Notice Board: the Honey-buzzard Season in Northumberland 2017 as it happened – Nick Rossiter

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This is the blog for the 2017 season, now closed, except for a limited number of updates to the season's records.

Significant events in the Honey-buzzard season as it unfolds in Northumberland are given here. Seeing Honey-buzzard in their breeding areas is facilitated by reading about their jizz, knowing their calls and digesting the three BB papers updating Honey-buzzard identification (bottom of page). Listen to these wise words from a former prophet: “to try and identify them from plumage I think is a loser to begin with ... you’ve got to identify Honey Buzzards from their shape and structure”. The Honey-buzzard is rapidly increasing as a migrant in Britain with particularly major movements in 2000 and 2008. The analysis cited indicates that a continental origin for the migrants is very unlikely, with various studies on the continent all indicating that the Honey-buzzard is not susceptible to drift while on migration. Focus is now on the significance of orographic lift in the choice of migration routes for birds from more northerly areas where thermals are weaker. The breeding status of the Honey-buzzard in Britain is surely less controversial than it was. Migration totals in the UK have risen in the past decade and attempts to attribute these movements to a Scandinavian origin are in conflict with both 1) the underlying physics of broad-winged raptor migration, and 2) the actual details of the movements. However, migration movements are generally thought to be understated because so many observers struggle with the identification of juvenile Honey-buzzard. The status of Honey-buzzard in the UK has been highly politicised, as in the climate change debate. A close examination of the Honey-buzzard review performed by the Northumberland County Records Committee is in progress: start with part 1 and follow the links through to later pages. A worrying development in early 2015 was the modification of migration data in a Scarce Migrants paper in BB; while the Editor has promised not to repeat the manoeuvre, erroneous data in the literature is extremely difficult to erase. Fear is the path to the dark side; fear of not being able to identify Honey-buzzard leads to anger; anger leads to hate of those that can; hate leads to suffering in the UK birding community (with apologies to Star Wars!). For full details of the 2012 season see the study area Report 2012 with hyperlinked Appendix containing all field observations. Full details for other seasons are contained in the annual blogs, cited above, with an overall summary in Population of the Honey-buzzard in SW Northumberland.

Some recent publications provide strong support for the thesis above. Forsman (2017) provides detailed information on the prevailing Misidentification of Juvenile Honey-buzzard. Maybe unwittingly the last report on Scarce Migrants in Britain by White & Kehoe (2016) admitted that in general migrant Honey-buzzard in Britain are locally born and bred, finally bringing to an end the idea that they were Scandinavian migrants. Therefore Honey-buzzard Migrants are British Born and Bred. Finally from central Scotland an exceptional breeding season for Honey-buzzard was reported by Shaw et al (2017) in 2016, suggesting a continued expansion of numbers in northern Britain (Scotland).

April 25th 2018: the Notice Board for 2017 is now closed. The 2018 season will be covered in Notice Board 2018 here. If the Honey-buzzard home page is refreshed, NB 2018 is called from the updated version directly.

(December 31st 2018): Some more detailed results, including gender and gangs, for the 2017 breeding season are given in Table 30.


Table 30 gives a breakdown of the numbers of males, females and juveniles in each part of the season. The male:female ratio declines through the season from 26:19 (1.37) in display to 15:14 (1.07) in the rearing period and 18:23 (0.78) in fledging. Because of extra time spent outside the study area in the display period, the adult totals are lower than usual in display and relatively high in the rearing period with extra effort to find sites not found in the display. The number of juveniles seen, reported as 79 in Table 30, differs from the 81 in Table 29, because of the 2 hidden broods (recorded as >0). It was a very good year for the appearance of gangs of locally bred juveniles, gathering before departure. Five gangs of juveniles were noted from 24/9-29/9 at 5 sites with a total of 24 juvenile: 6 at Bywell (Tyne Valley W) 24/9; 5 at Dipton Wood (Devil's Water) 26/9, 4 at Great Heaplaw (upper South Tyne) 27/9; 5 at Sinderhope (Allen) 28/9; 4 at Riddlehamhope (Derwent) 29/9. Only in one area, Tyne Valley E, were no gangs seen in a visit to Wylam on 25/9. The gatherings are transient, hence not easy to locate with a very brief time window.


Area

No. sites in season

No. adults in season

Display 7/5-17/6

Rearing 18/6-12/8

Fledging 13/8-27/9

Gangs of juveniles post-breeding

24/9-29/9




Male

Female

Total

Male

Female

Male

Female

Juvenile

Male

Female

Juvenile


Devil’s Water

6

6

5

11

6

4

3

3

0

4

4

11

1x5

Allen

10

7

8

15

4

2

4

4

0

3

6

18

1x5

Upper South Tyne

7

4

3

7

3

1

1

2

0

4

3

13

1x4

Lower South Tyne

Not systematically surveyed this year

Tipalt

Not systematically surveyed this year

Tyne W

7

6

7

13

4

5

2

2

0

3

4

11

1x6

Tyne E

8

5

5

10

5

4

0

1

0

1

3

10

0

Derwent

11

9

7

16

4

3

5

2

0

3

3

16

1x4

Total

49

37

35

72

26

19

15

14

0

18

23

79

5x24

Table 30: Number of Male, Female and Juvenile Honey-buzzard found in each phase of breeding season in 2017



(December 30th 2018): The overall results for the 2017 breeding season are given in Table 29.


The study area was maintained at its 2016 level. The results were very similar to those of 2016 with 49 occupied sites (49 in 2016) with the number of confirmed breeding pairs at 48 (48 in 2016). Productivity was again very high with 32 pairs raising 2 young (34 in 2016), 13 pairs at least 1 young, 2 pairs one young and 2 pairs greater then 0 young, giving a minimum fledge of 81+ juveniles (83+ in 2016). In terms of known successful nests, 47 pairs raised 79+ young, that is a minimum of 1.68 young per pair (in 2016, 82+ young from 48 nests, 1.71 young per pair).


Weather report for England:

May started with some rain or showers in the south, but otherwise the first third of the month was settled with mainly easterly winds, warm and sunny in the north-west but often cool and cloudy in the south-east.  The second half was more changeable but mostly warm. There was a notable hot and sunny spell from the 23rd to 26th, followed by significant thunderstorms across many areas on the 27th and in the south-east on the 28th/29th. https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/2017/may

The first ten days of June were changeable, with mainly westerly winds, but rather warm, especially in eastern counties, and it was quite windy at times.  After that came a dry, sunny and increasingly hot spell which affected much of the south between the 13th and 21st, and spread to cover all areas between the 17th and 19th.  This spell brought the highest temperatures in June since 1976.  After a thundery breakdown for some, it was generally cloudy from the 22nd onwards and turned very wet in many areas in the last few days. https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/2017/june

July was a generally unsettled month but it was often warm, especially in the south-east, until the 20th.  There were brief hot spells with widespread thunder on the 6th and the 17th-19th.  It was cooler from the 21st onwards, and there was some heavy persistent rain at times. https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/2017/july

August began unsettled with rain or showers and mainly westerly or south-westerly winds, and this pattern continued until the 18th.  It turned warmer from the 19th, and it was often warm and sunny, particularly in the south-east, between the 25th and 29th, but the month ended cooler and showery. https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/2017/august

September started with a weak ridge of high pressure which brought relatively quiet weather, but the rest of the month was generally unsettled with an unusually high number of rain days.  It was often cool until the 19th with frequent north-westerly winds and belts of persistent rain alternating with brighter showery weather, and it was windy at times, especially around the 10th-13th.  It was warmer from the 20th onwards with mainly southerly winds, but often cloudy with some fog patches. https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/2017/september

October began unsettled with westerly winds and near-average temperatures, and this regime persisted during the first week.  South-westerly winds prevailed for most of the month, and there were some notable high temperatures at times, notably the 16th (associated with ex-hurricane Ophelia) and 23rd/24th.  It was often cloudy, especially in the north-west, but rainfall amounts were generally modest.  It turned colder with overnight frost in places during the last few days. https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/2017/october


The overall impression was of a damp and mild summer with no long spells of rain or sunshine.


Survey effort was maintained throughout the season but there were 2 absences of 7 days each in May (Wiltshire/Cornwall), 1 of 7 days in July (Azores), 2 of 5 days in August (Hampshire) and September (London) and 2 of 4 -5 days in Furness and Sidmouth (mid-October-early November). So each period of activity was affected to some extent; monitoring the display period in May was the worst affected, with the number of sites found occupied at this time being 32, down from 40 in 2016. No new sites were found this year; the lower coverage during the display period will not have helped here as the first sign of fresh occupation is often displaying birds.


In the target area in 2017, 10 sites were observed for nests (10 in 2016) with 100% success again this year. Scots Pine (5 nests) remains the most popular tree with Hemlock Spruce (2), Oak (2) and Norway Spruce (1) some way behind. There was no change in the sites visited from 2016. Each site was visited twice, the first visit between 19/6-1/8 in the sitting/rearing period of the season and the second between 15/8-29/8 in the fledging period of the season.



Area

No. sites

No. adults

No. nests

found

Observed Occupied (no. sites)

Breeding Category

Number young fledged

Trees used for Nesting

Display

Sit/

Rear

Fledge


Conf

Prob

Poss

Devil’s Water

6

11

3

6

4

6


6

0

0

11 (5x2, 1x1+)

Scots Pine x2, Hemlock Spruce

Allen

10

15

2

4

7

10


10

0

0

18 (8x2, 2x1+)

Oak, Norway Spruce

Upper South Tyne

7

7

1

3

2

7


7

0

0

13 (6x2, 1x1+)

Oak

Lower South Tyne



Not systematically surveyed this year

Tipalt



Not systematically surveyed this year

Tyne W

7

13

2

7

2

7


7

0

0

11 (4x2, 3x1+)

Scots Pine, Hemlock Spruce

Tyne E

8

10

1

8

1

8


7

1

0

12 (4x2, 1x1+, 1x1, 2x>0)

Scots Pine

Derwent

11

16

1

4

7

11


11

0

0

16 (5x2, 5x1+, 1x1)

Scots Pine

Total

49

72

10

32

23

49


48

1

0

81 (32x2, 13x1+, 2x1, 2x>0)

Scots Pine x5, Hemlock Spruce 2, Oak x2, Norway Spruce x1

Table 29: Results for the Honey-buzzard Breeding Season in SW Northumberland by area in 2017


(December 29th 2018): Table 31 shows the migration picture for Honey-buzzard in 2017. It was again a good year with large numbers of juveniles noted in October: the juvenile total at 27 was equal to the record for that age class in 2012. Good breeding seasons in Scotland are suggested in 2014, 2016 and 2017 with a poorer year in between in 2015.

Date

Time

Locality

Age/Sex

Count

Direction

Movement

May 13

15:30


Hexham Beaufront (NY96 S)

Adult male

1

1 N


At 15:05 a male Honey-buzzard was seen flying out to S from cover on SW side of Beaufront; he was lost to sight as he dropped back to the ground; at 15:30 he was spied though out to the W steadily gaining height and was lost to sight, presumably on his way to Scotland

Jun 09

17:20


Morralee (NY86 B)

Adult female

1

1 W

A surprise was a female Honey-buzzard migrant moving through powerfully and quickly to W into the breeze at 17:20; she was at moderate height and quickly disappeared from view

Aug 30

14:25


Hexham Beaufront (NY96 S)

Adult male

1

1 S

Made Beaufront from 13:35-15:00 where to the E had a male Honey-buzzard flying S at 14:25, a migrant; he was up at quite a height with a bit of flapping to keep moving in the light NW breeze but eventually left at colossal height in the haze. Weather was good at the time: sunny and warm.

Aug 31

14:54


Hexham (NY96 H)

Adult male


1

1 S

Highlight of visit was another male Honey-buzzard migrating S; he was seen soaring steadily from 14:54-14:55 taking advantage of thermals up and over the top of a fine-weather cumulus cloud

Sep 02

16:17


Wylam (NZ16 C)

Adult female

1

1 W

Highlight was a migrating female Honey-buzzard. She was picked up at 16:17 moving W up the Tyne Valley, a little towards the N side, in straight flapping action. Her flight was too purposeful to be a local bird holding territory and it looked as if her last glide might have taken her into the W edge of Newcastle, which is not ideal with the sun's strength fading. So she was moving back into the countryside. At 16:19 she tried soaring under a dark cloud (great for photography!) but not sure she was looking for another soar-glide cycle; rather she was looking for a good roost site in which to spend the night. Think she'd spotted Short Wood/Cottagebank at Bywell as she broke out of the soar and headed purposefully W at 16:22 in straight-line flapping mode at moderate altitude.

Sep 25

15:28


Wylam (NZ16 C)

Juvenile

1

1 S

a dark-phase bird, leaving from 15:28-15:30; it came up from its nesting wood, climbed to moderate altitude and flapped/glided S, accompanied by a Carrion Crow, seeing it off the premises. It had a very full crop, emphasising the small head and thin neck; obviously been told by its mum: mind you take your bait! It didn't appear to say goodbye to its presumed sibling, just drifted off!

Sep 26

15:03

Dipton Wood (NY96 Q)

Juvenile

2

1 S, 1 rest

Found a good viewpoint by parking at NE extreme of wood and walking up a bank through a clearing to the meadows at the top. Had a dark-phase juvenile soaring high from a wooded hill to NE, S of Dilston, at 15:03, climbing steadily and disappearing from sight to S. From 15:12-15:15 had 3 juveniles up low-down over the same wood; these were quite active doing some tumbling and chasing; at 15:16 they were joined by a 4th bird but then they all disappeared again. So make that a gang of 5 initially, which was now 4 after one bird emigrated. On the W side of the clearing at 15:28 had 2 Crow becoming quite hysterical. The reason was another juvenile Honey-buzzard, a dark-phase, being mobbed by one of the Crow with the other giving encouraging scolding noises! This bird disappeared on W side, maybe to feed some more; however at 15:54 it appeared again and climbed a little and appeared to be gliding off S, when it did an abrupt about-turn and dropped into the S side of Dipton Wood; clearly about to book bed and breakfast! This bird I would take to be a migrant, from the Cheviots or Scotland, having a rest in the very suitable habitat; it kept well clear of the gang

Sep 28

12:57-14:11


Sinderhope (NY85 F)

Juvenile

5

5 S

today was lift-off for many of the remaining juvenile Honey-buzzard in brilliant weather with strong sunshine on light SW breeze, dry, some fair-weather cumulus, very good visibility, all after heavy overnight rain. Went from 12:30-14:20 No Honey-buzzard though: had my dreamy lie-in lasted too long!! From 12:57-12:59 a juvenile ruddy-phase Honey-buzzard appeared, coming out of Sinderhope N, slowly soaring and moving SE towards moorland edge, where it picked up the orographic lift and disappeared into the clouds, moving S (7193). Thermals are a lot weaker now, this far N and past the equinox, so the birds need ridge lift to navigate the fells, and this is what they do down the Pennines, just like millions of raptors in the Appalachians in the US. Once S in say Spain thermals will be stronger again but the orographic lift is probably easier to utilise for the inexperienced juvenile. So maybe this was it, a gang of 1! Waited an hour until 13:53 when spotted a dark-phase juvenile moving slowly S along the same ridge on the moorland to the E at moderate altitude; it hardly moved at times, gliding into the breeze, but was not flapping, using the ridge lift for energy. At 13:55 picked up a higher bird, rusty-phase, following the same course and action S but so high that it was in the base of the clouds. These 2 birds seemed to trigger more action with 2 dark-phase juvenile getting up from the heather moor under their flight paths at 13:58. These last 2 were much more active, doing quite a lot of mutual circling at lower heights, but as they got higher the play stopped as they commenced the serious business of energy management. They went up together into the base of a dark cloud (strong uplift) and at 14:11 were finally lost to sight, moving S through the cloud base. Suspect all 5 birds were locally bred

Oct 03

16:13


Ordley (NY95 P)

Juvenile

1

Rest 1

had a juvenile medium-brown phase Honey-buzzard, flushed from own field at 16:13; looks as if it was feeding on edge of far hedge, maybe on a wasp nest; shot off like a rocket to S low-down; must be a migrant as locally-bred birds left a while ago

Oct 05

09:30

Bywell (NZ06 L)

Juvenile

1

Rest 1

Had a migrant juvenile Honey-buzzard at Bywell as passed the gravel pits; a pale brown bird was doing flap-flap-glide over a field at 9:30

Oct 06

13:40-14:02


Bywell (NZ06 L)

Juvenile

6

2 SW, 4 S

Honey-buzzard season is certainly not over! Had a total of 6 juvenile migrating today in a trip to Stocksfield Mount from 13:30-14:50, in bright weather on light SW wind but cloud increasing after fine morning. These birds are likely to be Scottish-bred, moving slowly S through northern England, favouring the same areas used by the Northumberland population for breeding purposes. All the birds seen were dark phase so yesterday's paler bird was not seen and has presumably already moved on, suggesting perhaps there was quite a big movement today so perhaps a good breeding season in Scotland. Action started at 13:40 W of Bywell with a dark-phase juvenile up fairly high, floating very slowly E when over Cottagebank, came underneath another dark-phase Honey-buzzard soaring very slowly in motionless format; above them both was a pair of Common Buzzard adult in display; the 2 species completely ignored each other. The 2 Honey-buzzard then went ever higher while the Common Buzzard disappeared, eventually at 13:48 gliding off slowly and deliberately to SW. Looking E at 13:49 picked up another dark-phase juvenile Honey-buzzard, floating low-down over pasture to E of Stocksfield; it was soon joined by another 2 dark-phase birds and together they both moved S, disappearing from sight by 13:54; they were joined briefly by an adult Red Kite from 13:50-13:51. At 13:53 another dark-phase juvenile appeared flapping hard up over the bank from West Mickley and putting up many Corvids on the pasture; it also soared effortlessly and disappeared to S by 14:02

Oct 08

14:32


Towsbank (NY65 Y)

Juvenile 2

2

Rest 2

On arrival at 13:09 had a commotion on E end of wood, involving 2 Common Buzzard and a possible Honey-buzzard but only the former ended up being recorded. Had to wait until 14:32 for the 1st photographed Honey-buzzard, a dark-phase juvenile, coming up smartly on the S end of the wood and then going down again: a reconnaissance flight. Then started walk-out. Very pleased to see a disturbance on S extreme of wood near village of Eals at 15:26 with many Corvids up and 2 Honey-buzzard juveniles drifting S on a feeding trip; one of the juveniles was dark-phase, thought to be the 1 seen earlier, the other was a neutral brown with a pale area on the remiges. They came down in rough pasture to S so were not yet emigrating.

Oct 12

13:55


Bywell (NZ06 L)

Juvenile 2

2

Rest 2

At Bywell Cottagebank, had 2 juvenile Honey-buzzard up briefly from 13:55-13:56 (7198) and a family group of 4 Red Kite, 2 adult and 2 juvenile, up much of the time. The Honey-buzzard must be new birds from further N as all 6 in the area left last time; there appears to be almost continuous passage through Bywell in the first 3 weeks of October. The birds today were only up briefly, clearly concentrating on feeding in the sombre conditions; they comprised a large dark bird with a ruddy tinge and a smaller, dark-phase bird. No other raptors were seen.

Oct 15

11:31

Hexham (NY96 H)

Juvenile

2

1 SW, 1 rest

Main raptor activity was over Hexham Hermitage from 11:30-11:45 in good conditions with bright sunshine and moderate SW breeze. Had a juvenile dark-phase Honey-buzzard soaring and going very high, before gliding slowly and deliberately straight into the SW breeze as it departed from 11:31-11:33. A juvenile ruddy-phase Honey-buzzard was up at 11:39 at low-altitude with a dark Common Buzzard, with some lightweight interaction; the ruddy bird had very white upper-tail coverts

Oct 20

13:50






Bywell (NZ06 L)

Juvenile 1

1

Rest 1

had a very profitable trip to Stocksfield Mount from 13:35-14:50 in very mild conditions, with some sunshine on light SW breeze. Preliminary totals at Cottagebank are 10 raptors of 4 types: Common Buzzard 4 (2 adult, 2 juvenile, up 13:46), Red Kite 4 (2 adult 13:50 soaring together with Honey-buzzard juvenile, 2 juvenile 14:03 towards Mowden), Sparrowhawk 1 (adult female up 13:48 with Common Buzzard), Honey-buzzard 1 (juvenile, pale russet, up with pair of adult Red Kite at 13:50-13:57, going high but not thought to leave,

Oct 26

13:58

Bywell (NZ06 L)

Juvenile 2

2

Rest 2

Still finding Honey-buzzard, which is the usual case before the frosts start. Made Stocksfield Mount from 13:50-15:10 in mainly cloudy conditions on light SW breeze but dry and mild at 13C. Had 2 separate dark-phase Honey-buzzard juveniles up in West Mickley area, one stockier bird going for foraging trips at Stocksfield E from 13:58-14:18, the other, with longer wings and tail, keeping more to the open woodland to N from 14:46-14:53 (7202). Red Kite are still present in numbers with 3 birds (2 adult, 1 juvenile) up in West Mickley/Stocksfield E area from 14:01-14:06, the adults doing their best to move the Honey-buzzard on but to no avail

Oct 29

13:09

Towsbank (NY65 Y)

Juvenile 2

2

Rest 2

Made Towsbank in upper South Tyne from 12:30-14:10 to check on any late Honey-buzzard migrants. Certainly very pleased with result of 2 individual dark-phase juvenile Honey-buzzard foraging on the moorland edge between Towsbank and the moor but need to check closely the piccies (7203). The first Honey-buzzard was up over the moorland edge at 13:09 (14:09 on camera, still on BST!); it flew along the edge for c100m before turning N as it got clear of me and descending into the valley; this bird had fairly indistinct markings but its silhouette was definitely Honey-buzzard, with long tail, long neck, small head and fine bill. From 13:28-13:32 (camera now on GMT) another Honey-buzzard was picked up more over the open moor but still within close range of the edge; it had more distinct markings, so different to the earlier bird; also doubt the earlier bird had got back to this position on the moor

Summary/

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May: 1

June: 1

August: 2

September: 9

October: 19




11-12: 1

12-13: 1

13-14: 8

14-15: 4

15-16: 3

16-17: 1

17-18: 1

resting: 13

upper South Tyne: 4

Tipalt: 0 (Not systematically surveyed this year)

lower South Tyne: 1 (Not systematically surveyed this year)

Allen: 5

Devil's Water: 3

Tyne Valley W: 17

Tyne Valley E: 2

Derwent: 0

Adult male: 3

Adult female: 2

Juvenile: 27

32


 

IN: 1 N, 1 W

OUT: 13 S, 3 SW, 1 W, 13 resting

Most records are for migrating juveniles this year, hence the peak in October/early November with juveniles bred in northern Britain, particularly Scotland, moving through. The close of the season in the 1st 4 days of November was marked by the onset of frosty conditions.

The times may reflect observer activity as much as anything else. The times at which resting birds have been noted are not included in the analysis.

The most popular route this year was via Tyne Valley W, where many juveniles (14) were noted in October. Over half the migrants were noted here over the whole season. Smaller numbers were noted this year in the upper South Tyne, where 4 birds were counted over the whole season.

It was a poor year for counts of adults with just 5 migrants seen. There were 2 notable counts of 5 S at Sinderhope (Allen) on 28/9 and 6 (2 SW, 4 S) at Bywell (Tyne Valley W) on 6/10. Only juveniles were noted after 2/9, many resting in prime feeding areas.

The juvenile total at 27 was equal to the record for that age class in 2012. Good breeding seasons in Scotland are suggested in 2014, 2016 and 2017 with a poorer year in between in 2015. The number of adults noted was low at just 5 but such figures are not abnormal, with the adults being relatively unobtrusive on migration,

Direction in spring was N/W as expected. In autumn the predominant direction was S with 13 moving this way. Movements SW/W are thought to be taking advantage of the local topology in a basically S move.

Records this year as usual were concentrated at the end of the breeding season with 19/32 total in October. It is obviously easier to be sure that a bird is a migrant when known breeding sites are vacant. Exiting males accounted for 2/2 birds in August with none later. Exiting females accounted for 1/9 birds in September with none later. The 1st juvenile migrant was noted on 25/9 and no adults were seen on migration after 2/9 though a few remained at upland breeding sites. Monitoring this year was at a consistently high level through the autumn.

Table 31: Visible Migration Movements noted for Honey-buzzard in SW Northumberland in 2017


April 24th: vast amount of work done today on Shilford nest visit 24/8 (7152) and very pleased that finished it around 22:30 (see below). So all August data, all round 2 visits and Red Kite and Hobby now fully documented. Will move onto NB 2018 very soon and catch-up on 7 remaining data sheets over next month; no research will be lost. Funds +4k so far this week to new record but tensions rising again in NY with large fall (2%) in DJ this evening as LT bond yields rise above 3%; inclined to take some chips off the table! Made N4c4l where good to watch the world go by; had gr8 catch-up with former colleague at unn!! Looking for intersections at the moment between busy schedules: can see some to focus on!! 2moro is back to homeland!! lok2t beauties!!!!

April 23rd: completed processing Farnley records from 24/8 (7152a) and working hard on Shilford nest visit 24/8 (7152), probably giving the richest haul of results from round 2 visits. Will then move on to Noticeboard 2018 for the new season, with a note at top of page of outstanding data sheets from 2017. Made S4 intro to new season by TD/NH and rehearsal in FH. Upcoming programme looks very impressive: strong artists, good themes and some novel ideas; need to book by 3/5 for priority. Will purchase a large package; need to put a lot of the details into a spreadsheet to keep track of calculations and the potential ones into Google Calendar to check for feasibility. The rehearsal had LV in the chair. We were treated to Shostakovitch's Chamber Symphony, a marvellously dark work breaking out dramatically into shrieking strings, and a piece by Weber. Turnout of pp was virtually complete; hope long Japan tour goes well. Caught 18:24 train NCL-RDM, bit nostalgic as that was the one I usually caught back from work; some familiar faces! Had a pair of Red Kite displaying while taking a comfort break in Dipton Wood E: late for this, might be migrants recently returned. Also had 1 Swallow in same area and 3 at Newbiggin. Did make G4g4s where 4 of mates out for good chat. Had grand highlight to day: very welcome: she's gorgeous: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! 2moro is preparation day, then very busy with CT at DH with M, maybe t+5!! xxxxxx

April 22nd: catching up on activities – concert below and footy here. Think Gloucester and Oxford are the furthest N, the Gulls will come next season: next drop is Southern League West! The owners of the Gulls in Torquay, a property company, want to redevelop the ground at which they play. The owners of the pitch, Torbay Council, have refused permission. My feeling is that the property company is driving the football team into oblivion so that the Council will give up on having a significant football team and allow building on the ground, which is in the centre of a prosperous urban area near the cliffs at St Marychurch. All sounds very bad but without the support of the property company, the Club would have entered administration. Everything's politics (and money!). One footnote, on the train passed Stadium of Light twice; it was so quiet you'd never have guessed a Championship game was on, sentencing Sunderland to relegation. Made C4c4l, studying FT: every columnist has different views: 2 more years of fun, crash coming, crossing of yield curves major warning: you take your pick but think combination of short-dated bonds and oilies is probably about right for now! Decided need some new clothes so went into Edinburgh Woollen Mills in HEX: need to be 10 years older to appreciate their stock fully but did buy an armless fleece for £16. Much later made G4g4s where good crack with everyone. 2moro it's S4preview/reh; may linger but will take it as it comes!! lok2t beauties!!!!

April 21st: the wake for Torquay United was duly held at Victoria Park, Hartlepool, as they drew 1-1; they needed a win to keep our faint hopes alive of staying in the National League. So did witness the historic relegation to National League South. We should have won; we missed a penalty in the first half and had many opportunities in the last 20 minutes but poor finishing and star work by the 'Pool keeper kept it as a draw. Travelling was efficient with 12:54-14:13 direct RDM-HPL on way out and 17:02-18:23 direct on way back; cost was £9.20 on train and £20 for the game; did leave 5 minutes before end to ensure I caught the train. Did take laptop and get some work done on train, labelling and indexing piccies of Honey-buzzard, all for 24/8 (7152/7152a). Final event of week was HYI dinner/dance at Hexham Abbey Great Hall with attendance of 62; that cost £40 for 3 courses but well worth it as the 'youth' will have plenty of money now and be less reliant on organisations such as R. Will have 2moro free before S4reh on Monday afternoon and trip towards the Gulls mid-week. It's a good thing I know what's going on; helps a lot with the intrigue, as well as being involved!!! 2moro will be C4c4l, catch-up and G4g4s!! lok2t beauties!!!!

April 20th: an exciting day at S, attending both rehearsal and concert. Really like Alexandre Bloch as conductor: he was quite particular in the rehearsal but that paid dividends in the actual performance which went off really well. Been reading about articulation: it's a good example of adjointness I think: may be worth a ps! AB did introduce verbally the one 'new' work, which was quite substantive --Thierry Escaich's Baroque Songand we also had an encore, which was a bit irregular for RNS! Thought some players shone in enhanced roles!! Had plenty of chat with other pp and it will be good to get the flavour of the new season on Monday afternoon. BC had chance to dazzle in Brahms' Hungarian Dances 2, 7, where he did a little improvisation in the rehearsals, which had a few players baffled! He behaved himself in the actual performance (in his element!). Two pieces by Ravel, Tzigane and Le Tombeau de Couperin, were a natural for the conductor and they came off well. In 2nd half we had Brahms 4, which came over beautifully with strings, woodwind and the heavies all combining admirably. In absence of BC from front row, we had a very able deputy!! Could not stay for Spotlight: passion calls!! Told N later at W4g4s about BC's effervescence: he looked disapproving: but surely we can have some fun! Had an adult Mediterranean Gull near the Tyne Bridge. Had 2nd butterfly today, another Peacock at Riding Mill. Funds also shone this week at +24k, making new record high and bringing gain on year to 59k after 7.1k of withdrawals. At last oilies are catching up with the rising PoO; feel there's further to go here! Day finished on a high: a little pent-up perhaps: she's very stylish: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! 2moro it's RDM-HPL to see the Gulls; might have to leave game a little early as going to HYI ball. xxxxxx

April 19th: from recent trips on train on Tyne Valley from 16/4-18/4, the Goosander population is very healthy with breeding at Riding Mill, Prudhoe and Wylam, and counts of 6 and 2 drakes at Wylam E and Newburn W respectively. Sand Martin numbers at Wylam increased from 10 on 17/4 to 15 the next day. A female Blackcap was at Corbridge Station on 16/4 and a Common Buzzard was at Farnley on 17/4. Today made Allendale village in East Allen for LAF meeting from 14:00-20:30 at the village hall. We had a walk around nearby Deneholme to look at access issues in a wooded area near habitation. Weather was beautiful and very sunny with 1st Willow Warbler of season singing continuously. In afternoon the North Pennines trust gave us an informative presentation on developments in access and activities, with much to say on Isaac's Tea Trail. In the evening we had the business meeting, where I presented WG1 report on updating the RoWIP, which went down well. The most interesting item was the countryside after Brexit. Evidently the landowners are insisting on a bonfire of regulations and forms. Whatever the perception given to the public by Gove of improved opportunities for them in the countryside, the drive at the moment is apparently to maintain subsidies and grants without the paperwork while giving landowners almost absolute ownership of their land. We had a new County Councillor rep on LAF: he was a backwoodsman and looked at us with withering contempt: how dare they discuss walkers' rights over our land! Expect some fireworks! After meting made Allendale Inn for a quickie g b4 stopping off at Catton to add to the bird list (Curlew, Tawny Owl, Grey Heron), which totalled 17 types. Had 1st butterfly today, a Peacock at Ordley. Made HoN4st4s with the techy gang b4 taking A back to S and home for sleep of the innocent!! 2moro it's RDM-NCL12:54, S4reh and S4con followed by W4g4s!! Funds comfortably reached all-time high today. lok2t beauties!!!!

April 18th: down by train HEX-LDS and back to hear a chamber recital by ON's woodwind from 14:30-16:10. It was a varied programme with works by von Zemlinsky, Walthew, Klughardt, MacDowell, Grainger, Milhaud. All very polished: favourite was August Klughardt's Quintette, which had extensive use of leitmotifs! Quite chatty there: think I'm getting my feet under the table! Work well on trains as not many distractions so completed processing Featherstone/Haltwhistle 1/9 (7159/7160). Think I'm going to do one more, Shilford 24/8 (7152), before being diverted to summaries of migration and other aspects, as that's the only one left for August. Back in NCL met GG (ex LAF member for forestry) outside VctCmt, wondering whether to go in for a meal; I persuaded him to do so and we had good catch-up!! He was waiting for train to CAR. After a while left him to make a small delivery but did catch-up with him again on 21:18 NCL-CAR. PoO reached almost $74 today on stock draw-downs in US and indications from Saudi/Russia that they are now aiming for $100 a barrel and will continue to cut supplies to get there. Funds 4k short of all-time record on 23/1. Got back on time: it had been a gr8 day out!! Was a nite for inspiration: la dolce vita: she's gorgeous: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! 2moro it's LAF from 14:00-20:30 at Allendale followed by HoN4st4s, then S4con/reh on Friday and Monday, Victoria Ground ('Pool) on Saturday afternoon for probably last look at Gulls in NL, ball in HA on Saturday evening in aid of HYI (Hexham Youth Initiative). xxxxxx

April 17th: added below for 15/4 details of the interesting trip to Derwent Reservoir, including 2 Osprey. Summer visitors are arriving; more records to add from 16/4-17/4. Dental check-up in Corbridge went fine, including routine X-rays of the jaws; was new young lady dentist H – very loquacious – she's pulled 6 teeth out of N in major overhaul job; N switched from a Consett dentistry to my one; I have all my original teeth bar 1. After meeting N at Sh4c4c for good chat, we moved on to AF looking for bargains; he bought 2 watches for £7 and £2; I bought a moorland scene watercolour, painted in 1930s by Scottish artist Frank Prosser for £20 (listed at £25). Now starting a blog pushing Prosser's prilliant art! This Windrush scandal is horrific: the Home Office has obviously been reading about the registration systems used by the Nazis to persecute their Jewish and gypsy populations. Think T May, as architect of the scheme, should bring forward immediately cast-iron protection for the people involved; she cannot be trusted on immigration policies, having an obsessive desire to bring down the totals, whatever the personal costs. EU nationals over here might be having 2nd thoughts about staying. Funds +8k so far this week on growing support for medium-sized oil producers; LON:PMG have soared with a temporary stock shortage; not sure they'll hold all of their big gain this week by Friday; however, sentiment is changing for the better towards such stocks which are typically still near the bottom, 75% down from 2014 levels, in spite of PoO recovering ½ the losses from 2014. 2moro it's HEX-LDS for afternoon concert by wind quintet of ON at their base; tight connection on way out but back in NCL on the 17:44 from LDS on advance single; might loiter for s!! lok2t beauties!!!!

April 16th: R was serious business: there was a drive to steam-roller through the new strategy. P & I wanted the plans to be put on the web for everyone to study for 4 weeks and forced it to a vote but we lost 10-8: think we're branded as trouble-makers! Caught 14:50 CRB-NCL and then through to LDS. Went to Town Hall to see dress rehearsal of Salome by Opera North (ON). It was brilliant with Richard Armstrong as a great conductor for such heavyweight pieces. Jennifer Holloway had a very strong voice for the Salome role and got a huge cheer at the end (she's performed the role internationally several times); at the Sage on 5/5 we have Giselle Allen (N Irish) as an alternate Salome, maybe she's the understudy. The Gallery at Leeds Town Hall gives very good views and was almost full of supporters. The story is of course thoroughly decadent and the Dance of the Seven Veils very sensuous: most enjoyable for some!! It was always going to be tight for the early train back home and found I'd missed it as performance closed but never look at watch in such circumstances, just enjoy the music. Did have open return. Have agreed to upgrade my associate status with ON to top level at £60 a month (from £30); they deserve support for the way they're keeping opera at the top level in the north of England. I'm still way below the top levels of supporters (patrons, gold, silver, bronze): opera is expensive with orchestra last nite c100 strong: from the vanity point of view, now get my name in the programme! Completed the report for LAF on the train, got approval for the draft and will submit that version for the meeting on Thursday at Allendale. Very memorable nite: some novel thoughtful adjustments: she's so hot: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! 2moro it's dental check-up, Sh4c4c, AF with N. Going to ON on Wednesday again at LDS to inspect woodwind but this is an afternoon concert, for supporters. xxxxxx

April 15th: hazy sunshine for most of day was followed by heavy rain at teatime, when back home listening on CD to Act 3 of Tannhäuser with Daniel Barenboim as the maestro: superb!! Fog again tonite: it's ages since we were plagued so much! Summer visitors are starting to appear: at Derwent Reservoir (Ruffside) from 12:55-14:30 had 3 Sand Martin arrive from S, 1 Swallow moving through N, a Chiffchaff feeding and (yes!) a pair of Osprey. Details are: local breeders - Greylag Goose 31, Wigeon 6 (3 pairs), Goosander (1 drake in territory), Great Crested Grebe 1, Oystercatcher 4, Lapwing 5, Curlew 7, Redshank 2; summer visitors – Sand Martin (3 arrived from S), Swallow (1 N), Chiffchaff 1; migrants to Norway – Common Gull (31 (24 adults, 7 1s) floating E); raptors – Osprey 2 (at 13:28 1 flew from S of water, aggressively mobbed by Common Buzzard, to N side, clearing the N bank. A few minutes later noted at considerable height a pair of Osprey moving W, using orthographic lift in the S breeze over the S facing ridge, towards their nesting site), Buzzard 3 (3 separate sites, one bird hanging over each, suggest one bird sitting; 1 bird chased away an Osprey aggressively), Sparrowhawk (male mobbing Common Buzzard). Total was 29 species of bird. Completed compiling Byerhope visit 11/9 (7170): what an amazing afternoon that was! Now on to Featherstone/Haltwhistle 1/9 (7159/7160), leaving 8 sheets still to do: August 1, July 6, June 1. Am going to compile Honey-buzzard migration totals and butterfly records for 2017 before returning to those 8. The Honey-buzzard for the new season will be on their way, 3 weeks to here perhaps! Following Saturday's results, Gulls still have very slender chance of the great escape; a lot rests on Barrow's game at Guiseley on Tuesday, weather permitting; will be going on Saturday to 'Pool anyway, a game we have to win whatever!! 2moro it's R @ B4m4l, CRB-LDS, LTH4con, LDS-NCL (midnight); have dental check-up at 10:45 in CRB on Tuesday b4 meeting N at Sh4c4c, followed by AF. lok2t beauties!!!!

April 14th: the sun came out today and it was much milder (13C) on light SW breeze – amazing! Walk today was along the Tyne at Prudhoe Riverside from 16:50-18:40. No Sand Martin, Swallow, Chiffchaff or Blackcap – incredibly late for that state of affairs. Only summer visitor was a LBBG adult. Looks like 2 pairs of Herring Gull and of Oystercatcher are breeding on the paper-factory roof with another Oystercatcher territory on the Tyne. There's also a Goosander territory on the Tyne, with a drake present. For raptors had 2 male Sparrowhawk: 1 being mobbed by Jackdaw over ½ way and the other mobbed by Crow to E of Spetchells, far enough apart for 2 territories. Later at Ordley at 20:00 had 25 Fieldfare assembling for flight to Norway and 150 adult Common Gull returning to Derwent Reservoir to roost but surely off tomorrow morning. At Hexham Wentworth at 15:00 had a pair of Marsh Tit, which seem to be staging a revival. Did make C4c4l where very pleased to meet the smart rhwso!! Catch-up was mainly on share dealing records, where have automated capture of dealings from my client accounts into my personal records in a spreadsheet, and on Byerhope 8/9 (7170) where have found in the many piccies a family party of 3 Common Buzzard (adult, 2 juveniles), a juvenile Red Kite at Sparty Lea, bringing sites to 29, a female Honey-buzzard (with the 2 juveniles reported already) bringing total of females in fledging phase to 23 and a family party of 5 Raven. Those records need compiling tomorrow when just 1 data sheet will be left for September. 2moro sees walk in morning at Derwent Reservoir at Ruffside (looking for Osprey!), C4c4l, catch-up and G4g4s!! Finally found the Aletti Palace's reply to my March email in Bulk Mail: gave them some card details and reservation made for Vichy visit in June for Unilog; that's 6 nights at heavily discounted rate of €101 a nite; should be very comfortable, room for 2! lok2 beauties!!!!

April 13th: busy day making NCL a little after noon for CT4s4l and L&P in afternoon, where finally sorted out final publication copies of our 2 ANPA papers with the editor Anton Vrba; the proceedings ANPA 38/39 are going to the printers next week. Also finished compiling Sinderhope data from 8/9 (7169). It's the Byerhope data that's very interesting, indeed much more so than realised at the time in the rush of field work. Met N at MP4m4t, after quick refresh at Br4g4t, where we had good 3-course meal and catch-up. Concert was brilliant with BBC Scottish Orchestra conducted well by Van Pascal Tortelier. Loved the Ravel Piano Concerto in G, played by Steven Osborne, who's really at home with jazzy classical pieces. Movement 2 is so gorgeous, always brings tears to my eyes! That was my favourite piece. While enjoyed Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique, didn't find it as moving as the Ravel. Pleased to see CA as chief flautist; she's played with RNS on a number of occasions. Funds have done well this week on geopolitical concerns (posh speak for war!) about the Middle East, boosting oil prices with PoO up to $72.56 tonight. North Sea oil producers may benefit. Change was +14k on week giving gain on year of 35k after 7.1k of withdrawals; now 18k short of the short-lived peak in January. Gr8 end to nite: fitted so well with the adagio: she's gorgeous: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! 2moro it's C4c4l and catch-up. xxxxxx

April 12th: completed Whitechapel/Morralee visit on 8/9 (7166a/7166b). Started on Sinderhope/Byerhope on 11/9 (7169/7170) where some very interesting material on Honey-buzzard, which will take a little while to process! When done that will leave just one September visit to do, that on 1/9 to Haltwhistle North Wood. Did make RC's in morning from 11:00-13:10 where was shown fantastic collection of Northumberland scenic photos, mainly of Roman Wall, with many tips on how they were obtained. Then popped into N4c4l b4 going home to sort out the visits on 8/9. Weather continued abysmal with heavy rain today on cold NE breeze at 6C; no sun since 9/4; but expect an improvement to set in Friday afternoon. Refusing to get wet & cold at this stage in the season. Made G4g4s where 5 of Monday crowd out; very pleased to meet the pt Ch (from SS, sees well) who's very fond of dogs, strokes well!! New bar lass on - E: can hardly keep up! PoO Brent held around $72: if military action is rather nominal, then sanctions on Iran affecting their oil supplies look more likely. The new phrase for proof is 'highly likely' or 'secret evidence': pretty desperate stuff! 2moro it's RDM-NCL11:52, making CT4c4l, L&P, MP4m4t, S4con!! lok2t beauties!!!!

