Thursday, 4 March 2021

Something in the Air - Thunderclap Newman - Part II

Lock up the streets and houses,
because there's something in the air.
We've got to get together sooner or later,
because the revolution's here, and you know it's right. 

We have got to get it together,
we have got to get it together now!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTZoJ01FpD8

BROWN RAT
was not the only Mammal to be represented as a small squadron of
SIKA DEER
ambled by reminding us of how they were introduced to the county in the first instance
and how they took over.
Said to have been initially released on Brownsea Island (famous for the formation of the Boy Scout Movement) year not known, they immediately swam across Poole Harbour to the mainland and the damage was done!
It was from here more a case of 'Watcher of the Skies' - Genesis rather than Thunderclap, with no signs of that, with also a steady flow of lovely people who stopped (at a safe distance) to show an interest in our activities!
COMMON BUZZARDs
were first to visit the thermals while keeping a watchful eye onthe more common and grounded fare.
YELLOWHAMMER
in full voice and along with other aviators
AIRBUS A400A ATLAS
for which we thank John once again for confirming ID while the fight for survival
continued on the ground
BULLFINCH
CHAFFINCH and YELLOWHAMMER
GREAT TIT
in strange voice while a couple of
SKYLARK
joined this
Lone Heifer
The unarguable highlight of the day followed soon after when one of maybe 2
GOSHAWK
took to the 'blue' but seen nothing like this as just to give the readership the full value of such a bird!
This was about as good as it got through camara and binnoculars
while these 2 images are again from the
archive and leading to yet another from
South Korea
which has another story of its own which if we remember will be re-lived another day.
A number of views were enjoyed punctuated by a lone
SPARROWHAWK
the occassional
CROSSBILL
and single
RED KITE
We might just as well add the residue videoes, as just as easy as deleting with
Bullfinch, Yellowhammer and Chaffinch
single YELLOWHAMMER feeding
2 YELLOWHAMMER feeding
and
3 YELLOWHAMMER + 2 CHAFFINCH feeding.
The visit ended with a fly-by
RED ADMIRAL
the first Butterfly of the year which was never going to lend itself to the Canon.
We did give our Link to a number of passers by who it is hoped are tuning in.
A pleasure to meet you all and please passs on the Link to all of your addressees!
Thank You and Take Care.

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Something in the Air - Thunderclap Newman - Part I

 Again we find ourselves in something of arrears as far as Posts are concerned, but better overborne with Wildlife than stay here twiddling the fingers. The following 2 offerings relates back as far as Saturday when the absolute priority was pulling the Moth Generator out of Dry Dock, completing Basin Trials before towing her back to her berth in East Dorset!

With a crisp Frost and still a little early morning Mist there was time to undertake a mini-rounds of the Recording Area before popping off to rendezvous with Chief Engineer and fellow Wildlifer Dave
but not before watching the last of the
Snow Moon
sink below the western horizon.
With some garden plants already in bloom our desires are now focusing on such exoticts as
HUMMINGBIRD HAWK-MOTH
(already recorded on nearby Portland and elsewhere)
All else down south amounted to a few lingering Redwing and Fieldfare and this
HERRING GULL
looking 'puffed out' after so much perching with more northern climbes proving a little more productive. A decent start on the Gravel Pit was the presumed 'return' of just a single female
TUFTED DUCK
seemingly more interested in
Roll Preening
and generally sprucing up rather than anything else!
However, what was to follow was simply a 'joy to behold' with c2 adult
LITTLE GREBEs
being of no surprise but look a little closer to find them
NEST BUILDING
in February
unheard of and seen in this clip to be 'stamping down' the building material which is usual.
The nests are also built to float to contend with changing water-levels.
The fact that there were also a gaggle of c7
CANADA GEESE
there as well paled by comparison to what we had just witnessed, but there was also that important meeting to consider.
While being late is not an option Dave usually manages to get there before me
and had already sussed out a decent start to proceeding with the generator seemingly fading from the memory as the local
Farmer was also about his own business.
Conditions were perfect but even though my visits to this location started back as early as
1974 proceedings started with something never seen there before
BROWN RAT
by no means singular
as the footprints showed but maybe 'dozens' with more to come as we progress.
Traditionally 'fed' by both the local residents and visitors alike it is not surprisingly a catchment for a host of birds but on the down-side it is a bit like photographing down a dingy tunnel, but we won't let that deter us!
YELLOWHAMMER, CHAFFINCH and BULLFINCH
HAMMERs and  CHAFFs
BOEING 777
of Dutch Airline KLM
(we thank John Gifford for the ID)
Call out the instigators,
because there's something in the air.
We've got to get together sooner or later,
because the revolution's here! And you know that it's right

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis

Now we are firmly settled into Spring maybe this is an appropriate moment to take an analytical look back across the Winter, but more particularly the Last Two Months! 78 species of Bird thus far is considered to be a 'record breaker' (with the 2020 grand total for last year only 122) by comparison, but on the downside some unexpected absentees such as Crossbill and Lesser Redpoll, scarce but usual staples, foregone are Red-legged Partridge, Little and Barn Owls more hit or miss Woodcock, Wigeon, Feral Pigeon and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and to think we have only 'heard' Grey Heron and Green Sandpiper on single occassions thus far along, but with c5 species of Moth! They will surely come so meanwhile let's enjoy the second day of Spring. To the south the ⅔ size male

MUTE SWAN

 was striking a pose while continuing its lone existance at the drainage ditch, or as above on the shoreline, while all else at that end amounted to the arrival of another

couple of
Young Ponies
On the way north, it was noticed that mowing operations were now close to completion across the
Relict Section (west) of the Heath
which completes the recent introduction to our new readers.
(east)
With yet another 'blank' at the Irrigation Pond things turned for the better at the
Gravel Pit
where 2 pairs of
TEAL
had dropped in and showing signs of
display, while the previous c2 Egyptian Geese had been replaced by these
CANADAs
Best of all there was saved until last as on departure these 2
COMMON SNIPE
were spotted feeding in the margins.
With nothing to keep us at the Sewerage Works Fence it was off to the Heath where, en-route
it was seen just how busy
Mr and Mrs Mole
had been overnight with maybe 'hundreds' of spoil heaps!
Some immediate joy just inside the gateway as met by a
long lost
STONECHAT
a similarly
singular
MEADOW PIPIT
along with an all too mobile but vocal
COAL TIT
not allowing for a video clip.
We are not banging any drums just yet, but this could just be the 'start'?
Back at Base Camp the male
KESTREL
seemed unperturbed by our arrival
as stood directly beneath the sapling
thinking this is likely ½ of the
breeding pair that nests annually in the Owl Box at the stable
with the Female arriving just in time
to catch this Post!
Well behind as things stand we hope to bring a little excitement with a Double Catchup over the next couple of days. Thanks for tuning in!