)
are not 2 of the most cleverly penned and musically sound
albums even composed!
We digress:-
ROE DEER
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browsing at the Irrigation Pond,
 From
Longham Lakes
 GREYLAG GEESE
 and
 COMMON SANDPIPER
 MOORHEN
 at the Gravel Pit and from the Heath
 STONECHAT
and another, seemingly younger
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ROE DEER
Music Trivia - Dave Clarke is one of the richest individuals
 in Rock 'n' Roll, a man who really kept his wits about him!
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