April 11th: murk continued with max/min same at 6C and humidity 97%; fog again tonite in the 'Shire but it's starting to improve slowly from Friday afternoon. Completed compiling visit to Slaley Forest Trygill on 22/9 (7184); now on Whitechapel and Morralee and 8/9 (7166a/7166b). Also busy with LAF notes from meeting on 6/3 at Wylam, needed for meeting of LAF next Thursday. Made N4c4ll where met an amazing number of people, including 2 from Forestry Enterprise who were on LAF, GB from FoDM (Friends Discovery), CM of SS fame (Samling Singers, based in Hexham), my hairdresser Jd who made some strange smoothing gestures with her hands!! Went home to get house straight b4 S and her family arrived for weekly sprucing-up (of the house that is!). Did make G4g4t where talented H was on!! B is still missing with new knee settling in. 2moro visiting Roger C in morning to learn a bit about his photography; then it will be N4c4l and G4g4s with Monday nite crowd as computing mates are both away. PoO moved above $72 today as Middle-East situation deteriorates; that's highest since December 2014. The Gulls after last nite's defeat home to Fylde look doomed to relegation to NLS (a regional league, what a disgrace!); I've supported them since I was 14. Last chance to see them in the north will be at Hartlepool on Saturday afternoon 21/4; it's in my Calendar! Next week things are hotting up: lok2t beauties!!!!

April 10th: compiled results from yesterday's visit to Lilswood and started on visit to Slaley Forest Trygill on 22/9; should complete latter tomorrow. Made C4c4l where met P/J for good crack. Booked up trip to Totnes for late April, staying at Dartington Hall for a few nights; M is delighted as will give time to convert the monadic design paper to AI. Going by train at cost of £150 so will get plenty of time for study! Might even get a very early Honey-buzzard! Spent some time optimising cost and convenience as might become a fairly regular trip with M's mental health continuing very sharp but his physical health not so good. Dartington Hall's a great cultural centre, perhaps best in Devon! Funds doing better this week at +5k with PoO up to $71 a barrel; have completed ISA subscription of 20k for this year already. Made BH4st4s where it had been the quietest nite of the year, blamed on football and the weather. Still had good chat with the regulars, including Wylam N. Weather has been terrible today with heavy rain on NE breeze at 7C, turning later to fog on higher ground; couldn't see very much at times, find dense fog quite unsettling!! 2moro no T4c4c as M away but should make C4c4l and G4g4t; later, Wednesday might become Friday when fog clears!! lok2t beauties!!!!

April 9th: completed compiling data from Dukeshagg visit on 3/9 (7164/7165), leaving just 5 data sheets to process for September; can then compile Honey-buzzard migration picture for 2017. Today's walk was on Hexhamshire Common at Lilswood Grange from 16:50-18:20: getting fitter! Weather was sunny, light S breeze, dry, mild at 12C. Had quick visit to pond at Steel at 16:30. It's lovely walking in warm spring weather. Bird types on the Common totalled 18 including 4 types of wader: Golden Plover (single flock 120 on in-bye), Oystercatcher (4), Lapwing (10), Curlew (10). Summer visitors included a Meadow Pipit W and a LBBG adult. Game birds included Red Grouse (9). 2 Mistle Thrush were singing. The only moth species was Dark Tussock, for which a cocoon was found in the heather. At the pond 3 types of wader were seen: Lapwing (2), Redshank (4), Oystercatcher (2), making total for trip of 5 types of wader. Earlier made R @ B4m4l where AGM. Booked up visit to Leeds Town Hall next Monday evening (16/9) to see dress rehearsal of Salome by Opera North from 19:00-20:45; going by train and may not get back to HEX! Other trips on the horizon are a few days in Totnes, Devon, to discuss CT with M and a week in Norfolk with N in May (latter booked already). Forgot that I'd arranged to meet R on Thursday in HEX for a chat on photography so will be coming in early on Friday before MP4m4t and S4con. Very satisfied with the decision to raise the profile of prostate cancer in the UK: have contributed £250-400 per year to Prostate Cancer UK, who I think are doing a great job in removing the stigma attached to the disease and looking for reliable ways to perform early diagnosis. My paternal grandfather died of the disease in 1947, aged 69; the stigma at that time was far worse than today, some families refusing to call it by its name and some even calling it moral judgement! 2moro will make N4c4l and BH4st4s!! lok2t beauties!!!!

April 8th: had 18 moths of 9 types at MV trap last night: 5 Oak Beauty, 3 Early Grey, 2 Common Quaker, 2 Clouded Drab, 2 Mottled Grey, 1 Pale Brindled Beauty, 1 Early Tooth-striped, 1 Small Quaker, 1 Twin-spotted Quaker. Very impressive haul: there's a feeling that insects do better after a proper winter. Made Hyons Wood from 13:30-15:20 for a good walk in mild weather, almost calm and overcast, 8C. Raptors comprised a pair of Red Kite soaring over Dukeshagg at 14:36, a pair of Common Buzzard up over Hyons Wood at 14:35 and a male Kestrel out hunting. Total of 29 bird types included migrants to Norway -- Fieldfare (10 E), Common Gull (9 adult E); summer visitor – Chiffchaff (3 singing); waders – Lapwing (12 in 6 territories); tits – Willow (1), Blue (4), Great (2), Coal (1). Two moth types were spotted: Orange Underwing (3 flying high and fast around tops of birches), Stigmella aurella (2 galleries on bramble). Relevant to Red Kite report is Dukeshagg occupied today by a pair displaying so may well have been successful last year. Have also (already!) found an addition to last year's report at Edgewell House Farm, W of Prudhoe, of an adult Red Kite on 3/9; will update directly (made update 9/4)! Have been sent both ANPA papers as proofs for final approval before printing. Planning one day in NCL this week, maybe Thursday, to do some work in music/monad area. Made G4c4s to chat with P about Azores, which he's just visited. 2moro it's R @ B4m4l, N4c4ll, walk, G4g4s!! lok2t beauties!!!!

April 7th: here below are the details of the Red Kite season for 2017, a year of consolidation.

More details of the Red Kite breeding season for 2017 are available in Table 11 from Population of the Red Kite in SW Northumberland:



Area

No. sites

No. adults

Breeding Category

No. Juveniles fledged

Post-breeding sites

Conf

Prob

Poss

Devil’s Water

4

5

0

1

3

0

0

Allen

4

3

3

1

0

3

0

Upper South Tyne

2

2

2

0

0

2

0

Lower South Tyne

(low coverage this year)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tyne W

6

7

3

1

2

5

0

Tyne E

3

3

0

0

3

0

0

Derwent

10

14

8

1

1

11

0

Total

29

34

16

4

9

21 (5x2, 11x1)

0

Table 11: Breeding Data for Red Kite in SW Northumberland by area in 2017


This was a year of consolidation for the Red Kite in Northumberland with some slight retreat from the excellent breeding season in 2016. The number of sites found to be occupied declined from 30 to 29, the number of broods found fell from 22 to 16 and the number of young fledged fell from 30 to 21. There were 5 broods of 2 young and 11 of 1 young, making this season the second most productive since the recolonisation started in 2006. The Derwent area on the northern flank of the Gateshead population, and extending across the N side of Derwent Reservoir onto the grouse moors up the Beldon Burn to the watershed at Riddlehamhope, was again a major contributor to the success, with 10 sites occupied (11 in 2016) and 8 of these being successful, with 11 young fledged. All these pairs fledged young on moorland to the W and NW of Derwent Reservoir. The Tyne Valley W held 6 pairs (8 in 2016) with 2 pairs raising 2 young each in the Bywell area; territories were occupied as far W as the hills to the N of Hexham. Some encouraging occupation of the Devil's Water was noted with 4 sites in spring but no birds were seen in autumn; Hexhamshire has long appeared to be a sink for the species. The major change to the totals from 2016 was in Tyne Valley E where only 3 sites were found occupied (8 in 2016) with no young apparently raised. This may be a coverage problem with the Honey-buzzard survey taking priority and fairly brief visits to Throckley and S of Prudhoe. The population on the edge of the moors in the Allen and upper South Tyne areas expanded from 3 to 6 pairs, raising 5 young; these birds may be from the Grizedale reintroduction scheme in the Lake District. There are no systematic counts from elsewhere in NE England in summer 2017 with which to update the totals from the 60 pairs estimated in 2016. There is a feeling that some birds will have moved to the N of the study area so the regional population may well be significantly higher now.


So making progress! Know all totals now as Honey-buzzard results are on home page; they're not going to change by very much though am reviewing everything as add to spreadsheets. Tomorrow will get back to the data sheets. Last season generated too much data, hence the drive to reduce the fieldwork for the coming season. Besides the raptors, I also want to spend more time on music, CT and fun!! Moths also deserve attention as beautiful creatures of the nite!! Large numbers of moths are emerging now: full of the joys of spring!! C4c4c was inspirational with trhwso and tbbd looking good!! Was joined by D of dommies fame from G. Also 2moro will be out for walk at Dukeshagg (immediate kite check!), making later W4shop and G4g4s!! lok2t beauties!!!!


April 6th: duly updated home page and Hobby page with latest data. Next up is Red Kite data for 2017. Am planning very radical changes to fieldwork in the current season. Maybe reduce study area for raptors in general to just the 'Shire and Tyne Valley W (from 49 sites to 13 on 2016 data) but maintain Honey-buzzard nest site visits at current level of 2 trips to 10 sites; make more trips to other areas such as the Irish Midlands; also commence writing up my work on Honey-buzzard in a book! Am planning a trip to the Kruger for a leading raptor conference in November where would talk about Honey-buzzard migration in the UK; can fly standby on Virgin from London to Jo'burg through daughter's work; Kruger holds wintering Honey-buzzard. The idea is to focus the work more on areas where still gaining information. Today had sleep of the innocent (alright for some), good lie-in (sorry for late update!!) and made N4c4t and W4g4s where 4 of us out for good catch-up. Funds +1k on week and +22k on year. No momentum in either direction but my big movement to short-term bonds continued today with 17k invested in that direction in ISA and SIPP accounts with start of new (tax) year. Another mini-crash on Wall Street this evening (-2.5%) means volatility will continue at a high level. There are rumours that China will block imports of US oil and sanctions will be re-imposed by US on Iranian oil, all very explosive stuff. So looking forward to a relaxing weekend with some fieldwork, moth trapping, and tomorrow, C4c4l. lok2t beauties!!!!

April 5th: Hobby report is done for 2017 (see below): constancy within fairly broad parameters continues; will shortly add report to Population of the Hobby in SW Northumberland after final checks.

More details of the Hobby breeding season for 2017 are available in Table 12.


Area

No. sites

No. adults

Breeding Category

Juveniles

Conf

Prob

Poss


Local-fledge

Also seen

Devil’s Water

2

2

0

1

1

0

0

Allen

3

4

1

1

1

1

0

Tipalt

(low coverage this year)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Upper South Tyne

3

3

2

0

1

5

0

Lower South Tyne

(low coverage this year)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tyne W

4

5

1

3

0

1

0

Tyne E

2

2

1

1

0

2

0

Derwent

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

Total

15

17

5

7

3

9 (1x3, 2x2, 2x1+)

0

Table 12: Breeding Data for Hobby in SW Northumberland by area in 2017


This was a typical season on the number of sites with the 15 noted being within the long-term run from 2001 of 10-15 sites. The number of broods at 5 was towards the lower end of the typical range of 4-9 in the same period, but the number of sites at the probable level of 7 suggests that a number of broods were overlooked at the critical time when fledging takes place. The upper South Tyne had the highest number of broods at 2 and the fledged family party here of 5 (2 adult, 3 juvenile) at Towsbank again produced the best aerial spectacle of the year on 20th August. This year 9 of the 15 sites occupied were adjacent to heather moorland; the remaining 6 were in or near the main Tyne Valley. Overall another year of amazing constancy.


A few patches of snow were lying this morning at home but spring is definitely trying to break through. Made Hexhamshire Common in Kings Law/Westburnhope area from 17:20-18:45 where felt amazingly mild. Had 4 Common Buzzard at 2 sites: 3 near Westburnhope, including a very pale bird, and 1 E of Kings Law. Also had a female Kestrel near Kings Law. Total for all birds was 16 types, including 2 types of wader with 11 Lapwing (c6 sites), 9 Curlew (c5 sites); 1 Stock Dove, 25 Fieldfare going to roost, 1 Mistle Thrush. Surprisingly had 2 moths, including 1 Acleris hyemana female fluttering over the heather, with snow patches around, laying eggs. Made N4c4l where sat outside in the sunshine, felt tropical! Later made HoN4st4s where met A. Drifted E for late rendezvous: good we could stay up: did come up to expectations: she's fantastic: lok2tmbo!!!!!!! 2moro it's N4c4t, W4g4s and start on Red Kite report for 2017. xxxxxx


April 4th: having trouble shaking off this cold spell with sleet as left house this afternoon, still falling on return but not settling. Family got off fine for long journey home: all went well! They've left quite a lot of stuff up here and back in August: maybe I'm being kept an eye on!! DP/CP reported a Red Kite from road between 2 roundabouts (Bywell Peepy/Styford). Went to Starbucks in afternoon as have switched garage for petrol to the one near A69; other one near Haugh Lane is just too chaotic. B not out yet so skipped G4g4t and went in a little earlier to NCL making for a quickie VctCmt4g4t! Completed tally of Hobby records on Metro CAL-NCL and hope to publish report for 2017 tomorrow. After TC4m4t made the film Ready Player One. Not sure we'll be that advanced in VR by 2045 but gr8 to see some of the possibilities. The whole film was very exciting, graphics were tremendous and plot was simple enough for me to follow: not surprising for a Spielberg film! The domination of big business as portrayed in the film is a worrying extension of current trends with people enslaved through their VR headsets and cities in a neglected state; the ending is more positive with the servitude division closed down and the 2 leading avatars (the stars), Parzifal and Art3mis, becoming romantic in real life!! The Shining starred in the quest for the 2nd key: what a great film that was. Nite ended in grand style: very pleasurable: inspirational memories linger from 30/3: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! 2moro it's N4c4l and much later HoN4st4s with the computing gang; might drift off E a bit on the late side!! xxxxxx

April 3rd: weather much better today with temperatures rising to 5C late evening and fog dispersing. We decided on a day out to Centre for Life in NCL; I drove us in and we spent 5 hours there; it's an amazing place with a nice mixture of educational, such as planetarium and the dinosaurs, in a fun way, straight-forward play areas and 2 cafes! The kids loved it and parents and I also thought the atmosphere was great. Cost of entry for us all was £39, very good considering how long we were there. On arriving back in HEX we went to BBQ (Polska) for 2 courses plus some Polish beer. At a nearby table there was also a family group with 2 young boys: they were very docile. Compared to them our girls were a little wild and the boys looked on wide-eyed! Food and drink were very good, costing £71, with £10 tip for good service (and tolerance!). 2moro it's farewell time in the morning; have to wave a wand over house b4 S comes to clean but should make G4g4t and TC4m4s via CAL-NCL, latter for a film not unrelated to Kiss me First, which think is fascinating use of VR!! Only 2 days left to complete your ISA subscriptions for 2017-18; more relevant on Friday (6/4) anyone can put 20k more into ISA and 2.88k more into SIPP to increase funds with tax-free interest, dividends and capital gains. Funds +1k today after relapse on Wall St on Monday, leaving ftse -0.63%. Tuesday might become Thursday!! lok2t beauties!!!!

April 2nd: weather was so bad for family: no real accumulation of snow (maybe 2-3cm) but wet snow, sleet and rain started at 09:00 and was still going strong at 01:00 (3 /4). Fortunately it didn't freeze with temperatures from 1-2C all day. Back garden is flooded: glad I moved the shed and the coal bunkers. They didn't fancy driving in the slush so I drove everyone into Hexham to make N4c4c and do some shopping. It will be milder tomorrow but little chance of any brightness before 15:00. Still plenty of time to entertain the lovely granddaughters indoors! Rough tally of Hobby and Red Kite shows broadly similar number of territories occupied in 2016 and 2017; Hobby remains in its very long-standing range and Red Kite holds on to most of its impressive gains in 2016. I think climate change alarmists are struggling; in many respects climate change has been a disastrous distraction from real issues such as loss of biodiversity, reducing pollution, curbing plastic use and increasing its recycling, moving to more sustainable agriculture including organic, population control. Note tackling all 5 of these areas improves the planet for wildlife; installing renewable energy to 'tackle climate change' industrialises enormous areas which have been a refuge for wildlife. Scientifically how can you have a testable hypothesis for climate change: it's happened all the time! There's going to be a painful retreat for some. Anyway another day of action 2moro. lok2t beauties!!!!

April 1st: excited family arrived today at 16:25; trains were on time; it was the 1st time the girls had been on a train and they loved it. Had massive sort out of daughter's room, which was so very beneficial as reignited some ideas to reduce clutter upstairs; also spring-cleaned the house plants. I went out for take-away from Saathi in evening: easier than cooking! Also made Co-op in west Hexham for top-up; it was open late until 23:00 with attractive wine prices. Completed abstract for Baden-Baden meeting and sent it off; Devon M rewrote it in his style, which I accepted as gives a different angle from the Unilog abstract.

Anticipation in Communication: The Example of the Cartesian Monad with Music

Nick Rossiter & Michael Heather

Computing Science and Digital Technologies

Northumbria University

Newcastle NE1 8ST, UK

nick.rossiter1@btinternet.com; michael.heather@trinity.cantab.net

http://www.nickrossiter.org.uk/process/


Abstract


Music is a testing challenge for formal information systems even using the power of the Cartesian monad for universal design. The concept of the monad developed from the term originally introduced by Leibniz needs to have the capability to present a musical performance as a categorical composition over time signatures that proceed in successive adjoint steps: the monad looks back and then forwards; its comonad looks forward and then back. The physical complexity of each musical note operates in its respective time-frame as a co-limit. The monad as process handles dynamic aspects in the Cartesian closed category of the Topos as it follows the variation of data like of players, score and venue together with their inter-relationships.


There are two distinct viewpoints of anticipation in music: the performer’s and the listener’s. The player anticipates the sequence of notes to come by extrapolating intuitively from preceding notes while at the same time physically keeping an eye on the subsequent score and the listener builds up a mental image of the music as it evolves. Tension builds for listeners as their anticipation of the performance is realised or denied. This paper explores how the monad is able to combine both perspectives in one categorical framework that may be implemented in a functional programming language such as Paul Hudak’s Haskell or as a tool for distributed ledger blockchain technology.

Compiled visit to Blanchland on 20/9 (7182) so can now produce final reports for Hobby and Red Kite. 2moro looks like heavy snow/sleet but it's not expected at lower levels so ploughs can concentrate on us. Will we be stuck in for 7th night of the winter? Visitors cannot believe it: it's April. But this is NE England! Whatever rapid rise in temperature forecast for Tuesday. Son is evidently buying a house in Hatfield after his rise of 2 grades as information (data warehouse) supremo at Herts Uni. It appears he's funding it himself but have earmarked a bit for it if necessary; there's plenty of good causes: lok2t beauties!!!!


March 31st: weather similar to yesterday with snow settling briefly just after dawn. Realised that needed to get house straighter, ready for family's arrival so into T to collect daughter's order (mainly for kids) and to W for my order, mainly for adults but did remember to get some Easter eggs! Turned heaters up in their rooms. Main problem is paperwork dumped around the house so actively sorting through that now; got a nice pile of excerpts to go into this page. Looking forward to seeing them again!! The Scottish guy McInerny has published a short note in the latest BB on wing-clapping Honey-buzzard. Good to see that as totals are mentioned: BB is more widely read than Scottish Birds, but don't think it's better! For own records added piccies for Blanchland on 20/9 (7182) and will add totals tomorrow morning to spreadsheet so can present Red Kite and Hobby results. Have 15 further data sheets to process: study area will be reduced next season, maybe removing Derwent (almost ¼ of sites), to make it manageable. Think I need an assistant: it's fun in the woods!! So will be missing from usual haunts until Wednesday but hope to keep things on the level: lok2t beauties!!!! FT, reading between the lines, suggests markets are not going to have a good year, though with interest rates now slipping back, it's not too obvious what is going to happen (so they don't really know!). xxxxxx

March 30th: weather very cool at home with heavy rain/hail showers, merging at times, and snow on windscreen first thing! Last night was strange on reflection at T&S; an increase in people around at 23:15 and no call on time; a butch woman with a pint of lager came over and sat with us chatting away; not sure what her game was! Anyway I said I was going at 23:30 and stood up to go; mates were very reluctant to leave; it's a long way to S so they did fairly smartly after a few moments reflection; probably been seeing too many gangster films! Today met N at MP for usual good meal and service. Much later we went to Br4g4s where left early to make SainsB4shop. Bach's St John Passion was the gem, performed this evening by RNS; it was sublime with the conductor, Harry Bicket, the 4 soloists, the RNS Chorus and the orchestra coming together to provide a very moving experience; some of the players put in tremendous individual performances. Good to see a reasonable service on Good Friday, catching last train to RDM at normal time. She's looking real bonnie: must sleep well tonite: very scintillating: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! 2moro it's getting ready for family and completing Baden-Baden abstract and Red Kite/Hobby records. A gr8 long weekend continues!! xxxxxx

March 29th: completed Pithouse Fell 14/9 (7176) and Sinderhope 10/9 (7168), now on Derwent Gorge 13/9 (7175) with just 1 to go of the Red Kite/Hobby sheets. Made N4c4ll where surveyed 4St and T&S4ra4s as HoN too full; had good chat at latter though happier with clientele at G/HoN!! Giving up on JC and the Labour Party, realising the discussion on 24/3 is in line with how some of their officials and members actually think about the Holocaust: welcome to Nazi socialism! Still a LibDem member so they won't really care. Donated £75 to HASS for their spring production Swing Swing Swing at QH and £100 to RNS for their 60th anniversary. Going to the 2 rehearsals on 20/4 and 23/4, former as concluding part of series, latter to promote next season. Funds went down further from -3k by Thursday but recovered to -3k today, +21k on year. March has been a very bad month for the markets but maybe there will be some respite with the start of a new quarter and a new tax year on Friday; tax-loss selling may well have been a factor this week in the prices of junk! But remaining cautious even though commodity prices are in general doing well. 2moro it's RDM-NCL, MP4m4t at 17:00 with N followed by S4con. lok2t beauties!!!!

March 28th: completed data sheet for Newbiggin 15/9, now working on Pithouse Fell 14/9 (7176) with 3 more sheets to go to complete results for Red Kite and Hobby in 2017. Should have family up here more often: big shop done at T by daughter for me to collect on Saturday; stores are closed on Sunday so good thinking; imagine it's mostly food for the kids, not cans of g! Had good crack at T4c4c with M; later went to G4g4t for a quickie as B recuperating. Made TC4m4s, where treated as a regular now, followed by You Were Never Really Here; found this not the easiest film to follow with very little dialogue, flashbacks in the combat veteran's mind (without any swirling transitions) and an amazing pace which didn't give much scope for catch-up or reflection; there were some tender moments such as the veteran's care for his mother and glimpses of such perhaps between the veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) and the abducted daughter (Ekaterina Samsonov) who he rescues from a brothel, in a 'happy' ending. Overall the 90 minutes was action-packed and left some very graphic memories: not sure that my enjoyment is relevant to the plot! Re-union day: very enthusiastic: made up for lost time: she's fantastically beautiful: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! 2moro it's N4c4ll and HoN4st4s, with S4con next day!! xxxxxx

March 27th: made C4c4ll where could survey the world! Have made it clear to R that not pursuing idea of being President along long route to 2021; said preferred to develop philanthropy more directly in music circles and to advance my research interests in blockchain; haven't had a response yet! I will remain active member of Hexham R. Completed 2 more data sheets, for Beldon Burn (7177-7179, 15/9); just 5 more to do to complete Hobby/Red Kite accounts for 2017. Have to get abstract into Baden-Baden conference in next few days, on Anticipation in Communication: The Example of the Cartesian Monad in Music. Funds -3k on profit taking in oils; markets are still very unsettled but have picked up a few more 'bargains'! Did make BH4st4s where had bonus of 1 free meat pie to eat there and then and 1 to take home; good crack! Not back too early: fiery exchange with the beauty: very moving sequel: she's so gorgeous: lok2tmbo!!!!!!! 2moro it's T4c4c, G4g4t, CAL-NCL, TC4m4s, my sentiment entirely!! xxxxxx

March 26th: made R @ B4m4l where great attendance and induction of 3 members; early leaver as wanted to be home to collect large parcel being delivered by Yodel: 2 child seats for the car for my granddaughters who are arriving with parents by train from KGX on Sunday for 4 days; looking forward to that, will need to be on best behaviour! YEDT plans are getting a little heated; not sure that R members are up with modern methods of communication. Met the Secretary to the Trustees of Sir James Knott Trust, Vivien Stapley, at the Opera North supporters reception at the Northern Counties Club (NCC), last Tuesday; have suggested we apply to them for £500 if we're short of funds. Much later made G4g4s where gr8 chat with C, who is Manager of S.....g singers; she's asked me to an event at NCC in May. 'plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose' xxxxxx!! 2moro it's N4c4l, catch up on records (completed Derwent Ruffside (21/9, 7183)) and BH4ra4s!! Perhaps it's the time of year for migration!! lok2t beauties!!!!

March 25th: today was 2 hours of hedge-trimming on the road, all 70m of it besides my field. Weather was great for it: light NW breeze, very dry, mild. Here's piccie 1 of lane and house after work, even swept up. Keeping your roadside hedge trimmed is essential in the 'Shire, if you want people to nod at you! My bedroom overlooks the road, where do a lot of scheming!! Kept an eye on the birds and, in the Devils Water, had a pair of Goshawk together, very welcome after recent scarcity, plus a pair of Common Buzzard, and a Barn Owl on the way to the pub. Daytime total was 17 species, including Curlew (1), Goldfinch (1 N). Did make G4g4s where pleased to have J on!! There were just 4 of us out for good crack. Finished processing Whitfield Moor (23/9, 7185-7187) and started on Derwent Ruffside (21/9, 7183). Good exercise today: feeling fitter for exciting adventures!! lok2t beauties!!!!

March 24th: weather continued spring-like with warm sunshine, light W breeze and no rain; up to 10C today, phew! Made Stocksfield Mount from 15:00-16:30 and had a superb haul of raptors: Common Buzzard 11 (3 display at Styford, 3 display at Mowden Hall, 2 display at Bywell Cottagebank, 2 display at Ovington NW, 1 adult call at Mount), Red Kite 4 (all together at Bywell Cottagebank after feeding at Tofts Hill), Kestrel 1 (at Stocksfield East). Highlight was a Chiffchaff calling and in warm-up mode for full song; that's the 1st summer visitor noted. Total for bird-types was 25, including Siskin (3), Stock Dove (1 display), Green Woodpecker (1 regularly yaffling), Great Spotted Woodpecker (1), Lapwing (1 W), Great Spotted Woodpecker (1), GBBG (3 adult). Local walker mentioned that Kingfisher are frequently seen flying just over the water of the Guessburn. Also had 2 bumblebee on the Mount. From start of this year using BTO's BirdTrack again for bird records after their work via the EuroBirdPortal in restoring visualisations (maps!) of bird movements; will give them records for last year from my spreadsheets; prefer to leave the records to posterity but was very unhappy with the loss of the maps giving a running status for a species over the year, particularly as the changes were dressed up as an improvement. Have had 2 owls recently at Ordley: a Tawny at 00:00 today and a Barn at 23:00 on 22/3. Keeping pressure up on last year's results: completed Bywell Cottagebank 24/9 (7188) and started processing Whitfield Moor (23/9, 7185-7187).

Latest tactic of the climate-change mafia is to compare deniers to Holocaust deniers. Did comment in a Times discussion to someone with such views https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/opencast-coalmine-rejected-on-climate-fears-sfpkdb0w6

You compare an act of evil genocide, the Holocaust, to the projections from a model of our very complex ecosystem. I think you are indeed insane.

Should add I don't think of myself as a climate-change denier but, as a physical scientist, I do have some questions about the modelling.

2moro it's hedge trimming on the long roadside hedge in the morning with field trip in the afternoon and much later out to G4g4s!! So sweet dreams and lok2t beauties!!!!! xxxx

March 23rd: start of spring for me with 1st survey work, a walk to Dotland from home in the 'Shire from 16:15-18:05. Weather was nice and spring-like with sunshine, normal temperatures, light W breeze and no rain. Total was 26 bird-types, including Common Buzzard (1), Marsh Tit (2, a pair), Tree Sparrow (6), Song Thrush (3 singing), Blackbird (5), Great Spotted Woodpecker (1), Lapwing (3), Curlew (2), Grey Heron (1). Back on the desktop finished processing Wylam E on 2/9 (7161-7163) and started on Bywell 24/9 (7188). There were 6 of us out at W4g4s, a full house! Horrific week on markets for those fully exposed. Strategy of moving into short-dated bonds vindicated (so far!) making +2k on week after 0.6k withdrawal, giving +25k on year after 7.1k withdrawal; not very exciting but with ftse -3.4% on week and -10.0% on year, my funds would have reduced by 37k on week and 110k on year if invested in a ftse tracker. PoO is highest for over 2 years at $70.45 per barrel; maybe sometime oil stocks will react to this but sentiment in equities is now 'terrified'! 2moro it's C4c4l and 2nd trip out to the Mount followed by catch-up. A bit of a gap in my life at moment: lok2t beauties!!!!

March 22nd: completed processing 2 field-trips in London on 5/9 (Horsenden Hill) and 7/9 (Osterley Park) and made good progress on trip to Wylam E on 2/9 (7161-7163). Hoping to be able to complete Red Kite and Hobby reports for 2017 by end of month; a fantastic amount of information was collected last year. Weather milder and very good moth catch tonite (22/3-23/3) with light rain coming on: March Moth (7), Oak Beauty (4), Yellow Horned (2), Agonopterix heracliana (1). Had a male Kestrel over the house at Ordley in full display. May kick-off season this Saturday with trip to the Mount. Made N4c4l and M&S4shop followed much later by HoN4st4s with M/A for good chat on IT. Trade wars causing chaos on markets with FTSE down 2.96% so far this week and -9.57% on year, back down to December 2016 level (is Brexit a good thing?); PoO is rising tonight; wonder if Chinese are buying to unsettle US economy; own funds are still slightly positive on week and buying small quantities of 'cheap' stock each day! Think the Republicans may decide soon they've had enough of the Trump nonsense. Much better is to think of the gorgeous ones: lok2t beauties!!!!

March 21st: 3 of us out at T4c4c for good crack. Made point of making G4g4t for a quickie to see B as he's having a new knee installed tomorrow. Later into TR for part 2 of Men Behaving Badly: Don Giovanni (Mozart). The production by Opera North was much racier than seem to remember with simulated sex and adventurous shakes of vital parts!! The Don, a landowning gentleman, is a serial seducer and his servant keeps a running count of his conquests. But he increasingly runs into trouble with his earlier liaisons returning to taunt him and his intended liaisons becoming more awkward; in the end he's done in by a statue but does return on-stage for the final song. He got loudly booed by the audience but I couldn't quite bring myself to do that!! It was an energetic and creative performance, very well sung!! Missing someone!! Quite a spring in PoO today, reaching almost $70 a barrel on unseasonal stock draw in US. Started looking in detail at Scottish Birds paper: will compile a table comparing our results in as many ways as possible. 2moro it's N4c4l and HoN4ra4s with the IT gang. lok2t beauties!!!!

March 20th: almost completed processing of Dipton Wood visit on 26/9 (7190); have 2 tricky wee moths to id to complete the task. Did make N4c4l in the sunshine with weather on the mend! Opera North looked after us really well: the pre-show reception at Northern Counties Club was very classy with canapés, that look good but keep you hungry, red wine and of course a pep talk and plenty of chat! It was packed for Madama Butterfly, which was sung in Italian with subtitles. Opera does have a fairly devastating effect on me and tonite's was no exception; the atmosphere is overall very romantic even in the enfolding tragedy with her American 'husband' and his American wife returning to Japan to claim their child. The ending is of course overwhelmingly tragic as Madama Butterfly stabs herself and dies. Hope they warned Lt Pinkerton that, as the baddie, he would be booed by the Tyneside audience in the curtain call; he blew some kisses back! Performance started at 19:30 and finished at 22:14, in time to catch the last train; Theatre Royal evidently are adjusting to the poor late night transport service in the NE by trying to finish c22:00. We had a 2nd reception in the Olivier Suite in the interval with more red wine: opera is unashamedly hedonistic!! Only got as far as BH4ra4s off last train where met WYL-N for a nitecap; pub was very lively, people coming out of hibernation. Funds +3k in spite of Monday being a heavy down day for international markets; ENQ's results were slightly better than expected and, most important of all, no shocks! Trading some of stocks which have fallen heavily this year and are IMHO cheap! But keeping intact big block of short-dated bonds. Day ended in hedonistic style: gr8 form maintained: dog behaved itself: she's so beautiful: lok2tmbo!!!!!!! 2moro it's T4c4c. G4g4t and TR4op, this time Don Giovanni!! xxxxxx

March 19th: bit milder today with most snow/ice melting and no frost by 01:00 20/3. Had female Brambling on grain on shed roof. Completed processing trip for Honey-buzzard to Wylam E on 25/9 (7189) and Swallowship on 26/9 (7190a). Here's Scottish Birds citation:

McInerny, C J, Shaw, K D, Little, A, Little, K, Hoey, K, Gibb, K, & Kerr, B, Honey-buzzards in central Scotland: observations and comparisons from two study areas during 2017, Scottish Birds 38(1) 15-29 (2018).

Expect some serious analysis tomorrow. At R we at last managed some concerted action on YEDT 2018 so maybe it will happen; I'm about to contact last season's sponsors. Made G4g4s where pleased to see C on again: very interesting chat on opera; her group is putting something on at end of July at S; good chat with gang, 5 of us out tonite. Haircut at JG was stimulating with Jd; gave her £5 tip on £17.50 charge as penance for long time since last visit; she ordered me to return within 4 months!! 2moro it's N4c4l, Opera North's Madama Butterfly (by Puccini) with 2 receptions for Associates in Theatre Royal area, BH4ra4s!! lok2t beauties!!!!

March 18th: weather continued overnight to be bitterly cold with further drifting snow: -3C, wind chill -12C, wind 25mph E with accumulation of 10cm and drifts double that. Delayed drive-in until gritter had been through, leaving at 12:55 and making NCL in car at 13:30, missing Recital 1 but in time for Recital 2. N was already there. Drive-out of 'Shire was hazardous with ridges of snow across the road at every gateway through drifting and surface water all over the place as the grit went into action. Philippe Cassard's Complete Debussy [piano-wise] was monumental lasting, with intervals, until 22:30, clearly designed for lovers of the Ring. I had never appreciated the variety, depth and experimentation in Debussy's music before. PC was on top of his brief throughout with nice touches of humour from time to time: he made out as if he was going to sleep at the end of Recital 3. The programme had obviously been assembled with care, to provide a theme (not revealed!) in each Recital. There were decent intervals between each Recital to give some rest for the soloist. I took in laptop to research hotels in Norfolk where N and I are going in May and to show the Scottish Birds article to N. This article is so positive for me: not only are the Scottish numbers approaching mine for the country but the areas in which they are found are those where I've reported the highest concentrations. N helped to identify the forest areas occupied from the piccies. Chatted to TD about imminent tour: bookings are very good at the venues; we agreed that B4 is a superb symphony: love the start of movement 2 and the lively strings in movement 4. N left after Recital 2 but between us we heard them all. I missed Clair de Lune, which is the first thing people will ask me about! Fascinated by H-RM; she looks so much like photographs of my mum when she was that age. Day finished on a high: one or 2 surprises: we'll have to go on an excursion: she's absolutely fantastic: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! The road in the 'Shire was a glacier on return: not for the faint-hearted! 2moro it's haircut @ JG with Jd, R @ B4m4l, WG meeting afterwards, G4g4s!! xxxxxx

March 17th: completed visit to Burnham Beeches, London, on 18/9. Very pleased to see another instalment of the Honey-buzzard in Scotland in Scottish Birds with numbers found increasing quickly in 2017. Expect to make some analysis of this soon. The credibility of my results is increasing steadily now people are actually looking seriously elsewhere, rather than being in a state of denial! Bitterly cold today: -3C, wind chill -12C, wind 20mph E; a little snow had settled by dawn but this melted in the sunshine; around teatime more persistent snow, hail, freezing rain arrived and kept going until 22:00 with wind up to 30kph. It will be touch and go whether make Debussy part 1, but should make parts 2-4 with satisfaction concentrated towards the dark side (nite)!! Bought some bird food: they're very hungry: £10 for 2 large bags. Someone was very alluring: gr8 2 c!!! So 2moro it's S4con for most of day, travelling from CAL-GHD. lok2t beauties!!!!

March 16th: into the big city again for CT4s4l, L&P4research, Br4g4t, MP4m4t, S4con followed by W4g4s!! Weather-wise the gloomy day was one of the worst of the winter with driving rain on moderate E wind, just above freezing point. But wore full battle dress and felt quite warm! Research went well, finding a useful report from Yale on writing music in functional-language Haskell, which while not main point does show the foundation categories with basic functions could be constructed. Re-writing the UNILOG abstract for Baden-Baden: different emphasis on communication and anticipation in the latter so need another slant, which is always a good research objective. Met N at MP where we had 3 courses, wine and coffee, all for £42 including £5 bonus. The adventures of Putin continue to be fascinating: the 'broadsheets' are amazed at how many comments agree with Corbyn; not so surprising perhaps when you realise that many of their readers have a basic knowledge of jurisprudence and also remember the Iraqi 'weapons of mass destruction' claims, which were totally false. I've commented on a few with my real name: we're all thought to be Russian trolls! More seriously my son-in-law who works for G.zpr.m in London has also read a story that I came across about them moving their trading operations from London to St Petersburg. It's not due to this week's spat but a longer term decision partly motivated by Brexit and partly for repatriation purposes. So he's thinking about a change! Concert was brilliant as expected from the Hallé with Mark Elder conducting. The first half was dedicated to 2 Bach pieces. Bach's Concerto Keyboard 1 was superbly played by Charles Owen in a very authentic Baroque style. His Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, orchestrated by Elgar, did not appeal: didn't sound Baroque and the Elgar orchestration appeared rather odd. In the second half we had Shostakovitch 8; what a marvellous piece this was, reflecting the tensions of WW2 with long brooding passages, broken by tremendous climaxes and intriguing short passages featuring a particular instrument such as a bassoon; this was a very deep experience! There were 6 of us out at W so good catch-up. Snow didn't materialise by 00:45 (17/3) but 2 gritters were out in Hexham as freeze-up expected at dawn. Highlite of day was very moving: love the attention: she's so gorgeous: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! Funds finished -3k on week; actual movements were in balance but the Canadian $ fell quite heavily; there is silver lining as Canadian companies will be able to boost their profit margins with the devaluation. 2moro it's C4c4l and catch-up followed next day by Debussy marathon with N hoping to attend first 2 parts. xxxxxx

March 15th: completed Nookton Burn visit on 13/7 (7116) and Sinderhope visit on 28/9 (7193) so making steady progress; doesn't look like much up here at top of page but plenty of details and piccies added below. Terrible weather today with continuous rain on a cold moderate SE breeze. Made HoN4ra4s with the computing gang, where we had gr8 crack! Planning to make it a day in NCL 2moro coming in on 11:52 RDM-NCL, visiting CT4s4l, L&P, MP4m4t with N, S4con!! lok2t beauties!!!!

March 14th: started processing visit to Nookton Burn on 13/7 (7116). Decided to chill out today, except for T4c4c with M and G4g4t with B (and H!). In West Dipton Burn there were 2 Common Buzzard up is display yesterday and a Red Kite hanging over a field today. 2moro it's N4c4l and catch-up finishing with HoN4ra4s with M/A. lok2t beauties!!!!

March 13th: completed processing Sinderhope S visit on 18/7 (7104). Interesting paper from the authoritative team led by Michele Panuccio in Italy; interesting to see the tie-up with Israel, another raptor migration hotspot. My bold is relevant to the situation postulated by some that Honey-buzzard (a soaring migrant) will migrate across the North Sea from the continent: they won't!!

Soaring birds exploit tailwinds to move faster and presumably to reduce the energetic cost of flight during migration. Using radar, we tested how bird flight is affected by tailwind and further predicted that the due to the advantages of using tailwinds, as increased number of birds migrating over the study area. We found that radar-tracked migrating birds flew faster with tailwinds over the study area, but despite this advantage, surprisingly low number of birds migrated when tailwinds prevailed. Furthermore, birds seem to drift with winds blowing from the sea to the land, but not in the opposite direction, suggesting that birds try to avoid drifting over the sea where it is riskier to fly. Hence, our study highlights the complexity of migrant flight behavior in relation to the wind and suggests a flexible response to different wind conditions and coastline geography at multiple spatiotemporal scales.

Becciu, P., Panuccio, M., Catoni, C., Dell'Omo, G., and Sapir, N. Contrasting aspects of tailswinds [sic] and asymmetrical response to crosswinds in soaring migrants 2018. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 72(28). https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00265-018-2447-0. Published by Animal Flight Group, University of Haifa.

