Wednesday, 5 April 2017

On the Road Again - Canned Heat

Every Day is a New Adventure, but beware of the Unexpected!
 EARLY THORN
 and while we have to say it again
"we don't do Micros" we have it on good authority that this is a
BROWN PLUME
(Stenoptila pterodactyla)
and a sleepy
ROVE BEETLE
Always delighted with something new for the year, but our merriment was to be
short-lived as we headed for the Common where almost immediately caught sight
of this time an addition to the Recording Area Year List.
Not in the best of positions, we loosed off a couple of 'record shots' of the
 RED-LEGGED PARTRIDGE
through the windscreen
before attempting to manoeuvre the Strange Rover into a more open situation.
 Applying just 10° of port wheel and then hard 'a' starboard we found 
our self in a perfect position to continue clicking away at the now feeding bird.
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 However, what wasn't immediately apparent until we decided to continue our passage,
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 was that we were firmly aground. Not for the first time this year
(our regular readers may remember) we once again summoned help from Gavin,
Hugh and Janet's younger son and Father to Be, and let me tell you, if
Gav cannot get you out then you are 'stuck' there for life!
 During the amazingly short wait for assistance this
FOX
put in the briefest of appearances with the
 Partridge continuing to perform perfectly
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 in the now sunny conditions.
 COLLARED DOVE
also fell to the view-finder and within 40 minutes we were
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 Continue watching for some amazing footage of the build up to Woodstock!
I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
When I asked him where are you going
This he told me.

I'm going down to Yasgurs farm
Think Ill join a rock and roll band
I'll camp out on the land
I'll try and set my soul free.

We are stardust, we are golden
And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden.
 Woodstock - Matthews' Southern Comfort

albeit a little crest fallen and a little muddy under the arches!
This unfortunate delay did, like most clouds, have a 
Silver Linings
giving chance to inspect some of the hedgerows planted last year and
estimated to be having a 90%+ survival rate!
Bird's Nest Next Year?
 A bright, sunny day so no surprise that
PEACOCK
and
BRIMSTONE
Butterflies, in quick succession also joined the list.
More
SLOW WORMS
Irony was, to end the day, that on our way back to base we found a trench
had been dug across the edge of the marsh we had been stuck in earlier.
 The groundwork for more hedge planting, had we been a little later or the
workforce a little area there would have been no access to the bog anyway!!
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