Saturday, 29 April 2017

Good Migrations (sic) - The Beach Boys

 With the Arctic Airflow of a couple of days ago bringing with it 2 mornings of
Heavy Ground Frost
it was no surprise to find only a single addition to the
Annual Moth Tally from the 3 frozen traps.
 BRINDLED BEAUTY
along with our first
 MAYFLY
If you spend your time waiting for Migrant Birds (or anything else migratory for that matter) then this is not the ideal place to be but, with a little patience eventually a few rewards will trickle through. Even before the Scotland trip we had seen our share of Little Ringed Plover, c5 in total, Blackcap abound and there was just that single jaunty jingle from a
WILLOW WARBLER
 which always in the first instance fools me!
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Willow Warbler
with unidentified Ladybird
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Willow Warbler 
(displaying)
 LONG-TAILED TIT
 male
 BULLFINCH
 GREENFINCH
still a very healthy looking population here.
CHIFFCHAFF
While nesting birds have been putting in quite an effort (some decent updates
to follow in Posts to come)
Butterflies have been conspicuous by there absence, and dare we say
Spring Flowers
have been 'springing' up all over the place.
 MUTE SWAN
built their nest right under our noses at Parley Pond-side which
was not even noticed until incubation had began.
 SPECKLED WOOD BUTTERFLY
have reached a grand overall total of c3 but
 GARLIC MUSTARD
probably better known to country folk as
 JACK-BY-THE-HEDGE
has been prolific.
 COOT
have continued the 'on nest' vigil throughout with an update considered
likely very soon now.
 ORANGE-TIP BUTTERFLY
have fared no better than that above,
 while Plants such as this
FORGET-ME-NOT (Species) 
is popping up all over the place.
SMALL WHITE BUTTERFLY
LARGE RED DAMSELFLY
was a welcome find along the course of the River Stour, but still in a
teneril state, not having attained full colour, it was not viewed in all its glory.
The c3
 BAGOT GOATS
are still taking life at a sedate pace, to the extent that even though we
visit then almost every day they have never been seen to shift from the location
on the hard standing?
But then on to the New Editions as the original c5 (including the calf)
Belted Galloway Cows
have been shifted to pastures greener elsewhere, not we hasten to add the
Valley of Steel, and replaced by
 c2 other
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BELTED GALLOWAY
 # 1
 BELTED GALLOWAY
 #2
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and additionally c2
 Rare Breed
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 SHETLAND CATTLE
 so rare that as of today's date we still haven't come across anyone,
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farmer or civilian alike, who has ever 'heard' of
Shetland Cattle
let alone seen one, save those connected with these!
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Fleeting Glimpse of
ROE DEER
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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Back on Earth - Ozzy Osbourne

Returning from the WONDERLAND that is Bonny Scotland felt akin to being 
where once again we face a mammoth task in catching up on recent days.
Not to everyone's liking we know, but feel the need to show some of the
Moth Species
(think of them more as diverse, beautiful creatures rather than
something you belt over the head with a recent copy of the
Sunday Times
should they stray into your bathroom!)
we have encountered since we arrived back.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the highlight has been this
 NORTHERN DRAB
(a 'first' for our Recording Area)
which is described in the Dorset Records as a
Scarce and Very Local Resident
of just a single generation on the wing between April and May.
The first specimen captured in Dorset was taken in 1905 since when
records of adult Insects have come nowhere near treble figures and
it is thought our find is sure to put another 'location dot' on the Species Map.
Otherwise, we have only come across the 'expected' in the form of:-
 BRIMSTONE MOTH
 GREAT PROMINENT
 FLAME SHOULDER
 MUSLIN MOTH
 LUNAR MARBLED BROWN
 PINE BEAUTY
Additionally, there have been one or two other Insects which
we will also feature in this Post. 
 The first of the season, but certainly not the last
 WASP
KNOT GRASS
SCORCHED CARPET
 SHUTTLE-SHAPED DART
SAINT MARK'S FLY
 (Bibio marci)
(( not a Moth))
Named thus as the adults usually emerge on or close to that Saint's Day
25th April.
 SALLOW KITTEN
 PEBBLE PROMINENT
 WHITE ERMINE
RUBY TIGER
 maybe 2 different morphs?
(underside)
 CHOCOLATE-TIP
BRIGHT-LINE BROWN-EYE
 LESSER SWALLOW PROMINENT
TAWNY PINION
Love him or simply just content to WORSHIP every single breath he takes,
there is no one in the whole of Rock 'n' Roll (nay The Whole Wide World)
to compare with the irrepressible Mr Osbourne, by some considered just a
MADMAN!
It is suggested that if each of us ran our lives along the theme of his composition
 'Dreamer'
then it would be a better place not only for us, but for those who follow?
We fear there is not much hope Ozzy!!
 Gazing through the window at the world outside
Wondering will mother earth survive
Hoping that mankind will stop abusing her sometime
After all there's only just the two of us
And here we are still fighting for our lives
Watching all of history repeat itself, time after time

I'm just a dreamer, I dream my life away
I'm just a dreamer, who dreams of better days

I watch the sun go down like everyone of us
I'm hoping that the dawn will bring a sign
A better place for those Who will come after us ... this time

I'm just a dreamer, I dream my life away oh yeah
I'm just a dreamer, who dreams of better days

Your higher power may be God or Jesus Christ
It doesn't really matter much to me
Without each other’s help there ain't no hope for us
I'm living in a dream of fantasy
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah

If only we could all just find serenity
It would be nice if we could live as one
When will all this anger, hate and bigotry ...
Be gone?

I'm just a dreamer, I dream my life away - Today
I'm just a dreamer, who dreams of better days - Okay
I'm just a dreamer, who's searching for the way - Today
I'm just a dreamer, dreaming my life away
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah!
 Rock 'n' Roll Trivia:-
Ozzy = Vocals
Zakk Wilde (Black Label Society) = Lead Guitar in the absence of Randy Rhodes who, after what was to be his last performance as sidekick to Osbourne, was so ecstatic that he took to the air in a private plane, stolen and piloted by Andrew Aycock (Tour Bus Driver) who proceeded to 'buzz' the static bus. On the third pass a wing tip clipped the bus, then crashing into a pine tree, resulting in the death of all of those onboard the aircraft.
Robert Trujillo (currently Metallica) = Bass (who is capable but will never be a Jason Newstead)
Mike Bordin (Faith No More) = Drums
Tim Palmer (British Music Producer) = Piano
While it is said Sabbath have played their last gig,  we don't need to sound
PARANOID 
and simply wish
Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi
LONG and HEALTHY LIFE
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