Decided to watch RT (Russia Today) before it's banned. Very puzzled that British people think the poisoning case is so clear-cut: haven't they watched any James Bond films where the baddie tactic is to attack a superpower's facilities so as to precipitate a major conflict. There are some very funny aspects: Boris J got the wholehearted support from US Foreign Secretary Rex Tillerson for the UK position last night only to find that he'd been replaced this morning by the more equivocal Mike Pompeo. Even Trump was saving his fire until more facts emerge. Europeans are suggesting we should be more careful about our dealings with exiled oligarchs: well you have to agree with that!! Here's an article I entirely agree with: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/unlikely-that-vladimir-putin-behind-skripal-poisoning-1.3425736. Expect RT to be a blank screen tomorrow with the word Censored across it! Don't think the public will go along with our not taking up our World Cup place. Censoring RT would be most illiberal but the public may not care. We and the Americans have complete f.....g idiots for leaders. Invited next Tuesday to Opera North's 2 receptions for supporters attending Madame Butterfly at Theatre Royal, Newcastle. Also bought ticket in Gallery for Don Giovanni next day. Like the Gallery: it is cheaper you might say but like the way the music floats up (honest!). Friday sees Hallé with N and Sunday the Debussy marathon!! Today made C4c4ll and BH4ra4s for good crack. Funds -2k so far this week, entirely on fall in Canadian $; still making portfolio less risk-on in current climate. Day ended in gr8 style: definitely hot: she's so beautiful: love the end-game: lok2tmbo!!!!!!!

March 12th: completed processing Ruffside visit on 2/7 (7104). Added moth trap contents from last night, complete with piccies. Made R @ B4m4l where food of usual high quality and company good; talk by AK was a little indulgent. Next into N4c4ll before starting preparations for trip to Vichy, including booking conference hotel the Aletti Palace for 6 nights at special discounted rate of €100 a nite: very large beds on offer to fancied ones!! Ordered book by Mazzola The Topos of Music for £81 from a German second-hand bookseller via Abe Books. Made G4g4s for nitecap where 5 of us out and the dynamic C on!! Keeping up the tradition this week: for instance 2moro sees C4c4l and BH4ra4s!! Spring is in the air: it's a gr8 time of year. lok2t beauties!!!!!

March 11th: quite a lot of record processing done today: completed visits 22/8 to local site (7150) and to Carterway Heads/Derwent Gorge on 9/7 (7110). Quite a lot bought at W4shop; food stocks back to normal now. Met Gr there who's a Grecians fan; can't see the Gulls in the league tables: where are they now? Heading for NLS is my inner view but didn't say that. Much milder today and put moth trap on; caught 8 insects of 6 types: 2 Oak Beauty 1  2, 2 Agonopterix heracliana 1  2, 1 Pale Brindled Beauty 1, 1 March Moth 1, 1 Chestnut 1, 1 Satellite 1. A pair of Tawny Owl were being very lovey-dovey nearby! Made G4g4s where 7 of us out for good crack. 2moro it's R @ B4m4s, N4c4ll and G4g4s. Sweet dreams!! lok2t beauties!!!!

Following on from 7/3, we visited a number of relatives on my father's side in the year following my father's death, some of whom I have difficulty placing, even after the family history studies. My mother was keen, as were the families visited, that the whole family accompany her, which we did, although elder sister and I were both at university. We visited Christchurch in Dorset (Jack Backhurst), Clifton in Bristol and Golders Green in London. The period of being strapped for cash didn't last long. The holder (paternal grandfather's mistress and accountant: frolics in the ledgers) of the protected tenancy in our Shaldon property at £39.50 a year, giving a £395 valuation, died. She left us some money, which my mother rather uncharitably said was conscience money, given to her temporarily by my grandfather to shield from taxes! Our solicitors 'kindly' set-up a new tenancy at a higher rent but still below market value (b.stards!); we refused this, insisted on vacant possession and sold it for 4k. The proceeds were partly used to redevelop our Teignmouth town house, which was over 4 levels, into an office to be let on the ground floor, a flat to be let on the first floor and a maisonette for our own occupation on the top 2 floors. With the resulting rental income, a shake-up in the investments and my mother returning to work, we were in recovery mode! My mother used to forward me all financial post for attention: her prospective financial leeches hated me. By age 24 I had quite a decent portfolio myself, around 3k, generally going for cyclical stocks at the low-end of the cycle (as now!). In the next 2 years my investments more than doubled to 7k as anticipated (as a chemist) the compulsory use of pt in car exhausts; that was enough to buy a house! I did buy a brand new white VW Beetle for 0.72k cash. But my motivations were changing …

March 10th: up at 06:00 to go for 07:19 train HEX-NCL. Good start as checking on web, that was cancelled: never trust an early train starting in CAR as there are no mechanics based there. So drove in to NCL station car-park which is a bargain at £8 per 24 hours over the weekend. Caught 08:25 NCL-KGX and then tube to Russell Square. Did 2 laps of square looking for Birkbeck College, which finally made at 12:15, not long to lunch! Mike and his wife Liz were already there. Workshop was Artificial Intelligence: Issues, Insights, Integration, hosted by the C-A-N (Christian Academic Network). So AI with a more social conscience than say from Silicon Valley. Quite a bashing for capitalism: kept FT well under wraps! Interested to see AI defined basically as algorithms (which perform rule-based conversion of input to output); while not too far off the mark, many would argue it's more sophisticated now with the ability for dynamic adaption as circumstances change. Workshop finished at 16:00 and M&E took me out for a very wholesome meal at the brasserie Tuttons in Covent Garden piazza. We had good chat over that, plotting the current year and perhaps a book. It's amazing how much you can get done face-to-face. Made KGX from Leicester Square, which was teeming, and caught 20:00 back to NCL, arriving supposedly at 23:04 but actually at 23:20 with wild drinkers delaying matters!! Our day was crowned by receiving this afternoon warm acceptance of our UNILOG music/CT presentation and abstract, as below (see 28/2 for submission). That's 2 chances to further our work in this area: Vichy and Baden-Baden; maybe it's the year of the spa! ANPA could well see CT&AI this year.

Dear Nick,

Re: UNILOG2018 Logic and Music Workshop, submission “Musical Performance: a Composition of Monads”

Everything is fine. Your talk is accepted for my workshop and Jean-Yves Beziau had already sent his OK regarding your second presentation.

I also sent him your abstract. To be on the safe side it would be great if you will send your abstract (LaTex-file) also to unilog2018@yandex.com (Arthur Buchsbaum).

Up to now we will have 9 presentations. You'll get more information by the end of March.

I look forward meeting you in Vichy!

Ingolf Max

Did not return to HEX: relaxed in appropriate surroundings!! Absolutely fantastic: we did very well: pity not every nite: she's so gorgeous: lok2tgrf!!!!!!!

March 9th: spring-like again at midday but rain by midnight. Made C4c4l as missing tomorrow and S4con with lift from L/N. Concert was a classic with Mozart's violin concerto 5 and symphony 36, Beethoven's Coriolan Overture and Bruch's Romance for viola as the programme and Julian Rachlin as conductor/soloist. very much enjoyed, particularly the string solos and Julian's strong rapport with the orchestra. Concert was recorded for Radio 3. Pleased to have EG as one of soloists in Spotlight. Dropped off at W4g4s for short chat to mates so not to bed unto 00:45. Funds +9k on week with bonds doing well; sold a few more equities which have rallied well. Have to be up early tomorrow for day trip to Birkbeck for AI, back on 20:00. lok2t beauties!!!!

March 8th: another grand sunny day! Completed processing the visit to Bywell on 23/8 (7151) and started in earnest on visit 22/8 to local site (7150), having labelled piccies and uploaded them to server. These site visits produce a wealth of data. Sad at EG and family's trials with cystic fibrosis, in latest FoRNS newsletter; have started a monthly donation of £10 (gift-aided) to research into the disease and living with it. HoN was packed and good fun: we had gr8 crack and atmosphere is much better than at the bigots'. 2moro going to S4con in evening for Mozart: after last Saturday's difficulties, getting lift there/back from N&L to HEX (who insist, at least once!). Will make N4c4l earlier. Saturday's plans remain positive!! lok2t beauties!!!!

March 7th: nice early spring day with plenty of bright sunshine and snow melting fast. Full day as expected. New specs, 2 pairs – varifocal clear and shaded, are brilliant; pleased put effort and money into new test, frames and lenses; SS have done very well!! At G4g4t met B who's facing a knee operation in 15 days; cannot drive for 6 weeks after that and doesn't think his partner will drive him to the pub to meet the lads; H was on! Made TC4m4s on train where film was Lady Bird; enjoyed this, had shades of my elder sister who was very rebellious at a Catholic convent and had a free transfer to Teignmouth Grammar School, cheered on by all, particularly as we couldn't afford the fees! My late partner went to the same convent, where she had many, many elocution lessons to banish her Wakefield accent (on her family's return from Yorkshire to Devon; I didn't know her then). Could relate to the family's struggle of just about clinging on to the middle class: the rebellious nature of Lady Bird (full film name, Christine McPherson) in the sedate Sacramento had a lot of humour as well as revealing the vast gulf between her aspirations, to go to a prestigious E coast college, and her parent's much more modest aims. Eventually she gets to a New York college and after much family aggro, her future looks more assured and family relationships more at ease. There's again some parallel here with my elder sister. She applied to Birmingham University to do biochemistry, all quite prestigious. We had a relation in the neighbourhood. She may well have got in anyway but this relation was Chairman of the University Governors -- Sir Evan Norton, a business man in office equipment -- knighted for charitable work for United Birmingham Hospitals. He was our 2nd cousin: paternal grandfather's twin-sister's (Rose (Rossiter) Norton) son. Lady Mildred Norton was around to smooth things over. The interview panel was Dr Norris, who was in the same year at Imperial College as my father, also doing Chemistry at the time. On my father's death the Nortons donated quite significant sums under covenant for a while to my mother and younger sister to help keep us afloat. The visit to Toon was very stimulating: she's so gorgeous: will come again: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! 2moro it's catch-up day, maybe N4c4l and certainly HoN4ra4s!! xxxxxx

March 6th: have uploaded and indexed the piccies for 23/8 (7151) so just need to add the records to the spreadsheet now. LAF meeting went well with 3 of us there: we developed a strategy for upgrading the RoWIP; I arrived by train as going that way later anyway. Earlier made N4c4l where gr8 2 c trhwso and tmeo!! Later made BH4ra4s where fond reunion with N, an old friend, who used to be bar manager at CH 4 weddings. The bar staff were a little incredulous: judge people by the company they keep!! Gr8 end to day: made up for lost time (and more!): she's amazing: lok2tmbo!!!!!!! Funds +4k in 1st 2 days of week on rally, particularly in bonds. Not convinced gain will hold as sentiment still nervous!! 2moro it's T4c4c with the computing gang, new specs fitting at SS, G4g4t, TC4m4s (beetle, train). xxxxxx

March 5th: business meeting at R was short, not enough activity! Sad to see L moving to another job, but will be good for her! Made C4c4ll with P for good chat. Wondered why road conditions improved so quickly yesterday. Saturday did evidently see lots of complaints going into the County Council from the 'Shire and other rural areas (from Tory voters in a Tory-run council). The result was an emergency plan to pay farmers £70 an hour/tractor to clear the rural roads. Hence dramatic change yesterday with many rural roads reopening. The Council, after a number of mild winters, had allowed their regular contracts with the farmers to lapse. I know someone who was in R&C in Slaley yesterday lunchtime, hearing that some of the farmers had made £840 per tractor overnight! Very pleased that the clearing was finally done. Should put a smile on the face of some farmers! Much later made G4g4s where very pleased to welcome N back for a day!! There were 6 of us out. So life back to normal!! 2moro it's postponed LAF WG1 meeting at Wylam in afternoon (by train), which chair, followed later by BH4ra4s!! Booked up for Debussy marathon on 16/3 at S: looks good!! lok2t beauties!!!!

March 4th: road opened with rise in temperature to 1C, some wet snow and a little light gritting. Went in at 21:30 to Co-op4shop and thought might as well pop into G4g4s 2 c the gang, where a new empowered bar lass on (J)!! Dense fog was main problem tonite but fortunately didn't meet anyone (or didn't think I did!). There was no milk or bread at store but didn't need those: stocked up on fresh fruit, cereals and soap powder. Earlier had grand supper of fish and chips from freezer (pollack, frozen chips and runner beans; pollack was best b4 Oct 17!). Spent ages today compiling dealing records from start of year, which were numerous with change in direction. Listened to some Sibelius, very appropriate in the conditions! There's been an influx of Fieldfare into the gardens of the 'Shire: quite desperate, stripping the berries of Cotoneaster simonsii and pecking the softer snow at the base of the house walls. 2moro it's R @ B4m4l, N4c4ll, G4g4s and Honey-buzzard/Red Kite records for 23/8 at Bywell. Suggestion for paper at Baden-Baden on Anticipation in Communication: The Example of the Cartesian Monad in Music has been accepted for presentation and as a 5-page publication. Baden-Baden is on the edge of the Black Forest – superb for raptors, including Honey-buzzard. This week hopefully back to normal: lok2t beauties!!!!

March 3rd: venturing out in car (tentatively!) at 12:30!! 12:45 got to Newbiggin, Houtley 'very difficult' according to experienced locals so didn't attempt it, will walk in (60 minutes) to HEX at 3.2 miles, go to C4c4l and get bus to NCL. Walk in was brisk, very little traffic until got to Slaley - Duke's House - Hexham road, which was perfect – all black, no snow/ice. Stayed quite a while at C4c4ll where both trhwso and tbld showed well!! Caught 85X bus HEX-NCL, which only took 45 minutes, similar to train (and free!). Train service was severely reduced by strikes. Made S4con early to have something to eat, including fruit and red wine for vitamin C! Read the racing pink (FT): more acceptance after looming tariff wars that we're in for a bumpy ride. Had offers from 2 couples of lift back to Hexham, but declined as had a prior engagement!! Concert started at 19:00 in concourse with world premier of Venetian Sky, conducted and composed by James Weeks, performed by RNS, chorus RNS and New Tyneside Orchestra. The conductor looked as if he was using semaphore to drive the piece; the sound made was grating but the overall effect with the performers scattered around the Concourse like a night sky was dramatic. The main piece of the evening was St Luke Passion by James Macmillan, which was first performed in Amsterdam in 2014. He was there! Bit worried by the section headings: Chapter 22, the 2nd, is what companies apply for in the US when bankruptcy looms to secure protection from their creditors. Hope it's not a premonition! This choral work was performed by RNS, Chorus of RNS, Quay Voices and Girl Choristers of Newcastle Cathedral. It was an exciting piece throughout, with some fantastic work by the timpanist Owain Williams. Maybe a little more variation in the tempo would have made it even more dramatic. Was though very pleased to have made the effort to hear this ultra modern piece. The composer was there and attendance good with much of Level 1 filled. There was also a good opportunity for the New Tyneside Orchestra to shine, performing Jennifer Higdon's Machine, premiered in 2000, and Arvo Pärt's Swansong, premiered in 2014. The Sage audiences are becoming much more receptive to modern music, which is to be very much welcomed! Made Br4rw4s and the 10 bus NCL-HEX taking 70 minutes, but at least it gives a reliable late exit so appreciated!! At HEX jumped into a taxi, saying Ordley, but after a while the driver lost his nerve in the rutted snow and deposited me at Newbiggin; gave him £12 for the £8 fare showing, as he had got me most of the way; the snow on the edge was over the top of the hedges in places. So walked the remaining mile, getting in at 01:00 (4/3); the light is amazingly clear with snow-covered ground; didn't need the torch at all. Quite an adventure: think the 'Shire is in the land of the Selfish Giant! It was a grand trip though: very pleased at the reunion: plenty to do: she's brill: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! 2moro will see how things go: cabin fever dealt with for a while so may take it easy; feeling a little stiff. xxxxxx

March 2nd: still marooned, but very little more snow and cleared car and area of drive around it. Started car engine and all neighbours appeared, saying “you're not going out!”. No, just getting things ready for tomorrow! Evidently there's a 1+ metre snow drift between Houtley and Loughbrow, which a snow crew tried to clear but the snow kept being blown in again. Some people trying to get into Hexham this morning evidently spent 5 hours wandering round the 'Shire, most of it stationary. As neighbour K, mother of 2 young children and Company Secretary to the Board of LON:VM, said: snow defines a lot: women try a journey and if it's impassable return home; men spend hours pointlessly trying to get around the obstruction! Hoping that drop in wind overnight and tomorrow morning will enable the crews to pay more attention to the country roads! Stores beginning to run low with last of dessert fruit – 2 plums and a Kiwi fruit – consumed today and lemon, for tea, down to ½ a fruit. Do have some items in the freezer of uncertain provenance! Played safe with 2 poached egg and beans on toast tonite. That cold was funny; have shaken it off; not sure whether it was the meal in MP or the workout!! Seriously it may have been residual pollution from London giving chest problems. So plan tomorrow is to try to reach HEX early afternoon and CAL-NCL late afternoon to go to S4con. But cannot promise anything!! Completed processing the trip to Dotland on 25/8 (7153). Next up is trip to Bywell on 23/8 (7151). Another downward leg on correction this week with FTSE -2.4% on week and -8.0% on year. Own funds remained in the green at +1k but losing most of gain from Tuesday. Gain on year is 18k after 6.5k of withdrawals. Had good results from PFG and PFC this week and cautious move of large amounts to short-dated bonds is holding funds up relatively well. Hope to be less of a hermit soon: lok2t beauties!!!!

March 1st: snow reached 35cm around 10:00 but seemed much the same by dusk although difficult to measure now as the strong breeze has caused drifting. This is below the 45cm on 3/12/2010. The road was still open in December 2010 but the snow built up over a longer period in that spell and it was less windy. The wind is keeping the snow crews stuck on the main roads with significant drifting. Hoping that road will re-open on Saturday morning as wind drops so can make C4c4l and W4shop followed by S4con. No quick thaw is in prospect: March looks as if it might rival 2013 when was in Cape Verde: one of the coldest March in the last 100 years. See from electricity generation on GridWatch that wind is doing well at 20-25%, much the same as coal, which is being flogged to save natural gas: no other country relies almost entirely on JIT for such an important commodity. JIT was of course responsible for KFC's problems and probably with there being too many heavy lorries out in the snow.

Got back to Honey-buzzard/Hobby records, completing the processing of the fantastic visit to Towsbank (7149, 23 raptors of 6 types) on 20/8 with a brood of 3 Hobby (2 female, 1 male) confirmed. Started on 25/8 visit to Dotland (7153). So that's a bonus. Favourite film at present is The Shining, one of Jack Nicholson's best, where his role was that of a writer trying to use a prolonged stay in an upland hotel in Colorado in the close season to get back to creative ways: well the snow came and he didn't!! Hoping to press on with last season's records, perhaps moving to complete any with Red Kite so can produce another annual total. Missing greatly the empowered ones : wish they were here: lok2t beauties!!!!!!

February 28th: up to 30cm of snow now with temperature outside -6C, wind chill -13C. A photo taken at dusk is here: difficult to believe I did have the car out yesterday! Forecast to continue snowing steadily until Saturday morning after which it becomes stable around freezing point with light snow. Thinking about missed opportunities. Will make up: lok2t beauties!!!!!! Have completed some tasks on CT. Ensured all final changes in ANPA papers were reflected across all of my directories. Submitted abstract to UNILOG 2018 in Logic and Music tutorial:

Musical Performance: a Composition of Monads

Nick Rossiter & Michael Heather, Department of Computer Science and Digital Technologies, Northumbria University, UK.

Much work has been done on computer representations of music at the physical level. Developments such as K-nets by Klumpenhouwer and Lewin provide a way for representing transformations from one pitch-class to another. Category theory should facilitate the development of a logical approach to music, which can be mapped into one of the physical approaches for implementation. Towards this aim Mazzola and Andreatta developed the idea of a category of directed graphs (objects = notes or chords, edges = music operations such as transposition), as a topos-based approach for a description of the music, ultimately delivering the generalised PK-net with the concepts of form and support. PK-nets enable heterogeneous collections of musical objects to be naturally compared and manipulated as described by Popoff, Andreatta and Ehresmann [1].

The work to be presented builds on that developed for information systems, taking up the challenge of a testing application for the Cartesian monad approach to universal design [2]. A principal aim is to capture the performance of music as a communication between the musicians and the audience using the categorial construction of a monad. In this respect the monad, a term originally used by Leibniz, presents a musical performance as a composition over time signatures, with adjointness between each step: the monad looking backwards and then forwards and its associated comonad looking forwards and then backwards. The physical characteristics of the notes in each time-frame are complex, so it is necessary to use a strong Cartesian monad, facilitating the representation of each time-frame as a product. The monad is process, handling dynamic aspects. The category upon which the monad operates is a topos holding relatively static information such as the players, the score and the venue, together with the relationships between them. The topos is far from totally static with its arrows facilitating flexibility in all information held, including relationships; the topos is also searchable through the subobject classifier. There is no assumption of any particular musical genre. Such a categorial framework could be implemented in a functional programming language such as Haskell, under the control of a scripting language such as Forth, as employed in the Blockchain method.

References:

1. A. Popoff, M. Andreatta, and A. Ehresmann, A Categorical Generalization of Klumpenhouwer Networks, Mathematics and Computation in Music: 5th International Conference, MCM 2015, 303-314 (2015).

2. N. Rossiter, M. Heather & M. Brockway, Monadic Design for Universal Systems, ANPA 37-38 (2018). In press http://nickrossiter.org.uk/process/anpa2016.pdf

February 27th: wind swung E today with massive fetch from Siberia (Beast of the East, surely not racist!). Level snow rose to 6cm overnight and is now at 14cm after heavy showers since dusk. Drove into Hexham at 15:30 in the sunshine and went to N4c4t. tmeo looked good!! Visited Specsavers at 16:30 as lost glasses on KLM flight and anyway thought short sight needed attention. No problem, you can be tested now! Physical eyes were evidently very good with clear optic nerve, no signs of disease and a reduction in the slight cataract in the right eye from last time. But a little more long-sighted as expected so given new prescription. Chose some new frames and 'free' sunglasses, both varifocal. SA was very smart: reducing £481 to £238 in a few clicks, which was what I paid. Got out and snow was falling heavily. Things were bad as early as Kings Mews with a layer of ice on the road. Managed to get past the stranded cars there and headed out on Slaley Road as Loughbrow would surely be blocked. Managed to make top with a lot of slip and twist, only car up there (no tracks) and crawled down to the Lamb Shield road and went along it. This road had not been treated at all and was a lot easier to drive on as it was just packed snow, not ice. Problem is steep bank at end down to Newbiggin on which at 2mph went from side to side praying. More trouble by Newbiggin Hall with another queue of cars. Squeezed by those and got home after 30 minutes sweat. Road appears to be totally blocked now. It is an advantage if you drove at Haltwhistle in the bad winters of the 1970s; you cannot go too slowly uphill: you've got to keep up the momentum; downhill take it very easy. Sadly not out later and looks uncertain until at least Thursday night; expecting 25cm level snow by dawn (28/2) and the start of drifting as the wind picks up. By Thursday afternoon (1/3) could have 40-50cm.

In response to invitation, submitted title for Baden-Baden conference Intersymp (30/7 – 3/8): “Anticipation in Communication: The Example of the Cartesian Monad in Music”. Will need a title for ANPA 39 in Hampshire from 13/8-17/8 as well. Also communicating with Devon M over the UNILOG submission; he's sent me a template for our workshop in the music section. We're going to an AI workshop at Birkbeck, London, on 10/3. Going to a concert with N the nite before; plan is to go home on last train, catch early train next morning NCL-KGX (08:25), late one back (20:00) and stay in NCL on return!! Not going to Faro this March: want to spend more money on other pursuits!! Funds +6k so far this week, mainly on rise in PFG bonds (Provident Finance) as the company announced a rights issue to raise equity to better cover its debt obligations; they were only bought 2 weeks ago. lok2t beauties!!!!

February 26th: cold NW wind today but fairly dry until came out of G when a spell of moderate snow for about an hour. Pleased 2 c opera logistics C on; she's off to Israel next to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem! Earlier made W4shop, getting 4 days of supplies, just in case, b4 making N4c4l where S was on! Another S came up to clean at 21:45 when going out to G: she thought might be difficult to get out on Wednesday afternoon. Postponed a meeting 2moro morning of WG1 of LAF in Wylam as weather outlook uncertain; would rather do some work on document at home than skid around the countryside. 2cm of snow by 01:30 (27/2) settling on everything: will be very pretty in the morning. House is lovely and warm. Feel like hibernating: will play everything by ear: lok2t beauties!!!!

February 25th: evidence for mtDNA results include 1) NR's personal report for his full mtDNA coding (HVR-1, HVR-2, Coding Region) giving clade T, immediate subclade T2 and terminal subclade T2b13a; 2) extracts from Appendices 2,3 in NR's report giving populations with T2>7% in Europe and Asia (hotspots), sorted in descending order on T2; 3) background information with references/extracts on T haplogroup and on non-Ashkenazi Jews, particularly the Persian Jews and the Mizrahi of Israel.

Met N at S4con; PD was superb, playing Scriabin Sonata 2, Ravel Miroirs, Schumann Abegg Variations, Mozart Sonata 1, Schubert Sonata in A major. He played for about 2 hours with no scores in sight! Liked the Schubert and the Ravel best. In terms of changing musical tastes over the past year, my growing enthusiasm for Schubert's small-scale works is remarkable; his darkness and vigour really appeal. We went to MP4m4t where normal good food and service! There were some gr8 highlights: very warm: she's beautifully intense: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! Later made G4g4s where met P, after trip to Oz, and the rest of the gang for good crack!! 2moro it's N4c4l and G4g4s, maybe skipping R @ HA4m4s. xxxxxx

February 24th: mtDNA research took ages. The story's still unfolding but the backbone, ancient line, is clade T, immediate subclade T2 and terminal subclade T2b13a. Think the subclade T2 is a good one to use for research in distribution as there's a lot of work on populations over Europe and Asia at this level. Although T2 is widely distributed in Europe at low levels, that is thought to be from sporadic movements from the Near-East into Europe. The top 3 areas are non-Ashkenazi Jews in Iraq and Iran and Pas Valley, northern Spain, with 18.3-20.0% of these populations being in subclade T2. The Spanish hotspot probably relates to a single population move giving a significant minority population who inter-married. My tentative picture is arrival from Iran/Iraq in the 17th century to the eastern Baltic, where the family were merchants, with Sarah Jane Dashper aka Yelena Dashevsky moving to Plymouth in the mid-19th century. So that makes my maternal ancestors Mizrahi (from the east!). Still work in progress and a lot of reliance on statistics but very satisfying to get this far!! My daughter may be amazed!! My late wife appears to have been right though she thought this ancestry would be found on the male side!! 2moro it's HEX-NCL c13:30, concert with N, MP4m4t and back well b4 Cinderella time, which is ridiculously early c20:30. C4c4l was gr8 with trhwso and tbld on form!! lok2t beauties!!!!

February 23rd: sorting out UNILOG at the moment with abstract to be submitted tomorrow. Do expect to get back to visit to Honey-buzzard site at Towsbank 2moro (at last!) and draft my mtDNA findings, which are a surprise. Made N4c4l and gr8 2 c tmeo!!! Today made N4c4t and W4g4s, where 4 of us out for good crack! Funds rallying well this week at +7k, making +17k on year after 6.5k of withdrawals. Since the swift correction, have increased holdings of short-term bonds substantially and planning to keep these. But in last 2 days, have moved over 100k of cash back into oil and mining stocks as oil shortage becomes more obvious and PoO rises. It's a traders' market at present! Going to concert with N at S with PD as performer, followed by MP4m4t. Hope iT went well!! 2moro it's C4c4l and catch-up. Battling some catarrh bug, almost certainly a London export, and high wind chill doesn't help but think I'll see it off!! lok2t beauties!!!!

February 22nd: updated Yellow-legged Gull web page with IGM presentation. Might get back to Honey-buzzard 2017 season soon! Think music paper at UNILOG workshop and title of paper for a conference in Baden Baden in early August are new priorities. Took car into KF for new battery fitting: cost £57 including battery 45, fitting 10, disposal 2. No problems today: computing mates said it was the obvious thing to do as an old battery with reduced impedance (pressure) will cause the ECU (electronic control unit) to ditch a device, to protect the core system. We will see! HASS are putting on 2 shows at QH in HEX next year, instead of 1; planning to increase my sponsorship. It's gr8 to help such ventures!! 2moro it's N4c4l and W4g4s and catch-up on a variety of things. lok2t beauties!!!!!

Should comment on the University pensions conflict: entirely with my colleagues in the universities concerned; the pension is the most attractive part of the total remuneration package. My pension is with the new universities, as Northumbria was my last employer. They are not involved in the dispute. Against advice I transferred in 2002, on moving to unn as Reader, the whole of my pension fund at USS, then 360k, to the TPS (which includes the school-teachers); this scheme is funded out of current government income so can never have a deficit. It's all funny money: the £6.1bn deficit quoted for the USS scheme would vanish in a few years if interest rates rose to more normal levels so attack by the employers looks to be opportunistic; the quote of that figure is to cause alarm; there are plenty more projections which are less alarming. The 'suits' are going to have to retreat. Already Oxbridge lecturers are moving quickly to remove their many institutions' hitherto-secret support for the pension reductions. Each Oxbridge college had one vote on the employer's preparations, the same as entire major northern universities such as Manchester, Liverpool and NCL.

February 21st: making G4g4t and TC4m4s, latter off HEX-NCL, going to a minority film! Car's steering back to normal so fault intermittent it appears; might be problem with battery, which is 7.5 years old from new and showing signs of ageing in other respects so going to KF 2moro for a new one to be fitted. Have had a valuation on car (£1440 initial quote from wbac) and looked briefly at nearly new ones, such as Ford Focus on PCP (1.5 TDCi 120 ST-Line Navigation 5d diesel; monthly payment £229, deposit £700, term (months) 48); RRP is £22,265 so some decent discount; think there's a cliff-edge at the end but good for current cash flow; in cities diesel cars are very bad for pollution but I'm a country boy! VW are out as they no longer have a franchise in HEX. Will play it by ear!! Have submitted to IGM organiser the talk given last week as report (ppt) on Azores visit, presented at IGM 2018, held in Ruse, Bulgaria, on 11th February. It's been quickly posted on the IGM 2018 Presentations official record at http://www.talk.gull-research.org/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=1198, a page of the Gull Research Organization.

Had good chat with B at G4g4t and always gr8 to have H on!! Then into NCL on train, making TC4m4s and watching film Loveless (нелюбящий), a Russian film, set in Moscow, with English subtitles. More people in the audience than expected. The title refers to the very sad son of a couple who are in the middle of a tempestuous divorce. However, there's plenty of love between the 2 divorcees and their new partners with some pretty salacious s.x scenes!! And the scenes of the Moscow in-crowd are very cool! Not sure I'd want to live in an apartment there though; endless apartment blocks seem to be a feature of eastern Europe. It also snows throughout the whole film and we hardly see any sunshine (think that actually happened in December 2017). The divorcing couple are forced to interrupt their diversions after their son, aged 12, goes missing, presumed a runaway but theories such as kidnapped are also raised. A tremendous search takes place but at the end we still don't know his fate. Films without closure are in vogue at the moment. Almost too late for last train but never mind as there was the last bus. So all worked out brilliantly in the end with satisfaction all-round: harmony sustained: she's so lovely: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! xxxxxx

February 20th: pretty chaotic journey back with fatality at Hitchin at 11:20 testing East Coast's efficiency. Was booked on 12:30 to NCL but had decided to come back on 11:30 to EDB to get some things done at home. Well was sitting on 11:30 when it was cancelled, 12:00 was over-flowing and 12:30 to NCL was cancelled; 13:00 to EDB did run normally but EC tried to run the original reservation system for that train, which caused chaos. Like many NCL passengers I got a seat and refused to give it up, quoting 'duty of care' to some aggressive EC staff; did say I would accept an upgrade to first or compensation, after which they retreated! Anyway15 minutes later an announcement was made that the reservations could not be enforced, that customers should be flexible and Virgin staff would help anyone find a seat! Common sense ruled! Felt much better after return to NCL at 16:02: gr8 welcome from the lovely grf!!!! Managed to get house sorted and final corrections submitted for Monadic Design paper to editor; also started final changes on gull ppt. Made BH4ra4s where friendly atmosphere!! Final reunion was a long one: very intense: she's so gorgeous: lok2tmbo!!!!!!! Solid yellow warning light for steering came on on crate at pub; will investigate and locate Kwik-fit insurance documents (for major repairs, see 5/10) before taking it in; steering is very heavy; no definite plans for 2moro; could be as simple as new battery required or as complex as new car!! Funds rallying a bit at +5k, mainly on ENQ's report; lack of bounce in rally on markets generally and severe punishment for any report less than satisfactory are not good signs for the bulls. xxxxxx

February 19th: off on 65 bus from EAL to Ham Parade, where met daughter and the girls (S/I) for tea; later M arrived and we had supper, with a few g, watching Man City crash out of the FA Cup to Wigan. Great to see them all!! Good operations update today from ENQ at http://www.londonstockexchange.com/exchange/news/market-news/market-news-detail/ENQ/13537136.html. Boosted both equity, where holding halved to 73k at book price of 17.4p after trading it, and bonds where large holding increased last week and major running profit looking good!! Off from EAL 2moro morning, exiting KGX c11:30 on way back. Looking forward to seeing everyone again: lok2t beauties!!!!

February 18th: had walk at Black Park, where in mild, grey, calm weather, had 3 Common Buzzard (1 in full display) and 4 Red Kite (one pair), plus a calling Chiffchaff. A bumblebee was flying around at Perivale, presumably hibernating in a house and released when refuge warming up. We met at Cozzo Caffe in Whitecross Street, Barbican: very good value, had piazza napoletana! There were 3 of us out: me, elder sis, my son. Concert by LSO at Barbican was very impressive, including works by Prokofiev and Richard Strauss. The former's Violin Concerto 2 was played by Leonidas Kavakos from Athens; very precise and well controlled throughout particularly in the slow movement but he brought the performance to life with a sparkling last movement, which had a Spanish flavour! He played an encore with the Leader, surely not pre-planned! Strauss' Alpine Symphony was fantastic if you're a Wagnerian, composed for an orchestra of 123+ with plenty of brass; thought it owed quite a lot to Rheingold but that wasn't a bad thing; the opening was quite similar to the start of the Ring!! Strauss is less subtle than Wagner and does not explore issues to the same depth. Might write to the AD affirming support for the Festival. 2moro it's visit to inspect family on the 65 bus! But return imminent: lok2t beauties!!!!!

February 17th: party day! S, 3 today, had main present of bike from parents. We all went out to Bocketts Farm, a farm for kids near Leatherhead in Surrey from 11-5 so full day with lunch, plenty of activities for kids, tea, a pig race, pony rides! There were 10 of us altogether, all the close relatives of S. T was not well, having nasty flu-type bug and left early: she probably shouldn't have come but good to meet her again. Had a Red Kite fly over the farm as it was emptying fast and a Common Buzzard glide over the M25 shortly after joining it. Big sis, son and I went to Indian restaurant in Pitshanger in evening, where masses of Biryani in my meal, poppadoms, side dishes, Kingfisher! So this is not a long trip with business as usual next week; family want to see latest DNA results so sending them out and will post them here. 2moro sees walk in Chilterns plus Italian meal and concert at Barbican. lok2t beauties!!!!

February 16th: journey all worked out well with train/UG on time NCL-EAL. Managed complete read-though of Monadic Design paper, all 34pp; still to compile the few modifications into intelligible form for the editor. Then visited a local bookshop to get presents/card for S/I! Birthday celebrations are tomorrow. Staying with elder sister with son joining us later; he'd been to a concert at Wigmore Hall where Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin) and Polina Leschenko (piano) were playing. We're going to Barbican in a couple of days. Calmer week for funds at -4k; have sold 400k+ over last 2 weeks and re-invested in short-term bonds or left as cash. As they say: when everything is going perfectly, then the next stage will not be going so well! Still have potential for rises in some areas but looking for consolidation after the past 2 brilliant years. This week's change included a withdrawal of 0.5k after 0.5k to S's JISA and 0.375k to RNS for quarterly sponsorship of EG, both of which of course very happy to pay. Change on year is +10k after withdrawal of 6.5k. lok2t beauties!!!!

February 15th: pretty wild send-off from NCL!!! Assembled all materials for final check of Monadic Design on train. Went to see The Mercy at TC late show. Very poignant film, not just for the tragic scenario but also for the many shots and memories of Teignmouth. The film's worth seeing just for the great acting of Colin Firth as the doomed yachtsman Donald Crowhurst and of Rachael Weisz, as his wife Clare, who throughout has tears in her eyes as she senses the inevitable failure of the voyage. Her performance was really moving! Rather too many shots of Teignmouth Pier for my liking perhaps, off which my father fell into the rough cold sea in February 1963 taking weather readings during repairs to the structure. HSE is often mocked but isn't all bad. Stay at hotel was brilliant: must come some more: we have a gr8 understanding: she's absolutely gorgeous: lok2tgrf!!!!!!!! xxxxxx

February 14th: hope the day went well for the fancied ones!! Met M at T4c4c for good chat but no CT. Continued getting place straight after week away. Made G4g4t where met B/S; took S to R&C at Slaley where met J/S; a longer time out than expected; good catch-up with S on birds of prey and gossip on local birders! Both pubs were packed. Very raw strong E wind today with little bits of snow not settling at home but doing so readily above 250m in the 'Shire. Had 2 Common Buzzard: 1 in my field at home eating a rabbit (balance of nature!), surrounded by 4 Magpie, and 1 high-up over Loughbrow, on way to Hexham. 2moro it's HEX-NCL a little b4 16:00, TC4m4s and no return!! lok2t beauties!!!!

February 13th: read through our 38 pp paper, giving it a close proof-read and submitted c10 corrections back to editor so hopefully this one sorted: Michael Heather & Nick Rossiter, Formal Representation of Process & Reality in the Metaphysical Language of Category Theory: Whitehead's Relational Theory of Space, ANPA 37/38, St John's College, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire, UK (2018). Will proof-read the monad paper tomorrow. Cold again today, similar to Bulgaria, and birds very hungry on the replenished feeders; both my sets of neighbours have stopped feeding them, quite sad really. Uploaded piccies from Bulgaria and will publish some next week; ones of the tip have come out well! Did make BH4ra4s at the bell so ordered a couple to not miss out! Made proposals early-on on vd: sorry, no card but there was a message: she's captivating: lok2tmbo!!!!!!! 2moro it's T4c4c with M and G4g4t with B. TC is on Thursday nite when going 2 c The Mercy, a film showing the dark events surrounding Donald Crowhurst in his ill-fated attempt to win a yacht race around the world. His boat was the Teignmouth Electron with much of the action shot in my home town Teignmouth in Devon. The story is set c1969 when I was very much up with events in the town. It's not a happy tale with far too many b.stards in the town! You'd never believe how many swindlers my family had to deal with after the death of my father through the 1960s. But by 1969 the family finances had been restored through property deals and successful share purchases and my mother had married again, to the other optician in town! I had started work in Oxford. Own funds are more stable, down a bit by 2k, a follow-on from last week in OEIC prices, which are usually 2 days in arrears. xxxxxx

February 12th: took a while getting back but all in proper order. Up at 05:30 local time (03:30 GMT), caught Pegasus minibus at 07:00 for OTP where had 3 hours to wait; spent that having breakfast and modifying a few of the middle slides in the IGM presentation; pleased to see money laundering monitoring at OTP as changed 40 Bulgarian Lev (£18) into 80 Romanian Leu (£16) to buy 2 coffee, 1 orange juice and a croissant; had to produce passport and the lady had to fill in a form of ½ page; still she was smiling! Longer look at Romania showed how Italian they are in some respects; not a bad thing! It was a little worrying that the status of our flight KL1374 remained a mystery with a blank on the screen but had spotted that it had arrived from their web page and then the crew turned up; it left a little late at 14:00 (GMT+1) but arrived a little early at AMS; the NCL flight was almost on time getting in at 16:55 GMT. All the KLM flights were well patronised which they deserved through their drive, efficiency and charm. Have a similar journey with KLM to Budapest in June for the Wagner Festival. Caught Metro into central NCL and then train to HEX. That was slow as had meal at VctCmt. Always gr8 to have a welcome: really appreciated: she's so moving: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! Got home, lit fire, emptied suitcase into washing machine and backed up all changed computer files from the trip, including the presentation. 2moro it's N4c4l, bit of shopping, uploading all piccies from trip and BH4ra4s, plus responding to editor on final modifications to our 2 ANPA papers and final work on Azores presentation at IGM. Further thought on IGM: my hair was just average length, unlike with stuffy R!! xxxxxx

February 11th: lazy day, up late, had a look around the town and parks, recording some more good calls from the City Hall with its gull colony up to 60 adult, mostly michahellis with the rest cachinnans. There was a covering of snow today in very raw weather. Had tea and dinner at hotel with 2 other gullers from UK. 2moro up early before breakfast followed by minibus, to catch KL1374/KL0963. Will be at NCL by ttime if all goes well!! Back in town for a few days!! Will then be sedentary for a while. Looking forward to seeing the beauties again!!!! xxxx

February 10th: talk went well, Azorean atlantis is a hot topic; had 30 minutes and used all of that; great strides have been made in establishing the identity of atlantis since the last IGM attended in 2012. It is now accepted that c20% of atlantis have less black in the wing-tip than claimed historically. Also we've reduced a chaotic situation to 2-3 main forms: lusitanius, southern atlantis, Azorean atlantis, with a fast-moving genetic situation restricted to the Atlantic-Mediterranean intersection area where my studies in the field show what is going on. On the Atlantic coasts southern atlantis and lusitanius breed up to 50 km from Tanger and Tarifa respectively on cliffs and buildings; michahellis is invading from the Mediterranean, breeding on marismas, dunes and industrial sites; there is a narrow area around Gibraltar and Estepona where intergrades appear. We had dinner to close event at Chiflika, a traditional Bulgarian restaurant; plenty of dancing and music including a wild fiddler! Food was very tasty and traditional. Great chat with much enthusiasm about IGM2018; I've been to a number of IGMs, in Portugal, Poland, Croatia plus Bulgaria, making 4. Next one is in Basque country at Bilbao in 3 years time, so Atlantic gulls should feature well. Agreed to swap information with Juan (see 9/2). Boosted my field reputation earlier: a number of us were looking for a Peregrine of Siberian form from the balcony of the hotel. I picked it up some way off and identified it first as it screamed around the buildings looking for an easy Feral Pigeon kill. 2moro will be taking it easy before departure with another early start looming. много целувки на красавиците: те са прекрасни ... Николас Росзитър

February 9th: out to the Ruse rubbish dump from 08:00-11:00. We didn't stay any longer as although it was sunny there was a biting moderate breeze and the gulls refused to settle for any time; the dogs were impressive, a few look like wolves; evidently Jackals are the main predator in the wild, acting cleverly in packs. We had a lot of talks today running from 14:00-22:00 so studied hard. Gull id is a very difficult problem but we're making progress and it's all very challenging. The timetable has been altered a bit but think I'm on tomorrow evening with a few talks left for Sunday morning. One speaker Juan Arizaga from Basque country in Spain reported on genetic studies on the entire range of Atlantic Yellow-legged Gull; it agrees almost entirely with the classification system coming out of my results: very encouraging!! An amazing week for markets ended with a correction of 10% being done on Wall Street in a record 6 days. Ftse was down 4.7% on week, 7.7% on year. Own funds finished down 19k on the week, under 2%, with fall since Tuesday restricted to 4k; most of the earlier loss occurred on Monday morning as sold a number of falling shares. Continuing to be cautious but will buy some short-term bonds if situation stabilises. Gain on year is 14k after 6k of withdrawals. Return not so long: lok2t beauties!!!! xxxxxx

February 8th: did make Danube at lunchtime: amazingly wide, lots of barges doing nothing, plenty of cachinnans, Caspian Gull, flying around (64 total, 47 adult, rest mostly 1w) + 9 Black-head Gull adult and a Mediterranean Gull adult. Star was 3 Dalmatian Pelican, new species. Did lots more work on gull paper, here's v0.9 pdf. Finally made opening of meeting at 19:00: gr8 to meet up with so many mates from 2012: they all remembered me!! We were supposed to see some formal gull photo shots but never materialised and the great brains of the gull world tucked into the buffet, beer and wine before retiring wounded at 23:30. Seriously was a gr8 social event and floated some ideas from my Azores paper with some of the * with encouraging response. Must say the admin asst looked so much like the meo that was a little nonplussed: didn't know she had Bulgarian ancestry!! 2moro sees up at 06:30, breakfast at 07:00 and * attraction of the week: visit to the Ruse rubbish dump, complete with feral dogs!! Wish you were here: lok2t beauties!!!!

