14 September 2014

Invertebrate biocosmology Part II

An inter-dimensional caterpillar in it’s natural habitat.  Whilst the adult Dot Moth Melanchra persicariae largely resides within the bounds of ‘our’ four yawn-inspiring dimensions of space and time, in its larval form it spends significant periods of its existence wandering between the extra ten/eleven (argue amongst yourselves) spacetime dimensions.  This occupation of inter-dimensional subspace, the space between spaces if you will, is thought to allow the attractive, if highly strung, little caterpillar to avoid predation, take advantage of bountiful but unfathomably widespread food sources, and to chill the f**k out.  Isn't nature amazing?!

13 September 2014

Invertebrate biocosmology Part I

Some cultures believe that everything in existence was created by a giant spider which now sits at the centre of the universe controlling every particle (and every force acting on every particle) with timely tugs on its silken web.  I believe it’s called the big fang theory.

12 September 2014

Variety not numbers

Following an enforced, manflu-related, absence (feel free to send flowers and chocolates) I finally got back down the patch today,…

Waders present included: 45 Avocet, nine (then seven) Knot (see below). two Little Stint, one Curlew Sandpiper, one Ruff, 31 Black-tailed Godwit, one Bar-tailed Godwit, one Spotted Redshank and six Greenshank.  The Knot count fell before our very eyes as an adult Peregrine knocked two off over the course of the high tide.  The only other semi-notable non-passerines consisted of one Hobby and one Kingfisher. 

Migrant passerines included singles of Redstart, Whinchat, Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat and Willow Warbler; a few each of Yellow Wagtail, Blackcap and Chiffchaff; and a steady flow of Swallow, with a sprinkling of House Martin, overhead.