Sunday, 19 February 2017

Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Not being much of a one for TV, oh if only there was the time, it would be fair to say that my occasional dabblings are usually confind to Channel Hoping and then more often than not with nothing to tickle the 'grey-matter'. To the contrary last night when
US Rock Anthems
featured on BBC4 and was thought worthy of a hour or so.
Chronologically presented, rather that an individual selection, the
archetypes were of course Hold the Line - Toto,
I Want to Know What Love Is - Foreigner, Eye of the Tiger - Survivor et al,
all worthy of merit in their own right but paled against my particular favourites.
Apart from Alice (one of the Top 5 Rock Acts ever enjoyed Live) announcing 'Schools Out'
it was

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT
Don't Fear the Reaper 
who were very slightly eclipsed by the sensation 'Grunge' that was
NIRVANA
(Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic)
BONUS TRACK also NIRVANA

and
 second only to the version by Lulu!
With overnight temperatures still hovering around +7 to +8°C there was again a winter opportunity to catch a Moth of two. Having put out a second trap there was twice the chance but before attending to then, or even setting foot on terra firma the distinctive song of a
REED BUNTING
 could be heard from what seemed quite a distance away.
 Temporarily forsaking the traps for a while, preferring to add another
species to the Recording Area Year List a fine male bird was located.
 As if somehow trying to hamper my progress, half way to the first trap a
 CETTI'S WARBLER
offered a burst of song making for a second addition.
Moth-wise all that was in the collective traps was a
DOTTED BORDER
making for a hat-trick of 'firsts' and a 
 species of
ICHNEUMON WASP
Our first attempt, early morning, to photograph the c2 newly arrived
video
CANADA GEESE
on the Gravel Pit came to nought due to the foggy conditions, but
 returning a little later in the morning
 after the Sun had shown its hand
 things were much better.
Also there were c5 male
 GADWALL
along with this female (left)
video
video
Not the sort of fare we usually snap at but of interest
 was the leg adornment on the cock
PHEASANT
As far as we know none are ringed in this part of the world.
 On the way back and high in the trees
a party of upward of 50
 SISKIN
only an occasional but most welcome visitor here.
During this short stop it was thought that a
 SKYLARK
was heard, which with a short search was proven and also added to our
Recording Area Year List.
Footnote:- An late afternoon visit to the heath yesterday produced an influx of Stonechat into double figures, well over 100 Meadow Pipit and at least 6 distinctly seperate Dartford Warbler. Images will be posted when time allows.
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