February 7th: quite a journey: up at 04:30 in hotel; 06:00 KL0952 NCL-AMS; 09:20 KL1373 AMS-OTP (Bucharest); 15:30 OTP-RUSE by minibus; arrive 18:00; taxi to hotel Dunav Plaza, arrive 18:20. Time difference is GMT+1 to Amsterdam, GMT+2 to BUC so journey time from getting up was 11 hours 50 mins. And 4 countries visited: England, Holland, Romania, Bulgaria, last 2 for 1st time. Bucharest looked a bit ramshackle with lots of apartment blocks in poor condition; Ruse looks in better state and hotel Dunav (Danube) Plaza is high standard with good facilities, including WiFi. We crossed the Danube at the border: it was massive. They use the Cyrillic script in Bulgaria, not so bad if you're into maths because some of it is similar to Greek. Soon found out that Бира is Bira (beer) with ρ being rho (r) in Greek! Also Π is pi (p) in Greek. Ruse is Pyce in Cyrillic. It's useful to know both forms as sometimes they only give the Cyrillic one. But some of it is not so obviously in Greek as for instance и, which evidently is close to the Greek i (iota). Had meal in the hotel; meeting starts tomorrow evening so chance to explore the Danube area beforehand. Had 6 Kestrel around Bucharest, including a pair displaying. Max today was 8C with showers but sunshine and 11C are promised in next 2 days. Missing the fit ones already: lok2t beauties!!!!

February 6th: very busy on Azores gull presentation: made good progress: up to v0.5!! Submitted at last: Nick Rossiter & Michael Heather, The Monad in Process-Relational Systems, 11th IWC, Azores, July 2017, 30pp (2018). pdf . Really pleased with that; section organiser and editor seems happy with it and has passed it on to the editor-in-chief for inclusion in the proceedings. Next task is to get the Unilog abstracts for the workshops sorted. Amazing start of week on the markets with the ftse losing not only this year's gain but also last year's, down 4.1% on week (2 days) and 7.1% on year. I've cheated by selling a lot, building up cash of around 250k, but am still down 15k on first 2 days. On year though remain in +ve territory, up 19k, even after 7k of withdrawals. I think upside is limited from here so taking a cautious approach, pursuing for instance short-dated bonds, maturing 2021-2022. Have traded ENQ so book price now 21p. Completely sold PFC, RDSA, BP, partially sold PKGLON and ENQ but bought some back of latter today. Did have a fond farewell before leaving: plenty of pent-up energy and desire: she's gorgeous: lok2tgrf!!!! Writing this at Britannia Hotel, near runway, for 06:00 KL0952. xxxxxx

February 5th: pretty frantic day, preparing package for Whitehead submission with all figures labelled and supplied separately; wrote ½ of gull talk including the more technical slides, really just need to add a lot of piccies now of the AYLG and their nesting sites; attended 1 hour long YEDT meeting at B4R and I've been asked to explore feelings of last year's partners on a re-run in early July 2018. No let up 2moro but some space emerging once I get away. Think I need a logistics manager: it's Tuesday nite on the runway: may have a meal in toon but not up late as it's a desperately early start. KLM have sent me a check-in invitation. My clock runs from 02:00-09:30 for sleep: a creature of the nite!! Next midweek will actually be back to normal and so will the next one! lok2t beauties!!!!

February 4th: closing part of BF today with Aviv Quartet playing Schubert SQ 14, Haas SQ 2, Bradley Special Commission. Schubert's piece is often called Death and the Maiden and is harsh and violent in places but with a beautiful andante. Pavel Haas is another of the Czech composers who carried on composing after being taken into a camp. His work struck me as rather melancholy but with upbeat passages including the last movement with its use of percussion, played today by Jan Bradley. The last piece was written for the BF by Jan Bradley: it had amazing variety with deft touches. The Aviv Quartet were amazing with such high quality and feeling; very pleased that they were recruited for the final night; the viola player was really in the limelight! Earlier went to the N American music: loved Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and all of Bernstein's West Side Story; maybe not so keen on some of Gershwin's songs from musicals. Later it was party time at S and in darkest Jesmond: great company and atmosphere: warm glow by all was richly deserved: it was a great festival!! Ended up in taxi to CP where car was a block of ice: home by 02:15: neighbours are going to talk!! 2moro it's R @ B4m4l followed by meeting on YEDT and maybe G4g4s much later. To make upcoming travel more pleasurable, have booked a hotel on NCL runway for Tuesday nite and the more regular one on Thursday week!!! Someone's looked terrific the last 2 days!!!! lok2t beauties!!!!

February 3rd: into GHD for afternoon at Shipley Art Gallery for The Strange Passenger, part 3 of the BF, focusing on works of Viktor Ullmann (1898-1944). It's a good venue with a decent performing area, plenty of side rooms and obviously supportive staff. Viktor was an active composer and pianist at the Theresienstadt concentration camp but was eventually transferred to Auschwitz where he was killed in the gas chambers. The programme for me highlighted the sombre, defiant mood of the composer, both before and after he was moved to the camp. Thought PH was brilliant as the actor for the poems, which interleaved the music: he had great presence! Six Sonnets were sung very powerfully by JH; we had 2 piano sonatas well played by YK, all rounded off in style by 4 members of the RNS (BC, SR, JS, GW) playing SQ op. 46. It was good to see such great support by members of the AD's family and was delighted to meet them all!! 2moro evening sees the closing part 4 of the BF in H2 @ S, preceded in afternoon by New York New York in H1 @ S with music by Gershwin and Bernstein performed by RNS. From the sublime to the ridiculous: spent 3 hours from 00:00-03:00 (4/2) analysing the wing-tip patterns from photographs of c50 adult AYLG on the Azores from my March 2012 trip, which lasted 3 weeks. Results are as expected with the Azores birds showing more black and less white in the primary feathers than any other form of YLG but the differences are significant only at the population level, with overlap in features on an individual basis. Well at least that gives me something to talk about in Ruse and piccies are very clear! It's now 03:48: time for bed after a gr8 day!! lok2t beauties!!!!

February 2nd: completed Whitehead read-through: submitting it tomorrow evening; must also write AYLG talk, at least the text, for Ruse; can sort out piccies later if take them on a stick but need to do a little analysis on features such as 1y wing-tip pattern found in Azores. Tarmac people didn't come: think it's a dodgy offload from another contract. W4g4s was good with 5 of us out for good chat!! 2moro it's CP-GHD for BF in afternoon: looking forward to hearing the Ullmann and the poetry!! lok2t beauties!!!!

Worst week for markets in a long time and IMHO it's serious with 10-year bond yield in US up to 2.80%; 666 fall (people have rounded it that way, for some reason!) today on Dow is colossal with ugly precedents; ftse is down 2.90% on week and 3.18% on year; German market is lowest since September. While hanging on through latest frothy rise, made a note that would reduce holdings quickly if markets appeared to be topping. So own funds ended week -15k or c-1.3% (after being -10k by Tuesday) but still +34k on year to date. Cash is at 172k after taking knife to holdings, particularly the large multinational oil companies, US gold companies and remaining U holdings. Not planning significant re-investment for a while: so many things look expensive, and may sell more next week. Bursting of Bitcoin bubble is blamed by some for extent of fall with investors in cryptocurrencies facing margin calls or being wiped out (and eliminated).

February 1st: made progress on Towsbank 20/8, indexing piccies of the Honey-buzzard; see there are 2 juvenile, a very weak flying one (maiden flight probably) and a stronger one, so raises result here from 1+ to 2; have altered home page summary accordingly. Have identified and labelled the insects so almost there for this one day! Completed the Whitehead but decided to read it through tomorrow morning for final check, rather than send it in today. There were 6 of us out at HoN4m4s from the IT gang including A and family; I had steak and a couple of stout; would recommend. There was an interesting article in recent Sunday Times: 21/01/18 Business Section https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/business/tech-on-the-tyne-is-all-mine-hp9z8dfbr: Tech on the Tyne is all mine: Northeast England is blazing a trail in luring digital start-ups. Here's text version for those without a subscription. It's quite upbeat about an IT community emerging in Newcastle. Transferring 2nd tranche of 0.5k to BF Friday morning (2/2). I'd always intended to donate 1k but thought I'd see how events unfolded. Have been really impressed by the festival this year: very creative and superbly performed!! Next visit for BF is CP-GHD!! 2moro it's N4c4l if can get car out; neighbours are having drive re-surfaced with tar water-resistant material, not really on my section so not asked for a contribution! Much later will make W4g4s!! lok2t beauties!!!!

January 31st: within 6 lines of finishing Whitehead paper to send in 1 day late: have contacted the editor! Almost finished the task on the train HEX-NCL but went to sleep NCL-HEX after just making it at 22:34!! On way in met BrC from RNS at barrier. NCL was full of Toon supporters. Concert by Zimro Trio (piano, violin, clarinet) was very accessible with Gershwin's Three Preludes for clarinet and piano, Copland's Suite from 'Appalachian Spring' and Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale. It started with the almost jolly Suite for clarinet, violin and piano by Milhaud. The weightiest piece was Mozart's Trio in E flat. All was very well played and enjoyable; my favourite was the Appalachian Spring with the lovely Shaker melody. Recognised the page-turner: it was V! The Gershwin is a warm-up for a busy Sunday!! Only just made the start in time: having to collect ticket was not the best of ideas. Earlier had good chat with M at T on CT and met B/J at G4g4t; pub was packed with workers and H was hard-pressed!! Day came right in gr8 style: hope playing away went well: another brill coda: she's gorgeous: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! 2moro it's N4c4l and HoN4m4s with M/B and possibly A. xxxxxx

January 30th: have completed labelling Honey-buzzard piccies in flight at Towsbank on 20/8 and uploaded them to server; have some Hobby and insect piccies to process and then that's it! Busy at work on Whitehead paper; returning to more abstract notations for Dolittle diagrams and happy that I've got it right after doing the much more detailed diagrams as proof for the ANPA series. Will submit it tomorrow afternoon or Thursday morning; then can think about the music workshop at Unilog in Vichy again!! Made BH4ra4s where bar-lass from W on: you can't do much without being noticed!! Was on halves after funds -10k in 1st 2 days of week; was not unexpected as no shake-out for a while; maybe Donald will rouse everyone with his State of the Nation address! Cause was really increasing nervousness of some investors, almost a panic. End of day was beautiful: dog was well behaved: she's fantastic: loved the coda: lok2tmbo!!!!!!! 2moro it's T4c4c with M, G4g4t, HEX-NCL, S4con!! xxxxxx

January 29th: into NCL again for BF part 2 at TC: incredibly moving story Zuzana: Music is Life. Zuzana Růžičková, a Czech Jew, survived 3 concentration camps, emerging as one of the leading players of Bach on the harpsichord. The film was on special delivery from USA; very good audience though might have been the only one having a wee Merlot! Czech Republic was such a difficult environment with the Nazis, various flavours of Communism including Stalinist, and some demotivating false dawns before independence in 1989. The persistence and talent of Zuzana was amazing. I went to Czech in 1982 and 1990, helping give a summer school on the former date near the Austrian border at Tábor on computing techniques in physics and present a paper at a Simula conference on the latter date at Pilsen -- amazing contrast between the 2 visits. In the 1982 visit for 2 weeks I got detached from the main group in an escorted walk and ended up near an airbase, where I was interrogated, put in a car and taken back to our hotel: very thoughtful! I soon found some of the Russian attendees knew nothing about computing or physics: they were minders! Had great chat with some of the BF team at TC bar afterwards over a ps!! An amazing amount of work has gone into the Festival and it's good to see the talented performances so well supported. Earlier made N4c4l; it was very quiet! Had update on the IGM attendance; now 45 attendees, including 7 from UK. Here's programme with attendees; forecast temperatures are -8C to +5C; still a chance to come!! They're arranging a cultural trip around Ruse as an alternative to 2nd tip visit; may go for that! 2moro it's N4c4l, stepping up pace on Whitehead paper and much later BH4ra4s. lok2t beauties!!!!

January 28th: spent another few hours on Whitehead paper in morning, partly getting citations into Harvard format; have to charm editors if you want them to publish your work! Took a full printout and did some more work on Metro from CP and at pub CN, HAY. Been invited to give a paper in Baden Baden in early August; may well go, have decided to spend some spare funds on promoting our CT studies. Made KH, NCL, in evening where excellent concert in BF, with pre-concert a talk by IB on the holocaust and an address by composer Joseph Phipps, whose work Letters from Warsaw was later performed; the power of music to convey powerful emotions was obvious. Opening work was Different Trains, composed by Steven Reich and performed by Czigány Quartet with recorded voices: incredible pace with subtle variations made this captivating; the shrieks in the second movement relate to the trains carrying the Jews to the death camps. The final piece was Shostakovich's Piano Trio 2, premiered in 1944, which have heard twice already this season; it's an incredibly dark piece and was brilliantly played with much passion, including the Jewish melody in final act. Enjoyed the intervals and a chance to meet people!! All in all, truly a celebration of the music of the holocaust, even though a desperate time for the people of Europe. Still Wuthering Heights up here in 'Shire with almost gale-force gusty W wind. Static period up here will come to an end in February with Ruse, Bulgaria, and London trips looming. First is for International Gull Meeting where attendance has reached 35; sometimes we get on the local news as a little unusual (crazy!); visiting the local tip for fieldwork is the highlight! Second is for granddaughter's 3rd birthday: looking forward to that! Must book some local hotels to get off to good start. Have already donated family 7k out of 10k planned this year; our birthdays are biased towards mid-winter; not sure what that means except that parents must have been full of the joys of spring! Have scheduled 1k for transfers in February, including 0.5k for S's JISA (stocks, not cash). 2moro it's N4c4l and TC4m4t with later a film as next part of BF; will be on train RDM-NCL. lok2t beauties!!!!

January 27th: like Wuthering Heights today up here (well at least weather-wise!) with strong gusty breeze, temperature rather irrelevant; tonite we have clear air turbulence. Felt creative today and wrote page 1 of Whitehead paper, giving the introduction as a focused lead-in to the modified paper. That took a few hours! Have indexed the Towsbank nest piccies (7149) so next task is to look at the piccies of the birds in flight. 2moro it's the opening concert in BF in evening at KH, NCL, so CP-HAY; man with large head who sits in front of me in H1 is going; last train on Sunday NCL-HEX is 20:34; can you believe it! Think this might be a week for keeping to routine in some respects!! lok2t beauties!!!!

January 26th: on way in to NCL had another 5 Kestrel and a Common Buzzard; Kestrel seem to be very plentiful this winter. Very satisfying day at S with 2 upcoming soloists and a new-composer competition in a diverse programme by RNS. The soloists were Sindy Mohamed, on viola playing Sally Beamish's Under the Wing of the Rock, and Aaron Pilsan on piano playing Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No.1. Aaron, who works with Lars, was very convincing in the concerto: loved the andante. Indeed wondered why this concerto is not more often played. Found the competition very interesting; the panel of experts had selected 3 compositions for the final, which heard in the rehearsal, in the official 'play-off' and the winner alone in the actual concert. The 3 composers were present throughout; after their piece in the rehearsal they were able to make further minor modifications; they had their scores on their laptops but the players were using printed scores showing an interesting divergence in technologies! In the play-off at 18:30 the audience was allowed to vote; I voted 1 (best) for Sturdivant Adams' Polin, 2 for Jocelyn Campbell's Wave, 3 for Joel Jarventausta's Stonewalls; that was the result! Liked the winner because of its harmonies and its continuity with themes running through it; see this composer's speciality is film music, which may have been a little controversial. There were 3 juries: panel of experts, orchestra players, the audience. Merging the different results was obviously an art: they did admit it wasn't the same result for each jury! The programme also included Mozart's Overture to Marriage of Figaro and Haydn 47. So that was all very stimulating: thought the flutes did well!! Just caught last train (2 minutes to spare!) and made W4g4s where 6 of us out for good crack!! Got home at 01:00. Scintillating performance: very impressed: gr8 to do the double: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! With enormous gyrations on foreign exchange markets and sharp rise in £ against all currencies, not just US$ which was particularly weak, funds trended erratically downwards from Tuesday finishing level on week, +49k on year to date. ftse declined 0.8% on week and is now 0.3% down on year to date. Overseas funds are in equities, where exchange rate movements in one direction are often compensated by share price movements in the opposite direction. That was roughly the case; if had had money in overseas bonds would have lost a packet! Late (good) news: tanker #8 offload, Navion Oceania ETA ENQ's Kraken is 02.00 28/1. 2moro main aim is to get Whitehead paper nearer to final publication; may well make C4c4l though to kick the day off! xxxxxx

January 25th: got on this morning with Towsbank visit on 20/8 (7149) labelling all the nest + debris shots, a Twite, perched on a wall, and a pair of mating crane flies, and uploading to server. LAF meeting at National Park offices in Hexham was long, from 14:00-20:30, with updates on legislation and organisation in the afternoon; we do get tea and sandwiches at 17:00 followed by the main meeting; my paper from WG1 went well so we're committed to updating the RoWIP! Made T4shop and met M at T&S4ra4s, where we had good chat. No sign of A: oh dear! 2moro is also busy with S4s4l, rehearsal brought forward to 13:45, S4m4t, a composer competition at 18:30, concert New Year New Artists at 19:30. May well be train RDM-NCL. Looking forward to a great occasion!!! lok2t beauties!!!!

January 24th: took some shots of garden at home yesterday: here's the new 'rabbit-proof' fence, laid by neighbours' contractors at their expense, alongside my orchard; don't think it's guaranteed to work, rabbits might walk around it! Some snowdrops were disturbed in the fencing but they've survived. In the main garden, the snowdrops have emerged as soon as it's got milder; not sure the fence will stop the moles either, as they might just tunnel under it! Whatever the new fence is not hedgehog-friendly (with gaps). Did make T4c4c where met M for good chat; A's agreed that we should leave the pub earlier – we'll see! B not out so skipped G4g4t, going to TC4m4s a little earlier; film was 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, a very dark comedy situated in a small town in the Midwest. Not sure that anyone from Missouri would have found it funny because it was rather taking the p.ss out of that part of USA! Indeed the comedy was so dark that wondered at times whether that was really the intent but sure it was on reflection! The billboards were put up by Mildred Hayes – her daughter was raped and murdered in the town -- in an unsolved mystery; the billboards ask Chief Willoughby of the police: why so long? The police force in Ebbing is a complete shambles, with no energy to solve anything, relying solely on DNA matches to track down the rapist; the force is also racist and belligerent, typified by Officer Dixon, who after blatant misconduct finds himself fired within seconds of the new Chief Abercrombie taking over, who happens to be black! Abercrombie replaces Willoughby, who commits suicide, writing very long notes to a number of people; his suicide was apparently due to terminal cancer. The film is inconclusive with no 'happy ending' (closure) of the rapist being caught. Difficult to capture its appeal and certainly not to everyone's taste but the audience (and I) liked it! Did pursue my strong interest: very touching: great glow with the fit one: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! Used Metro GC for free ride from CP: all worked! Had the Barn Owl again at Lamb Shield at 17:45. 2moro it's LAF in afternoon and evening b4 T&S4ra4s; on Friday back to train for S4s4l, rehearsal and concert!! xxxxxx

January 23rd: made N4c4l for relaxing break; sorted out JLAF WG report for Thursday; started on Towsbank piccies but a lot to do! Also contacted IWC chair of session to find out about formats for 31/1 submission. Had 2 Sparrowhawk female yesterday, at Ordley and Elvaston Road, both hunting actively through gardens; today, well really 00:55 24/1, had a Barn Owl hunting at Lamb Shield. Funds +4k as PoO flirts again with $70+ a barrel before retreating again; new feature was price of natural gas, which rose 10% today in New York on short covering; Au is also firm as interest in cryptocurrencies wanes a little and people worry about Trump's reflationary tax rises. Made BH4ra4s where good crack!! Sequel was brill: very passionate: she's gorgeous: lok2tmbo!!!!!!! 2moro it's T4c4c, G4g4t, TC4m4s via CP!! xxxxxx

January 22nd: completed indexing of Kellas piccies; will finish processing data for this visit tomorrow morning. Next up is Towsbank nest visit 20/8 (7149). Much milder today, 6.4C at 14:00, phew! Early Moth quick off the mark with 1 at Letah Wood yesterday at 1C, 3 at Letah Wood and 4 at Loughbrow tonight at 5C. Here's 2 reports on wind-turbines in Germany from a bird point of view; Germany of course has an enormous number of wind-turbines as part of its 'clean' energy transition, far more of which are on land than in England. Incidentally, as in the German report, prefer to call them wind turbines, not wind farms, to indicate that they are industrial installations.

Working Group of German State Bird Conservancies (Länderarbeitsgemeinschaft der Vogelschutzwarten LAG VSW): Recommendations for distances of wind turbines to important areas for birds as well as breeding sites of selected bird species (as at April 2015) http://www.vogelschutzwarten.de/downloads/lagvsw2015.pdf

Overview in Report:

Climate protection and energy policy do not necessarily contradict biodiversity protection. Nevertheless, conflicts regularly occur when wind turbines are being planned. In order to minimize these conflicts, LAG VSW has reviewed the current knowledge and describes how the planning and setting up of wind turbines can be optimized on the bird interest.

Jurisdiction has increasingly contoured nature conservation legislation. This mainly applies to special species conservation (§ 44 of the Federal Nature Conservation Act) and to site protection in Europe (§ 34 of the Federal Nature Conservation Act).

Furthermore, there is new scientific knowledge concerning the conflicts between wind energy use and bird protection, for example regarding cumulative impacts (see chapter 4).

Also, there is an increasing use of wind energy in forests, which until recently only played a minor role. This means that there is now a stronger focus on bird species occurring in forests.

A number of species are covered in detail, including:

Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus)

Six collision victims have been found in Germany (all of them adult birds) and eight in Spain. This number seems to be small, but it is relevant when compared to the total population size. It must be assumed that the number of honey buzzards colliding with wind turbines is actually much higher, because the chance to find collided birds is very low. Furthermore, honey buzzards get often mistaken for the common buzzard. Due to the increasing use of wind energy in forests it must be assumed that impacts on this species are growing. Several studies found evidence for honey buzzards avoiding as well as passing through wind farms (with and without reaction), showing partially differing behaviour between breeding and migratory birds. One bird in Brandenburg was found to abandon its territory after a wind farm had been built. Also, honey buzzards might get attracted to wind turbines: The larvae of bumblebees and wasps, which often occur at the fallow land around the towers, belong to its main food source. This may attract honey buzzards to those dangerous areas and increase the risk of collision. Furthermore, a higher risk of collision can be expected in the vicinity of their nests: displaying and territorial fights, soaring, foraging flights, prey transfer – they all take place at critical heights.

A minimum distance of 1,000 meters offers protection for these main activities near nest sites.

Sources: BIJLSMA (1991, 1993), Diermen et al. (2009, 2013), GAMAUF (1995), ILLNER (2012), MEYBURG et al. (2011), MEYBURG & MEYBURG (2013), MÖCKEL & WIESNER (2007), TRAXLER et al. (2004), VAN MANEN et al. (2011), ZIESEMER (1997, 1999)

TRULY GREEN? How Germany’s ‘Energy Transition’ is destroying nature, by Michael Miersch (2017) https://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2017/11/TrulyGreen.pdf

The Global Warming Policy Foundation: GWPF Briefing 27

A more lurid read, looking at the dubious benefits from a biodiversity viewpoint, of 'renewable' energy; has my empathy in many respects; for bird populations, largely follows the official report of the German State Bird Conservancies above; backed by GWPF, which has an agenda against renewable energies and is sceptical on climate change so treat with some caution.

Made R @ B4m4l; speaker unn graduate CSt was very good on her VSO stint in India; showed all the perils of the caste system; good to have l on!! Then onto N4c4ll where chilled out: thought tmeo looked terrific!!! Sorted out minutes from trip to NCC at Morpeth on 17/1; quite a challenge as everything scattered. Much later made G4g4s where 4 of us out for good crack; closer to the bar, revealing chat on last nite!!! 2moro it's N4c4l and BH4ra4s; going to be very mild, up to 10C!! lok2t beauties!!!!

January 21st: completed processing Oakpool visit from 26/8 (7154); started on Kellas Honey-buzzard nest visit on 27/8 (7155) by labelling piccies. Weather was raw this afternoon at 0C with wind-chill -6C on SE breeze; thaw taking hold in evening as wind swung to W; wet snow fell in afternoon but it didn't settle. Got some major scientific support for my unease on packing the countryside with wind farms:

Wind farms and biodiversity: a collision course? https://www.bto.org/science/latest-research/wind-farms-and-biodiversity-collision-course?dm_i=2FPX,16IST,2ZWKVN,3P0C3,1 [summary of Royal Society paper below]

Bird and bat species' global vulnerability to collision mortality at wind farms revealed through a trait-based assessment http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/284/1862/20170829

Large-scale citizen science improves assessment of risk posed by wind farms to bats in southern Scotland https://www.bto.org/research-data-services/publications/peer-reviewed-papers/2017/large-scale-citizen-science-improves

Above are 3 current articles on the impact of wind farms on bats and birds. I think the Scots are doing much more damage to their natural environment with their passion for wind farms than they realise. The Royal Society publication is very revealing; it's good to have the whole publication available as Elsevier and the like make you pay. Also the Royal Society is very influential. The conclusions are:

"This study is the first global quantitative assessment from the published literature of the relative vulnerability of different species groups to wind farms. Wind farms have the potential to benefit biodiversity through their contribution to climate change mitigation, but our results emphasize the global nature of the potential risks to biodiversity involved, which needs to be accounted for through appropriate wind turbine design and planning, if those risks are to be minimized."

Figure 2 shows that Accipitriformes (broad winged birds of prey) are particularly vulnerable to strike by a turbine blade. Model predictions show: "For birds, 936 species had collision rates of more than 0.046 collisions/turbine/yr (90% quartile), of which 174 species were Accipitriformes (figure 2), 57% of species in that order. Accipitriformes had the highest predicted collision rates of any taxonomic order (0.073 ± 0.064 s.d. collisions/turbine/year, mean lower credible interval less than 0.001, mean upper credible interval, 0.288)." Another quote says: "Collision mortality with wind turbines may reduce populations, particularly of long-lived, slow-reproducing species." like raptors. The study only deals with land-based windfarms.

A lot of the writings fit in with my worries about the number of windfarms required to make a difference to energy supplies. The sea will be no better as a site but we'll have to wait for the North Sea to be covered before that's admitted. The energy density of wind turbines is just too low at 1/5000 that of nuclear, meaning vast areas have to be covered, putting in jeopardy biodiversity, particularly for raptor and bat populations. I have another article on the effect of wind turbines on nature in Germany, which will put up soon. My U3O8 holdings have been much reduced so not talking my book!

So fairly studious weekend but went up a gear in evening in the exciting atmosphere of Hexham's nite-life!! A lively party was on at G4g4s led by usual suspect of MW; evidently a fight had only just been narrowly avoided; anyway A on right side of bar gave me a lovely hug!!! Can only say Wow to later action!!!! 2moro it's R @ B4m4l followed by N4c4l and G4g4s. lok2t beauties!!!!!!

January 20th: main business today was final polishing of 3rd paper for next ANPA proceedings, covering 2 years 2016/2017, which sent off 40 minutes before deadline, at 23:20! Took ages, doing final formatting and tidying-up. Full citation is not decided yet but will presumably be dated 2018, the date of publication, not that of presentation:

Michael Heather & Nick Rossiter, Formal Representation of Process & Reality in the Metaphysical Language of Category Theory: Whitehead's Relational Theory of Space, ANPA 37, St John's College, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire, UK, 8-12 August (2016). pdf

Mike earlier this week submitted this one giving us 3 papers in the next volume:

Heather, Michael, & Rossiter, Nick, Tribute to Professor Pierre Noyes (1923-2016), ANPA 37, St John's College, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire, UK, 8-12 August (2016), pdf

Feeling good after yesterday!! Did find on YouTube Ning Feng playing Paganini God save the King, just to show his party piece! Also listened to Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time : Part III Abyss of the Birds on YouTube and there's definitely Nightingale at the start, maybe Thrush Nightingale if inspired by 'visit' to Silesia. Bird feeding area is crowded with birds, including Red-legged Partridge, Tree Sparrow, Marsh Tit, Goldfinch, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, and many Blue and Great Tit; last 2 are commonest birds. Weather late-on is -2C with -6C wind-chill and most snow still lying but messy thaw starts tomorrow midday. Made C4c4l where gr8 2 c trhwso; think she's got promotion or something; darker hair suits!! FT thinks inflation is an increasing risk, partly from Trump's aggressive tax cuts but bond market remains at levels which are not alarmist. Trying to sort out Thursday nite: M wanted to go ½ hour earlier at 21:00, as he works full-time, which we did but A (retired) wants to stay until end (23:40), drinking 6 large red wine (2 bottles) which makes him raving. So told him it's 23:00 depart if he wants a lift back to Slaley or it's the £15+ taxi! Not sure he'll take any notice, hoping to continue to receive chauffeur service; he's the one who had a stroke with partial recovery. Might well ditch the T&S for a while and go elsewhere: probably easier!! 2moro it's C4c4l and G4g4s!! lok2t beauties!!!!

January 19th: completed compilation of Honey-buzzard data for the Oakpool visit (7154); just need to compile data for the other birds. Next up is Kellas nest visit on 27/8 (7155). Weather today was sunny with some thaw on snow on ground; all froze hard at -2C with wind chill -4C later in day with nearly all roads iced over when driving back from W at 00:30 (20/1); showers in the evening had washed the salt off. Met N at MP4m4t, where had their 3-course early evening menu; I had duck, which was very good; total cost was £52 including voluntary tip of £5. Concert by CBSO was colourful with very good music. Conductor was a lady Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, from Lithuania, who not only conducted dynamically but also showed good ballet skills in dancing around on the podium! Star was the soloist Ning Feng in Brahms' Violin Concerto; he was good technically but also very expressive in the lovely adagio and lively in the well-known allegro. He played 2 encore, the 2nd of which was a rather jazzy version of our national anthem; BC was there, picking up a few tricks no doubt! The concert started with the dreamy Swan of Tuonela by Sibelius and after the interval we had Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra, with its incredible variations in rhythm. Overall a very good concert, played with enthusiasm. Some gr8 rhythm elsewhere: she's full of inspiration: very gorgeous: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! Off last train made W4g4s where there were 6 of us out altogether for good chat!! Funds were +9k on week, continuing good start to year where now +49k after withdrawals of 6k; peak was Thursday when 2k higher. However, advance was very narrow with ENQ1 +10k and GAL +5k so rest was down slightly in poor sentiment after CLLN collapse. Sold 30k ENQ and 9k HUR on Tuesday morning and bought back some of the ENQ and all of the HUR at lower prices later in the week. Holding in ENQ is now 132k. Am building a stake in another North Sea gas/oil producer PMG, which appears to have been overlooked. 2moro it's C4c4l, not sure about evening. xxxxxx

January 18th: working on Honey-buzzard nest visit on 26/8 to Oakpool (7154); have labelled and uploaded piccies; next stage is indexing on this page. Most snowy night for quite a while, reaching 15cm at altitude of home at 150m asl; it thawed a little early afternoon from the trees but nearly all left on the ground and freezing tonight; had an Early Moth on the window at 0C – hardy! Made N4c4l but skipped T&S4ra4s as much water around roads to wash salt off, giving rise to icy areas. Wind-chill tonight is -5C with continued strong NW wind. Good news for ENQ bondholders with 20% of Kraken being put up for sale; hold almost £171k nominal. it's also good news for the shareholders in that the business is coming good; see EnQuest seeks buyers for stake in North Sea Kraken field https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-enquest-m-a/enquest-seeks-buyers-for-stake-in-north-sea-kraken-field-idUKKBN1F71MD.

LONDON (Reuters) - North Sea-focused oil and gas producer EnQuest (ENQ.L) has hired investment bank Jefferies to advise on a sale of a 20 percent stake in its recently-started Kraken field, according to a document seen by Reuters.

The sale could fetch as much as $400 million (289.02 million pounds) for EnQuest, based on recent analyst valuations of the field. EnQuest holds a 70.5 percent stake in Kraken where production is expected to ramp up to 50,000 barrels per day (bpd) by mid-year following its start-up last June.

Also good news from Irish gold miner GAL in that some high Zn/Pb grades have been found in drill cores in a garage: honest! To broaden travel options 'bus pass' arrived today; besides free buses, can now buy a Metro Gold Card for £24 a year, giving free travel on Metro after 9:30: desperate times! Devon M and I are submitting 2 more papers to ANPA proceedings with closing date 20/1; will add details after closing time. I'm planning to top and tail the ANPA monad/topos paper with philosophy for submission to Whitehead Proceedings (IWC) by 31/1 after being invited to do so by section organiser at the Azores. 2moro it's RDM-NCL, meeting N at MP at 17:30, followed by H1 at S4con with CBSO; much later due at W4g4s with the gang. lok2t beauties!!!!

January 17th: up at 7, off at 8 to County Hall at Morpeth; roads were appalling with a layer of ice under a rutted surface on 5cm of snow; there was a lot of trouble going up to Loughbrow in 'Shire with cars on side of road and 'snake' and skid marks over a long section; just put the car into 3rd at the bottom, kept a steady 15 mph and got to the top without any trouble; it's sometimes worth putting a bit extra into your choice of car! Roads in Hexham were slushy, not much sign of gritting anywhere. Friction is the key: you generate more friction, and hence grip, in a slow grind than in a fast race (or something like that!). The opposite trick is where you remove a tablecloth from a table without breaking the cups on it; this has to be a very fast flick, generating no friction so cups stay where they are. Three of us made the meeting from 10-11, which was with DB to discuss the pending update to the County's RoWIP (Rights of Way Improvement Plan); they're so short of resources, we're going to provide some input. Rushed back to meet M at T4c4l for good chat on Blockchain. Late afternoon made NCL via CP where met N at BC4m4t; it was French-style, good food, service and wine and not too pricey coming to £50 between the 2 of us, including added gratuity. Made H2 in S4con, where there were 3 of us: N, M and me. The first piece Schnee by Danish composer, Hans Abrahemsen, was premiered as recently as 2009; it was appropriately named, being pretty glacial in places. KH, AY did well in their major roles but all 9 players starred. After the interval we had Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, most of which was drafted while the composer was in a prison camp in Silesia; the camp was one for PoW, nothing like the horrors of some of the other camps but far from comfortable. The 4 players (and audience) were obviously moved by the intensity of the music. We had some bird calls in Part III, could pick out Song Thrush and Cuckoo! The concert finished at 22:40 so train not on yet again. Enthusiasm was high early and late: plenty of action: she's very desirable: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! From last Metro ran into sleet on A69, turning into a white-out as got into the 'Shire but not much had settled by time got home. 2moro it's N4c4l if can get out, with T&S in evening but all a little problematical. xxxxxx

January 16th: weather harsh in 'Shire today at 1C midday with bitter NW wind. Went down to -1C by evening with snow settling again, wind chill -8C, sad at not going out!! Completed processing Whitfield Monk data from 26/8; next up is Honey-buzzard nest-site visit to Oakpool for same day (7154). Reviewed music bookings for next few months, adding: Zuzana (29/1); Madame Butterfly with reception (20/3); visit to Leeds for Salome rehearsal (18/4); Grime, Prokofiev and Strauss at Barbican, Daniel Harding leads a whirlwind musical tour from Russia to the heights of an Alpine peak (18/2); change of RNS rehearsal from 10/2 to 20/4 (away in Bulgaria). 2moro going to Morpeth in morning for LAF meeting on RoWIP, then it's CB4m4t at 17:30 with N followed by S4con (which is sold out!), may travel via CP!! Funds +3k after being +9k yesterday; some boiling over today and sold 30k ENQ at 44.5 to take some profit; not planning on any more disposals. lok2t beauties!!!!

January 15th: labelled Hobby and Raven piccies from Whitfield on 26/8 and uploaded to server; will index tomorrow. Don't hold any CLLN; some asset stripping looks to have happened with the record dividend of 12.65p on 11/5/17 (declared on 430.3m shares), looking far too close to the profit warning on 10/07/17; the highest share price was 379.40 on 28/2/14 so massive losses by shareholders, even with last Friday's price of 14.20; the short sellers will ideally need dealings to start again at a few p to buy-back their stock; the pension deficit is the major scandal; suspect the taxpayer will end up paying over £1bn to sort the mess out. But this week's started well for commodities and their producers! R @ B4m4l was interesting with good talk by Lisa Taylor of MIND. Made C4c4ll with P and there were 5 of us out at G4g4s; a cm of snow was on the road as left home in evening but it had melted by time came back! 2moro it's N4c4l and BH4ra4s!! lok2t beauties!!!!

January 14th: back to compiling Honey-buzzard results by completion of Swallowship visit on 29/8 (7156). Next up is Whitfield Keenleyside 26/8 (no Honey-buzzard seen). Busy today catching up on logistics: bought petrol, kindling and logs from garage plus print cartridges, refuse bags and FT from T; also had car washed at T. FT was well-worth reading closely with several articles on whether the long-running 35 year-old bull market in bonds is over i.e. are interest rates going to enter a long-term rising trend. Well as you'd expect no clear view but investors need to watch closely as rising bond yields make equities and property look more expensive! Met P/M at C4c4ll and, much later, P and 6 other at G4g4s; gr8 to have A on!! 2moro it's R @ B4m4s, N4c4ll and G4g4s!! 2 definite concerts this week at S on Wednesday/Friday and a probable at QH on Saturday. Going with N to CB4m4t in Grainger St on Wednesday and to MP4m4t on Friday.

January 13th: into NCL for bumper concert at S, featuring all of Bach's 6 Brandenburg Concertos (BC), plus more modern pieces with acknowledgement to the influence of BC, all from 18:00-23:00. We had 3.5 hours of music and 2 intervals but skipped the £60 a head special meal, eating at MP for £42 for the 2 of us, including wine. N thought it would finish at 10 but doubted it, looking at programme, and was pleased came in via CP as would otherwise have missed last bus (last train was never on!). Many highlights: really enjoyed it: thought BC4 was exquisite with the 2 flautists EG/AY and violinist KH in expressive form; this was followed by Melinda (no relation to Richard) Wagner's Little Moonhead, which again starred a violin and 2 flutes; found this a difficult work but encourage inclusion of more modern works. BC6 was unusual in that it starred 2 violas with no violins present at all, which gave MG/MC a welcome chance to shine, which they did! BC6 was followed by hot-off-the-press (published 2009) Aaron Jay Kernis' Concerto with Echoes which enjoyed with its unusual harmonies. BC5 has an amazing solo role for the harpsichord, played by JP, with a sound box added to enhance the volume. This was followed by Gorecki's Harpsichord Concerto, which was really lively. The concert started with the well-known BC3, which was followed by 2 pieces: Errollyn Wallen's Photography (female composer, born Belize, premiered 2006) and Mozart's Adagio and Fugue in C minor; the Mozart was a little strange, didn't seem really Baroque or classical Mozart, a bit indecisive but maybe missed something subtle! The concert concluded with BC2/BC1, with Bruckner's Adagio from String Quintet in between; the Bruckner was lovely for a few minutes but did go on a bit! The brass/woodwind took over in BC1 with 2 horns, 3 oboes,1 bassoon excelling; BC2 starred trumpet, flute, oboe and violin. The tributes at the end were a little chaotic with BCr making it up as he went along; personally thought all the players should have been treated equally at the end as it was very much a terrific team effort!!! Overall it was a challenging thought-provoking programme which does a lot of credit to the RNS (and N agrees!). N actually added it was a bit long but he's far from being a Wagnerian! Early signs of spring today with 6 Kestrel at 4 sites and a Common Buzzard on a post on drive from home to CP. Early and late again featured very well: dynamic action at end: she looks so fit: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! 2moro it's catch-up, maybe C4c4l and certainly G4g4s. xxxx

January 12th: made big city via CP; good to return to CT4s4l where read the transaction part of the book Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies at http://www.the-blockchain.com/docs/Princeton%20Bitcoin%20and%20Cryptocurrency%20Technologies%20Course.pdf, finding out they use Forth as a scripting language; Forth, a stack-based language, can be used as a front-end to Haskell; later found Simplicity: A New Language for Blockchains by Russell O’Connor at https://blockstream.com/simplicity.pdf, which uses monads; so good progress there. At L&P brought together a new introductory paragraph, forming a literature review of music and category theory, which gives something almost ready to send. Did have some serious play: makes visit much more worthwhile: she's marvellous: lok2tgrf!!!!!! On continued revival in PoO, funds made further progress finishing +13k gross and +12k net after withdrawal of 1.4k to help fund daughter's birthday present of 2k. So gain on year is +41k net, after the withdrawals of 6k. Re-invested most of the cash from U sales into N American Au; Au is rising nicely and may be next play at this stage of economic cycle as things start to overheat. Made W4ra4s where 4 of us out. 2moro it's all 6 Brandenburg Concertos at S, preceded by MP4m4t at 15:00 with N; should be gr8 day; travel will be via CP. xxxx

January 11th: gloomy weather continues but it is mild and had first moths emerging at Ordley today: 2 Early Moth 1  2, 1 Pale Brindled Beauty 1. In some of these winter-flying moths, such as Early Moth, the females are flightless and only the males have fully grown wings. Labelled the piccies from visit to Honey-buzzard nest site at Swallowship on 29/8 (7156) and uploaded them to server; still to index, update textual account and add records to spreadsheet. Made N4c4l for relaxing look at the papers on my mobile. Much later made T&S4ra4s where our regular 3 were out again for chat on IT; have read through the new book looking at hashing in cryptography; tomorrow it's the critical area of blockchain transactions for a conventional view. 2moro making CT4s4l b4 L&P; train services are a mess with strikes and track work just W of NCL so it's via CP. Main aim of study is the music abstract for UNILOG! Funds quickly reversed small loss at start of week and are now up in double figures; no profit taking on oils contemplated. So looking forward to big city: lok2t beauties!!!!

