Tuesday, 31 January 2017

29 Palms - Robert Plant

Just the prelude to what is hoped will be
GREATER THINGS!
We have staved it off for a few days in the hope of welcoming the
New Month
with a bit of a BANG!
The intent tomorrow will be to issue Post No1 in a series of 6
covering our Away Day which turned into an Away 4½ Days.
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Another photogenic start to the Day.
ALPACAS
all c5 today, you may have have to look a little harder.
Over Wintering
CHIFFCHAFF
ROBIN
acrobatic
GOLDCREST
video
The 'white-headed'
EGYPTIAN GOOSE
noisy as ever and the far more sedate
video
OTHER ONE!
 GREENFICH
 population
 still thriving
 and the return of the
video
 long lost
video
GREEN SANDPIPER
 Also not seen for a while and so considered worthy of a
 triptych
STONECHAT
Well, on our return to Slight Return II we set the Juke Box to 'random select'
and at this point
video
BLACK-HEADED GULLs
video
swooping for food on the lawn outside this, as you will hear,
was the track playing at the time - 'no brainer'!
Memories rose of an uninspiring short stay there back in 2010 while travelling across California, brought on only by my love of this song, on my way to the Salton Sea to 'twitch' Yellow-footed Gull. The plan was to dip a toe into the Mojave Desert before transiting the Joshua  Tree (U2) National Park and then continuing onward. Advice on the ground back in 29P's, which was taken, - "don't, under any circumstances, visit the Salton Sea area"!
All stories SHOULD end in success which this one did.
Later in 2011, on a second trip to transit part of the
Pan American Highway - Flagstaff to Deadhorse, Alaska
yet another detour was made, this time down into
Baja California, Mexico
(just below the We Are Here Legend)
where, on the first day on the beach at San Filipe was found
just a single adult
YELLOW-FOOTED GULL
On that trip a plethora of dreams, desires, objectives, ambitions call them what you will,
were buzzing around the 'grey matter', one of which was to WALK across the
Arctic Circle, just before reaching Deadhorse. Having flown over it an unrecorded number of times,
sailed over it a few times less and even sailed 'under' it twice onboard HM Submarine Alcide,
apart from TUNNELLING this was the only mode to complete the set.
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