Thursday, 26 May 2022

Six Months in a Leaky Boat - Split Enz

 Just when you think you have seen and heard everything Rock 'n' Roll has to offer along come

SPLIT ENZ
my own memory of them playing the Portsmouth Guildhall as the final gig of their 1982 Britsh Tour while supposedly refitting the Experimental Trials Vessel E.T.V. Whimbrel in the nearby Dockyard.

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

 Despite the continuing overnight chill and the all to fresh breeze and even the occassional

CLOUD BURST
there is little to complain about when your day kicks off with a KIWI, yes a genuine, bedouin Kiwi, read on!

Evenin' from New Zealand

Just wanted to say as an ex pat Brit brought up in Southampton and Verwood Dorset that I enjoy your daily rambles around your place. Keeps me up with the changes since I was doing much the same in the 1960s. No great rarities. Just the usual Chiffchaffs, Little Grebes and the like. Egyptian Goose, Cetti's Warbler, Little Egret you must be joking. Back then Dartford Warblers and Woodlarks were just hanging in there but Yellowhammers, Bullfinches, Tree Sparrows were two a penny and even the odd Cirl Bunting was still nesting on Southampton Common. Oh yeah and the dog rose in your latest post is Rosa rugosa originally from east Asia. We have one in our garden half a world away. Cheers Derek Onley - Keep Posting.

Continuing into a day when the conditions were much as described above, there was nothing new plucked from the Moth Traps with the best representatives, if we may call them that, being

EYED HAWK-MOTH
performing rather well, an as usual a rather lethargic
PRIVATE HAWK-MOTH
and a
WHITE ERMINE
showing its sunny-side-up while being overlooked by an
unusually confiding
GREY HERON
which didn't bat an eye-lid
even at a distance of a very few yards.
Doing the rounds in reverse order to clear the traps before the wet stuff closed in we returned to the Main Pond to find yet another Stranger on the Shore, following on from the recent
CETTI'S
and
REED WARBLER's
still attendent
MANDARIN DUCK
in preening mode with today's contribution being by way of what we feel sure Derek in N.Z. will not be pleased to know as a 'scarce and brief sighting'
of an extremely vocal male
YELLOWHAMMER
(unlikely to have reached double figures here across my own decade on perfect habitat)
Also across the Southern Sector another visit it would seem by none other than
SIR EDWIN LANDSEER
of
Stag at Bay / Monarch of the Glen fame, as along with the original
statue here in Portland Stone, there is now a second
in bronze which didn't seem to be bothering a
CARRION CROW issuing grief to a COMMON BUZZARD
among the towering Cumulus clouds and the now fully mature Tree Line.
We look foreward to welcoming more New Zealander's soon, if you would all kindly pass the link to Friends and Families, and might even publish a re-run of a most enthralling trip to North and South Islands back in 2008 - what a Country!!

Wednesday, 25 May 2022

There's Good & Bad and Mum & Dad

 and everyone's happy to be here, we've got some IN, we've got some OUT, we've got some Wild Things floating about!

Willow Farm from the Genesis album - Foxtrot

The Good Element started at 03:00 as part of a dream when we seemed to have been hearing bird-song and mustering on the doorstep, plain as day, there was a

CETTI'S WARBLER
singing for the first time this year along our beat of the
River Stour
Still vocal at first light (or maybe that should be lack of light) came the Element of Bad finding

that one of the Mercury Vapour Lamps had popped
but with a few spares on hand the problem was quickly rectified!
Another first for the year, so consider we are doing well with the lamps, as it seemed not to have effected the overnight catch either, with the best of the collective from all 4 units producing
LEAST BLACK ARCHES
SNOUT
The amazingly
EYE-CATCHING
CREAM-SPOT TIGER
along with one of (if not 'the') smallest British Macro Moths (there are contenders)
CHINESE CHARACTER
Starting out on the rest of the days adventure it sounded every bit as if this
REED WARBLER
(not at all usual on the Main Pond)
was trying to out-do the Cetti's but all contributions most welcome!
Very little else to report from across the property with the best being the arrival of a new
COOT CHICK
being attended to by the only visible adult at the
Irrigation Pond
with a
suspected returning pair of
TUFTED DUCK
at the
Gravel Pit.

Tuesday, 24 May 2022

No Surprises, - Radiohead

 It was while plucking the first Moth of the day from the home-bound trap

that the first surprise of the day also occured
first for year
ORANGE SWIFT
as a Reed Warbler started singing from the Holm Oak shown above. Usually confined to the banks of watercourses it certainly sounded out of place. Additionally, there were 3 other additions to the same list by way of
STRAW DOT
SMALL SQUARE-SPOT
along with a
SERAPHIM
while all else across home territory was the first showing of the
DOG ROSE
thought to be a cultivar?
At the Main Pond
a third tribe of
CANADA GOSLINGs
and not to be upstaged at the small pond further up the lane a 4th pod of
MALLARD-LINGS
A second Strange happening met out ears on entering the first Solar Panel Compound as for the second day running the unmistakeanle calls of a
WHIMBREL
(a real rarity here) was heard without being found on the ground after a thorough search.
All of interest from the Moth Trap there
was the very last Insect, our 7th of the year female
EMPEROR MOTH
Simply as an update, we have seen no more than singles of
Adult and Humbug
LITTLE GREBE
both being fed and supplementing its own diet.
As humans we know all things come in THREE'S so should have been ready for the next surprise. Not having heard, let alone seen, a
SKYLARK
or
LAPWING
for many a day it was a joy to find both on the wing, on the ground and in song at the
Main Solar Panal Compound. Sticking ridgedly to the gravel tracks for fear of disturbing possible breeders it was the first joy to find a couple of what were believed to be both
ADULT
and well developed
YOUNG
and a little later maybe a
Once in a Lifetime
A MOMENT IN TIME!
to see eggs hatching before our very eyes, but not without drama!!
with one of the Chicks having already fallen down an inescapable shallow divet,
we had no need to call in the Coastguard Chopter.

With No Alarms and No Surprises, 

No Alarms and No Surprises, 

No Alarms and No Surprises - PLEASE!

No Surprises - Radiohead from the album OK Computer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5CVsCnxyXg