January 10th: made R strategy meeting from 10:00-11:30; support the main objectives (which are secret!). Then met M at T4c4l where he produced a free book in pdf on blockchain, giving some of the details anyway. Back home to get place ready for cleaner S b4 making G4g4t to meet B where H was on: she was very inquisitive about what I was going to do in NCL!! Made TC4m4s and saw Molly's Game, another fairly long film of 2.3 hours. Read comments by some reviewers after seeing the film; they were not very impressed, looking for more tense action. But think they miss the point of the film, which at least partly is to show the family tensions between an elder daughter, whose promising skiing career goes wrong through an accident, and a rather smug and very successful parents and 2 brothers. Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) shocks her family by going on to run poker clubs in New York for very wealthy gamblers and makes many $; her name sounds Irish (after James Joyce's Ulysses) but her father in the film is Jewish; her downfall occurs when she becomes involved with the Russian mob, who are being closely monitored by the FBI. She has a good lawyer who eventually gets her off with a nominal sentence but her $4m fortune is confiscated as part of the negotiation. The family come together again during the court action and the reconciliation with her father (Kevin Costner) is very touching! Gr8 end to day (and b4!): marvellous glow: empathy is perfect with the gorgeous one: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! Yet another tanker Navion Britannia is on its way to ENQ's Kraken field near Shetland: final commissioning must be close. 2moro should make C4c4l and much later T&S4ra4s!! xxxx

January 9th: weather-wise one of the worst January days at a gloomy 1C. Waited in for deliveries and lovely spoon came but the shelf brackets didn't; paid an enforced £8.45 for 'express' delivery for latter. Finished Beaumont 30/8 (7157) and now onto Swallowship nest site visit on 29/8 (7156). Not out until evening when made BH4ra4s with Consett Stout high-up on the menu at £3.20 a shot, not bad! All very matey there! End of day was thrilling: didn't realise it was so late: every minute was gr8 with the beautiful one: lok2tmbo!!!!!!! Funds -1k after profit taking; sold many U stocks today as suspect another false dawn is imminent; changing policy now with proceeds remaining mainly as cash with markets so high in many areas; PoO over $69 tonite after enormous stock withdrawal in US; converted 1.9k BP into 46k HUR early this week. 2moro it's R strategy meeting from 10-12, possibly M on CT at T4c4l, G4g4t and TC4m4s via CP!! xxxx

January 8th: almost completed analysis of visit to Beaumont on 30/8 (7157); just need to update spreadsheets with data. Found there were 2 Honey-buzzard juveniles here, not 1+, so updated home page accordingly. R was interesting with continuation of SGM; as expected got position of JVP for 2019 (so Pres in 2021); am attending meeting of key Strategy Group on Wednesday morning. Surely not respectability at last!! Good to have L serving!! Made N4c4ll and much later G4g4s where C on (from Canada); she's involved with opera logistics, going over next 2 weeks to Prague and then to Deutsche Oper in Berlin for Carmen!! She's a great Wagner fan: you enter a different time dimension, 5 hours is no time at all! Tannhäuser is one of her favourite operas so here's the fantastic finale youtube!! Been to Deutsche Oper twice, to see Flying Dutchman and Tannhäuser; it's a very friendly, no frills venue, not snobbish at all. Puccini is their most favoured opera composer. This week has a familiar schedule but on Friday may well make L&P to finish this music abstract!! 2moro awaiting deliveries in morning, then N4c4t and BH4ra4s!! lok2t beauties!!!!

January 7th: completed analysis of visit on 19/8 to March Burn (7148), masses of material! Next up is Beaufront 30/8. Raising energy to sort out the gallery, the large space upstairs in the middle of the house (Italian style). It needs re-carpeting. Some of the book shelves stand on the floor, raising logistical difficulties. There are adjustable metal shelf uprights behind some of them so decided to get new steel brackets to raise the storage off the floor. Finally found some on Ebay, 20 of size 20cm costing £20 in all plus £8.45 express postage! So gone ahead with that. Will be able to throw away quite a lot, particularly that which is digitised or can be made so. Will take a few months of very much part-time action but will end up with everything sorted, like with son's room! Made G4g4s where good number of mates out, including P; we had good chat; gr8 to have M on!! Been cold the last 2 days: -5C last nite and -3C tonight but lovely sunshine today. 2moro it's R @ B4m4l and much later G4g4s!! lok2t beauties!!!!

Men whose ring finger is significantly longer than their index finger are thought to have inherently higher levels of testosterone, resulting in being charming but pragmatic, nice to women, having larger stretched penis size, cave-man like faces, better at maths, but more prone to prostate cancer. So says https://www.livescience.com/49883-finger-length-in-men.html. Well here is my left hand!!

Here's piccies of my recent art purchase:

Pass if you dare, Dave Pickard, acrylic/oil, bought 22 October 2017, £495 of which 20% to Hexham Abbey, so £396 to the artist. 1  2  3  4

January 6th: sorted Hexham Westwood (31/8) and started on Honey-buzzard nest visit on 19/8 to March Burn (7148), labelling piccies and uploading them to server. After doing the last 10 sheets for August, will have a break by doing totals for Hobby. Made C4c4l where gr8 2 c trhwso; she's not my banker any more, gone!! Bought an Exeter trefid rattail silver spoon c1720 on Ebay for £298 (no extras, not even p&p). It was offered last year at 395, I offered 340 which was declined, but couldn't resist after latest reduction; it was not in competitive auction; the leopard's head erased is very special from the Exeter assay office; it's from that rare period when silver standard was raised to 95.8%, so has a good Britannia mark. Got out for f&c+mp at SC later but otherwise at home, catching up with various tasks. Liked P's letter in HC on closure of Hallstile Bank (get on with the trial!); also HC's coverage of Tar Barl was favourable! Need to get some comments to Devon M on his ANPA contribution tomorrow. lok2t beauties!!!!

January 5th: completed below visit to Honey-buzzard nest in Slaley Forest 16/8 (7144); next up is Hexham Westwood 31/8 (7158). East Coast have accepted my claim that my train down to London was 32 minutes late and are going to give me a cheque for 22.85! Made N4c4l where very busy, before schools go back, and G4g4s where pleased to say 5 of us out for good crack. Trying to persuade N to go to CB in NCL next week but he's still a bit fragile and thinking about it. Think I may have had a mild virus the past week with sore throat and maybe slight temperature; main symptom was very vivid dreams, involving cliff tops and women (separate scenes); latter are censored!! Funds had flying start to the New Year at +34k gross or +29k net after the 5k withdrawal. Oil shares are being re-rated and fund managers who wanted out of the sector are having to go back in to preserve their performance ratings. ENQ equity and debt rose 37% and 13% respectively on the week as the Malaysian Star reported on “Bumi Armada to bid for new projects, keeping risks in check”:

As for the Kraken, it is currently producing in excess of 40,000 bpd, or almost 90% of the theoretical well-flow capacity of 48,000 bpd, which means that Bumi Armada is earning almost 90% of Kraken's BBC rate. Our forecasts assume that Bumi Armada will only reach this level in 2Q18F, hence things have progressed better than expected, it said. https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2018/01/05/bumi-armada-to-bid-for-new-projects-keeping-risks-in-check/#b0ArZig4xM6J21u5.99.

So re-rate in progress, will hold. Have continued to top-slice RDSA and BP, putting funds into PFC and a new one HUR, which has massive reserves to the west of Shetland but is awaiting an implementation, probably involving a partner and some considerable infrastructure; needs a consistently high PoO. 2moro sees C4c4l and catch-up in evening!! lok2t beauties, as dreamed about!!!!!!

January 4th: working now on visit to Honey-buzzard nest in Slaley Forest 16/8 (7144); should complete tomorrow morning. Updated Goshawk page with yet more dismal results for SW Northumberland in 2017 (Other Raptors/Population of the Goshawk in SW Northumberland). Hope to do Hobby next.

Details of the Goshawk breeding season for 2017 are available in Table 11.

Area

No. sites

No. adults

Breeding Category

Juveniles

Conf

Prob

Poss


Local-fledge

Also seen

Devil’s Water

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Allen

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

Upper South Tyne

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Lower South Tyne

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tyne W

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tyne E

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Derwent

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

Table 11: Breeding Data for Goshawk in SW Northumberland by area in 2017


This was the worst year on record for Goshawk in the study area. In the breeding season only one bird was seen, a male at Staward in the Allen in May. Other sightings were outside the breeding season: a juvenile male at Towsbank in the upper South Tyne in October and a male at Peth Foot on the Devil's Water in December, It's a dismal picture as stated above [see Goshawk web page].


Booked up hotel at Ruse, Bulgaria, and asked organiser for minibus connection from airport, in response to a query. Added a bit more to account of exciting film and evening yesterday. Had bizarre trip to T&S. M was tied up with family but arranged to meet A. He was late and maybe not too well as he gulped down a large red wine that I'd bought him and then called his daughter, who said she was not well also. So he left in a hurry, no more than 5 mins in the pub. Very strange! Not too bothered: had good chat with S, on the bar, for an hour plus a couple of Ruddles as only customer; she's from Estonia!! 2moro will make N4c4l and W4g4s, assuming someone's fit from latter group. Hope the beauties are keeping fit: lok2 them!!!! xxxx


January 3rd: did make T4c4c where met M; we decided a more practical application with Blockchain in the title is the best way forward. No time for processing records today. Made G4g4t where good to meet B again and to have H on! Made NCL via CP, making TC4m4s and film The Last Jedi. Certainly full of exciting action and John Williams' score is again full of leitmotifs to add atmosphere and help the viewer. It was quite long at 2.5 hours but didn't drag at all. Maybe not quite so innovative as The Empire Strikes Back but liked Rey (Daisy Ridley) as trainee against the dark side and some of the scenes were superbly done, such as the battle on Crait. Ending was good showing the last Jedi may not quite be right! Great feel to town: very switched on by the lovely one: hope dreams are sweet: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! Decent start to the year by funds at +17k gross or +12k after 5k withdrawals for Xmas pressies to family; another landmark passed of 106+105! Main mover today was ENQ with equity +13.2% and bonds +6.2%; looks like leak of news that Kraken is about to be commissioned after some teething troubles; definitely hold: this is a multibagger! Also like PFC at the moment; this company is involved in oil infrastructure and was caught red-handed on bribes in Iraq, causing the share price to halve. But the only way these companies can survive is by trickery so not sure the SFO will be allowed to hammer the company. Top-slicing some profits from RDSA into PFC, particularly in ISA account. xxxx

January 2nd: completed addition of details of rewarding visit to Wylam on 17/8. Have 47 lists still to process for 2017: July 10, August 13, September 24. Will continue with August ones directly but will now have a wee break to report on Goshawk in the Study Area in 2017. The remaining August lists involve many nest visits so take a bit of time to compile; same for July but September ones are post-nesting so will be much faster. There are just 3 Goshawk records that I can find; this will kick-start the home page to show that analysis is active for 2017. Here's a couple more CT papers in progress, with inspiration from Devon M; June is going to be busy, I'm going to Vichy (and Budapest), M to Krakow.

Michael Heather & Nick Rossiter, What is Law?: the perception of Category Theory, Unilog 2018, 6th World Congress on Universal Logic, University of Vichy, France, 21-26 June 2018. pdf

Michael Heather & Nick Rossiter, Postmodern Theology and the Metaphysics of Icons, International Conference on Eugene Trubetskoy - Icon and Philosophy, Krakow, 3-6 June 2018. pdf

Made N4c4l where felt very much at home upstairs meeting P/J from RM. Much later made BH4ra4s, which was very quiet but porter went down a treat!! Weather was becoming wild as was action on the ground: she's so inspiring close-up: absolutely marvellous: lok2tmbo!!!!!!! 2moro it's T4c4c, if up in time, G4g4t, TC4m4s & LJ part 8/8 of *W via CP. xxxx

January 1st 2018: not up to 11:45 and feeling a little delicate! No train service HEX-NCL at all today so as planned did not go to RNS concert; service is a misnomer; all other parts of England had some trains today; people want to get around. Figures out today from ORR http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/01/britains-trains-oldest-since-records-began-figures-show/ show that average age of Northern rail stock has risen from 19 to 28 years in last 10 years; what absolute crap – renationalise asap! I did contribute to the debate several times. Next concert is the Brandenburg one, which should be brilliant! Completed 2 visits for 17/8 and 18/8 to West Dipton and Prospect Hill respectively; then started on completion of Honey-buzzard nest visit on 17/8 to Wylam where some good piccies. Made G4g4s where good chat with P and gr8 to have M on again!! Positive news of ENQ: “[Tanker] Scott Spirit is on her way to Kraken - ETA 1AM on the Wednesday 3rd January - she is currently just leaving the Hamburg and the River Elbe and sailing into the North Sea”. PoO and Natural Gas are spiking on troubles in Iran and severe cold in North America. Let's hope the New Year is prosperous and stimulating: lok2t beauties!!!! 2moro it's N4c4l and BH4ra4s!!

December 31st 2017: had a good sighting yesterday at 12:45 of a male Goshawk flying aggressively down the Devil's Water from Ordley. Went round for supper at P/M with J there as well: well fed! We then went out to the Tar Barl Festival at Allendale; this was great fun, starting with a g at Allendale Inn after queuing to get through the front door, followed by the parade. Weather was dry but cool (3C) with a moderate W breeze. Event, with many pagan characteristics, was as wild as usual with fire all over the place; after the parade the barl are thrown onto a great pile of wood, putting enormous flames into the sky with sparks everywhere! The band played some accompanying NE folk songs – all very inspiring! Did take some clips; this one shows the march coming close by in its second half (from 1:15). Evidently you have to be born in Allendale Parish to be a geyser (bearer of a cauldron) but there are rumours that understanding the erogenous zones of sheep is also acceptable! We came back for Prosecco at P's to celebrate the New Year further: thought someone might appreciate that!! Home at 03:25!

Happy New Year to the beauties!!!! Let's hope for more satisfaction in 2018!! xxxxxxxxxx

Funds: final picture for the year 2017 is +236k after withdrawals of 9k so gross gain is 245k or 28.7% on the sum held at the start of the year. It was a good year for many investors though have beaten comfortably all major indices. Many signs are good for 2018 particularly for commodities as the whole world pulls ahead in unison. Have moved some funds in last 2 weeks into oil & gas production and processing industry, the 2nd worst performing sector in 2017, including PFC. It's worth remembering, however, that when things are perfect the only way forward is down so may start taking chips off table directly; inflation taking off globally causing central banks to raise interest rates would be a very significant danger sign. Will face some withdrawals at start of year from Xmas and daughter's birthday but not bust yet!! Highlighting the millennials' booming inheritance, if their parents have property, IMHO shows a lot of the problems in the UK today. Far too many people have no assets other than their own house so that becomes the main focus of their financial lives. The property is also an illiquid asset from which it's difficult to make a small withdrawal without incurring major long-term financial costs. Above all though if the whole country invests in property and not in industry then where's the funding for creative new businesses; some commentators think our preoccupation with property is a major reason for our low productivity growth. Still, very attached to my own house!

December 30th: completed compiling Honey-buzzard data for 15/8, which took quite a while, covering a nest visit to Staward N; material is hyperlinked below with commentary. Unrest in Iran is not unexpected. T/M were very young children of an Iranian couple who were in favour with the Shah. The family fled to London when the Shah was deposed in 1979, managing to establish themselves with money transferred earlier. Both the parents have since died. T/M still have a number of problems: they cannot travel to the US as they have dual Iranian/UK nationality; they cannot visit Iran safely (see Zaghari-Ratcliffe case); they have been told they are not welcome back in Mashhad (their origin, on Afghanistan border, where riots yesterday) because they have had it easy, escaping all the hardship. So they meet friends and relatives who still like them in Dubai. They do, however, both have very good jobs in London and have settled in well. Integration in Kingston, where both live, is not a problem as it is so cosmopolitan. Social life looked up: met P at C4c4l and we had good crack; I'm joining them for the Tar Barl Festival in Allendale to see the New Year in; looking forward to the spectacular fire festival! Pleased 2 c trhwso; she looked good!! 2moro it's N4c4l and much later TBF!! lok2t super fit ones!!!!

Updated Visiting Fellow page today with the 2 latest accepted publications, now in final form, on the ANPA 37 theme:

Nick Rossiter, Michael Heather & Michael Brockway, Monadic Design for Universal Systems, ANPA 37, St John's College, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire, UK, 8-12 August (2016). presentation pdf, modified August 2017 pdf, paper finalised December 2017 29pp (2018) pdf.

Michael Heather & Nick Rossiter, Ensuring Software Quality in Information Systems, Studium Vilnense, ed. Romuald Brazis 26pp (2018) pdf.


Started literature review for ANPA 38 paper (Music as a Composition of Cartesian Monad over a Topos), covering previous attempts with CT by Ehresmann et al, work on K-nets (after Henry Klumpenhouwer) and the topic of microtones. Cannot see anything about categorial monads in music, other than the very different usage of the term monad as a single note or pitch. Many theoretical papers take a very physical view of the musical process rather than looking upon it as communication at a high level between performer and listener, which is more aesthetically pleasing. Still need a consultant!! Listened to Shostakovitch's 14 Symphony on CD by Liverpool Phil; might be relevant for something!


December 29th: today is latest sunrise of season at 08:33 in Hexham. Full details are at https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/uk/hexham including the reason why evenings and mornings are apparently not symmetrical: the solar noon, when the sun is at its highest, is advancing through December from 11:57 to 12:11. Anyway if you're having trouble getting out of bed (I might be able to help!), every morning is now lighter for the next 6 months!! We're also 400k km closer to the sun than at the start of the month. On 21/12, the solstice, the angle of the sun in degrees is as low as 11.7 (90 is overhead): how pathetic!

Sorted out visit to Bywell on 15/8, posting some piccies below; also added some more material from Kingston. Sent final submission of ANPA 2016 paper to the editor Anton Vrba, after checking it all carefully. Made N4c4t where good to have S on!! No one game for W4g4s with 2 down with chills and 2 not driving so stayed in for a dry evening! Gritting was really good last nite with double ration on the 'Shire spine road: must be someone with influence. It worked with road clear all day but snow was only 2 cm deep after the frost at -3C. Funds finished with a flourish at +5k on further hopes for commodities in 2018; will sort out final changes for year tomorrow. Doesn't look like much action over next few days with mates out of action: any ideas anyone: lok2t beauties!!!!

December 28th: journey back went very smoothly; duly seen off by family with final refreshments C4c4c @ KNG; son travelled back with me to KGX as going back to HAT. Had a marvellous stay: gr8 seeing a lot more of own family!! Left KNG at 11:18 on SW Trains, changed at VXH for Victoria Line, making KGX at 12:05, well in time for 12:30 KGX-NCL. Very scintillating return: pent-up feelings: she's so captivating: lok2tgrf!!!!!! House was straight as S in yesterday but heating only ½ on so priority 1 was getting fire going; much warmer by time out to T&S4ra4s with M/A. Snow is imminent. 2moro it's N4c4t and W4g4s, so back to routine!! xxxx

December 27th: had walk along Thames from 12:00-15:00, going upstream from Kingston 1  2  3; very flat, very cold, no raptors! Had 19 species of birds, mainly water ones, including Mute Swan (30) 1, Great Crested Grebe (2) 1  2, LBBG (1 adult, graellsii) 1, Black-headed Gull (200) 1, Common Gull (4 adult), Redwing (2). Compiled data from visit to Byerhope on 4/8, details below. Main event of day was Nutcracker at Coliseum in evening, preceded by meal at Piazza Express in Leicester Square. I know some of my mates think the Nutcracker is a bit wet but it is very absorbing: amazed it was 21:50 as we left to walk across Waterloo Bridge. Dancing was beautiful, the well-known Suite is but a part of Act II, Act I is very varied, we had good views from the Dress Circle, and tunes are still in my head, always a good sign, particularly the Pas de Deux: Intrada (youtube: Rudolf Nureyev (Russia) and Merle Park (UK)), which is vintage Tchaikovsky! We all enjoyed it and great to see such a young audience; the girl sitting in front of us looked as if she was going to join the dancing at one stage! Some less graceful dancing is here: S/I showing off in early November! Funds staggered up 2k to make new record with PoO and oils up, U down. 2moro being seen off the premises at KNG by granddaughters at 11:18, intending to join KGX-NCL a little over an hour later!! lok2t beauties!!!!

December 26th: free morning, catching up on various tasks on laptop, including booking flight from NCL-OTP return in mid-February for IGM (£220). Then we went over to daughter's for walk in Richmond Park, which was rather slow going at Isabella's pace. Had a Tawny Owl calling as left park at 16:50. We stayed for a meal; persuaded them to put on Jurassic World, which though was fantastic; loved the animations of the dinosaurs, the scenery and the gradual descent into chaos! Piccies from yesterday: granddaughters Sophia (2.85) 1, Sophia Isabella (1.25) 2, cousins Sophia Isabella Ryan (5) 3, daughter/husband Catherine Mehdi 4, son Alexander 5, son-in-law's sister Toktam (host) 6, son-in-law's sister's husband Iman (host) 7, Iman's mother 8, food 9. 2moro it's another lazy morning but later going to see Tchaikovsky's ballet Nutcracker in evening with daughter/son at the Coliseum, with meal b4, so will be big day out for me in Central London! lok2t beauties!!!!

December 25th: grand day in Kingston, celebrating Xmas in style at son-in-law's sister's house. So a significant Anglo-Iranian meeting; have a piccie of each attendee, which will publish 2moro. Raised dividends to family, paying 2k each to son and daughter and 0.5k each to the 2 granddaughters. So that's 5k to come off funds in the New Year, but a good cause!! 2moro we're meeting in afternoon, probably in Richmond Park for some exercise. Pity fancied ones are absent but coming back comfortably b4 New Year. lok2t beauties!!!!!!

December 24th: completed all but a few Honey-buzzard videos for 1/8 visit and also added records from Ordley garden for 28/8. Went for walk along Thames at Kingston downstream. Had 18 species of bird including Mute Swan (4), Tufted Duck (8), Great Crested Grebe (1), Siskin (10), Ring-necked Parakeet (2). Son duly arrived and we went off on 371 to daughter's where spent all of evening. 2moro sees major family celebration as last year at son-in-law's sister's!!

Happy Christmas to the beauties and lok!!!! xxxxxxxxxx. Have a great day!!

December 23rd: sociable day, meeting daughter and family at The Boaters pub by the Thames for lunch (my treat!), doing some Xmas shopping at Bentalls (for kids, part of Fenwicks group) and Waitrose (Snow Leopard vodka, Lanson champagne), having tea, and going round to their place for supper, mastering 371 bus. Kingston is my favourite part of London from the little I know: Ealing is a little boring, Richmond a little posh. Kingston is very cosmopolitan and was one of the strongest remain areas in the referendum. It's also got the Thames and Richmond Park, plus a University. Daughter thought I should move down but said my life was in the NE!! Did a little work on 1/8 visit to Swallowship; hope to complete this tomorrow, except for the massive MP4 clips, which can't edit on the laptop. 2moro son arrives at the Inn and we're going round for tea and supper at daughter's! lok2t beauties!!!!

December 22nd: well completed journey with bit of trouble – points failure near DON, making us 32 minutes late into KGX and refund of £22.50 due! Made KNG and booked into Premier Inn, b4 walking across to see daughter's family on edge of Richmond Park. Gr8 to see them again including my 2 bonnie granddaughters, aged 3 and 1. Daughter's husband M who works as a trader for Gazprom Marketing & Trading in Regents Park is heavily into cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin. He bought some a while ago so well in profit even after today's slump. He has tales of people recently using up their credit card limits to speculate in this area: maybe too late to the party! Daughter's more interested in her flat in KNG, which she has let to a good tenant. I did put 35k towards the flat's deposit, which is a gift, I think now! Son is finally getting interested in buying a property in Hatfield; he joins me at the Inn on Sunday. In my tame investing world, funds finished 5k up on week, losing 1k today from record yesterday; gain on year is 231k after 9k of withdrawals, 8k of which for family at Xmas and birthdays, so 240k gross. PoO topped $65 this evening but U stocks weak. New fun stock is PFC – Petrofac; good finances but under investigation from Serious Fraud Office! Still strongly with ENQ and none sold! Morning saw a gr8 send-off: very exhilarating: passionate might be the word: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! 2moro daytime it's shopping in Kingston, taking daughter and granddaughters out for lunch there and walk in Richmond Park. xxxx

December 21st: shortest day of year; every day is longer now for next 6 months! Completed ½ the hedge trimming on the party hedge – all good exercise! Working on Honey-buzzard nest visit on 1/8 to Swallowship. Got ready for trek. N wasn't well so abandoned CB and I went to VctCmt instead for some broth and f&c. Funds reached a new record today. Marvellous in Toon: better and better: ought to move in: she's gorgeous: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! 2moro it's longer trek (not difficult) from 11:29, meeting up with daughter's family in evening. xxxx

December 20th: met M at T4c4c; good chat but not much progress on CT! Then out on the street again at 4St from 13:00-14:00 shaking the tin gently for local charities; good haul while choir singing! Meeting with R chiefs was partially successful in that joining the critical Strategy team immediately and becoming communication supremo but will not be JVP until July 2019. Not too bothered as leaves more time for my other interests! Followed hour long meeting in Elvaston by G4g4lt, where A on in a tantalising role!! Concluded processing records for Hampshire from 7/8-10/8, which covered below. Next up are 2 trips in early August to Swallowship and Byerhope. Mild weather continued today with max 10C and some moths emerged: 2 Winter Moth, 1 Mottled Umber, at home. 2moro making N4c4l and later starting trek S at 16:15, interrupted by meeting N at French restaurant CB4m4s in GS, NCL, at 19:30 (N's not well, will be VctCmt). Next day will give time to review final submission to ANPA and abstract on CT for music. lok2t beauties!!!!

December 19th: did some analysis of piccies taken during relaxation stretches at ANPA 2017 in early August; hope to complete 2moro. Did collection in 4St: people were quite generous; got a final stint tomorrow at same time, after meeting M at T4c4c to chat about CT. Have chat (interview?) at 18:00 with senior R people about JVP; may put back G4g4t until after the chat! Funds unchanged on 1st 2 days of week: suspect tax-loss selling (selling stock you have losses on to cancel out gains elsewhere) may affect the last 2 weeks of the year as many tax years end on 31/12. The sort of stocks I buy have often fallen from earlier in the year as I like to buy for recovery! Did make BH4ra4s where had a couple of Maverick – maybe appropriate! Evening finished brilliantly: she's very stirring, and gorgeous: lok2tmbo!!!!!! xxxx

Going back to Joy Crispin, my fierce rival at school, we both ended up at Oxford where I started my 1st job aged 24; she a modern-language teacher, married to an Oxford don in mathematics Robin Wilson, while I started work at the Experimental Information Unit, Oxford University, in Keble Road opposite Keble College. In my PhD at Hull University in chemistry on isotope effects in the Hydrogen-Oxygen reaction, the research group had been involved in advanced computing techniques to solve about 12 simultaneous equations dynamically, converging on a solution. Some of the runs took 12 hours on an Elliot 803 computer; I used to set up the run by inputting instructions on punched tape at 18:00 on an evening and cycle in to collect the results on punched tape at 06:00 next day! The computer was far less powerful than a current smartphone but of course it was very pioneering work. With my love of maths I had become very interested in the new field of computing so applied for the position of Liaison Scientist in Oxford, which I secured for the grand sum of £1155 a year as a junior research associate. The project at Oxford was to evaluate computer-based chemical information services, by working with chemists to develop a profile of their interests and running this profile against the literature held in a database. So it was early-days information retrieval as developed later by Google for instance. If you follow the Crispin marriage clip youtube to the end, you will hear that it is noteworthy that she will not promise to obey her husband in the marriage vows. This was an incredibly controversial issue at the time. My wife was a strong feminist and broke off her engagement to David Cohen (of the Tesco family) because she could not see her own career being valued: every cloud has a silver lining: no obeys at our wedding, even in the nuptial mass at Teignmouth Catholic Church!! Will look out a piccie!

December 18th: well hope you noted the 1 minute gain in daylight this afternoon; better still, every afternoon/evening is lighter than the one before for the next 6 months! Mornings are still getting darker but doesn't worry me too much! Did some energetic hedge trimming today, doing entire rose hedge around old vegetable bed, in about 1.5 hours with break for lunch in middle; Rabbits complained about noise! Found why neighbours not feeding the birds: 'my' rats are the problem; well there are rats everywhere in the countryside (and the city!). Am getting more tits on my nuts!! Weather was sunny and mild, rare combination this time of year. Made R annual Xmas bash at 19:00, sitting next to P and past president CT with his wife M. Had 3 courses for £21 plus a couple of red wine. Hotel B has been taken over by the Poles but not complaining!! Then made G4g4s where 5 of us out for good chat and gr8 to have C on from Canada; she's involved with training of young opera singers! Here's summary pages in html for Azores visit in July 2017: birds  butterflies, 29 types of former, 3 of latter. Now onto visit to Rowlands Castle in early August 2017: getting there slowly! Have to write Xmas cards 2moro and cut some more hedging; also collecting in 4St4R at 13:00 for 1 hour; much later may go E!! lok2t beauties!!!!

December 17th: we had good news last week with acceptance of paper in journal Studium Vilnense, published in Vilnius, Lithuania, edited Romuald Brazis. Title is Ensuring Software Quality in Information Systems pdf. There are a few alterations, plus addition of keywords, to make to the paper still but it's almost there. So that's good: the same basic paper will go into ANPA 2016/17 with addition of recent work on Dolittle and into Whitehead 2017 (Azores proceedings) with a more philosophical slant. Must complete the CT/music abstract for UNILOG this week. Devon M's keen on historical perspective of metaphysics and we submitted a pdf last week: Postmodern Theology and the Metaphysics of Icons to the International Conference on Eugene Trubetskoy - Icon and Philosophy, to be held in Krakow from 3-6 June next year. Booked up the 3 Festival concerts! Completed bird/insect side of Azores with piccies and records held below around late July; just need to compile totals now from the spreadsheets. Rapid thaw this morning but temperatures then stagnated though no frost late evening. Made C4c4l and G4g4s where gr8 to have A on!! Week coming up has some variations with R Xmas dinner 2moro followed by G4g4s; Tuesday sparkle; no TC on Wednesday; surprise on Thursday!! lok2t beauties!!!!

December 16th: continued very cold today with all-day frost and no let-up by midnight but forecast to thaw quickly around 07:00 tomorrow. Indexed quite a few Azores piccies midday so close to completing 28/7. Caught train into NCL; it was fairly riotous with bottles all over the place! A little late at MP4m4t but there were good reasons!! We had extended meal there of 3 courses; besides the good food and attention, it's always gr8 to see the same faces working in MP; must be a good working atmosphere with the charming customers! We did get to S4con a little early but we ended up watching the dancing, rather than Young Sinfonia, as N thought it was all in the concourse! Dancing was very lively and varied, part of Folkworks. Bach's Christmas Oratorio was absolutely sublime; we heard parts 1,2,3,6; presumably having 4,5 as well might have made it a little long. RNS + Chorus with LV as conductor is a powerful combination and there was also a chance for some performers to shine with the 4 singing soloists, 2 oboists (SH/MO), 1 flautist (AY), 1 violin (BC), 1 cello (RM). We finished with red wine upstairs where had good chats with EG, ATT and BC!! City was a little crazy with quite a few looking a bit unsteady or even flat out!! N was staying at his flat. Finished strongly in the turmoil: we do match so well: she's absolutely stunning: lok2tgrf!!!!!! Caught the last HEX bus, which was almost full; we left 1 person in NCL after he'd got off the bus and been a little unwell! 2moro it's C4c4l and G4g4s; planning to start hedge cutting again if it gets milder. xxxxxx

December 15th: again cold with max 1C and min -3C; heavy sleet this morning then fairing up and freezing; use Hexham Racecourse as nearest weather station in Met Office forecast. Did make N4c4l where S on again! Collected speakers from Argos and got them working later – good quality. Met P at 17:30 at BB where we had a bottle of red wine, steak and apple pie; P also had a port but not I; we put the world to rights, particularly R! We had to be out by 19:45 as table booked for later, which we did with ease. Went home and later made W4g4s with the Friday nite gang, 5 of us out for good chat! Got home at 00:40 after slow drive in the 'Shire with patches of ice where grit washed off; only 1 g in the circumstances. Funds had a good week, finishing +8k after wobbly Wednesday (becoming a theme) and firm Friday!! U stocks did well overall as did RDSA, which hold in quantity in ISA and SIPP; receiving 4k in divis next week, nearly all into ISA/SIPP but will not give any further gain as counted in funds after the stocks went xd. Hold 151k ENQ now; tanker no.5 Navion Oceania arrives 2moro at Kraken indicating increasing oil flow; the pipe break near Aberdeen does not affect Kraken, as that's a FPSO, but does affect some smaller wells of ENQ in Kittiwake area. Good news that another nuclear power station has been given the go-ahead in the UK at Wylfa, Anglesey: Plans for major nuclear power station in Wales win green light nuclear-power-station-in-wales. Gain on year is 226k. Delighted to receive info on tickets for the Festival!! 2moro it's active day as below!! lok2t beauties!!!!

December 14th: quieter day and still cold with temperatures swinging marginally each side of 0C, the worst for the roads with heavy sleet at midday; car was a block of ice at 21:00 when going out! Made C4c4l where gr8 to have S on and T&S4ra4s where 3 of us out for varied chat on wide range of scientific topics, mainly AI! Road to Slaley had fortunately been gritted!! Completed Azores data and piccies for 27/7, now working on last full day 28/7 at Furnas; will return to day 1 23/7 to look for further Common Tern and AYLG piccies and clips, latter including calls, suitable for Bulgaria in February. Bought some speakers (Argos, £40) for my retro gramophone player so can hear the LPs better. 2moro it's full timetable with N4c4l, BB4m4t with P in Corbridge, W4g4s. Saturday it's full ½ day with N, making MP4m4t at 15:00 and S4con including the juniors!! lok2t beauties!!!!

December 13th: made T4c4c with M; his CT is a bit rusty maybe, stuck in 1980s, but he did compliment the RNS on their performers yesterday. Completed Azores compilation of data for 24/7 and then for 25/7-26/7 as was at meeting exclusively for those 2 days; now onto 27/7 for Ponta Delgada where many piccies compiled already. Gave cleaner S £60, double normal rate as Xmas bonus! JVP appointment in Hexham R has been a little side-tracked with consultations to be held; checked the constitution today and this says an election by ballot should be held by end-December. Trust the members, don't trust an inner cabal; will keep alert! Weather continued cold with max 1C but dropped below freezing to -1C by tea-time, producing ice all over the place. Decided HEX-NCL was best done by train, particularly as selected film was not too long. So made TC4m4s and watched Menashe, an intriguing film about the Hasidic Jewish community of New York. The setting was very domestic, centred around a widower's attempt to keep custody of his son after his wife had died and he did not want to marry again. The relationship between the son and father was very close but the pressure was immense and one year and a day after the death of the wife, the son was moved to his uncle's with a promise he would be returned if the father re-married. Final scene was the widower smartening up and going to see the matchmaker: good advice!! Was captivated by the tensions and the insights generally into the Hasidic people and was taken by surprise when the film ended. Gate was good and cafe manager said he'd heard nothing but good reviews!! Last train back was full of merry Toon supporters: you'd never have thought they'd lost! Made it with 60 seconds to spare!! Visit was very profitable in other respects: very warm: she's gorgeous: lok2tgrf!!!!!! 2moro it's N4c4l and much later T&S4ra4s!! 21/12 sees NCL b4 KNG 22/12. xxxx

December 12th: finalised addition to Goshawk page as below; it's been a worthwhile exercise! Milder today with thaw in afternoon but quite raw on 2C by evening after -2C in early morning. Coal was delivered yesterday evening; I'd almost run out of ovoids. Made AF with N after visit to Sh4c4c; good crack – he's finding running 3 houses/flats quite complicated but enjoying NCL for interest. Bought some postcards from Devon for £14 and a red glass Whitefriars vase from 1930s at AF for £28 (beaten down from £38): last of big spenders! Like quality glass; will put up piccies. In evening made HA4con by RNS, playing a Baroque Christmas by Candlelight. Attendance was good, just about filling 2 naves (if that's the right term!). Programme included works by Corelli, Vivaldi, Walton, Purcell, Marcello with imaginative supplements of Northumbrian traditional music! BC was the star, not only leading with the violin but doing some clog-type dancing! ATT did well out front alongside him!! Had chat in interval with M/B, N/L. Headed down to BH4ra4s where kept to the Porter; have settled in well back there as if never been away. Did dally in the E: savouring the moment: she's so beautiful: lok2tmbo!!!!!! Funds +11k in 1st 2 days to new record; PoO up and U stocks firm anticipating some recovery in metal price. Will it hold? 2moro it's T4c4c with M, G4g4t with B, TC4m4s via CP. xxxx

Published on page Population of the Goshawk in SW Northumberland more details of the Goshawk breeding season for 2001, as in Table 2a below, with commentary.

Area

No. sites

No. adults

Breeding Category

Juveniles

Conf

Prob

Poss


Local-fledge

Also seen

Devil’s Water

3

2

2

0

1

3

0

Allen

2

2

2

0

0

2

0

Upper South Tyne

5

4

5

0

0

8

0

Lower South Tyne

1

1

1

0

0

2

0

Tyne

3

4

0

1

2

0

0

Derwent

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

Total

15

15

10

2

3

15

0

Table 2a: Breeding Data for Goshawk in SW Northumberland by area in 2001


This year has been singled out for more detailed results as it is the best year in the whole of the study for number of broods, giving an insight into distribution patterns under favourable conditions. The rather ironic comment was made in my notes for 2001: “Best year to date. Gamekeepers found access difficult in spring. Also perhaps growing acceptance of this raptor: it does kill a lot of pigeons”. The outstanding area in 2001 was the upper South Tyne where 5 pairs bred, all of which were successful, raising at least 8 young. The birds bred in an unbroken line up the valley, 2 tetrads apart from 160-260m asl. The valley is fairly narrow at this point so the patches of woodland are linear with little possibility of occupying a branch from the vale. The whole valley is dedicated to shooting with Red Grouse being the target on the grouse moors and pheasant in the valleys. This would suggest that the Goshawk have regarded the linear upland woodland with abundant game on all sides as an ideal habitat. Other areas in the SW moorland areas, Allen and Devil's Water, were also very successful with a total of 4 broods and 5+ young. In lowland areas, the lower South Tyne and Tyne Valley, 4 sites were occupied but there was no great resurgence nor outstanding success with only one pair confirmed, raising 2 young. Derwent was less well covered so no conclusions are drawn. Nest spacing was 3.6km in the upper South Tyne (between 5 sites, max 5.0km, min 2.0km) and overall 4.5km (between 12 sites, max 7.0km, min 2.0km); 3 sites were too isolated for a meaningful measurement of the spacing.


December 11th: continuing cold, down to -8C last nite at dawn, up to -1C max today. No more loss of daylight in afternoon: we've grounded at 15:38 NCL, 15:40 HEX. Have processed Goshawk results for 2001 and will publish 2moro; results are very interesting. Made R @ B4m4l where yet another good meal (fish pie) and gr8 service from l followed by C4c4ll where good to have S/H on and much later by G4g4s where 4 of us out. Did have a small fall of snow in the 'Shire about 20:00 but decided had to go out as otherwise could spend the whole winter at home! Good day for funds, making new record by close, breaking that on 9/11. ENQ: all aboard: ready for take-off!! 2moro it's Shack4c4c with N before AF at W, then HA4con with RNS and maybe E much later!! lok2t beauties!!!!

