Thursday, 5 August 2021

The Lark Ascending - Vaughan Williams

 Not in either of our Blog manifestations have we ever featured a 'single species' in a complete Post, but we got close to it today, until 2 small punctuations queered the pitch. Despite the best efforts of Storm  Evert, seemingly keeping a steady course along the English Channel and knocking up a 77 m.p.h. gust at the Needles, Isle of Wight, just a stone's throw from here, while we saw but a 40, there were Moths with for starters a f.f.y.

and in similar fashion a
before setting off in hopes of other things. Stopping at the Aspens, just to listen to the russling of the leaves we turned th binoculars to the cross path where some way ahead was spotted a small bird on the track. Sticking to the 'mobile bird hide' we at first, and at distance that it might be a young Starling, which would have been a wonder in itself as they simple do not visit the Heath??
closer it was seen to have reddish legs and closer
something of a crest which pointed to Skylark
which are almost as reluctant as the Starlings to visit this patch.
The faint traces of a supercilium (eyebrow)
might have helped but it was only when it took to the wing in full song that we arrived at juvenile
The second fly in the oitment as far as Single Species Status was concerned was a
and similarly juvenile
which looked as if pleading to be clicked - so it was!
However, even closer, as if that were possible,
yet another
and more easily identifiable
the first we had seen since the first week of May
when having decided that
they we having a
Poor Year
of it but now somewhat redressing the balance!

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