Sunday, 25 June 2017

Throwing Copper - Live

While it is doubtful that they are cutting along to the
Tax Office for a rebate, the Pennsylvania outfit
LIVE
seem, by-and-large, to have been overlooked in the UK. 
First discovered through a shipmate on the Buchan Alpha Oil Rig
once getting to the almost 'out-of-step' track
from the album
THROWING COPPER
there was no going back for me!
Described by 'front-man' Edward Kowalczyk as a 'work protest' song
On loneliness comes,
go see the foreman go see the profiteer.

for all its heartfelt brilliance this track falls second in my favourites, to the 'tear jerking'
Turn My Head
see end of Post.
An assortment of Moths, Bugs and Flies from the Moth Traps
last night and with little by way of colour or other dramatic, we feel
we could have squeeze the word 'dull' into this sentence somewhere!
 LESSER YELLOW UNDERWING
 BURYING BEETLE
 said to be able to detect its favourite food, dead bodies of no particular
preference miles away!
 SHARK
 BLACK SEXTON BEETLE
 BARRED STRAW
 SCORPION FLY
 SHORT-CLOAKED MOTH
and representing the Micros, which we do not do
EUROPEAN CORN-BORED
 While it does seem a little belated and pointless
video
we thought we would add a couple of images and videos of the last
COOT CHICK
 to survive.
video
From c6 eggs originally only c3 hatched to produce a juvenile,
but even then over the past couple of days all have fallen to the
predator or other demise.
On the up-side we did record our first
SMALL COPPER BUTTERFLY
of the year even though this Family Group continue to be on the short side.
 We haven't seen any juveniles from out local
video
ROBIN
 and even the videos
video
 are a little scant.
There you are you see, just mention Butterflies seem thin on the ground
this year and another species shows up
GREEN HAIRSTREAK
 from the second album
 SECRET SAMADHI
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Friday, 23 June 2017

Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix

To most a period of 'good fortune' is commonly referred to as a 
Purple Patch
unless of course, like me, you are as amour-ed and dumb struck with Jimi, then it is then known as
Purple Haze 
is all around, don't know if I'm going up or down.
Acting funny but I don't know why
 The entrance to my humble abode.
SLIGHT RETURN II
also a reference to Mr Hendrix
Slight I having been a previous dwelling in Weymouth.
Now, before we embark on the excuses for grainy images and videos,
just let me say that, as is usual these days, my day started at 04:30!
Heading towards the Pond-side Trap in Harbins Farmhouse Garden
it wasn't unusual to see a (the)  
 KINGFISHER
video
 sat on the newly erected safety fence, there are young Grand Children here now,
 but what is almost unheard of it just sat there despite my approach.
video
 Sod's Law
 was also playing a hand as for the very first time EVER it was decided to leave the binoculars
back at base, and we only ever do these rounds armed with the small Canon,
video
but sit there it did until catching a fish and heading off to the nest
some 200 yards away drilled into the bank of the
River Stour.
Apart from the small minuses, what a way to start any day as these are
the first videos of Kingfisher we have ever been able to secure.
With overnight temperatures having hovered in the late teens since the
Warm Spell
took hold catches from the Moth Traps have improved no end and this was to continue
Yesterday Morning.
In the first trap was a Moth personally never seen before let alone recorded here,
the beautifully patterned and delicate
CLOUDED MAGPIE
which was soon followed by a annual contender, the far more colourful
SCARLET TIGER
and the less eye-catching
COMMON FOOTMAN
There were others, which will save for another day, but the
very,very,very, very BEST
came from the final trap and almost the last Moth of the day.
SHOULDER-STRIPED CLOVER
Is described on the
Dorset Moth Group Website Link
 as a Rare and Restricted Resident with only 21 seperate records from the County
up to 2011, involving 41 individual Insects.
With all of that excitement now behind us we headed for
The Common 
and in the first instance the
Irrigation Pond
 where we found what might be considered the first returning Wader?
video
 After a totally failed breeding season here this year
(more of that to come in a future Post)
 all the adult birds cleared out in fairly quick time
with the final pair beating a retreat after their chicks were predated in mid-May.
video
LAPWING
On the Heath there was the new experience of seeing the
 SHETLAND CATTLE
sitting down while the c2 Belted Gallows are fond of a roll in the Heather,
these small but stocky animals seem to prefer being on the hoof!
Then, to our great delight, yet another first as checking the
Brambles, Blackthorn, Honeysuckle etc there was a Butterfly probably only
seen half a dozen time in my life.
On these early fleeting glimpses it really could only have been one thing,