More about my strange child-hood. I was a day-pupil at a private prep school in Teignmouth until I was 11; my parents had ideas about my progression to Taunton School, a fee-paying 'public' school where my father went. But family fortunes were declining fast and any fees were too much so my parents asked the prep school, what my chances were of getting a scholarship: zero, he's unlikely to pass anything, let alone get a scholarship, was the response! I spent most of my spare time out in the field, cycling all over the place, catching insects! So parents asked the prep school to enter me for the 11+ in the hope of getting to Teignmouth Grammar School. The prep school did so but gave no special preparation saying ominously only 25% pass you know. On the fateful day they sent 4 of us in a taxi to Teignmouth Secondary Modern where the exam was to be held; the other 3 were there as a sort of insurance policy. I found some parts of the exam pretty mysterious but could handle shapes and numbers well so hoped for the best. After the exam I went in for lunch with the masses at the School; the prep school were absolutely outraged at this; thought I was going to be put in a sterilisation tank! Anyway I did pass but probably not by much as I was in the Z (bottom) stream in year 1 at Teignmouth Grammar School; the prep school were very surprised particularly as their other 3 entries failed but good riddance! So aged 11, next term was at the Grammar School, which much preferred to the snobby prep school. The form teacher immediately put me on a handwriting remedial course; after the end-year exams was promoted to top stream X for year 2 (top 8% in year across all schools in the local system). Year 2 was a major shock: 20 girls and 7 boys, all expected to be university entrants, in a fiercely competitive atmosphere. Top of the class was Joy Crispin who married Robin Wilson, son of prime-minister Harold Wilson youtube. She's a nice girl!! I didn't have as much consistency as some of the girls over a wide range of subjects but I was top of the class in maths and overall came around 7/27 for the next 3 years (years 2-4) with always all-girls ahead of me. Chess was one of my secret weapons against Joy, meeting her in the finals of the School competition 3 years running. The 1st time I beat her easily as she underestimated me; the 2nd time she was well up on pieces but I engineered a sneaky checkmate; the 3rd time the game was a war of attrition and in the end the master ruled it a tie. There were no prisoners taken here!! My main tactic was to encourage the opposition to over-extend themselves in an attack and then counter vigorously but think Joy had got wise to that. Meanwhile insects were declining in my life: some girls seemed more desirable every day and was becoming more interested in science generally. I shocked the biology teacher by preferring chemistry and physics for O-level (year 5) in a move to the 'hard' sciences, which of course included maths. Thought biology (as taught) was a soggy subject: still do!

December 10th: working on Goshawk results for 2001 in response to a query from a ringer in the Peak District; this year of foot and mouth fame was revealingly the best throughout my study and so can see how the species might behave under more optimal conditions when keepers kept off the land; initial interest is in nest spacing. Almost completed Azores 24/7, just needing to index the multimedia for some of the dolphin and enter the results in the spreadsheet. The rest of the Azores trip can be processed much faster as quite a lot has already been done and some days were spent almost entirely at the conference. Very cold today with -1C max and -5C min on light N breeze; wind chill tonight is -8C. But no snow and roads OK. Did a little more active shopping buying in Clarks some sturdy shoes with good grip and some slippers. Also made W4shop and finally C4c4ll. Taking a break on ANPA paper, waiting for comments. This week hope to provide an abstract for the music (in logic) workshop at UNILOG in Vichy next June; could present similar work to ANPA as that not published yet with some progress to take account of recent work on intension/extension. Didn't make G4g4s: P cried off and I thought had been out enough lately, particularly when looked at ice on car! 2moro it's R @ B4m4l, N4c4ll and G4g4s. This week much same as last perhaps but Saturday for Friday. lok2t beauties!!!!

December 9th: RBBP report for 2015 was published last week in BB: Mark Holling and the Rare Breeding Birds Panel, Rare breeding birds in the UK in 2015, 110(12) 706-754 (2017). Relevant pages for Honey-buzzard are 722 and 723. At last they're moving in the right direction, reporting strong increase over 25 years at +219% with 40 breeding pairs in 2015. Interesting quote:

Observers are less secretive now, but that cannot be said for the Honey-buzzard itself, which is a difficult species to monitor effectively. There are large areas of Britain where no-one is looking for Honey-buzzards and the population could be more than double the total given here.

Would add: there are large areas where surveys of some sort are made but the observers lack competence or integrity. It's quite a mess as the Honey-buzzard may be a key beneficiary of climate change with milder weather in September/October helping pairs in northern Britain to complete the cycle. If it's going to take reporting groups so long to adjust to dramatic changes, we do not have an effective idea of what is happening in the real world and the recording system needs reform. The main author is based in Scotland and is presumably anticipating a large increase in numbers known there in 2016, maybe extending into 2017, as per the recent Scottish Birds article.

Slept in, hard week, sweet dreams!! Very cold again, max 0C, min -4C, but some weak sunshine and N wind lighter. Just 1 minute to go off sunset times now, from 15:39-15:38 in NCL. Desktop was almost frozen this morning after major Win10 Creative update on Thursday but after c10 restarts finally came back to normal; it seemed to be sorting a different plug-in on each cycle; there's lots of new multimedia software to try out. Didn't make C4c4l as remembered street market on and would likely be packed: postponed until 2moro. Spent much time on Azores 24/7, sorting out the Whale watching trip with pleasant memories; Devon M went with me on that. Will have the piccies/videos added tomorrow plus spreadsheets updated. In evening made DoW in Newton; saw our MP GO who lives in village and warned him about the Lynx outside! There were 7 of us there for annual Xmas dinner of the Friday nite crowd, who meet weekly in the Welly at Riding Mill. Good fare: 3 courses (pheasant was my main course), 2 g, 1 c, good service, and plenty of crack!! My cost was about £35 including tip. Some members thought we should have individual bills but I rebelled, saying we'd all spent a basic amount so we should just put that in the kitty and top it up with extras: agreed much to waitress's obvious relief! 2moro after C4c4l should complete 24/7 and for nitecap will make G4g4s. lok2t beauties!!!!

December 8th: still very cold with all day frost in the 'Shire and wind chill -5C again at midday on moderate N breeze. House keeps warm but have ordered more anthracite (5x50kg) and small doubles (3x50kg) as could be burning through a bit over next week; anthracite is fairly locally produced, coal is Russian; delivery is normally quick as pay straight-away! Working on 24/7 Azores, spending (too!) much time on separating the Dolphin species; this was the day of the Sperm Whale! Had sociable evening with N, meeting him at MP4m4t b4 S4con where watched The Sixteen perform Glory to the Christ Child. There were actually 18 of them and got obsessed with continually counting them, as they switched positions, to check the total! Hall was virtually full over 3 levels so good gate! Enjoyed the high quality of the singing and the ethereal sounds often made; maybe programme could have been a little more varied; some of the audience were irritating in that they clapped whenever there was the slightest pause, even when the conductor Harry Christophers was desperately signalling shut-up. Was a concert that was very good for relaxing the soul!! We went to Br4g4s, which was absolutely packed, leaving jit!! If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well. It were done quickly: she's brilliant: lok2tgrf!!!!!! Popped into W4g4s to meet the gang of 4 and further chat. Needed relaxing music tonite after another week of uncertainty with Brexit: funds ranged from +9k on Wednesday morning to -3k this morning before settling at +3k at end of week, +218k on year to date, -6k short of record for close of day. It was a great week for U while PoO was on a roller coaster before finishing on a high. Bought another 8k ENQ this morning; will take off if PoO approaches $70/barrel. 2moro it's C4c4l and DoW4m4s with the Friday nite gang!! xxxx

December 7th: wind went to a brisk N today and temperatures plummeted close to 0C, with wind chill -5C. Completed Azores report for 23/7 though still many AYLG photos to process for this day; also processed London material for 30/7 and 31/7. Fetched over all of Faro records on ebird from late March for further work. We had good meal at HoN in Market St, HEX. There were 6 of us out, including A, A's daughter, who's studying computing at level 4 at UNN; all very chatty!! 2moro it's somewhere 4c4c, followed by MP4m4t with N, S4con and W4g4s!! N's playing his cards close to his chest so not sure of the schedule!! lok2t beauties!!!!

December 6th: completed processing 9/9 records from Bywell area so moving on now to Azores visit. Had long session at T4c4c with M; he's interested in origin of Dolittle ideas in CT. Much milder today and waiting for Caroline tomorrow; going to be wild in the Shetlands! Good to see nuclear power is to continue from Calder Hall/Windscale/Sellafield in west Cumbria: A state-owned South Korean energy firm is to take over construction of a troubled nuclear power station planned in north-west England, in a significant boost for the UK government’s nuclear ambitions korean-energy-firm-kepco-rescue-moorside (Korean energy firm rescues UK's Moorside nuclear power project); note it's South Korea, not North! Went to G4g4t where B absent but H made up for that!! Made TC4m4s and later saw Murder on the Orient Express; it was very good; Kenneth Branagh was superbly analytical as Hercule Poirot; the cast was of very high calibre; it carried more gravitas than the earlier version and the scenic shots were full of atmosphere; there was less emphasis on the brutal murder itself; audience was much bigger than for some of the weird psychological films I've been to recently! Plenty of pleasure was to be had: calmness may be a virtue: she's entranced me: lok2tgrf!!!!!! 2moro it's HA4c4t and HoN4m4s with the techies!! xxxx

The year when 16 was very positive: passed my O-levels well, was School Chess Champion for 2 years running, did Ten Tors long-distance walk on Dartmoor 2 years running, and in School Cross Country team but prowess in other team games, gym and athletics was close to 0! Started stock dealing on my own account, by cashing in various savings funds. Strictly was too young to deal, being a minor, but checks then were very relaxed! My sisters thought I was nuts; my father was more supportive but thought my style was a little adventurous and surprised I took profits rather than hanging around. It all had to be done by post; didn't want any questioning over the 'phone and of course no Internet so typing skills in letters improved! My mother was more concerned with my social life: “there are so many nice girls in Teignmouth, Nicky!” Whatever, by time I got to Uni at Hull (in the far, far north!) aged 18 to study Chemistry with Pure Maths, my father was tragically drowned in an accident and turmoil ensured. My grandfather George R had been a very prominent and wealthy businessman in Teignmouth, as a jeweller, but my father had been more academically oriented. Music-wise my father like my elder sister was a skilled pianist, both up to grade 8, though my sister had also got up to grade 5 with the violin. However, my interest was growing and father took me to a number of concerts by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Exeter, one of which featured the Tannhäuser Overture, sparking my passion for Wagner!! I also took K to a Cliff Richard concert in Exeter!

December 5th: here's piccies from the moors at Kings Law on 3/12: looking S and NE, with old Pheasant egg in a cutting 1  2. This December Moth was on my front light on 20/11. Added 3 clips and 14 derived stills to Shilford visit 1 below on 26/6, covering a female seeing me off the premises (story of my life!). Wound up this stage of ANPA paper and sent pdf copies to 2 co-authors; will put it up on web page soon! So lots of progress. Made N4c4l where good 2 meet HASS performer! Much later made BH4ra4s, where dark Porter again; J who used to work there now lives in HEX, have seen her several times; she made the bar!! Very fulfilling end to day: she's so fit: absolutely fantastic: lok2tmbo!!!!!! Funds doing well on U mines: +7k overall on 1st 2 days; these are a bit of a dark horse in the portfolio. Oils are steady and au a little dull; just 2k off all-time high. 2moro it's T4c4c with M for CT, G4g4t with B and at last a trip on the train at TC4s via CP!! xxxx

December 4th: made R @ B4m4l but JVP position still not filled; no vote and they decided the 2+ contenders should be interviewed by the DG (District Governor). Meanwhile upped my profile by giving 25 mins talk on our website (which I maintain), mentioning a few policy areas in which Council might like to be involved, including our shady relationship with Amazon (aka Acrobat), one of the notorious FANGs of Wall Street. I'd found out that our supposed discount is meant as thanks for advertising to non-members and not as a routine discount to members on their shopping; further Amazon use data mining techniques to try and find out who is a club member and deny them the discount! L set up the projection equipment very well!! Talk was slightly cheekily timed in that I wasn't on the programme but tagged myself on the end of the Business Meeting in the hope there would be time, of which fortunately there was loads! Had leisurely break in N4c4ll after all the scheming! Simplified the Dolittle notation and at last looking complete. Made G4g4s where 5 of us out for good crack!! Want to get my mtDNA report circulated soon to relatives, certainly before Xmas so will post that here. 2moro it's adding bird records to spreadsheet for 9/9 and starting on Azores trip in late July, completing Dolittle draft and maybe trip E in evening!! ENQ's 4th tanker is due to arrive on Wednesday at Kraken, suggesting major ramp-up in production (C U Next Tanker, they say); ENQ's Sullom Voe initiative has received positive commentary in Shetland News shetnews1 (EnQuest takes charge of Sullom Voe Terminal 1/12) and shetnews2 (EnQuest to focus on productivity and winning new business for Sullom Voe Terminal 2/12). U3O8 shares buoyant today on Kazakhstan plans to cut production (and boost prices). lok2t beauties!!!!

December 3rd: pretty studious day, working on Dolittle structures, simplifying notation to make it less intimidating! For bird records, added nest visit 26/6 Shilford to main files and added piccies to visit on 9/9 to Bywell. Did go for walk on Hexhamshire Common from 14:45-15:45 in the beautiful sunshine on light NW breeze with temperature 3C; nearly all snow gone so easy walking. Had 21 Red Grouse and a very stale Pheasant egg, plus a tortrix moth Acleris hyemena, which hibernates on the moors; it surely didn't really believe it was spring! So Red Grouse was the only bird! Made G4g4s where good to have A on; had good chat with P and the dommies gang! 2moro it's R @ B4m4l with election of main officers by the 42 members. Been told there may well be an election for JVP as there is at least one other person interested: OK, nothing like democracy in action! May also be demonstrating the web site but not sure there will be time. Much later will make G4g4s!! lok2t beauties!!!!

December 2nd: back to the Honey-buzzard today, sorting out 25/6 (Whitfield Monk/Parmently) and getting 26/6 (Shilford nest visit) ready for entry tomorrow morning. Two out of the 1st three nest visits were so productive – 19/6 Ordley, 26/6 Shilford. That will finish June, and 1st half of year, except for 22/6 Wylam, 2nd nest visit, which parked for a while as a lot to do; October/November are up to date so making progress. Then it's onto 9/9 to index the piccies on this page and the end of July for the Azores trip. Need to analyse the gulls on the Azores for trip to Ruse, Bulgaria, in February, where talking at the IGM 2018 (International Gull Meeting) on Breeding Azorean Yellow-legged Gull; very attractive meeting, including a visit to the Ruse rubbish dump to meet the local gulls! Will fly to Bucharest Airport so 2 new countries: Romania and Bulgaria: want to come!! Have 2 trips in June to Budapest (Wagner Festival, another new country - Hungary) and Vichy (UNILOG CT, France) but family trip (elder sister's side) in late May to Naples is to be switched to the UK, perhaps Cornwall again (Londoners are illiquid!)! Quite a gap around April, somewhere on the Atlantic beckons. Bought some bird food today but nothing on my nuts by late afternoon. Neighbours have given up feeding the birds – war on nature! Magpie was 1st bird on the seed on the shed roof. Did make C4c4l where very pleased 2 c trhwso: handled the moment with great aplomb!! Delighted 2 c tmgo again!! High tea was f&c+mp at SC. 2moro it's out for some exercise plus G4g4s. lok2t beauties!!!!

December 1st: lots of snow lying around this morning, up to 10cm level snow, but road cleared, so into NCL on 11:43 HEX-NCL; made CT4s4l keeping in touch with old favoured haunt! Then did some work in the library, sorting out a couple of difficult paragraphs and a diagram: concentration is always better in a library than many other places! Funds came up well in last couple of days of week, finishing +4k which not bad considering ftse 1.5% down on week; UK markets are becoming demoralised and are among worst performers of year internationally with Brexit uncertainties and rebound in £ against $. Up 215k on year to date or about 25% from starting position, compared with ftse rise of 2.2% though a number of other markets such as US ones have done significantly better than the ftse. ENQ formally acquired from BP stakes in Magnus field and Sullom Voe oil terminal today; will most definitely continue to hold! There are other attractions in toon: very stimulating for commuters: was a little worried over timings: she's so fantastic: lok2tgrf!!!!!! Did make W4g4s and had good chat with 4 long-term mates!! 2moro it's C4c4l and catch up in evening!! xxxx

November 30th: sunny morning though bitterly cold and no sign of things to come as 1st snow flakes fell while sitting at N4c4l, chatting to J. Did shopping and drove home, sailing 10m past house on light snow cover as braking system went into its anti-lock mechanism, taking brakes off all 4 wheels when 1 locks, not ABS! So ice under the snow and it quickly got worse: did not go out again. Roads were treacherous for all vehicles. Weather forecast was hopeless, at least on BBC, underestimating how cold the surfaces were and the volume of snow that would accumulate; they actually changed a weather map in the middle of an update to show the deterioration! It's finally turned to sleet at 01:00 1/12. Still caught up a lot on ANPA paper and close to final draft of this version now. Had flu jab at Sele practice, in at 11:42, called in to nurse at 11:45, out at 11:48: short & sweet; no reaction yet; last visit was for jab last November! Gr8 update from EnQuest CEO Amjad Bseisu : "We are making good progress in delivering the ramp up of Kraken, with average Kraken production increasing each month. We have now achieved production rates of over 40,000 bopd gross with DC3 wells online earlier than planned. We are on track to deliver a Kraken production rate of 50,000 Bopd gross during H1 2018." Some relief there, as well as with OPEC/Russia agreeing further cuts in supply to underpin PoO; Putin's a nice guy! Leaflet: style is gr8, in pedant mode beware the 'pf'! Still plan to go into NCL 2moro but maybe for early lunch and later. Hope special ones are keeping fit: lok2t beauties!!!!

November 29th: clearer and drier today but quite crisp and hard frost setting in by late evening. CT is priority at moment; had good meeting with M at T4c4c discussing the slow Blockchain performance; adjointness involves a free functor seeking new states coupled with an underlying functor checking any new state against the rules; the new states are open in Blockchain so that's one cause of the slowness; checking the rules against the rest of the distributed system could also take a long time; it's common in computing for new technology to give performance problems (see Bitcoin briefly crashed today); in the 1980s old lags said the relational model will never catch on as without pointers at the user level it's too slow; relational databases today hold over 90% of the world's structured data! AI was developed in the 1980s with tremendous hype but it's only now with superfast distributed computers that it can be readily implemented. So what does Blockchain give you over existing systems through its CT basis: 100% consistency, including security. Met B at G4g4t for good crack!! Pushing the BF to friends at concerts; might have a few takers; the new leaflet is very good!! Made S4con as part of Newcastle Chamber Music Series with the Schubert Ensemble as performers. Liked Mahler's Piano Quartet and the Mozart Piano Quartet 2; thought the Chausson was a little complacent: overall lacked the bite of last week's concert!! Next concert is 8/12 at S. Nite was very exciting: she's so sensuous: enjoy the city-life: lok2tgrf!!!!!! 2moro it's flu jab at 11:45, N4c4l (to recover!), T&S4ra4s; on Friday planning to have a working day in NCL to produce another draft of ANPA paper for co-authors to review. xxxx

November 28th: cool day with heavy sleet showers in E on moderate N wind by evening, not settling. Completed processing of Ordley site visit 19/6 and in evening did move on to Dolittle diagrams producing some captions and a couple of paragraphs of description; slow going as everything has to be right. Very interested in the amount of electricity consumed by global Blockchain processing in Bitcoin: more than that of Ireland evidently so very machine intensive – investigating but suspect it's seeking adjointness; will be on agenda at T4c4c 2moro with M. Did make N4c4l where good to have S on: gr8 2 c trhwso and tmfso!!! Much later made BH4ra4s where renewing acquaintances! Gr8 end to day: close-up action is so motivating: she's very beautiful: lok2tmbo!!!!!! Funds stand at -2k so far on week after hammering of energy stocks on Monday when -8k; OPEC meeting 30/11 is causing some nervousness but RDSA of which hold 3641, mainly in ISA, did well today on very positive RNS. Was going to the Orient mid-week but thought better of it: it's S4con with sq: G4g4t a little early catching train b4 6!! xxxx

November 27th: cool again on moderate NW breeze after some rain in morning. Completed processing 14/6 Dukeshagg (Prudhoe S) and almost completed processing 1st nest visit to the local Ordley site on 19/6 (7100) with clips of calls, stills of nest and setting of site scattered below from 19/6-23/6. It's nice having a nest so close to my bedroom! Made LAF Working Group 1 meeting today from 18:00-19:30, where we discussed collaborating with RoW staff at County Hall on updating their RoWIP (Rights of Way Improvement Plan) and with pushing through the final stage of the Coastal Footpath from Amble to Spittal (South Bents to Amble stretch has just been approved, great progress). Only problem is I was elected Chair of the WG! Onto R evening meeting at 19:30 at HA where we had a good meal and chat before a rather harrowing talk by a charity on treatment of cancer in children in India. I was responsible for a page in R's Xmas Chronicle in last week's Hexham Courant (24/11, p.46) on work by the Vocational Team. There's a problem here as well: do I want to be considered as Junior VP at tomorrow's Council meeting, taking up post in July 2018 with view to becoming President in July 2020. Well!! G was very quiet but did have H to keep me company!! 2moro it's N4c4l, back to Dolittle after completing Ordley records and maybe back to BH4ra4s, to give them a puzzle!! loh&k2t beauties!!!!

November 26th: bit milder today but strong NW breeze kept temperatures down. Today sunset was 15:49 and sunrise 08:02, just 11 minutes more to lose off afternoon daylight but c30 minutes to lose off mornings; love it when the afternoons turn in mid-December! Had some drama in garden with a Stoat assassinating a Rabbit just outside the patio doors: lots of squeals but pretty clinical and prize hauled off; Rabbit numbers are well down now and no sign of rabbit fencing. Added piccies from Stanley Burn on 11/6 of a clear-cut male Honey-buzzard (7032) and started on Dukeshagg visit for 14/6. Gulls are on a roll, football-wise, winning 2 games in a row beating leaders Sutton away 1-0 last Tuesday and Leyton Orient at home 3-0 yesterday; is the big escape on again: we aren't the best it's true but 3rd from bottom now! Football's a difficult topic at moment though in the G where had a nitecap late-on with the gang! A major catch up at home today after being out quite a lot. Brought financial records up to date; use a 13-sheet 2MB spreadsheet under OpenOffice Calc with many cross-references and automatic feeds to drive the system. Booked train tickets for Xmas trip NCL-KNG, making sure got reservations to add to my Premier Inn booking at KNG plus more local booking!! This week might reinforce my links to E and planning to go on a long train journey midweek!! loh&k2t beauties!!!! Very interesting late Honey-buzzard, not as implausible to me as to some!

26/11 12:14 Kent : European Honey Buzzard, Oare Marshes NR one reportedly flew west (10:30) [R]



November 25th: continuing cold with fresh NW breeze after snow showers settling on the top of Hexhamshire Common overnight but clear at lower levels in the 'Shire! Made C4c4l where good to catch up on FT: much of market action still on FANGs or FAAMGs (tech companies) and BATs (Chinese retail companies) with continued neglect of most other sectors: much inconclusive discussion on how long this can last! Drove to NCL to St James' and St Basil's Church, Fenham, to hear the Brundibár Fundraising Concert. It was an interesting programme with some very talented musicians including 4 first violinists, one the leader, and a cellist from RNS. Always think you should lead by example and SR did just that playing solo Bach's Sonata 3, commencing with the Largo, where you really are exposed, but it was brilliant! We then had Shostakovitch's duet for two violins and piano, which was short and sweet, and Steve Reich's Violin Phase, which had an incredible recurring structure played by 3 violins initially with a 4th added seamlessly part way through! Suspect this last piece was a slight challenge to the traditionalists but think most concerts should contain something out of ordinary. After a little red wine we had Schubert's String Quintet Op. 163 played by 3 violins and 2 cellos, an unusual combination. I find Schubert's small-scale works are much better than his symphonies and this one is incredibly rich in tones and varied in pace; the adagio was played beautifully!! Had gr8 chat afterwards, a little more red wine, donated 40 and drove home. It was a great evening in all respects and hope the Festival is now secure: it deserves to be!! Hope the ps was good: lok2t beauties!!!!

November 24th: well, added a male Honey-buzzard to totals for display period and the whole season by review of the piccies from Studdon Park on 11/6. One of the purposes of the careful addition of the season's records is to check everything is OK. Home page has been updated accordingly. So completed processing data for this site in East Allen and now working on Prudhoe S for 14/6 and piccies for 12/6 at Wylam E. Did make N4c4l where good to have S on!! Very chatty – caught up with J again. Thought trhwso looked a smart business lady!! Much later made W4g4s where 4 of us out to catch up with the world. Quite frosty today though sunny with it and very energising until after dark when temperatures plummeted. Funds made +1k on week, +211k on year. Still moving towards energy stocks and background trends are encouraging with continued rise in PoO and in U3O8. Have to be patient with many investors having written off the sector for 2017; said situation does though give opportunities. 2moro it's C4c4l followed by concert at Fenham in evening; thinking of driving as it's on W side of NCL!! lok2t beauties!!!!

November 23rd: completed documenting Pithouse 4/6 and Morralee 9/6; next one up is 11/6 Studdon Park, 1 of 6 remaining for June. Decided to skip N4c4l and finish Morralee as going out anyway later. Made S4con for a Star Wars Spectacular with enlarged RNS, conducted by Stephen Bell who was just the ticket, being affable and informative. Dress in the orchestra was varied: AY looked the part as an Ewok, the cellists and double bass players dressed conventionally but violinists particularly leader KH were into the spirit! Love Star Wars: it's rather like a popular version of the Ring, with good and evil forces for power; it's substantial in scope, well beyond Wagner's trilogy in its 8 parts though comparable in total length with the Ring's 10 Acts lasting 17 hours; it's exciting and sometimes romantic as with Princess Leia! Like the Ring, Star Wars even has leitmotifs (signature tunes) to alert the audience to who's arriving or to a particular event. So think John Williams is a very skilled composer. Was good to have some strong singing from the RNS Chorus. Audience was very different to normal: a younger age carrying many more drinks into the performance, but protocol as to applause and enthusiasm was normal; very good to see. The auditorium was completely full even without N and my fellow partners who didn't go! When in NCL a man fell over in road, quite dangerous really but fortunately not hurt. A group of us rescued him, found he was going to a nearby Italian and carried him upstairs to the table where his family were due to meet him! The restaurant were amazingly understanding, saying leave him with us. He'd had a couple: NCL is such a hospitable city! Plenty of excitement elsewhere: she's lovely: maybe prestissimo is the best: lok2tgrf!!!!!! 2moro it's surely N4c4l at last followed much later by W4ra4s; next concert is SJSBCF!! xxxx

November 22nd: made good progress on 4/6 Pithouse visit with many piccies posted of a pair of Honey-buzzard over the heather moors; it's all documented on 6/6 below. Tomorrow will add the records to the spreadsheet and then start on 9/6 Morralee (Allen). Met M at T4c4c where relatively short meeting; was given some ideas for handling null data values in the topos as a subobject. Later made G4g4t with B and lingered a bit while cleaners hard at it! Good to have H on!! 2moro it's N4c4l and then NCL via train a little after 5 to go to S4con; got my light sabre and AT-AT ready for the film music!! lok2t beauties!!!!

Interesting recent article in New York Times Wind and Solar Power Advance, but Carbon Refuses to Retreat by Eduardo Porter 7 Nov 2017, at climate-carbon-renewables. Among some disappointing aspects of renewables in practice it quotes the relative energy densities of nuclear and solar/wind: "For instance, the Diablo Canyon [nuclear] reactor that California plans to close produces 14 times as much power as the Topaz solar farm, which requires 500 times as much land" so nuclear power has an energy density of 7000 times solar in this example. “The Wind Catcher farm in Oklahoma occupies 2400 times as much land as Diablo Canyon but produces half as much energy” so nuclear power has an energy density of 4800 times wind in this example. Nuclear therefore encroaches on much less land than the renewable sources, preserving much more space for wildlife and, like the renewables, is almost carbon-free. U3O8 prices are rising rapidly off a multi-year bottom so hurry if you want some yellowcake!

November 21st: completed processing of May records with good series of Honey-buzzard piccies from Towsbank on 21/5 (see below); now working on Pithouse Fell for 4/6; all new material is going in below for date when recorded. Inserted simple Dolittle diagram in paper, with explanation, as bridge to the more complex diagrams. Mild again but much windier by evening: many leaves off trees and winds strengthening! Made N4c4l where good chat! Much later broke out to BH4ra4s where received like long-lost friend: had a couple of dark porters: ale and punters very good company!! Funds unchanged: some relief as, after bad week, downtrend still feeding through in some securities. Increased ENQ holding by 10k shares. Investors are behaving as if peak oil is 2moro: no chance with so much going into 'renewables': U3O8 is our main hope of salvation! 10GWh capacity at a modern nuclear station will deliver 9GWh 24/7 for 60-80 years; 10GWh capacity at a wind/solar farm will deliver 2.5GWh for 10-15 years, sometimes producing nothing at all, requiring CCGT (natural gas CH4, prodigious source of CO2) as back up. Gr8 end to day: delighted that puzzle is over: she's absolutely fantastic: lok2tmbo!!!!!! 2moro it's T4c4c to chat about CT with M, then G4g4t with B! NCL is Thursday for *W; might make Polska after G 2moro while cleaner is busy at home!! xxxx

November 20th: pressing on with May records, completing Hexham Westwood 20/5 and making good progress on Towsbank 21/5, last sheet for that month. This period around 20/5 saw the best Honey-buzzard display of the season. There are 8 sheets to complete for June. Will publish interim results for Red Kite when the May entry completed and for Hobby and Red Kite again when June completed as well. October and November data entry is complete. Preliminary Honey-buzzard results for the whole season are available on the home page. R @ B4m4l had dignitaries attending of regional DG and national DG: we are rated as a successful club. Talk by JC of 10 minutes with your GP was interesting highlighting communication problems (as you get in IT determining requirements) and the most difficult case of all when the customer 'knows' the answer and just wants to tell you how to proceed; blinkered web research can be a major problem. Had a brisk walk from 15:30-16:30 up to Dotland in much milder, damp weather; a Kestrel 1w was hovering over my field (stuffed with vermin!). Made progress on Dolittle diagrams, incorporating them into paper; now need to produce captions, bring in a template as introductory material and modify the text. Made G4g4s where 5 of us out for good crack!! 2moro it's N4c4l and much the same work-wise. Much later will make BH4ra4s!! lok2t beauties!!!!

November 19th: son left on 09:56 from HEX-NCL-KGX; his stay was good! Cold and clear for most of day after sharp overnight frost (-5C) but raining steadily by pub-time! Completed 2 more data reports: Dipton Wood/Eastwood Common 18/5 and Eastwood Common 17/6. Just 2 to do for May; display period not far off finished. Booked 3 tickets in Dress Circle for Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet at Coliseum, near Xmas; that's for kids and myself, a snip at £185.25 including extras! Good 2 c someone's web site has improved a lot!! News on ENQ continues to improve with tax breaks looking likely in this week's budget, benefiting North Sea Oil producers: Hammond's budget bid for £40bn North Sea oil bonanza: Tax reforms offer hope of new deals for maturing oil fields at the times business. G4g4s was chatty and good to have A on again; no-one wanted to talk about football! 2moro it's R @ B4m4l and G4g4s so pretty predictable. lok2t beauties!!!!

November 18th: busy schedule maintained with visit to QH to hear Marina Nadiradze play piano pieces by Scarlatti, Haydn, Prokofiev, Chopin, Schumann, Ravel. Thought the Schumann (Abegg Variations) was the most melodic and the Chopin (Scherzo Op. 20, 31) the most interesting. Her style, brought out best by the Prokofiev (Sonata, Op 14), was somewhat like Martha Argerich: assured with the notes played very cleanly. As an encore she played some Georgian folk music, which was pretty wild! We had meal before at Polska BBQ – smoked sausage with red wine – quite cheap, well cooked, good service. Did make C4c4ll while son re-explored Hexham, sadly too late for the rhwso; son didn't think Hexham had changed much. Completed below Honey-buzzard account for 7/6 (Blanchland) and working on 18/5 (Dipton Wood/Eastwood Common). Got no trips scheduled before Xmas so hope to get the past season written-up by then. Son leaves tomorrow morning for work on Monday; will be in Hexham at lunchtime. lok2t beauties!!!!

November 17th: very good day with son arriving at S4m4l b4 rehearsal and performance. Very impressed with maestro Olli Mustonen, quite a light touch on controls but spelt out clearly what he wanted and performance was up a gear from the rehearsal, where he was happy with the Mozart (PC 26, OM as soloist) and Shostakovitch 9 but less happy with Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet and Borodin's Nocturne, latter adapted for string orchestra from his string quartet as often played on Classic FM! N arrived for the tea and the evening. High quality of flautist is maintained with AY! Would loved to have seen Stalin watching the Shostakovitch: some of the piccolo, played superbly by Julia Crowell, was completely OTT tin-whistle marching material. 2moro we're seeing Georgian pianist Marina Nadiradze at QH after meal and walk, maybe in Dipton Wood. Funds finished -9k after poor performance by oilies and rest of market with ftse down 2.4% over past 2 weeks; this in spite of PoO holding up well. U3O8 and Au continued to do well emphasising the poor performance of the oilies, which maybe was just a correction after recent rise. Energy has been the worst performer on US markets this year and sentiment is still poor but fundamentals are improving fast: expecting it to be a good pick for 2018. Have 118k ENQ now with tanker at last officially scheduled to arrive at 08:00 20/11, delay maybe weather-related! Did have fun in spite of complications: she's absolutely lovely: lok2tgrf!!!!!! Maybe some diverse action next week, could be BH on 21/11, followed by *W on 23/11!! xxxx

November 16th: mild today becoming cold with frost overnight. Up late after ko rest, making N4c4ll and much later T&S4ra4s, latter under new management and quite full, for a change. Had good chat with DH about Sister Act last week; said band was good! IT agenda topic at pub: should students learning Java be taught IDEs or how it really works underneath? We favoured the latter. Think neighbours are angling for me to pay half the cost of the Rabbit-proof fencing: hints have gone over my head: always raise the level of abstraction when under threat! Finished drawings using OpenOffice Draw of the Dolittle diagrams and will incorporate them in the draft soon. Paid 0.375k to RNS as quarterly sum for very worthy sponsorship of talented flautist EG (but AY fits in somewhere!). Son is arriving tomorrow at lunchtime from 12:39 arrival at NCL of KGX train and will meet him at S for the Shostakovitch rehearsal!! N's joining us at S4m4t. N's now an NCL resident, renting a studio flat near Vermont, but still owns his house at Stocksfield, plus ½ a house in Northampton! The English are never happier than when living in vast amounts of space: most R members have at least 2 houses: I'll stick!! It's no wonder we have a housing crisis though will admit my 4-bedroomed place could do with a few more occupants if suitable!! lok2t beauties!!!!

November 15th: had good chat with M at T4c4c where my proposal for the data structure was accepted with a bit more justification than I'd managed! Was good to meet up with B at G4g4t after absence for a few weeks. Into NCL via CP to make TC4m4s (e&c+bb). Film was The Killing of a Sacred Deer with good cast including Nicole Kidman and Raffey Cassidy; latter was supposed to be 14 in the plot and did act that age well but must be older in real life! It was a psychological horror film, with sexual overtones! Think I'm going to get a bad reputation if I go to too many of these! There wasn't really a happy ending, in fact it was pretty dark but thoroughly enjoyed the whole film. Shades of the Ring with a curse put on the so-orderly Murphy family by son of deceased after a heart-operation cock-up involving the father who performed the operation while under the influence; the children become ill with forecasts of death of one of them; the curse is released by the father shooting his son, who did keep his hair too long for taste. The daughter escapes: sons always seem to be more dispensable than daughters! The parents are very cool (cold?) saying we can always have another one: poor Bob! Enjoyed the delights of the town: she's very sensuous: perfect harmony: lok2tgrf!!!!!! 'Tis a dangerous adventure!!!! xxxx 2moro it's N4c4l and T&S4ra4s with my IT mates.

November 14th: had good news from Whitehead conference that our work presented at Krakow is to be published, as below. It's good that we're the 1st paper in the book! We have a longer version, which will be submitted elsewhere. Our affinity in publishing with eastern Europeans is long-standing: we share the same interest in fundamentals, rather than in immediate financial relevance; however, the Blockchain (Bitcoin) development in using our technique of categorial monads for database transactions is most gratifying (and has silenced our critics!). Large banks and oil companies are also looking seriously at the technique for database transactions and shipping transactions (bills of lading) respectively.

Michael Heather & Nick Rossiter, Formal Representation of Process & Reality in the metaphysical language of Category Theory: Whitehead's relational theory of space, in: Science and Mind in Contemporary Process Thought, Lukasz Lamza, Jakub Dziadkowiec (edd), Part I: Towards a Science of Process (Introduction by Bogdan Ogrodnik), 9-24 (2018). pdf

Have spent much time today on the ANPA paper; have sorted the Dolittle technique for representing relations but will take a week to write it up! This part is very important as the Dolittle (Pushmi-pullyu) diagrams represent the detail of the relational or object database structure and contents, upon which the monads operate. Fairly difficult start to week for commodities and funds -4k. Plenty of signs today that disappointing API figures for US oil stocks were leaked early, giving steep fall in PoO of 2.5% to $61.50 a barrel 7 hours before publication! You're naïve if you don't know about such things. Have built ENQ equity stake up to 100k shares (with much more in debt ENQ1); looks as if tanker no.3 is approaching Kraken now for offload from surface vessel of c600k barrels (worth c$36m), from monitoring of ship movements; this is our own 'intelligence': it's a murky world: helps to be IT savvy! May buy a few more ENQ tomorrow: has potential to be a multibagger but not for the faint-hearted!! Will check on shipping early morning. Saw that England game was on telly so no chance of Ireland game being aired in the pubs; what a pity though for the Irish (losing 5-1 after scoring first). Made N4c4l where very chatty, and gr8 2 c tmfso!!! Bank was closed as approached, maybe run on it! 2moro it's T4c4c with M for CT (M to be added to authors in ANPA paper for his contribution) and G4g4t with B, followed by CP and TC4m4s where feeling like a rut!! lok2t beauties!!!!

November 13th: raw today with light snow coming out of the sky mid-morning but it didn't settle. Made R @ B4m4l where good talk by BM on our Nepal fundraising; had almost maximum attendance. We made 1.23k for British Legion at T, the highest for some years. Later made G4g4s where 5 of us out for good chat with the lively H on!! Sorted out piccies from 29/10 and posted them below of last Honey-buzzard juvenile in study area this season, at Towsbank. Final number was 2 dark-phase juvenile; home page has been updated accordingly. Booked up for Wagner Festival in Budapest in mid-June; going with son to see Der fliegende Holländer, Tristan und Isolde, Tannhäuser, all at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall; had to make quick decision after son's suggestion, all being booked up very quickly. Never been to Budapest before so will be very exciting, by the Danube!! About a week later will be in Vichy for the UNILOG (logic) conference. Honey-buzzard will be relegated a little in study area at start of rearing period. 2moro should make N4c4l and may watch Ireland game later in some pub; could be a wander!! lok2t beauties!!!!

November 12th: quite cool today, max 5C and frost threatened after midnight, going down to -4C. Sorted some more records today from the start and end of Cornwall trip in end-May; all done now and have produced summary table for raptors. Decided making upper South Tyne looking for late Honey-buzzard was fairly insane, seeing how cold it is; so did some catch-up shopping, making W for food, T for basics (lovely bright light bulbs) and garage for petrol (now 122.9p/litre, got mixed feelings on that!) and some bags of firewood (kindling, logs, to supplement main fuel of anthracite ovoids). Delighted 2 c share store-choice with trhwso: big spender, might look mean supping my free coffee!! Son's back from Andalusia and confirmed he's making S on 17/11; we're planning some trips to the continent for opera next year. Think it's time made another trip 2 TC!! Much later made G4g4s where 6 of us out for good crack!! 2moro it's R @ B4m4l, maybe C4c4ll and G4g4s. lok2t beauties!!!!

Species

Area

Count


Coastal (Rock, Polzeath, Tintagel. Padstow,)

Camel (Wadebridge-Bodmin)

Bodmin Moor (Jamaica Inn)


Dates

25/5-29/5

'30/05

'31/05


Common Buzzard

11

7

3

21

Honey-buzzard

0

4

1

5

Sparrowhawk

2

2

0

4

Kestrel

3

0

0

3

Red Kite

0

2

0

2

Hen Harrier

1

0

0

1

Tawny Owl

1

0

0

1

Totals

18

15

4

37

Analysis of Raptor Totals in Visit to Cornwall 25/5-31/5 2017

Total for trip to Cornwall of all birds was 65, including 7 types of raptor as in the table above. Common Buzzard was by far the commonest raptor, found in all habitats in good numbers. Sparrowhawk was also widespread but Kestrel seemed local, favouring the coast. Honey-buzzard were not found on the coast: they do not like bracing maritime locations but were more widespread inland, particularly on the Camel River, upstream of Wadebridge. The Camel is ideal habitat with extensive woods along its banks and shelter from coastal breezes, enabling temperatures to rise; the number of solar farms and vineyards shows the local warmth generated here, which are good for insect populations. Bodmin Moor needs further study but finding one bird over a conifer wood suggests there is some potential. Honey-buzzard like anywhere with heather. One Red Kite was a migrant but the other looked in territory; the Camel would be an ideal locality for first settlement. The Hen Harrier male was presumably a migrant. The Tawny Owl was found near the holiday let; their wider presence is unknown.


Species

Area

Count


Coastal (Rock, Polzeath, Tintagel. Padstow,)

Camel (Wadebridge-Bodmin)

Bodmin Moor (Jamaica Inn)


Dates

25/5-29/5

'30/05

'31/05


Large White

10

0

1

11

Small White

7

0

0

7

Green-veined White

2

1

0

3

Painted Lady

7

0

0

7

Red Admiral

4

1

0

5

Speckled Wood

2

6

0

8

Common Blue

3

0

0

3

Small Copper

0

0

1

1

Wall

0

0

1

1

Totals

35

8

3

46

Analysis of Butterfly Totals in Visit to Cornwall 25/5-31/5 2017

November 11th: main event of day was HASS's Sister Act, which started at 7; reminder came through on mobile as lay in bath expecting it to be 7:30! So bit of rush, got there at 7:10 and sat in back row for first half! Really enjoyed it: such enthusiasm and polish: this was performance 5/5 in 4 days. CA as leading lady Deloris was really into the part, maybe natural for her! She sang very well and drove the performance superbly. Thought NG was superb as well, again always into the part Sister Mary Robert and singing well. Surprised to see RJ as chief baddie Curtis: he entertains us with the accordion in 4St: he's a good actor. Supporting HASS and not QH Theatre Club, which was late partner's passion, has raised a few eyebrows but I'm more musically focused really. JV, who handles patrons, chatted me up in the interval, when in proper seat; she said they were thinking of doing 2 productions next year (up 1, not sure I should say what!) and was clearly looking for support; I said I would happily continue as patron, maybe with bit more. Earlier made C4c4l and T4coll where spent 1.5 hours waving poppies and collecting tin at shoppers. Amazed how generous people were: people very much believe in Remembrance Day and think R have collected over 1k in the last 2 days for the British Legion. Gr8 encounters with trhwso and tmfso: must get out more!! The killing of the Lynx in Wales plus the earlier almost-certainly fake news on the sheep killings has caused a lot of consternation in the media. I chipped into The Times debate on Escaped lynx is killed after fears for public safety at https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/a438f810-c67e-11e7-9914-a38dcc178fcd:

Clive Hamilton 12 hours ago, 4 Recommend

Is the Zoo taking the p***? Who let the animal escape in the first place? it's a f****** Lynx. What did they think was going to happen? What would happen if the animal had killed a zoo keeper? What is likely to happen when such an impressive animal is on the loose close to population centres? They need to blame themselves here. I'm outraged at the Zoo for letting this animal escape. Total idiots

Nick Rossiter 12 hours ago, 14 Recommend

@Clive Hamilton They should put the dead Lynx on display along with a medium-sized dog (Labrador), a large tom cat and a sheep. That would illustrate that the Lynx is not a monster! The sheep-eating story is rubbish: it will likely have been living on rabbits.

