Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Obscured By Clouds - Pink Floyd

The 7th studio album from the
English Progressive Rock Band
("By the Way Which One's Pink")
 OBSCURE WAINSCOT
followed by a completely new Insect for me
SNIPE FLY
 SPINACH
14-SPOT LADYBIRD
 A second for the Year
 FOX MOTH
FLAME
Down by the riverside on what are occasionally
Water Meadows
 c6 
EGYPTIAN GEESE
video
among the Charolais Herd
 which are the first here for over a month.
video
While this individual looks every bit like a vintage 2017 we have found
no indication of breeding on our patch.
On the deficit side we also found a dead
 MUTE SWAN
Close inspection of both sides for no signs of having collided with power-cables,
which is the most usual cause of death here, nor any broken bones.
 HERB ROBERT
and
 FIELD ROSE
followed in quick succession and then low-flying above the
Solar Panel Compound
 a small group of
 COMMON SWIFT
given the altitude we decided to 'practice' a little camera work!
They do say it "makes perfect"
but feel it's going to be a while yet.
 Also in this area, once again
 MISTLE THRUSH
seem to be doing very well with the compound offering up a ready
supply of food for young birds.
At the gateway to the Heath the story was the same as we 
"just had time to stop and stare"
 with extremely close views of this
 CHIFFCHAFF
 gleaning the Gorse
no doubt for another nest full of Chicks!
video
This
ROE DEER 
put in a brief sprint but was soon gone as were we.
Having no access these days to the increasingly busy 
Eco Recycling Works
we do make the occasional climb to the top of the near 20 foot high bund
from where the whole area can be viewed and 'scoped if needs be.
A pair of 
video
SHELDUCK
 have lingered here throughout the season but even though we have noted the
video
 Male Displaying
 (to the accompaniment of a Lapwing calling in the background)
we have seen no definite evidence of breeding.
video
Female
(with Wren doing backing vocals)
On the way back we came across a male
 REED BUNTING
 looking every bit as if he was
 collecting food for nestlings.
The most unusual sight of the day was found right on our own doorstep,
in fact to be totally accurate, right on our Moth Table a
BIRD PELLET
looking to have been regurgitated by a Song Bird rather than the more
Usual Suspects.
It may be a little belated but no less sincere, but we feel it about time to once again 
THANK 
our helpers/mentors who not only identify some of our
finds but also pass on huge amounts of learning to your
Humble Servant!
Dave Foot, John Gifford and Paul Harris
(in no other order than alphabetical)
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