Monday, 29 May 2017

Send Down a Dove - Charles MacHardy

With the overnight temperature now levelling out at a far more acceptable
+14°C, cloud cover being mainly total and the wind in the southern quadrant

there has been a little more to show for our efforts from the
Moth Traps.
Firsts for the Year
have included
COMMON WAINSCOT
SMALL SQUARE-SPOT
COMMON CARPET
COMMON SWIFT
in 2 differing shades
and sizes.
BUFF-TIP
COXCOMB PROMINENT
GREAT RED SEDGE
and spectacular mating
TIGER CRANEFLY
We make note here of help in identifications from our friends
Dave Foot, John Gifford and Paul Harris
(in alphabetical order to save any fighting in the playground)
In other directions things have been a little quieter with the
 COOT,
having already lost one brood to the predator, have commenced 'sitting' again.
A pair of 
MUTE SWAN
that occasionally look like they mean business and always followed by a spell of
Head Down.
As far as we can tell
STOCK DOVE
Oh Lord above send down a Dove
with wings as sharp a razors.
To cut the throats of them there blokes
as sells bad beer to Sailors! 
(Now there's a book worth reading) 
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 are nesting both
 on the Heath and within the Eco Recycling Centre
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while finding a ready supply of food in the
Solar Panel Compounds.
While talking of Eco, a few
 SAND MARTIN
video
 have been seen on the wing including both
adult (right) and juvenile birds (left).
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JUVENILE SAND MARTIN
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Feeding Young
DITTO
Not quite absent altogether but either keeping an extraordinarily
low profile
or in far less numbers here than we have become used to in the past
it was considered extremely lucky to shoot just 2 images of
DARTFORD WARBLER
On the other hand
 COMMON WHITETHROAT
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seem to be all over the place
with indications of 'nesting' in all areas.
There only needs to be the slightest fall of rain for the
BLACK SLUG
to appear which have also been showing up 'mob-handed'!
To finish the day and this post the juvenile
video
STARLING
are now fledging in numbers and like this one often feed right outside
our door, particularly late afternoon.
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