The Hexham Courant story Escaped lynx kills seven sheep as Kielder release plan is considered at Escaped-lynx-kills-seven-sheep is almost certainly fake news: not very good for their reputation! 2moro it's W4shop b4 trip out to upper South Tyne and much later G4g4s. lok2t beauties!!!!

November 10th: spent most of day at home, doing work on Dolittle and using newly-arrived long-reach hedge trimmer to finish cutting the leylandii; latter job was relatively easy and safe so pleased with purchase. Need to sort out Honey-buzzard from 29/10 at Towsbank with some urgency so know 'final' migration totals for year; at present total for that trip is 2-3 juvenile. Also need to visit Towsbank again to check that they've all gone. Made W4g4s where 6 of us out for good chat. It was a bad week for the ftse, which continues to be the world's worst performer this year, falling 1.68%, most in last 2 days and now just +4% on year. The malaise was centred on retail stocks but extended to all stocks in last 2 trading days. PoO finished week still up but off best at $63.52, on Middle East worries. Own funds reached record high on Wednesday at +5.2k but gain on week reduced to 1k by Friday; would have gone -ve but for surge in U3O8 stocks on further production cutbacks. 2moro sees N4c4l, Armistice Day collection under R at T from 14:30-16:00 and QH 4 Sister Act in evening!! lok2t beauties!!!!

November 9th: main event of day was S4con with Brussels Phil playing a varied programme under their dynamic conductor and compère Stéphane Denève. The modern piece was moved to pole position: Flammenschrift by Guillaume Connesson; evidently Stéphane tries to include a 21st century piece in every concert he conducts; the piece was very stirring as its name suggests but there did not seem to be much variety. Suspect many had come for Bruch's violin concerto and they were not disappointed with very accomplished performance by Nikolaj Znaider, of Danish-Israeli origin; evidently it's one of his favourite works and it showed; love the lively final movement. In part 2 we had Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un Faune and extracts from Prokofiev's Cinderella selected by the maestro. I'd not heard Cinderella before and was amazed at the variety and surging nature of some of the scenes; it was more dynamic than expected, justifying the large orchestra. Showing our appreciation, we had 2 encores: a Bach piece by Nikolaj and an extract from Bizet's L'Arlesienne Suite (the ending) by the whole orchestra. The latter was so rousing: very good party piece! Sage 1 was almost full, save for a few rows in middle of L1. Chatted to a few partners and they said last Friday's rehearsal and concert went very well; pity I missed it. Earlier made N4c4l where pleased to chat to S again and MP4m4t with N who had to eat mush; he moves to near Vermont on Monday, which will change habits!! He's thinking of going to my dentist, suspecting she must be good if she can put up with me!! Did have one very exciting moment!!! 2moro it's a break before HASS on Saturday; should make N4c4l and W4g4s!! lok2t beauties!!!!

November 8th: down to -2C overnight, a real frost; made Stocksfield Mount from 13:05-14:10 in calm, dry, cool conditions with weak sunshine. No Honey-buzzard seen; almost would have been incongruous now it's got this cold! Had an amazing incident at Prospect Hill while driving to site; spotted a Common Buzzard flying like a bomb towards me at 13:00; it came over the car and dived on a cock Pheasant crouching in the grass, presumably wounded after an earlier brush with a car; the Buzzard grabbed the Pheasant and without properly landing flew right back over me; I even instinctively ducked it was coming so close; nice number! Other raptors were 3 Red Kite up briefly at Bywell Cottagebank at 13:43 and a juvenile Kestrel up at Stocksfield Mount. So for trip that's 5 raptors of 3 types: Red Kite 3, Common Buzzard 1, Kestrel 1. Also had 14 Fieldfare N, 1 Chaffinch W, 2 GBBG adult W, plus 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Nuthatch, in total of 21 species.

Earlier made T4c4c with M where carried on with the Dolittle diagrams; we've all agreed to forget Banach now, focussing instead on relationship in Dolittle pullback between a 1-category and a 0-category through a 0-functor. Much later made NCL via CP, getting to Northern Counties Club at 18:15 for reception 1; this was sociable, chatted to a few Friends of ON and tucked into wine and delicate refreshments. Reception 2 was in the TR itself in Olivier Suite in the interval and formed an S group with AP/PR; they were very positive about links with ON as the more music centres, entities and festivals you have, the more the whole thrives; the ON Director RM came along later and asked if I wanted to raise my supporter category from Associate (£30 a month): might well but said I'd think about it; did have the impression I was being targeted a little! AP thought overlap between RNS and ON supporters is very low, maybe 10-15%, so I appear to be an exception in being keen on both genre; S and ON have similar annual budgets of £17-18m; think AP thought we delivered a little more; did get a plug in to PR for N/B as excellent organisers of the PP; yet more wine and light refreshments! We did have some music: Pag and Cav, Pagliacci by Leoncavallo and Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni, before and after the interval respectively. The 2 pieces were very different in style but similar in the caustic effects of jealousy: Cav has the very moving Easter Sunday chorus and an altogether simpler plot, resulting in the husband killing his wife's lover: not sure that's a very good tradition!! Pag was more lively and varied in the setting with the wife being killed this time for refusing to give the name of her lover, who was also done in trying to save her; so bad news for both male lovers: just desserts or bad luck lads!! The singing and the orchestra were very good throughout with no weaknesses. Met IB on way out and we had good chat: he was lecturer in same School at UNN. Did fortunately manage to fit in other activities: very exciting: she's brill: lok2tgrf!!!!!! 2moro was not sure how evening will go but N has abandoned major tooth operation (good thinking!) and we'll be going in as usual to MP/S!! In daytime will make N4c4l and maybe do some hedge trimming as main corded cutter still works fine. xxxx

November 7th: pretty laid-back day with rest of week looking busier. Made N4c4l and caught up on piccies for recent Devon trip, adding the wooded Honey-buzzard site from 4/11, plus some of the views over the surrounding countryside. Main wildlife today was a mouse in kitchen, complaining that I'd moved the bait; swiftly moved bait back to where it had been; think it was a bit groggy but it scuttled away! So blocking obvious holes outside has not worked: must be some unobvious ones! Funds +5k so far on week with PoO holding well above $60 per barrel; main gain has been in ENQ1 (debt) but have now assembled 66k of the equity (ENQ). Was planning on quiet run-up to Xmas but little hope of that now with commodity markets this fervent! Where's it all leading: boom or bust!! Until inflation starts rising seriously across world, will back former for now but will locate the exits! 2moro it's CT with M at T4c4c, followed by trip out for any late Honey-buzzard and hope to make CP by 17:00 for evening festivities; looking forward to it all: lok2t beauties!!!!

November 6th: busy day with R, starting at B4m4l followed by team meeting and visit to a member's house to show how to create a ppt! Did then get round to hedge trimming but Gtec (cordless, Li powered long-reach) didn't work, even though fully charged; think it might be jammed! So ordered another one with 3.5m reach: Grizzly Tools 900W Long Reach Hedge Trimmer from Germany, corded, £141.99; waiting for Argos to confirm delivery! Prefer the corded ones: have 150m of extension cabling, enough even to do the roadside hedge! Chat with M last week was very useful: sorted Dolittle diagram for the relationship as another pasted pullback; makes it all very orthogonal. Paradise papers may have a profound effect: Corbyn has a ready response when asked where the money is; government will find it difficult to continue with austerity; relationships with Crown dependencies will become strained; UK finance industry might improve its ethics (?). The current entrenched global trends, of low rates of growth and low inflation, are consistent with a world economy where the rich are taking an increased share of wealth and not spending it. Apple's policies for instance are highly deflationary: take vast amounts of consumer spending out of circulation around the world and hoard cash in Jersey. So plenty to think about there. Made W4g4s where 4 of us out for good crack! N's having tooth extracted on Wednesday, not coming to ON that day anyway but may back out of Thursday as well – surely not! lok2t beauties!!!!

November 5th: added piccies from yesterday for Honey-buzzard and updated home page with recent results. Had smooth journey back with all on time: cost of flights was £128 return, substantially cheaper than the train and quicker. There was 1 clear advantage to coming through NCL rather than leaving car at the airport: nice to keep in touch: very sensuous: gr8 to have maximum participation: lok2tgrf!!!!!! Caught up on some piccies in evening and made G4g4s for good chat where A on again!! 2moro it's R @ B4m4l followed by team meeting and much later by G4g4s!! xxxx

November 4th: added piccies for last 2 days (in Devon). Back to the Honey-buzzard today. After seeing a male fly into the wood at nearby Bulverton Hill on 1/6 (see below), went for long walk today with sis to explore the woods and the area, with always the chance of a juvenile Honey-buzzard on migration from the north. The wood is owned by Clinton Estates, criss-crossed by footpaths and comprises mixed woodland with large areas of larch, and smaller areas of spruce, beech and Scots Pine, with much understory of bramble and other thickets. Weather was sunny on the whole and mild with moderate W breeze after heavy rain overnight. Visibility was brilliant with views as far as Haytor 1 on Dartmoor and in the foreground the nearby Aylsebeare commons 1  2 (lowland heath) in the Newton Poppleford area 1 stood out well. Always willing to take up the challenge of a new site. So we walked around it and through it, dismissing the larch plantation (never nest there) and scrubbier trees, and noting the structure 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8. In the end liked a smallish Scots Pine on E end of wood, tucked below the top, away from the paths and sheltered from prevailing SW wind. It's true the male in June came down in the W part of the wood but they can fly 1-2 km below the canopy to avoid detection! So that's a task for next season, sis said! On crossing Woolbrook heard a 1w Common Buzzard in transitional calling mode, between juvenile and adult. On the fields at the back of sis's house an agitated flock of 30 Jackdaw was up: very encouraging as often contain a 'buzzard'. Sure enough after 2 minutes of watching them at 14:23, a juvenile ruddy-phase Honey-buzzard was picked up, floating effortlessly 1  2  3  4 (7204), with a Common Buzzard 1  2  3 a little way behind; all over by 14:24. The Honey-buzzard has c4 tail bands with the Common Buzzard having c8. The structure is also different with the Honey-buzzard being lighter and more elongated, compared to the compact Common Buzzard, which also carried a prominent pale breast band. Think that's the equal latest Honey-buzzard in England that I've had: brilliant!! Have had similarly late birds in SE Ireland. 3 late Red Admiral were seen, one of which was photographed 1; there were also a few wasps around. We walked for 2 hours 45 minutes non-stop, doing about 9 km with some steep climbs. I was in my smart shoes which survived well! Later we went to Bawd Inn for carvery, apple pie and g; all very good! Further trouble with US shale: cases of ground water contamination are emerging with litigation in prospect; North Sea oil may be cheaper and cleaner after all! Also Venezuela faces collapse and the Middle East is looking very unstable. Should be good for at least keeping PoO above $60 per barrel! 2moro it's return home by FB with car at HEX. Looking forward to that: lok2t beauties!!!!

November 3rd: M was in pain and rather weak after 8 weeks of trapped nerve in back. But we chatted a lot about future CT papers and strategy and think he was brighter at the end of my visit. We do have a busy 8 months ahead of us with c10 publications to be finished or resubmitted. Weather was like yesterday after early mist so we sat out in his garden: amazing for time of year! Drove sis's car to EXM (where this Pied Wagtail on platform 1), then by train to TOT; lovely route along both Exe (x2) and Teign estuaries, with change at EXD, passing through many old haunts. Chatted to a Chinese female student from Schumacher College, Dartington, on train back from TOT-EXD; she was so impressed with the College! One of our papers next June at Vichy might involve collaboration with some Schumacher students through M's contacts there. Interesting birds on the train journey going over included, at Exe Turf, 40 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 8 Avocet, 1 Shelduck, 2 Little Egret, and at Dawlish, a Great Northern Diver fishing close inshore. PoO finished week at fresh 2-3 year high of $62.07 per barrel after fall in US rig count: US shale is not in the healthy state many imagine with the short well lives playing havoc as hefty depreciation charges; investors are disillusioned. Funds were +12k on week at new record, +219k on year. Maybe next week will be OK as well! For next Wednesday had some good and bad news: invited by ON to pre-performance and interval drinks at TR but Northern Rail are on strike (still back on last bus is not all bad!!). Thursday sees S4con with Brussels PO and Saturday evening Sister Act at QH with HASS. Back to RNS later in month with son joining me for rehearsal/concert on 17/11 and I'll be at * Wars (keen on film music) on 23/11 and Brundibár fund-raising on 25/11. Looking good!!! So missing the gr8 ones but back soon: lok2t beauties!!!!

November 2nd: brilliant weather for time of year with all-day sunshine and mild enough to sit out for late lunch with sis on Sidmouth Esplanade, which was packed. Had some seaside birds in total of 13 species: Turnstone 13 1  2  3 (some of which were after ice cream from people sitting around, never seen that before), Rock Pipit 1 (in our cafe!), White Wagtail 2 1, House Sparrow 11 (in beach reserve 1), Razorbill 1 1 (fishing on sea), Eider 1 1 (1w diving from time to time). Jurassic cliffs are unstable to N of town 1. The nature 'reserve' on the beach continues to prosper 1. Later nephew S came round with partner J and her son W from Newton Abbot; very lively chat and gr8 food (steak pie). Funds up well to new record today after good results for 3Q from BP and RDSA, PoO stabilising above $60 a barrel and fall in £ on feeling that further interest rate rises are likely to be at a slow pace. 2moro it's big day on CT at M's place. Hope he's fit enough. Slept so well last nite, following best for ages!!! lok2t beauties!!!!

November 1st: well now down in Sidmouth for visit to younger sister's family after quick journey NCL-EXT with FB, after Metro out to starting point. Settling in well after being collected! Did spend about 5 hours on the paper today in L&P, going through the 26pp very carefully; main effort was in synchronizing the different parts in terms of our present thoughts; sent to Devon M, not so far away. Made CT4s4l: always plenty 2 c!! Hotel was very obliging: printed out my boarding pass and stored my bag during daytime. Used for 1st time driving licence as photo id on plane. Slept very well but up a bit too leisurely maybe. Plenty of motivation and passion: lok2tgrf!!!!!!! 2moro seeing plenty of relations; quite a few down here still! xxxx

October 31st: now in NCL after busy day at home and here getting next draft of ANPA 37 paper sorted – made great progress, thought there was still a lot to do from our meetings in the Azores but most now sorted and will send to Devon M latest deliberations tomorrow after a complete read through. That's the opposite of the usual situation! Think we should include Hexham M as an author as discussions with him have been very valuable; was worried he might want to interfere too much to make it like 1980s CT but now think he'd love to see a publication. Registered for Unilog 2018 in Vichy for next June: cost €300 for 7 days, not bad! Giving a paper on CT and law. Had gr8 evening in Toon with fairly long stay in VctCmt, where watched Celtic on their usual valiant losing struggle in Europe! Bracing walk on QS shook off a few cobwebs! Exciting arrival: plenty of harmony: she's brill: lok2tgrf!!!!!! Funds are stable with oil stocks tending higher on better PoO and 3Q results and others going lower on rise in £: do expect an interest rate rise on Thursday, but not necessarily a doubling. Have added a further 15.5k ENQ: spies say Kraken installation is developing positively. 2moro not too purposeful as flight in evening: aim to round off the ANPA 37 draft, make CT4s4l and enjoy the city!!! xxxx

October 30th: first real frost overnight, down to -2C, followed by cool day with not much sunshine but little breeze and comfortable outside. Made N4c4l followed by leylandii cutting with the mains-electric trimmer – quite a major job but completed all but the high ridge for which use a lithium-battery powered hedge trimmer; it's relatively gutless but has a longer reach; that's for another day as bad light stopped play! Went to R @ HA4m4s; got to like the evening dos as more leisurely and sociable; talks can also go on longer but today's might have stretched things a little! Onto G4g4s where very subdued atmosphere after Toon lost; H was doing her best to improve the atmosphere and succeeded with some!! 2moro it's maybe a bit after 16:00 for HEX-NCL!! lok2t beauties!!!!

October 29th: much brighter day with plenty of very welcome sunshine but cool N wind giving frost on car windscreen by 10pm at Ordley. Made Towsbank in upper South Tyne from 12:30-14:10 to check on any late Honey-buzzard migrants. Certainly very pleased with result of 2 individual dark-phase juvenile Honey-buzzard foraging on the moorland edge between Towsbank and the moor but need to check closely the piccies (7203). The first Honey-buzzard was up over the moorland edge at 13:09 (14:09 on camera, still on BST!); it flew along the edge for c100m before turning N as it got clear of me and descending into the valley; this bird had fairly indistinct markings but its silhouette was definitely Honey-buzzard, with long tail, long neck, small head and fine bill 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10. From 13:28-13:32 (camera now on GMT) another Honey-buzzard was picked up more over the open moor but still within close range of the edge; it had more distinct markings 11  12  13  14  15  16  17, so different to the earlier bird; also doubt the earlier bird had got back to this position on the moor. The habitat for the sighting is given here 18  19  20  21. There was plenty of interest besides with 2 Common Buzzard also hunting the moorland edge along with 3 Kestrel (adult female, adult male, juvenile) and a Peregrine (female). A male Sparrowhawk flew across the A69 at Bardon Mill W at 12:15, making 5 raptor species for the trip, total 9 birds. In total of 16 bird species also had a family group of 4 Stonechat 1  2 and a very tame Red Grouse, perched on a wall 1. Got back and focused quickly on public enemy no.1 1, eating enormous amounts of grass outside my dining room window and standing up once 1. At 15 secs you can also see results from public enemy no.2: mole hills! Accompanying music is Mahler 2, movement 1, one of favourite symphonies, which was playing on CD at the time. Made great progress on the CT low-level building blocks (difunctional relations, Dolittle diagrams) and should be able to produce an advanced version for discussion on Friday after long sessions on Monday and Wednesday. Got to G4g4s where gr8 to have A on again (complicated history!!). 2moro it's N4c4l and R @ HA4m4s with work in between on CT. lok2t beauties!!!!

October 28th: wild day weather-wise with gale-force W wind up here in the 'Shire at 150m asl but it was very steady, not gusty, so no damage. Got to C4c4ll as delayed by R members whinging about web site; the contact section in the template doesn't work as designed, so in the end just put our Secretary's outlook email in clear on the Contact page while R's national web team sort it. The complexity in the template is to avoid spamming but think solution is too convoluted and doesn't stick to sound database principles (one fact in one place!). Compiled visit on 8/6, for raptors and other birds, to Beaufront. It was an amazing visit with 11 raptors of 6 types. Think it was incomplete as that day was the election day and got distracted as results started coming in. Also working on CT paper for ANPA submission; will continue that tomorrow but do intend to get out if sunny as predicted as Honey-buzzard migration may be almost over with frost predicted for Monday morning; surely the short days must also be a signal to the remaining birds to leave! Didn't take part in any Halloween festivities: sorry about that: it's too American for my liking! Clocks go back: we regain the hour lost in March. Darkness in late afternoon is not all bad news: lok2t beauties!!!! 2moro it's also G4g4s!!

October 27th: sorted out piccies from yesterday, confirming initial thoughts of 2 new migrating Honey-buzzard juvenile; added clip 1 and 3 stills 2  3  4 of the migrating geese. Bright and mild today on moderate W breeze; did a lot of hedge trimming in front on the beech by the front gate and on the buddleia/honeysuckle on the N side of the yard; next up is leylandii, to which I'm allergic so have to cover up and have shower straight after the cutting. Had brief conversation with neighbours on moles but could see direction of travel and managed to change subject: 'my' moles are very healthy and they call in the mole catcher once a year to keep their lawn in pristine condition! Made N4c4t for relaxation after exertion and W4g4s where 5 of us out, including the artist, whose painting I'm going to hang 2moro! PoO had splendid week, Brent finishing at $60.41 per barrel, the highest for over 2 years. Did get drawn in to debate on ENQ1 on fixedincomeinvestments #post-1804 where wrote on 24/10:

The effective yield quoted of 4.6% only applies if you bought the bonds at par. If you buy the bonds at 69%, their current price, you get £100 nominal of bonds on which interest paid in kind is £7 a year, saleable for £4.83 in the current market. So current effective yield is 7.0%. ENQ1 is regarded as considerably more risky than PMO1, which approaches par in the markets, because of its reliance on the Kraken oil development in the North Sea coming good. There are some mildly encouraging signs; if you look at the LSE board for ENQ you can see extensive monitoring of every single vessel that is in the vicinity of Kraken by committed private investors. They do appear to have offloaded 2 tanker-fulls from the FPSO, maybe 1m barrels in total recently. The attraction of ENQ1 is of course the redemption potential at par in 2022-2023, which would make a very attractive YTM. But to emphasise it all depends on Kraken coming good! I think the equity holders did their bit in the restructuring: they did support a large rights issue. I’ve not sold the PIK coupons, preferring to hoard them.

ENQ don't like to give much away on progress but did find the news below on an Australian broker's Macquarie blog (5/10) on BUMI, the Malaysian operator of the Kraken FPSO (surface vessel):

After a prolonged, challenging expansionary journey that started in 2014, BAB’s four projects, costing US$2.9bn, are coming to fruition. Two are now fully operational – FPSO Karapan Armada Sterling III started in 3Q17, while Armada LNG Mediterrana started in early-17. The remaining two should receive full acceptance by end-17. The FPSO Armada Kraken project has been particularly challenging. After hitting first oil in Jun17, the FPSO had tethering / tuning issues in Jul-Aug17. The reliability has since improved, and Armada Kraken is now processing 70–80% of the well production rates. Management targets to receive full acceptance by end-17. The tethering issues may result in a negative EPS contribution in 3Q17, but MQ Research expects the project to contribute positively in 4Q17 and 18–19E.

That's good news and bought some more of the equity (ENQ) today, taking holding to 38k; hold much more of the debt (ENQ1) which was my best performer on week, giving gain for funds of 5k. 2moro it's C4c4l and catch-up in evening; hope to put a lot of time into the CT papers now Honey-buzzard breeding totals sorted for 2017 and continue the work on 1/11 during day in NCL. Thinking of the gorgeous ones: lok2t beauties!!!!

October 26th: finally finished compiling totals for 12/9, given at end of today's section. Incredible is the word! This has enabled the final breeding totals for 2017 to be calculated as shown on home page: the results are very similar to those in 2016, could have saved myself a lot of trouble by not going out at all and just saying 'similar to last year'. Still finding Honey-buzzard, which is the usual case before the frosts start. Made Stocksfield Mount from 13:50-15:10 in mainly cloudy conditions on light SW breeze but dry and mild at 13C. Had 2 separate dark-phase Honey-buzzard juveniles up in West Mickley area, one stockier bird going for foraging trips at Stocksfield E from 13:58-14:18, the other, with longer wings and tail, keeping more to the open woodland to N from 14:46-14:53 (7202). Red Kite are still present in numbers with 3 birds (2 adult, 1 juvenile) up in West Mickley/Stocksfield E area from 14:01-14:06, the adults doing their best to move the Honey-buzzard on but to no avail. Also up in this area were 3 Common Buzzard at end of visit at 14:57. At Bywell Cottagebank at 14:40 there were 4 Red Kite (2 adult, 2 juvenile) and 1 Common Buzzard. At the Mount itself there was a juvenile Kestrel. So provisional total for raptors is 14 birds of 4 types: Red Kite 7 (at 2 sites. 4 adult, 3 juvenile), Common Buzzard 4 (at 2 sites), Honey-buzzard 2 (both juvenile, at 2 sites), Kestrel 1 (juvenile). Also had 12 Redwing W at Riding Mill at 15:15 and, at the Mount, 1 Brambling SW and a very impressive flock of 45 Pink-footed Goose SW at 14:35, calling excitedly as they approached NW England, sensing the end of their long flight from Iceland. Total for trip was 22 bird species. After collecting picture from the Abbey made N4c4l where very chatty again, with An this time. Made T&S with M/A for good crack on the world of IT (and CT). Flushed a Barn Owl at Travellers while driving A home. Came back to find intruder alarm had gone off: false alarm, spider was making a web near one sensor, discouraged! So this is a very satisfying week in all respects: lok2t beauties!!!! 2moro it's gardening time with some hedge trimming: neighbours sent round a deputation yesterday; wondered what on earth it was as they looked grave; it's 'my' rabbits – too many in the wilderness!! I said I'd got a fox as well and rabbits were now declining but they want to put a rabbit-proof fence along the boundary: no problem I said, come round any time to fix it. But doubt it will work; a Lynx might help; may get update on alarm tomorrow! Should make N4c4l and W4g4s!!

Total for raptors for the trip on 12/9 was 27 birds of 5 types: 9 Honey-buzzard at 7 sites (2 male, 1 female, 6 juvenile), 7 Common Buzzard at 2 sites, 7 Kestrel at 4 sites (adult male 2, adult female 1, juvenile 4), 2 Red Kite at 1 site (adult, juvenile), 2 Hobby at 2 sites (juvenile male, juvenile female, probably from a single brood). Incredible!

October 25th: high point of day physically was 6m (20 ft) up on ladder doing re-pointing 6/6; a few mining bees and wasps had obviously been displaced and were swirling around but there's plenty of places for the odd wee new hole; I just wanted to block up the larger holes to protect the wall from damp penetration. So no more re-pointing needed this year and can get back to hedge trimming! Met M at T4c4c where we chatted about pullbacks in which the relationship is endomorphic, from a type onto itself: all very helpful. Devon M wants me to go to Vichy next June to give the Unilog paper as it's too expensive for him; may well oblige -- sure to be Honey-buzzard there, as well as good logic! Met N at MP4m4t before S4con with Anna Fedorova, the Ukrainian-born pianist, playing 6 pieces by Chopin, Takemitsu, Rachmaninov (3) and Mussorgsky. She really came to life in the 3 Rachmaninov preludes (5, 12, 2) with a fantastic sense of rhythm and, after the interval, excelled in the rather dark Pictures at an Exhibition, with the final picture The Great Gate of Kiev played magnificently. Kiev is of course the capital of Ukraine. She played a Beethoven sonata for an encore. We thoroughly enjoyed the concert, retreating to VctCmt4g4s where N, clearly worried by my almost missing the train last time, kept a close eye!! Donated 500 to the Arts Festival; very pleased with response: it's such a good cause, using music to capture the feelings from past horrors, particularly the Holocaust, through live performances in the North East by artists of international quality; the Masterclasses are also a great feature for up and coming students. 2moro it's collecting new picture at lunchtime from HA and much later T&S4ra4s; might well get out to the Mount again to check for late Honey-buzzard migrants. Stopover is scheduled for 31/10 b4 flight next day. Lok2t beauties!!!!

October 24th: made N4c4l where good to meet J again and to have S on!! Made a lot of progress on 12/9 records but not quite finished: tomorrow hopefully. Went to Brundibár Arts Festival fundraising concert at l&p: glad I did: it was a very inspired musical evening with the 3 musicians in top form. Loved the Shostakovitch PT2: such expression and emotion!! Event was well set-up with plenty of refreshments and l&p setting is very convivial. Will continue as patron with a bonus! Made Br4g4s where, from sublime to ridiculous, saw the Gulls score their 1st away win of the season. Funds +4k in 1st 2 days of week: PoO holds firm in upper 50s and £ slides; prospects are very fair if these trends continue with over 300k in oil shares, funds and bonds. Inspired close to day: plenty of convincing images: she's fantastic: lok2tgrf!!!!!! 2moro it's T4c4c with M and, with N, S4con in evening preceded by MP4m4t. xxxx

October 23rd: made R @ B4m4l, C4c4ll with P and G4g4s with the gang, with the lively H on at the last!! With dry, calm weather in afternoon, got back on ladder and did re-pointing 5/6, quite a large area, leaving just 3 separated high-up areas for last go. Completed processing of Furness data from 15/10-18/10 and now back on upper South Tyne 12/9: must complete that tomorrow to give final breeding totals for Honey-buzzard in study area. DP's well-pleased with my picture purchase: think he might buy me a drink, like someone else!! LAF not happy with yesterday's BBC1 Countryfile on suggestions by some that footpaths be suspended temporarily to alleviate livestock worrying by dogs. TL complained to the BBC but was countered by another member before I intervened:

I think Ted's email is correct in the context of the programme, which showed apparently typical lowland enclosed fields and referred to the 'Right to Roam' which typically applies to upland unenclosed land containing rough vegetation. There is no 'Right to Roam' over the landscapes they showed. The programme was therefore, in my opinion, sloppy. I am not happy with the drift to restrict dog-less walkers in their access to the countryside, because of a few irresponsible dog owners.

The CLA's Andrew Gillett is behind the move to restrict access. Countryfile seemed to fall too easily for his story. There will be very strong opposition if such draconian moves are approved before trying out more pragmatic solutions, aimed at the offending dog walkers per se. Of course most dog walkers are lovely: it keeps them fit!! Lynx will take feral small- to medium-sized dogs, not sure about Alsatians! 2moro sees N4c4l and l&p4con: lok2t beauties!!!!

October 22nd: extended report on Iris wedding to 5pp as below! Made N4c4t to re-establish position there! Much later made G4g4s where sad atmosphere after sudden death of dominoes player GD at 55 through aneurysm rupture. Made HA in afternoon where bought an acrylic/oil painting for £495, of which £99 to Abbey plus gift-aid. More to follow on this after it's brought home! Intend a similar amount to another cause, waiting on bank details!! Hope to sort out remaining Furness records tomorrow. Gulls off bottom for 1st time in 3 months: Solihull Moors are even worse; we're still 5 points adrift of safety but 5 teams, of which 4 go down, are really way adrift this season! Bought ticket for Cav & Pag at TR on 8/11 and will be attending interval reception as patron of ON. 2moro it's R @ B4m4l and G4g4s; might get some work done on house at tt if weather clears. So hope everyone's keeping fit: lok2t beauties!!!!

October 21st: sorted out piccies from yesterday, which confirmed the text below with some extra detail now added. Made C4c4l where trhwso was just that!! Quite sociable met P/M and S in cafe and even DH, old mate from Stocksfield later on. Grappling with mtDNA in evening but not as much progress as hoped; think though that Baltic is indicated, particularly E Sweden and Latvia. Have though refined the piccies of the Iris Holbrook marriage in 1918 in Redruth, Cornwall, with 5pp pdf report here. It's vital to identify 8 and 9 on the marriage photo; no.9 appears to be wearing national dress, with the hat similar to traditional Latvian ones; they're both wearing the same badges/medals so think they've come together. No.4, 17 are daughters of the mysterious Sarah Jane Dashper. No.16, 17 are the guardians of the 3 orphans (1,11,12). No.6 is my grandfather, no.11 my grandmother. Of the 6 ladies identified on the maternal side, 4 are named with Lena or some close variant. Spent 30 min on phone with Co-op Bank sorting out my Visa account where 3 transactions from 30/9-1/10 appear to be fraud; not large amounts, from £10-32 but EE top-up was a bit obvious, GWD is unknown and Dominos Pizza had a payment out in Elm Park, East London, for the £32, followed on same day by a refund. It looks as if someone has got my card details but not my pin or security keyword and maybe Dominos didn't trust the situation. Anyway getting a new card and refunds and have agreed to assist in further enquiries they make! 2moro hope to catch up a little with the nature records, might become an art expert and may make N4c4l and G4g4s!! lok2t beauties!!!!

October 20th: had a very profitable trip to Stocksfield Mount from 13:35-14:50 in very mild conditions, with some sunshine on light SW breeze. Preliminary totals at Cottagebank are 10 raptors of 4 types: Common Buzzard 4 (2 adult, 2 juvenile, up 13:46), Red Kite 4 (2 adult 13:50 soaring together with Honey-buzzard juvenile, 2 juvenile 14:03 towards Mowden), Sparrowhawk 1 (adult female up 13:48 with Common Buzzard), Honey-buzzard 1 (juvenile, pale russet, up with pair of adult Red Kite at 13:50-13:57, going high but not thought to leave, 7201). Great to see the odd Honey-buzzard is still with us before Brian arrives. A major arrival of Redwing occurred today with, at Ordley, c100 around house at 8:15 and 130 going to roost late afternoon at 17:00 in Devil's Water area. 69 were seen from the Mount: 1 flushed, 15 S, 3 N, 50 W, so majority W. Also at Mount, in total of 17 species, had 4 Siskin, 2 Jay, 6 Goldcrest. Moths included a Silver Y and a Vapourer male. A large bat was hunting over the Tyne on the abundant late hatch of insects. Single Red Admiral were at Dilston and Hexham Elvaston. MV light had a good catch of moths for checking tomorrow. Hope to include a paragraph tomorrow on recent news from Germany of dramatic decline of insects, with own views. Made Hexham Abbey to visit art exhibition as initial check-out; may revisit Sunday with view to purchase an item (secret!). Had to visit the cafe there to check on CA, who was in good form as lead singer with HASS; she makes a gr8 cup of black Americano!! Got back home for another re-pointing session (4/6) getting up right under the eaves; done at 17:00 so should set before rain arrives; also cleared guttering on a pony-shelter of moss, which was causing it to overflow. Much later made W4g4s where 4 of us out for good crack!! Funds doing much better this week at +10k after 1k cash withdrawal. Completely out of CON now; ENQ is the new fun stock of which bought 32k today. Brighter feel to markets by end of week with fears of an October crash, all too frequent historically, receding. On year to date funds +201k, just 9k below peak on 11/9. 2moro it's C4c4l and catch-up!! lok2t beauties!!!!

October 19th: may resume Honey-buzzard trail tomorrow to see how season is tailing off, or not! Went to LAF this afternoon at Eastburn, Hexham, where we discussed a lot of local access issues, including Haltwhistle Walking Festival, the Sandstone Way cycling route and the Redesdale development plan: all very informative and think the speakers benefited from our lines of questioning. Grabbed some sandwiches at 17:15 and bunked off to catch the train to NCL to meet N for refreshments at S. Concert was inspiring: was sitting after late booking in the crow's nest A1 on level 3 in H2; quality of sound was really good from there. The octet was SQx2 with Mendelssohn before the interval and Enescu afterwards. Amazing to think the composers were aged 16 and 19 respectively when they wrote the works. The Mendelssohn had the better melodies and the Enescu the better rhythms, though the lentement in the latter was exquisite! Went to VctCmt4g4quickie!! N grew impatient with slow progress and departed for train leaving just enough time for some very important business!!!! What about CON then; risen up to 4.00p a share now; it's always difficult knowing what to do when a share soars but been selling (gently) 50k shots regularly through week so now have only 300k left with net cost -10k and residual value +12k; it's always a little galling seeing a share rise further after selling but not nearly as excruciating as seeing a share rise from 1.5p to 4p and back again as a purely paper exercise! 2moro it's N4c4l and W4g4s with hopefully trip out pm and maybe a bit more re-pointing. Future plans include l&p next Tuesday, S4con next Wednesday with N, maybe spook nite and possible stopover 31/10. lok2t beauties!!!!

Got back maternal mtDNA results, now including full coding; my clade is T and my subclade T2, defined finely to T2b13a. mtDNA T comes originally from W Asia and is linked to development of early farming techniques. T2 is found at low levels <4% over much of Europe and the border with Asia with the highest concentrations of >10% in Ukraine, north Caucasus, eastern Baltic, eastern Italy. The most famous person with mtDNA subclade T2 is (the late) Tsar Nicholas II of Russia! So not only do we have the same family names (Nicholas, son Alexander) but broadly the same mtDNA: maybe should keep that quiet! Jesse James was also T2 so good company there as well. T1 is found in relatively high numbers, up to 20%, further east around the Caspian Sea, such as in parts of Iran. Will publish more details directly.

October 18th: paid my dues at hotel, adding £20 gratuity to the willing staff! Caught 11:48 train from GOS-LAN and just connected with the late running EUS-GLA train at LAN, gaining an hour on journey schedule, making HEX at 14:28. Have some piccies from morning, including an adult male Sparrowhawk soaring with 2 Jackdaw. It was a very good break! So bit more time at home to get organised b4 meeting B at G4g4t where the dynamic H was on!! Had another train journey HEX-NCL, making TC4m4s followed by The Mountain Between Us. Had a good cast with Idris Elba and Kate Winslet as the 2 survivors of the plane crash, with the dog also making it; the adventure part on the snow-covered slopes was riveting as, after killing a Cougar at the wreck, they slowly descended through the sparse tree line to their salvation at a timber camp. Maybe they should have conserved energy a little more but they chose not to in a remote hut!! The end game was interesting as they clearly preferred each other to previous partners and the film finished with a thrilling hug, after it looked as if they were going to walk away from each other!! Really glad that I came: further passion: she's so exciting: lok2tgrf!!!!!! 2moro it's LAF in afternoon, then in with N to S4con!! xxxx

Total for raptors, away from hotspot of Hexham Hermitage, was just 6 birds of 4 types: Common Buzzard 3, Honey-buzzard 1, Kestrel 1, Sparrowhawk 1. Also had 3 Common Buzzard from train journeys in S Cumbria. Hope to add some landscape and other piccies from Hampsfell area.

October 17th: fairly wild weather overnight but no significant damage locally. We went for walk from 10:15-14:30 into the hinterland of Grange, including climbing up Hampsfell, all of 220m, but high enough to give panoramic views of the Kent Estuary, Morecambe Bay, Heysham, Humphrey Head, Penny Bridge, lower part of Lake Windermere, and we did climb from sea-level. Hampsfell has a folly built on the top called the Hospice, which it's not functionally! Weather was bracing throughout, not warm like yesterday and with gutsy, fresh NW breeze continuing until 15:30 when the wind died as quickly as it had started. Too windy for Honey-buzzard migration but did have 10 Redwing coming into the top of a wood from E and 4 Chaffinch W, with residents of calling Marsh Tit and Green Woodpecker. The only raptor was a Common Buzzard up hunting briefly over Hampsfell. A total of 5 Red Admiral was remarkable in the conditions. At 16:30 had a flock of 10 Whooper Swan adult coming in from the N, presumably from Iceland. Had another 5-course meal, but it's back to beans on toast 2moro, when G4g4t and TC4m4s on train!! Funds down 1k on 1st 2 days of week with CON now falling while other stocks rise, but did sell a few this morning at top price for reinvestment in BP. Booked up flights for Devon trip in a couple of weeks. lok2t beauties!!!!

October 16th: strange day weather-wise with the sun, when it emerged from the reddish-tinged murk at 13:01, being a fiery colour 1, attributed to Saharan dust and particles from forest fires in Portugal. Picture 2 was taken a little earlier at 12:53 and these two earlier still at 12:05 1  2. Sun then came out a bright yellow, the murk cleared and the wind climbed from calm to a moderate warm S breeze in 20 min. Fresh SW breeze arrived at 15:20 and SW gales at 20:00. We had very good walk to the E of Grange, keeping an eye on the wooded ridge to N from Nichols Moss through Lindale to the back of Grange at Eden Mount. Saw nothing on the ridge when calm and murky but at 13:30 picked up a juvenile ruddy-brown Honey-buzzard flying hard into the breeze, keeping low and using obstructions to shelter itself. It flew past Lindale, bringing up 2 Common Buzzard in territorial defence. The Honey-buzzard rapidly gained height to escape the Common Buzzard, heading for the peninsula at Humphrey Head and leaving the Common Buzzard well behind. It was lost to sight but was presumably going to cross Morecambe Bay and make for Heysham. This bird had presumably come down the Kent from Lake Windermere, where a number of Honey-buzzard were seen migrating last year in October, and taken the SW turn where visibility better, instead of heading for the Pennines. Honey-buzzard migrants have been picked up by other observers at Heysham, so this looks to be a coastal route with some usage. Piccies are here 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 (7200). Record is highly significant as my migration strategy model has Honey-buzzard moving to the coast in murky conditions. Also had a Kestrel, near Holme Island, with waders Curlew (188), Black-tailed Godwit (7), Lapwing (2), Oystercatcher (1); herons Little Egret (4), Grey Heron (1); plus Meadow Pipit (2), Grey Wagtail (1, 1  2), Goldcrest (1), Raven (4), LBBG (3, 2 adult 1, 1 1w). Total for bird species was 46 so very good day out. Had 2 Red Admiral today and yesterday on promenade at Grange, with a few wasps around on each day. Still all comfortable in the hotel but return soon. Wish you were here … lok2t beauties!!!! xxxx

October 15th: off on brief trip today with N, catching 11:49 HEX-GOS, getting in at 14:48 via CAR and LAN. We're staying here 1  2  3, all very comfortable, friendly staff and £20 for 5-course dinner with plenty of choice. Nearby bay 1 has atmosphere! Main raptor activity was over Hexham Hermitage from 11:30-11:45 in good conditions with bright sunshine and moderate SW breeze. Had a juvenile dark-phase Honey-buzzard soaring and going very high, before gliding slowly and deliberately straight into the SW breeze as it departed from 11:31-11:33. A juvenile ruddy-phase Honey-buzzard was up at 11:39 at low-altitude with a dark Common Buzzard, with some lightweight interaction; the ruddy bird had very white upper-tail coverts (7199). Also here had a juvenile Kestrel hunting low-down and 8 Redwing on berries. A juvenile Red Kite was hanging high-up from 11:33-11:42. So that's 5 raptors of 4 types in 15 minutes at the starting point! Weather rapidly deteriorated as crossed water-shed going W, becoming grey but remaining dry: only other raptors were a Common Buzzard S of Shap and a juvenile Kestrel near Silverdale. We had walk along the prom, getting 25 Pink-footed Goose, 250 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Egret. We were sorry to miss the big concert at S! 2moro we're going to look at some nearby woodland while awaiting Ophelia on Monday nite! lok2t beauties!!!!

