Friday, 7 April 2017

Kites - Simon Dupree and the Big Sound

Later to become the sensational
GENTLE GIANT
 The Brothers 'Shulman' - Kites - Link
While there were precious few Moths in the traps, there were another
couple of items of interest which we had to send to our friend
John Gifford
for confirmation of identity.
 BUFF-TAILED BUMBLEBEE
 have already been abundant across our area but this
 ICHNEUMON WASP
OPHION OBSCURATUS
is a First for the Year.
Just because there had been a deficit of Moths in the traps wasn't to say that
there were to be no Moths at all, but we will come to that later.
Time to catch up on the Daily Rounds, which was also by and large deplete,
but we did receive a call from Dave Foot to say he might be in our area later in the day.
 GADWALL
(male)
 are still occupying the Gravel Pit
video
(male preening and cavorting)
 and looking splendid in the process
 (female)
video
The 'pair' with Moorhen.
so we live in hope of a First Breeding Record this year??
Other Common Fare included this fine specimen of a male
STONECHAT
video
commuting between the Heath
and Solar Panel Compound fence
video
and seemingly finding no difficulty in catching a breakfast delicousy or two.
video
Singing male
CHAFFINCH
hunting
video
SONG THRUSH
 HERRING GULL
video
with interloping
Black-headed Gull
in Eco, 
(which can now only be viewed from the top of the bund due to
a far higher volumn of traffic across the whole area)
 A View from the Top
of just part of the
Solar Panel Farm
and for the very first time from our
Recording Area
video
some modest footage of foraging
video
video
LESSER REDPOLL
A short stop at the
Bournemouth International Airport
perimeter fence gave a chance to watch the 'in house'
FIREFIGHTERS
going through their drills.
video
The Fire is Set and the Alarm Sounded
video
Followed by a Rapid Response.
video
It was at this point we could have chucked a couple of SPUDS into the blaze,
but it was quickly extinguished.
video
Return to Base.
A reminder of my Oil Rig days when each crew member would
have to attend such a Fire Fighting Course - no exceptions!
To give myself credit, my predictions of where and when Dave might arrive
were both spot on as he was located close to the tributary.
There he is!
Always a great pleasure to be in his company but a little galling (only joking) after spending
the whole morning looking for New Wildlife Arrivals to meet with this sequence of events!
Before even getting out of the Strange Rover he was pointing and shouting
"COMMON HEATH"
a 'daytime flying' and new Moth for the year and having had my fill
he grabs me by the collar, directing my gaze upwards, and indicating an overflying
 RED KITE
 which was our First for Dorset
 and the Recording Area this year as we had seen them earlier on our
 Norfolk Trip.
As if that were not enough, and being a man who loves his hat-tricks,
he goes on to find and capture a specimin of
ORANGE UNDERWING
which you may remember as having a modicum of doubt as to posative
identification associated with our first sighting some days ago.
This is not the first to be recorded here, but certainly the first to be photographed!
ALONG WITH DAVE WE CAN ALSO ANNOUNCE THAT
WE ARE ABOUT TO EMBARK ON AN
'OUT OF DORSET ADVENTURE' BUT WILL KEEP OUR DESTINATION
UNDER WRAPS UNTIL OUR FIRST POST FROM THERE!
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