 but not at all easy to get to grips with,
either dashing about, mostly out of view, or hiding.
WHITE ADMIRAL
Walking the fence-line we decided to check some of the Reptile covers
where we found c2
SMOOTH SNAKEs
this one looking in fine fettle 
while the other looked to be shedding its skin? 
Finally, it was noticed some days ago that all of the redundant Aircraft, usually parked
on the pan close to the adjoining fence, had been moved to the centre of
Bournemouth International Airport
with our inquisitive nature getting us wondering what this was all about.
Yesterday we found out that they have been moved aside to accommodate a
 BOEING 727-2S2F/Adv(RE) Super 27
video
an
OIL SPILL RESPONSE AIRCRAFT
video
  just caught in time
video
taxiing for take off.
Not surprisingly the
Tributary and Balancing Pond were found
Dry as a Bone.
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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Obscured By Clouds - Pink Floyd

The 7th studio album from the
English Progressive Rock Band
("By the Way Which One's Pink")
 OBSCURE WAINSCOT
followed by a completely new Insect for me
SNIPE FLY
 SPINACH
14-SPOT LADYBIRD
 A second for the Year
 FOX MOTH
FLAME
Down by the riverside on what are occasionally
Water Meadows
 c6 
EGYPTIAN GEESE
video
among the Charolais Herd
 which are the first here for over a month.
video
While this individual looks every bit like a vintage 2017 we have found
no indication of breeding on our patch.
On the deficit side we also found a dead
 MUTE SWAN
Close inspection of both sides for no signs of having collided with power-cables,
which is the most usual cause of death here, nor any broken bones.
 HERB ROBERT
and
 FIELD ROSE
followed in quick succession and then low-flying above the
Solar Panel Compound
 a small group of
 COMMON SWIFT
given the altitude we decided to 'practice' a little camera work!
They do say it "makes perfect"
but feel it's going to be a while yet.
 Also in this area, once again
 MISTLE THRUSH
seem to be doing very well with the compound offering up a ready
supply of food for young birds.
At the gateway to the Heath the story was the same as we 
"just had time to stop and stare"
 with extremely close views of this
 CHIFFCHAFF
 gleaning the Gorse
no doubt for another nest full of Chicks!
video
This
ROE DEER 
put in a brief sprint but was soon gone as were we.
Having no access these days to the increasingly busy 
Eco Recycling Works
we do make the occasional climb to the top of the near 20 foot high bund
from where the whole area can be viewed and 'scoped if needs be.
A pair of 
video
SHELDUCK
 have lingered here throughout the season but even though we have noted the
video
 Male Displaying
 (to the accompaniment of a Lapwing calling in the background)
we have seen no definite evidence of breeding.
video
Female
(with Wren doing backing vocals)
On the way back we came across a male
 REED BUNTING
 looking every bit as if he was
 collecting food for nestlings.
The most unusual sight of the day was found right on our own doorstep,
in fact to be totally accurate, right on our Moth Table a
BIRD PELLET
looking to have been regurgitated by a Song Bird rather than the more
Usual Suspects.
It may be a little belated but no less sincere, but we feel it about time to once again 
THANK 
our helpers/mentors who not only identify some of our
finds but also pass on huge amounts of learning to your
Humble Servant!
Dave Foot, John Gifford and Paul Harris
(in no other order than alphabetical)
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