Sunday, 5 March 2017

Are 'Friends' Electric - Gary Numan

Back to last weekend and it was the weather which almost made it a 'writeoff' with continuous pulses of moderate to heavy rain, gloomy throughout without so much as a glimpse of the sun and wind at best in the lower reaches of gale force. Good job we can sally forth then regardless of that, but it's a rare day indeed when we don't complete our rounds of the Recording Area first. On show and 'in the frame' that day were:-
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BLACK-HEADED GULL
on the mountain top and the
BELTED GALLOWAY CALF with MOTHER
 and talking of 'right time, right place we arrived just in time to witness c5
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 DARTFORD WARBLER
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 performing aeriel displays at the same time.
 Our first 
PRIMROSES
of the season and then a follow up on a brief encounter of a couple of days ago.
Stopping then to observer the Egyptian Geese we caught no more than a 
fleeting glimpse of a pair of
 MANDARIN
seemingly prospecting the area of the Moors River.
Today, we spotted the female Mallard (pictured) and while investigating
picked up on a white object which looked rather like a piece of paper at first glance.
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This manifested itself into the supercilium (eyebrow) of the male bird
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which had the female sat right alongside.
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They sat content to allow a series of video clips
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but in our over excitement failed to take more than the 2 stills above.
However, that was by no means the highlight of the day as a short drive
would take me to the
ROYAL OAK
public house in Bere Regis, Dorset to meet my friends 
John and sister Maggie Gifford.
Excellent fare in this establishment if ever you are close by but my arrival
was preceeded by a short stop at a (not exclusive)
 YELLOWHAMMER
 Feeding Station
 which also welcomes the odd
 BLACKBIRD
DUNNOCK
and anything else Wild that shows up!
Sunday was no less convivial as meeting at what is considered by many to be
Dorset's Quaintest Village
 and more particularly
The Hambro Arms
to meet like minded company.
Paul and Annie Harris, Dave Foot, Mark, Helen and son Ralph Forster
plus Phil and Carol Sterling.
 Table for 9 garçon, merci
bon appétit
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