Saturday, 13 March 2021

Daffodils - William Wordsworth

 Despite the stormy weather of both Thursday and Friday we managed to capture 77 macro Moths of 12 species on the former, but unfortunately nothing new. The Best of these were

OAK BEAUTY
YELLOW HORNED
and
SATELLITE

Of the latter, we had to rely heavily on the Met Office, who get predictions just about 'spot on' every time, but so they should with all those Sputniks flying around and the amount of money they spend, out of the Public Purse, on huge quantities of Bladderwrack (seaweed) to tend the traps again for a very similar result!
However, awaiting was the main project of the day to count the nests now forming the

ROOKERY

within Bournemouth International Airport now restrictions have been lowered slightly.

It was not all about the Birds there as we were quickly distracted by the beauty of the boarders.
(ERICA CULTIVAR)
Just c17 nests at this time
FEEDING
(EUPHORBIA Species)
so still some way to go if they are going to
ROOKERY
(another ERICA Sp)
catch up with last years c36.
Once again we thank John Gifford for his horticultual expertise.
Maybe a case of self indictment having left my early education with no more than a
School Leavers Certificat in Gardening.
Certainly came in handy with all those Submarine Window Boxes!!
With only a brief glimps of the hovering
KESTREL
we felt sure it was contender for the returning male of last year and safe in the sanctuary of the Strange Rover
we watched, through a final shaft of sunshine, it
take 2 small Birds in quick succession
and deduced from the tiny stuck out yellow leg (lower right) that the second at least was a
DARTFORD WARBLER
The final sparkle of Spring, for the day at least, came as

I wandered lonely as a cloud, that floats on high o're vales and hills. 

When all at once I saw a crowd, a host, of golden daffodils!

Orange Trumpeted Daffodils
with this being an example of the afternoon.
HAIL, HAIL we're back in Jail!

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