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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