Friday, 24 February 2017

Extra, Extra Read All About It

As something of a 'catch-up' we publish these images in an
Extra Post
before they get out of date.
Apologies for no prior notification!
The Strange Rover windscreen at the Last Frost,
seems a long time ago now!
 A 'highwire act' indeed
 BLACK-HEADED GULLs
 on telephone cables.
Just one of the c2
COOTs
stayed for a second day but strayed to the Irrigation Pond.
video
(here with a MOORHEN)
Most, of what little action there has been, was confined to the
Moors River and associate Water Meadows
where once again
 BLACK-HEADED GULL
video
 featured
this being the first of the year we have noted with a
video
Black Head
Hampered somewhat by distance and poor light
 next up was certainly the
video
 Bird of the Day
 and will, likely as not, also qualify as
Bird of the Month
video
 as this is only the 'second'
 BLACK-TAILED GODWIT
ever to have been seen within our
Recording Area!
Maybe it followed us back from our Poole Harbour trip?
 A lone
HERRING GULL
was all else there before we moved on to a slightly misty
 MERRITOWN HEATH
 where all of note were
 c2
 ROE DEER
in quick succession.
 It was also noted that one of the
Tawny Owl Boxes
seems to have been occupied by 'something', but given the nesting material
thought rather a Grey Squirrel than any species of Owl.
Here's hoping this might be the year!
 The Puddle of Mud
as it has been dubbed is also attracting the odd
Green Sandpiper
which was just a little too lively for us today,
 while this deformed branch from a wind-blown
SILVER BIRCH
was also of interest.
 What was far 'less' interesting, in fact darn right annoying, was the
Solar Panel Grass Cutting Contractors
showed up and even not their Part of Ship laid this area, of what was 
seed bearing tall grass and host to about 100 overwintering Goldfinch et al, to waste.
The cuttings were even disposed of leaving no food source at all for the birds,
which haven't been seen there since. The Reader can be assured of a terse word in their 
Shell Like in the hope of no recurrence again at this time of year.
Finally, and had we not spotted the Godwit, this
SHELDUCK
 found among the hubbub of the workforce at the back of the
Eco Recycling Centre
would have stolen the show as not only the first of the year for our area,
but the first of the winter.
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