Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Kid A - Radio Head

With any rain that there has been being short lived, it is the wind that has
dominated the weather picture in recent days. However, since the 'hot snap'
overnight temperatures have continued to hug the low teens and produce
A Few Good Moths!
 A most welcome start to proceedings at the First (Pond-side) Trap
and First for the Year
 SCARCE SILVER-LINES
and while we have recorded c3 already for the year this
BORDERED PUG
 is by far the best mark so far, in fact the 'best' we have ever seen.
Moving on to Harbins Farmhouse Garden it was the cavorting
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WOOD PIGEONs
that stole the first attention, likely thinking about a 'second brood'?
 Also added to the Annual Tally what is considered to be a rather 'early'
 DUN-BAR
It's by no means all drudgery, as during these rounds we occasionally take a leaf from
 Welsh Poet W. H. Davies' work Leisure
 What is this life if, full of care,
we have no time to stand and stare.
 
 today it was the turn of the now beautiful blooms of
 
 OPIUM POPPIES
Continuing through a moderate haul of 173 Macro Moths of 71 Species
next to be added to the same list was the extremely delicate 'migrant'
VESTAL
 a tiny Insect of no more than 12mm will have at least flown across the
English Channel.
(for my dear friend Jean-Francois [and Roong of course] Le Sleeve)
 This induced me to search through the archive for the image of a 
sharply contrasting Vestal caught last year.
Of this, Manley (British Moths) tells " it can breed in summer in UK
producing extreme pink forms".
By this time thinking to myself, 
"I'll be glad when I've had enough"
 we reached the 5th and final trap, which was just like history repeating itself with the
'rare' Shoulder-striped Clover of recent days being almost the last critter to be pulled from captivity.
Depending on your view of 'rarity' yesterday's find, unlike the Vestal, no longer breeds in the UK
as becoming extinct here in 1951. There are said to be breeding colonies on the Channel Islands and
it is common across much of mainland Europe and Asia, but those found on our shores these day
are considered of the 'migrant only' variety!
'The Stunningly Handsome' 
and 
First for our Recording Area
 ORACHE MOTH
and finally on the subject of 'flying things' we instantly point out that this
most unusual 'propellers facing backwards' 
 PIAGGIO P180 AVANTI
 was not heading for the traps!
Changing the subject completely, stand up the boy at the back who shouted Hooray!
 We have maintained throughout most of our life that
ADVICE IS ONLY FOR 'GIVING'
but we are prepared to break with that tradition just this once and to say,
"if you want any peace and quiet, time to yourself, a chance to do all those things you
spent your life dreaming about, or for that matter just sitting down and having a quiet cuppa then" 
 'DO NOT RETIRE'
 We say that particularly now as for a couple of weeks we have intended 
bringing you up-to-date with the
Rare Breeds Old English and Bagot Goats.
Of the latter, it was always considered that on arrival all 3 were pregnant
and in recent days, with udder extended, Goat C has looked every bit as if she was
Kidding. She wasn't and last week broke away from the others, as Deer often do, to
find a sheltered spot to give birth. Two days later she reappeared minus the paunch but
with no Kid and was considered to have aborted. A lack lustre search was made of quite a large 
area but no foetus was found and over the following days a look-out has been kept for Corvid
activity to maybe indicate the position - still nothing found! 
So, it wasn't Alright for that Kid,
but there's more.
Following our usual track up to Parley Common the very quickly vanishing
 Flash of White
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did eventually manifest itself into a 'juvenile'
 LITTLE EGRET
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something we do not remember ever having seen in our homeland
but many hundreds must have been encountered during our extensive travels
Far and Wide.
Our next Port of Call was to be the Gravel Pit but we were delayed on route
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by a snippet of Nature in its rawest state a male
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BLACKCAP
tackling what was thought to have been a
Hairy Dragonfly.
Another
HAIRY DRAGONFLY
having not yet fallen into the clutches of the
Silva Warbler.
We were met at the watercourse by the now well established family of
video

CANADA GEESE
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The 3 youngsters in for a bathe, and while there we took the opportunity to check the
 LITTLE GREBE FAMILY
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with the female
'sitting' for a 6th day
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on the new nest, while the duties of the male bird diminish by the hour
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as the youngster becomes more self sufficient.
On the way to the Heath we picked up on a juvenile
DUNNOCK
and a smashed
SONG THRUSH EGG
and once at the Goat Enclosure there was great delight to see
 BAGOT 'TWINS'
 
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 GATHERING of the CLAN
These Kids Are Alright - Link
On our way back we witnessed the
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BELTED GALLOWAY CATTLE
engaging in a little
Mutual Preening
before deciding on such a warm, sunny and dry day to pay one of our
Quarterly Visits to Bournemouth International Airport.
Once inside we found a delightful area of
 EVENING PRIMROSE
 which was being patrolled by a wayward juvenile
HERRING GULL
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 doubtless having fallen from one of the roofs of the tall buildings.
With no chance of getting back to the nest
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the 'wise money' is on it not lasting the night!

 Accessible only from the Airport, this area of Grassland (looking west)
bounded by a cattle fence and the Tributary (right)
often referred to through these pages, has been given over to nature.
(looking east)
Here, we have permission to inspect the 100 or so
Reptile Covers
which we do about 4 times a year.
 (looking back into the Airport and the Jumbo Jet Hanger)
A time consuming exercise but well worth it as our finds included singles of
COMMON LIZARD
 A 'MOULTED' SNAKE SKIN
SLOW WORM

and a
SAND LIZARD
EntryPageviews
United States
447
United Kingdom
361
Germany
34
Netherlands
34
South Korea
12
China
11
New Zealand
9
Canada
7
France
7
Russia
7

2 comments:

  1. You made me chuckle this morn'in Capt...
    With a name like..The Piaggio p180 Avanti,
    and being Sicilian...l just had to look it
    up..And, yes it is Italian..HeHe! They don't
    know what their doing...Typical! Put the props
    at the rear, when the word 'Avanti' means forward!
    And they go on about the Irish! Bless Them!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUJ0i3-_Yxc

    AND NO! I'm not ready to retire....Not just yet!
    Got a bit more breathing to do yet! :).
    "Onwards and Upwards".

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  2. Pleased to Please, Cheers Matey.

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