October 14th: quite a gloomy day with no sun; decided to catch up on records, both share-dealing and the field trip on 27/9; the field trip added one breeding site so up to 48 sites now; need to do 12/9 trip to complete the breeding records so that's an important task coming up. Put the mercury-vapour light on last night and in mild, humid weather had tremendous swarm of insects 1  2 on the outside window frame, including quite a few moths (the target), mainly November Moth; the insectivorous summer-visitor birds have now largely left so insects have less natural controls; spiders must be doing well! Wouldn't fancy that lot in the house: none got through the seals! Better news on ENQ: 2nd tanker Amundsen Spirit arrived at Kraken today to offload oil from FPSO and take it to a refinery, phew! These days it's difficult to keep things like oil-rig progress secret, as all maritime traffic is on the web in real-time! Made C4c4l where gr8 to meet trhwso!! Only other trip out was f&c+mp4m4s in Priestlands, where met a few punters on the high road who'd been at the races and obviously had had a couple!! Planning a trip in early November to see younger sister in Devon, who've not seen for quite a while, with recent emphasis on grandchildren in London. Will also see Devon M if he's fit enough; he's had a trapped nerve. lok2t beauties!!!!

Here's 25pp article submitted yesterday for Science and Quality of Life: Michael Heather & Nick Rossiter, Ensuring Software Quality in Information Systems pdf, plus the paper in Neurocomputing from 1991 converted to pdflatex and re-published today on our web page: Heather, M A, & Rossiter, B N, Semantic Pattern Matching in NetBases, Neurocomputing 2 173-176 (1991) pdf. Mike and I have been partners since 1978 (in publishing, that is!).

October 13th: sorted out pictures from yesterday and started on 27/9, the 2nd of the upper South Tyne trips. With the latter confirming the presence of a gang of 4 Honey-buzzard juvenile on the slopes of Great Heaplaw, can now publish the final results:

Gangs of juveniles 2017: 24/9-29/9 5 sites, 24 birds: 6 at Bywell 24/9, 0 Wylam 25/9, 5 Dipton Wood 26/9, 4 Great Heaplaw 27/9, 5 Sinderhope 28/9, 4 Riddlehamhope 29/9.

Still looking at actual numbers fledged in the upper South Tyne and hope to complete 27/9 analysis tomorrow to confirm one site. Did make N4c4ll when many young people around after the big funeral of AC, including M. Much later made W4g4s where 4 of us out; pub was quiet but we had good catch-up! Interesting late stroll in Hexham E!!! Funds finished -6k on week with continued rise in £ against $ and ENQ's slow start-up at Kraken but have just about completed reorganisation with sales of LON:CON and some US junk bond funds and re-investment in oil majors and an American oil equity fund. PoO was firm but effect on producers was zilch: looking forward to 3Q results due over next 2-3 weeks as costs have been cut sharply! CON was the bright spot of the week with effective stake now reduced to 2.5k after sales and residue worth 20.5k, still 0.74% of the company! Not thinking of investing in our electricity companies: 'phoned Npower to give them my latest meter readings, all 4 dials (economy 5+2); don't think system is working that well but it shows my collaborative nature! Npower is subsidiary of FRA:RWE, a German company quoted in Frankfurt. Not seeking publicity: donations might be anon in ubiquity!! Imminent trip might be dominated by the remains of hurricane Ophelia, which has not yet struck land anywhere; if it makes a direct hit on Ireland, could be a lot of damage. Anyway hope the gorgeous ones are fit: lok2t beauties!!!!

October 12th: still maintaining acquaintance with Honey-buzzard, visiting Stocksfield Mount from 13:20-14:40 in cool, rather dull weather on moderate SW breeze. At Bywell Cottagebank, had 2 juvenile Honey-buzzard up briefly from 13:55-13:56 (7198) and a family group of 4 Red Kite, 2 adult and 2 juvenile, up much of the time. The Honey-buzzard must be new birds from further N as all 6 in the area left last time; there appears to be almost continuous passage through Bywell in the first 3 weeks of October. The birds today were only up briefly, clearly concentrating on feeding in the sombre conditions; they comprised a large dark bird with a ruddy tinge and a smaller, dark-phase bird. No other raptors were seen. Total was just 12 species of bird. Had a Red Admiral at Ordley. Had a break at C4c4ll b4 getting home to get up the ladder for repointing 3/6 (up to 6m now above ground) and to complete grass cutting (5/5). Made T&S4ra4s with A/M where we had good crack about the IT world. Afterwards completed check of Software Quality paper and also converted an old paper, published 1991, from TeX to LaTeX to make it available to another researcher; amazed I'd still got the source but found it by a contents search in a very old directory; names of files were restricted to 8 characters that far back so could be a bit cryptic! Added more details on yesterday's concert below. 2moro it's N4c4l and W4g4s with more time, in expected poor weather, for catch-up on records. lok2t beauties!!!!

October 11th: really wet today, no outside work. Met M at T4c4t where we had preliminary chat on regular relations and Bicartesian squares – all very relevant to IS; Devon M is delighted with software quality paper, which will submit to a journal tomorrow. Straight from T to G4g4t where arrived and left early, catching 17:42 HEX-NCL. Had change of plan, deciding to go to see Navarra SQ at S, which brought activity forward a little. The SQ were very energetic, playing some great music – glad I made the switch. They played Haydn's SQ in E, Beethoven's SQ in F minor and Schubert's SQ in G. Liked the Beethoven best: sharp and abrasive! Schubert always seems a lot more convincing in his pieces for small groups of musicians, than in those designed for a full orchestra. The hosts were the Newcastle International Chamber Music. Looked at the piccies on the walls of level 1 and 2 in interval, assisted by the chatty R; she was bored out of her mind as usherette with the Chocolate Box running from 20:00-22:15 without a break. Think they're a great improvement on the cameos: showing in HQ prints the musicians really well, holding their instruments in good poses!! Evening was gr8 as a whole: we are creatures of the nite: the signs are good: lok2tgrf!!!!!! 2moro it's C4c4l and T&S4ra4s with maybe a trip out looking for late Honey-buzzard and catch-up on documenting those 2 upper South Tyne visits. Date for your diary is 8-11 February 2018 with IGM in Bulgaria, including a trip to a rubbish dump. I'm planning to give a talk on Breeding Azorean Yellow-legged Gulls!! Clashes with one RNS rehearsal, which can switch!! xxxx

October 10th: more winter thrushes with 3 Fieldfare SW at 17:00 over garden where continuing work on pointing (2/6 done, task grown!) and grass cutting (4/5 done); also had 3 Chaffinch S and a Red Admiral, latter keeping going well into autumn. Met N at Sh4c4c for good chat, including planning for next week, and M at QH4con with Fujita Trio playing Mozart PT in C, Shostakovitch PT 2, Schubert PT in E. They were very talented, playing all the pieces perfectly from memory but maybe a little short on expression. Their Shostakovitch came over well, dwelling on the darker moments, and enjoyed this piece the most; thought the ST edged it though on tension and expression. SH after concert as desperately trying to complete software quality version of ANPA paper, which did at midnight and sent pdf to Devon M for his final views. N's planning to rent a studio flat for 6 months in NCL near Vermont Hotel as finds weekdays in Stocksfield a little boring!! Think I'll stay on the ranch. Funds down 4k on 1st 2 days of week: really more due to $ sliding a bit than to anything fundamental; PoO/Zn continue to edge up but no-one's noticing; October can be a monumental month for financial crises so sentiment is risk-off at the moment. 2moro it's T4c4t with M for serious chat on regular relations in CT, followed by G4g4t and S4con (NSQ) HEX-NCL (change!)!! lok2t beauties!!!!

October 9th: added piccies from yesterday; have had a good series on juvenile Honey-buzzard this season. Made R @ B4m4l where we talked about future strategy. Back to work on premises today, re-pointing 1m2 on W wall at about 4m up; have identified 3 more such areas that need doing at 4.5-6m up so will need to use extension to the ladder! Also cut another area of grass, that bordering the field and orchard, so that's 3/5 done now in final trim for year. Finally made G4g4s where 6 of us out for good crack. 2moro going with M to QH4con with Fujita Trio playing DS op 67, so will be able to make a critical comparison!! Will continue research later, wondering about Sunday!! That's all after C4c4l. lok2t beauties!!!!

Got very much involved with BBC4 programme Tunes For Tyrants: Music And Power with Suzy Klein tunes-for-tyrants, covering tonight the 1930s. The programme overlooked the fact that Wagner's Ring is immensely complex, not simply strident music like Ride of the Valkyrie, with a complex interplay between power and love. Indeed Wagner shows that seduction can wreck the best of intentions! For instance the end of the opera Siegfried (part 3 /4 in the cycle) has an intense love affair between Siegfried (concluding over 4 hours on stage!) and Brünnhilde youtube - Levine, Jersusalem, Behrens, sealing the gods' demise as their chief warrior accessory Brünnhilde (ex-Valkyrie) gives her love to Siegfried (Völsung, Middle-Earth). However, I did agree with the programme's views on Wagner's very distasteful literary writings and with the intoxicating effect Wagner creates with his music that Hitler seeked to emulate in his speeches; ironically Hitler first experienced that effect in performances of Wagner's operas by Mahler. I think Suzy did the right thing in the end, excusing Wagner, Richard Strauss, Shostakovitch and Prokofiev for direct blame and saving her unmitigated wrath for Carl Orff of Carmina Burana fame as an opportunist, jumping on the Nazi bandwagon. A very thought-provoking programme!!

October 8th: amazing day out in upper South Tyne at Towsbank from 13:05-15:40 in dry weather with sunny periods on light NW breeze, turning to sunny intervals near end. Towsbank is one of, if not, the best raptor site in the county, having a large deciduous wood (oak/birch) with conifers on the N side, heather moorland on the E upland side, the South Tyne and more moorland on the W side and upland pasture on the S side, piccies 1  2  3  4. On arrival at 13:09 had a commotion on E end of wood, involving 2 Common Buzzard and a possible Honey-buzzard but only the former ended up being recorded. At 13:43 after arrival and packed lunch had a juvenile male Goshawk up at 13:43, quickly ascending and hanging over the wood; a little while later he came down like a bomb, hammering into a group of trees with Woodpigeon scattering everywhere; he was not seen again so was presumed successful in the strike. At 13:54 a pair of Common Buzzard adult were up high over the site, declaring their territory. Next up at 14:01 were 2 Red Kite, an adult and juvenile, soaring so high, easily the highest birds of the day. At 14:12 an adult female Peregrine passed by at quite low altitude circling over the wood 1  2  3  4, maybe hoping to flush a Woodpigeon. At the same time picked up a juvenile Kestrel up briefly at the S end of the wood 1  2  3. At 14:26 another Common Buzzard was up over the N end of the wood. Had to wait until 14:32 for the 1st photographed Honey-buzzard, a dark-phase juvenile, coming up smartly on the S end of the wood and then going down again: a reconnaissance flight 1  2  3  4  5  6 (7197). At 14:47 more chaos among the Woodpigeon to the SE and a female Sparrowhawk emerged, low-down doing some circling and causing complete panic. At 14:50 a juvenile Kestrel was up hovering W of Whitwham over the moorland edge. At 15:16 another juvenile Kestrel was up over the main wood at Towsbank. Then started walk-out. Had at 15:25 a Common Buzzard up over Snope Burn. Very pleased to see a disturbance on S extreme of wood near village of Eals at 15:26 with many Corvids up and 2 Honey-buzzard juveniles drifting S on a feeding trip; one of the juveniles was dark-phase, thought to be the 1 seen earlier, the other was a neutral brown with a pale area on the remiges 7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14 (7197). They came down in rough pasture to S so were not yet emigrating. So that's an incredible raptor total of 16 birds of 7 types: Common Buzzard 6, Kestrel 3, Honey-buzzard 2, Red Kite 2, Peregrine 1, Goshawk 1, Sparrowhawk 1. Think that's the best variety in raptors this year to date. Other birds, in total of 28 types, included Jay 2, Stock Dove 3, Goldcrest 2, Long-tailed Tit 6, Chaffinch 9 including 3 S, Siskin 2.

Insects included Red Admiral 2, Silver Y 1, November Moth 1. Did have 1st Redwing of the season with 5 overhead at Ordley at 12:25 looking for somewhere to land and 25 W at Warden at 12:35; presumption is they've just flown across the North Sea from Norway but they looked in fine fettle – good weather on the journey, timed to perfection for a ridge of high pressure! Well that's as far as got after an exciting day in the field; also had very encouraging confirmation of our use of Dolittle diagrams in CT from looking at the literature under a different name: Bicartesian squares. Did make G4g4s where gr8 2 c M!! This week should see TC as usual but no S4con until 19/10, which is almost fully booked! 2moro it's R @ B4m4l and G4g4s with hopefully some documentation/writing in between!! lok2t beauties!!!!

October 7th: sorted out results from Bywell/Stocksfield from yesterday; it was a very impressive movement! Made C4c4l where trhwso looked very appealing!! Back home had a busy afternoon as weather suddenly improved, putting in 2 concrete fillets and a concrete patch to discourage imminent autumnal invasion from mice, and cutting outermost 'lawn'-area towards the 2 pony shelters. I built the 2 shelters from scratch with treated wood from the Dipton Wood sawmill in the late 1980s and they're still standing! Working on-line with Devon M in evening, we sorted out a submission What is Law?: the perception of Category Theory to UNILOG in France -- 6th World Congress on Universal Logic, University of Vichy, France, 21-26 June 2018 – and are also working on a modified version of the Krakow paper we published in 2014 for another Whitehead publication. 2moro it's the upper South Tyne for a further migration watch, followed much later by G4g4s. Some action today was not so far from Grange, where going soon: hope it went well!! lok2t beauties!!!!

October 6th: tidied up ppt yesterday from ANPA 38 and published it today on Visiting Fellow page as: Rossiter, Nick, Music as a Composition of Cartesian Monad over a Topos, ANPA 38, St John's College, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire, UK, 7-11 August (2017). abstract pdf, presentation pdf. There's a lot more to do to bring it up to a formal publication (see last slide) and need to have ANPA 37 completed as a reference base, which had done but considering suggestions from M at Ponta Delgada, most of which will incorporate over next month for formal publication by year-end.


Honey-buzzard season is certainly not over! Had a total of 6 juvenile migrating today in a trip to Stocksfield Mount from 13:30-14:50, in bright weather on light SW wind but cloud increasing after fine morning. These birds are likely to be Scottish-bred, moving slowly S through northern England, favouring the same areas used by the Northumberland population for breeding purposes. All the birds seen were dark phase so yesterday's paler bird was not seen and has presumably already moved on, suggesting perhaps there was quite a big movement today so perhaps a good breeding season in Scotland. Action started at 13:40 W of Bywell with a dark-phase juvenile up fairly high, floating very slowly E when over Cottagebank, came underneath another dark-phase Honey-buzzard soaring very slowly in motionless format; above them both was a pair of Common Buzzard adult in display; the 2 species completely ignored each other. The 2 Honey-buzzard then went ever higher while the Common Buzzard disappeared, eventually at 13:48 gliding off slowly and deliberately to SW 1  2 (7196). Looking E at 13:49 picked up another dark-phase juvenile Honey-buzzard, floating low-down over pasture to E of Stocksfield; it was soon joined by another 2 dark-phase birds and together they both moved S, disappearing from sight by 13:54; they were joined briefly by an adult Red Kite from 13:50-13:51. At 13:53 another dark-phase juvenile appeared flapping hard up over the bank from West Mickley and putting up many Corvids on the pasture; it also soared effortlessly and disappeared to S by 14:02 3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  (7196); 5,6 also show an adult Red Kite; 10, 11 show the putting up of the Corvids. Over the same hill also had a female Sparrowhawk, a Common Buzzard and a juvenile Red Kite, while at Cottagebank a Kestrel was hunting. So raptor total is Honey-buzzard 6 (all migrating juvenile from rest, 2 SW, 4 S), Common Buzzard 3, Red Kite 2 (adult, juvenile), Kestrel 1, Sparrowhawk 1: 13 birds of 5 types, amazing for early October. Total for area was just 15 bird species with no winter visitors in sight!


Made N4c4t and W4g4s with 4 of us out at latter for good crack; DP's got some pictures at a forthcoming art exhibition and sale in Hexham Abbey in 2 weeks, which will look at keenly. Doing some home maintenance. Replaced cistern flush fittings for £20 parts via Ebay in upstairs bathroom as jammed again: all good now, quite a relief! Bought for £14.06 some mortar and concrete from Homebase in 25 kg bags, former for stone wall on W side of house as routine patching, latter for gaps at floor level on outside of house to deter mice. It's all ready-mix so just add water and go: well that's the theory! Tried out laptop with new HDMI-VGA interface cable (£11 Ebay) for converting digital to analogue, enabling it to be used with older analogue data projectors. Worked a treat, wallpaper on laptop showing really well!! Will get a 2nd cable for R as increasingly speakers will have laptops with only an HDMI port. Funds maintained Tuesday's position at +7k for whole week; slide in £ moved portfolio up but continued poor performance of Au stocks was a drag. Kept to strategy of reducing risk by moving 21k from junior miners to blue-chip oil stocks. 2moro it's C4c4l and catch-up at home, maybe luxury of f&c+mp in evening!! lok2t beauties!!!!


October 5th: busy day, taking car in to KF at 8:30, going into NCL and fetching car again at 18:00. Well car is through MOT (due 28/10) after spending £181 on full service + MOT fee and £331.25 on new brake fittings, front and rear, new wiper blades, fixing reversing light switch, realignment of front wheels. Was thinking it might be more so not unhappy: certainly massive improvement all round on the road. Taken out some KF guarantee for £18 a month for 10 months. Had a migrant juvenile Honey-buzzard at Bywell as passed the gravel pits; a pale brown bird was doing flap-flap-glide over a field at 9:30. Got quite a lot of work done at L&P on recent CT papers and will post ANPA 2017 ppt on musical monads tomorrow; Devon M is laid low for 6-12 weeks with trapped nerve. Had great break at NCL4con where Schulhoff Trio was playing in King's Hall from 13:10-14:15. Amazing support with reckon gate of 300 enthusiastic supporters. Thought the Shostakovitch PT 2 was fantastic; it's a very dark piece, appropriately played! Enjoyed the Brahms PT 3, particularly the andante, which was exquisitely played; the piano was a little loud in movement 1, when maybe adjusting to the setting. Other aspects of NCL were brilliant!!! Made T&S4ra4s with A/M; very pleased to meet CA, after practice for Sister Act; she wouldn't give me a song though even for a pint of g!! Delighted to meet tmfso: maybe not usual setting: she's very charming!!! 2moro it's back on the straight and narrow with N4c4l and W4g4s, some gardening and maybe a trip out!! lok2t beauties!!!!

October 4th: a very wet day – no gardening or fieldwork, but did meet M at T4c4c for good chat on CT. W4g4t was fairly riotous, virtually everyone out with H on!! Did catch train though from HEX-NCL, jit for gr8 concert at S! BC was in charge with his usual light touch and everything went off well. No less than 5 composers featured: Britten, Vaughan Williams, JS Bach, WF Bach, Mendelssohn. Pleased to see greater prominence of some: technique is fascinating to watch!! Flautists were prominent, starring in WF Bach's Sinfonia in D Minor and in Britten's Sinfonietta; gr8 to have EG back and AY is a good replacement for JB! Enjoyed Mendelssohn 1: interesting harmonies: but will sadly miss Mend 2 as away. Sequel was brill: she's so very tempting: lok2tgrf!!!!!! 2moro it's car in early for work in HEX; there's a rail strike but hope to get 09:22 into NCL and maybe as late as 16:54 home, if revised timetable works and car bill is mounting up! Planning to do some work at Lit&Phil with CT4s4l (Coffee Trader, not the maths!), maybe ST!! xxxx

October 3rd: had a juvenile medium-brown phase Honey-buzzard, flushed from own field at 16:13; looks as if it was feeding on edge of far hedge here (7195), maybe on a wasp nest; shot off like a rocket to S low-down; must be a migrant as locally-bred birds left a while ago. Also had a Chiffchaff calling in the garden. Sorted records and pictures on 31/5 from Bodmin Moor, so Cornwall has just about been completed. Putting energy into gardening now in catch-up before winter, aiming to do an hour a day, weather permitting; today cut grass by shed. Field is quite a wilderness but mint has been restrained 1 by band of weed-control material and holly berry crop is fantastic 1. The remains of the shed can hardly be seen 1. Made C4c4l while car was being washed; pleased to see C!! Lit fire for first time this season 1 : doesn't it look lovely: might wonder what I'm imagining!! As expected funds rallied this week with +7k in 1st 2 days; am taking profits in the junior mining companies, which have done so well, and re-investing in the oil majors, such as RDSA and BP., which will do well if the £ keeps on sliding and oil prices remain broadly stable in $ terms; have built up a large stake in RDSA over the past year in ISA account. Going from stocks with low-liquidity requires patience so it's a slow process. Will be happy to finish the year, consolidating current gains. Didn't the Gulls do well: winning 4-0, their 1st win of the season sport?; still bottom but there's hope! Booked up 2 single rooms with N for mid-month at this hotel: looks OK! 2moro it's G4g4t and S4con: looking forward to it all!! lok2t beauties!!!!

October 2nd: made R @ B4m4l where gave £20 to Uganda global grant, putting aside scenes of a brawl in Uganda's parliament last week. Also gave £50 to Adam Gillie's fund for a cancer centre in memory of his late sister who won our Young Employee competition in 2016 justgiving rachel; this fund is up to £5310 plus gift-aid; used to drink with Adam in the W! Niece has now raised £1250 towards Grenfell appeal plus gift-aid justgiving julie. Here's niece at finish 1 and on route near mum's house 2!

Thrown out by cleaner S at tt so made Hexham Tyne Green from 18:00-19:30 with wind dropping a little but still moderate W; it was cool and Tyne was running high. It's obviously a good time for dogs to be out!! Had 15 species of bird, including Jackdaw 280 (massive roost at Hermitage), Carrion Crow 13 (roost in trees by Tyne), Starling 111 (flying W to a roost), Curlew 35 (flock c2km to N of Tyne, flying N, presumably to roost). There were plenty of large bats feeding over the banks near end of walk, when getting fairly dark; actually like walking at nite: it's so creepy! No raptors. Had a Red Admiral outside the Beaumont at lunchtime. Made G4g4s where 5 of us out. More piccies added from visit to Cornwall: Dunmere Forest, home to the sensational Cornish Honey-buzzard, on 30/5. 2moro it's C4c4l and a walk out somewhere; evening may be dry again! Changing plans for mid-week as too complicated on Wednesday with prior appointments so making S4con after W4g4t (not only engagement, main one is promised chat with M on CT). On Thursday will come into NCL for most of day while car is seen to, and do some serious work on CT, even visiting CT4s4l, with relaxation in between!! lok2t beauties!!!!

October 1st: catching up on records with more piccies added from visit to Cornwall: Polzeath beach/Pentire Head, including surf, on 28/5, Rock on 27/5, Tintagel on 26/5, Padstow on 29/5; plus Riddlehamhope on 30/9. So that's a good start on catch-up: have 2 more days from Cornwall to complete analysis, 30/5-31/5, when inland with the Honey-buzzard. Made N4c4l where H friendly and much later G4g4s, where plenty of good crack (if you like football!). 2moro it's R @ B4m4l, C4c4ll and G4g4s!! Later this week have much of Wednesday in NCL, including S4con, and have booked main service + MOT at KF for all of Thursday!! lok2t beauties!!!!

Absolutely fed up with Conservative claims that only they can govern Britain! Did contribute a little to a Times debate A run on sterling would be least of our Corbyn fears today at
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/74c39352-a5fd-11e7-afbf-91c225a59917 saying:

The Conservatives are unfit to govern Britain. They have led us into a disastrous referendum, with one simple question and no idea of how to implement the result. The crash in sterling over the last few years illustrates their incompetence. They have redistributed wealth shamelessly from younger to older voters, on the opportunistic view that the latter are more likely to turn out to vote. Labour as the only realistic alternative will be given a chance by the electorate.

September 30th: not looking for Honey-buzzard but did have a dark-phase juvenile over the extreme N end of Dipton Wood as drove to PI at 16:35; taken as a lingering 'resident' rather than a migrant from elsewhere. Met N on train and we had good chat at MP4m4t, where fondly remembered by staff. Concert, by Liverpool Phil under * conductor Vasily Petrenko, had 2 long works – Glass 11 and Rach 2s; the Glass was a bit like some of John Adams' works with strong persistent rhythm but not quite as dramatic or varied. They are contemporaries from USA. It was certainly accessible and audience liked it! Rach 2s, like a lot of Russian music of the period, was wild and passionate: very moving and very different from say his 2nd piano concerto but maybe not so different from his 3rd. The large orchestra was superb with the conductor very much in control: tears in my eyes!! We made VctCmt4g4s b4 getting bus back to PI. Next up at S is Mend 1; N's not going to that, correction!! We thought we might go to Mend Octet mid-month and agreed on Lakes stay a little b4 that. Thought B was showing off a little!! Earlier made C4c4l where gr8 2 c trhwso!! Started massive catch-up on keying records since mid-May, which will be helped by accounts on this page. 2moro will take cue from start of October to reorientate activities towards data analysis, CT work and more trips to NCL. lok2t beauties!!!!

September 29th: heavy rain in morning but cleared up smartly while at C4c4l so left quickly for the higher reaches of the Derwent. Walked from Harwood Shield, top of the 'Shire, across the watershed to Riddlehamhope from 15:10-17:05 doing 5 km of fairly brisk walking. It was mild in strong sunshine but the moderate SW breeze made it better to keep on the move! At 400m asl Riddlehamhope is roughly on a par with Kirkhaugh (upper South Tyne), Byerhope (East Allen) and Parmently (West Allen) but it seems to be the last to fledge with no young visible under 2 displaying adults on 15/9. So was not surprised to pick up 2 juvenile in the wood where they appear to nest: 1 dark-phase, 1 rufous-phase 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8 (7194). The dark-phase bird flew out of the wood a little to the E before returning on my N side to the westernmost wood. The rufous-phase bird was flushed from the eastern wood from the ground and again flew W, through the trees; there was much splash on the ground and on some sticks from where it was flushed plus 2 large white down on a nearby stump 9  10  11  14  15; above was a Scots Pine with much cover, adjacent to a clearing, a probable nest site 12  13  16  17. Had 2 more Honey-buzzard juvenile: a dark-phase over the moorland on the S side of the site and another dark-phase c1km to E. Suspect that these latter 2 were from Nookton, where 2 dark-phase juvenile were raised. So this is a gang of 4 for the upper Beldon Burn. Never thought this last round of visits would be so productive: besides showing the tendency for juveniles to cluster before emigrating, have also had an independent check on numbers fledged. Other birds were scarce and can list them in full: Red Grouse 26, Pheasant 2, Woodpigeon 5, Jackdaw 6, Crow 1, Meadow Pipit 8 (6 feed, 2 SW), Goldfinch 20 (in feeding flock). So that's just 8 types of bird. Re-fitted towel rail in downstairs bathroom: pressures are lessening! Rank as an HNWI, one of 16.5 million in world and 568,000 in UK HNWI latest. That's notwithstanding drop of 4k in funds last week, taking fall to 20k (1.88%) from peak on 11/9 and leaving gain on year to date at 190k. News flow (long-term driver of prices) has been good on all fronts and sentiment (short-term driver) has improved over last 2 days so maybe a rally next week! Made W4g4s to meet the gang where we had good chat. Listening to Wagner's Siegfried Idyll on CFM as arrived home: so romantic, maybe post-coital bliss: should have some company here!! 2moro it's C4c4l and, with N, MP4m4t and S4con. lok2t beauties!!!!

September 28th: today was lift-off for many of the remaining juvenile Honey-buzzard in brilliant weather with strong sunshine on light SW breeze, dry, some fair-weather cumulus, very good visibility, all after heavy overnight rain. Went from 12:30-14:20 to well-established site for gangs in East Allen at Sinderhope, a wooded valley surrounded by grouse moors. At 12:54 picked up an adult Red Kite floating across the valley to N at Studdon Cross. Several Kestrel appeared during visit, all hunting: male, female, juvenile at Sinderhope N, 2 juvenile at Sinderhope S, 1 juvenile at Sparty Lea. No Honey-buzzard though: had my dreamy lie-in lasted too long!! From 12:57-12:59 a juvenile ruddy-phase Honey-buzzard appeared, coming out of Sinderhope N, slowly soaring and moving SE towards moorland edge, where it picked up the orographic lift and disappeared into the clouds, moving S (7193). Thermals are a lot weaker now, this far N and past the equinox, so the birds need ridge lift to navigate the fells, and this is what they do down the Pennines, just like millions of raptors in the Appalachians in the US. Once S in say Spain thermals will be stronger again but the orographic lift is probably easier to utilise for the inexperienced juvenile. You can read more about orographic lift here. So maybe this was it, a gang of 1! Waited an hour until 13:53 when spotted a dark-phase juvenile moving slowly S along the same ridge on the moorland to the E at moderate altitude; it hardly moved at times, gliding into the breeze, but was not flapping, using the ridge lift for energy. At 13:55 picked up a higher bird, rusty-phase, following the same course and action S but so high that it was in the base of the clouds. These 2 birds seemed to trigger more action with 2 dark-phase juvenile getting up from the heather moor under their flight paths at 13:58. These last 2 were much more active, doing quite a lot of mutual circling at lower heights, but as they got higher the play stopped as they commenced the serious business of energy management. They went up together into the base of a dark cloud (strong uplift) and at 14:11 were finally lost to sight, moving S through the cloud base. Piccies are here 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20  21  22  23  24  25. Suspect all 5 birds were locally bred, giving a gang of 5, all emigrants! Neighbouring sites are Sinderhope (2 raised), Byerhope (2), Studdon Park (2), so consistent with numbers today. It's very evocative watching them leave like that; in 20 months they may be back as they usually return to the area in which they were bred; they spend 2 of our winters and 1 summer in sub-Sahara Africa without a break. So total for trip was Kestrel 6 (pair adult, 4 juvenile, 3 sites), Honey-buzzard 5 (all juvenile, 2 ruddy, 3 dark), Red Kite (1 adult). Total for types of bird was 12, including Swallow (17 S), Meadow Pipit (2 S), House Martin (8 S). Insects included 3 Red Admiral and 1 Ear Moth 1. Still not processed yesterday's piccies; upper South Tyne with 2 visits outstanding now is in a very fluid situation and need to understand it fully. Made N4c4t and T&S4ra4s, latter for good crack; gr8 2 c tmfso; heard from DH that CA's got the leading singing role in Sister Act (HASS@QH, November) – fantastic!! Reflections on last nite's film were more favourable: the allegory was frighteningly expressed with the amazing (exponential) increase in people visiting the house and wrecking it; bit slow on the uptake! Studying closely Out and About: so busy: aids liaison: one clash is on 24/10 with the Corbridge event, but will keep to original intention!! 2moro it's N4c4l and maybe a visit to high Derwent if weather OK for another moorland walk. lok2t beauties!!!!

September 27th: feeling energetic, did 8 km walk from 12:30-15:35 in upper South Tyne from Kirkhaugh to Williamston and back, including a circuit of Barhaugh Hall. Weather was mild, temperature-wise, but feeling cool in the moderate SE breeze and high humidity, latter giving persistent thin-cloud cover. Located a gang of 4 Honey-buzzard juvenile from 13:28-13:39 at Great Heaplaw (481m asl, view of, from E 1) on the higher slopes, hanging in the SE breeze; the youngsters were on the W side of the valley to gain the orographic lift from the breeze coming from the SE. They were taking practice flights, hanging in the breeze and then collapsing back onto the rough fields on the edge of the moor; views were not easy in the murk (7191). Presume these are the 4 juveniles raised at the 2 nearby sites of Kirkside and Barhaugh Hall, but this needs confirming with final totals. At Kirkside had 2 Kestrel (both juvenile), 1 Meadow Pipit S and this leaf mine 1 of Stigmella hybnerella on hawthorn; this micro seems to like high altitude sites in the upper South Tyne. While in Barhaugh Hall area noticed at 14:48 a group of 3 loosely-attached raptors gliding slowly along the ridge E from the E end of the Williamston ridge towards the upper Barhaugh Burn, where they appeared to descend (7192).The larger bird leading the group was a female Honey-buzzard and the 2 birds in tow were juvenile Honey-buzzard, one looking a little on the small side and both presumably not long fledged. All the birds were dark phase. It looks as if these young were reared in Horseshoe Wood, 390m asl, below Whitfield Law. At Barhaugh Hall, also had 3 Common Buzzard (ad calling, juvenile 1  2  3  4, unassigned) and 3 Kestrel (adult male, juvenile, unassigned), plus 11 Swallow S and 2 Meadow Pipit (1 S, 1 rest). Total for trip to upper South Tyne was 19 bird species, including 3 types of raptor with 18 individuals: Honey-buzzard 7 (1 female, 6 juvenile), Kestrel 6, Common Buzzard 5. On way back had 2 Common Buzzard interacting at Stublick Chimney and a Kestrel juvenile hovering near Herds House (Whitfield Moor). Barhaugh Hall continues to thrive: masses of kids there today: it's good to see a bold business venture like that pay off! Met B at G4g4t for good chat: H was on again! Film tonite was Mother!, rated as 18+ on account of extreme violence; kept the attention well and enjoyed the more subtle opening half but it seemed to go completely over the top at the end, including infanticide, and think it would have benefited from being toned down a bit. The general trend of increasing disorder in the house, driving the house-proud mother (played superbly by Jennifer Lawrence) insane, was the dominant line, becoming mob rule at the end! Don't invite visitors to stay might be the moral but they gave the husband his creative buzz. The film is supposed to be an allegory on the rape of mother earth; viewed this way the ultimate break-down makes more sense. It was a very welcome return to film nite: had a double bill: plenty of excitement: lok2tgrf!!!!!! 2moro it's maybe last trip searching for gangs; should make N4c4t and T&S4ra4s!! Next 2 concerts are with N, who's back from Italy. xxxx

September 26th: after trip to Hexham to N4c4l made Dipton Wood from 14:35-16:25, timing arrival for the break in the weather with the cloud disappearing on a light to moderate S breeze. Found a good viewpoint by parking at NE extreme of wood and walking up a bank through a clearing to the meadows at the top. Had a dark-phase juvenile soaring high from a wooded hill to NE, S of Dilston, at 15:03, climbing steadily and disappearing from sight to S. From 15:12-15:15 had 3 juveniles up low-down over the same wood; these were quite active doing some tumbling and chasing; at 15:16 they were joined by a 4th bird but then they all disappeared again. So make that a gang of 5 initially, which was now 4 after one bird emigrated. On the W side of the clearing at 15:28 had 2 Crow becoming quite hysterical. The reason was another juvenile Honey-buzzard, a dark-phase, being mobbed by one of the Crow with the other giving encouraging scolding noises! This bird disappeared on W side, maybe to feed some more; however at 15:54 it appeared again and climbed a little and appeared to be gliding off S, when it did an abrupt about-turn and dropped into the S side of Dipton Wood; clearly about to book bed and breakfast! This bird I would take to be a migrant, from the Cheviots or Scotland, having a rest in the very suitable habitat; it kept well clear of the gang. Besides Swallowship (2 raised), 2 other sites might contribute to the gang: Farnley (2 raised), Dipton Wood S (1+ raised), so numbers appear to be consistent, for what it's worth! Total for trip was Honey-buzzard 6 (all juvenile, 7190). Total for all birds was 12 types, including Swallow (9 S), Meadow Pipit (1 E), Siskin (4), Linnet (16), Jay (2). Funds -2k with rise in oil offset by equal fall in au and fall in €, on German election result, giving the overall loss by effect on Irish property. 2moro it's trip out W, G4g4t with B, TC4m4s via CP!! lok2t beauties!!!!

September 25th: searched for gangs at Wylam E from 14:10-16:35. Moths at Hg trap comprised single Brown-spot Pinion 1, Red-green Carpet 1, Acleris variegana 1. Weather was on the dull side but did brighten up a little from 15:00-15:30, bringing up a few raptors. Did not detect any Honey-buzzard gangs but did have 2 juvenile in the local site, one inspecting the Masters arrangements at Close House at 15:20, the other, a dark-phase bird, leaving from 15:28-15:30; it came up from its nesting wood, climbed to moderate altitude and flapped/glided S, accompanied by a Carrion Crow, seeing it off the premises 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15 (7189). It had a very full crop, emphasising the small head and thin neck; obviously been told by its mum: mind you take your bait! It didn't appear to say goodbye to its presumed sibling, just drifted off! In same area had a juvenile male Hobby up at 15:22 1  2  3, a family group of 3 Kestrel (female, 2 juvenile), a Common Buzzard (adult). An adult female Sparrowhawk was near the station so that made 5 types of raptor. A total of 65 Tree Sparrow were in the hedges 1 and 5 Grey Heron 1 were parked in a stubble field, in total of 25 bird species. Butterflies comprised just 1 Red Admiral, with a tortrix moth on the Tyne bridge. This very high cherry picker 1  2 is presumably part of the coverage of the Masters at Close House. On way back at Swallowship at 17:00, flushed a rufous-phase Honey-buzzard out of a ditch, making 2nd juvenile at this site. The next day (26/9) checked the ditch and found 2 fresh remains of Woodpigeon kills and some splash, indicating prey items, plus splash and white downy feathers 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8 (7190a); also took a shot of the ideal habitat 1 for Honey-buzzard at Swallowship. Had to get ready quickly in black tie 1 for R do, making AEC at 18:15 for generous champagne reception, followed by HA for 3-course dinner and plenty of wine. Aim of festivities was to raise money for our Uganda global grant and think we did well: I bought £10 of raffle tickets and won 0! Escaped and came down to earth with G4g4s where good to have H on!! 2moro it's another look for a gang; dry evening after today's festivities. lok2t beauties!!!!

September 24th: quickly scored with a gang of Honey-buzzard. Term is mine, since I don't think anyone else has actually followed in detail the exodus of the Honey-buzzard population from an area; many ringers don't even hang around to see them fledge. Use word gang in perhaps the teenager sense, where you have a group of juveniles with plenty of energy and interaction but still inexperienced in the big wide world! Not sure though that Honey-buzzard gangs have a leader! Made lane above Bywell Cottagebank from 11:50-13:15; from 12:06-12:16 had small groups of Honey-buzzard floating around in the hazy sunshine to N towards Mowden Hall (7188). These birds were roughly in groups of 3, 2, 1 but there was some fluidity and their total separation did not exceed 400m at any time. The basic aim seemed to be to not flap at all, floating quite close to a neighbour but not actually touching. In the moderate SE breeze in warm, hazy sunshine, the birds managed to gain some height just by hanging in the updraught but were obviously not keen on going anywhere. It looks like a training exercise: minimising energy use is a key element of the survival kit of any Honey-buzzard but arguably more important for juveniles as they have no experience of the route to Africa and may suffer detours with no knowledge of likely feeding areas. Their instinct is to go S, maybe even crossing the Mediterranean on a direct route as they don't know about the Gibraltar route, which is longer but gives a much shorter sea crossing. In a few days most will be off: wish them luck! Speculatively could say that these 6 juveniles are from the 3 adjacent sites at Cottagebank, Whittle Dene and Shilford where recorded 2,2,1+ respectively; so the 1+ could be a 2. Made Stocksfield Mount from 13:15-14:15 where could distantly scan the same area but saw no further action from the Honey-buzzard. Other raptors for trip were 3 Common Buzzard at Cottagebank (1 adult, 2 juvenile), a juvenile Kestrel hovering at Cottagebank at 13:13 and a Red Kite adult up over Ovington at 13:58 and 14:04. So total for trip was 11 raptors of 4 types: Honey-buzzard 6, Common Buzzard 3, Kestrel 1, Red Kite 1. Total of bird-types was 24, including Lapwing (flock 750 to NW), Linnet (125 with single flock 105), Swallow (13 with 2 feed, 1 S, 10 SE), Chiffchaff (3 calling). There were many insects on the top lane, including Red Admiral 12 1, Speckled Wood 3, Vapourer 1 male, wasp nest 1 (quite active, took close-up clip 1 with stills 1  2  3  4  5  6  7), few bumblebees! On the Mount had Speckled Wood 1, Red Admiral 1, Anthophila fabriciana 1. Red Admiral numbers are unprecedented for late September.

After field-trip made W4shop (quite big!) and N4c4t. Dismayed at large vote for AfD (13% predicted) in Germany: particularly dislike some of their revisionist tendencies on WW2. Here's family piccies from Isabella's 1st birthday party on 17/9: 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16 : present are daughter, son, son-in-law, son-in-law's sis, son-in-law's sis' husband, my big sis, 2 granddaughters, their 1st cousin (boy), me. You can work it all out! The back wall of their garden is the boundary wall of Richmond Park so plenty of fox, grey squirrel, Ring-necked Parakeet. Finished today at G4g4s where 6 of us out for good crack. 2moro it's N4c4l, maybe trip out (if weather OK), then it's a 'fun' evening with R, starting at Albert Edward Club at 18:15, continuing at HA4m4s and think at end I'll be at G4g4s in black tie!! xxxxxxxxxx!!!!

September 23rd: and then there were none!! Good day weather-wise with bright morning followed by dry afternoon, quite cloudy and with light S breeze. Walked on Whitfield Moor from 14:30-17:20, doing 6 km walk in all up the old track past Parmently up onto the high moor. Decided to eat lunch before reaching the wood as 2 target sites were in clear view and got quick success from 14:53-14:54 at the site most to N on Parkhead Fell (7185). A grouse-shoot was just finishing and 2 juvenile Honey-buzzard were up quickly very low over the fell, looking as if they had been foraging on the open heather moor. They flew back to the plantation to N, moving onto rough pastures in its vicinity. The female got up to moderate height, over the wood, clearly keeping an eye on proceedings. Shortly after at Monk from 15:06-15:08 noticed a juvenile flying low through the tree-tops, then 2 Honey-buzzard juveniles got up, low-down over the trees, with a juvenile Red Kite, swirling around each other. The trio gained height moving N towards the moors, with above them a female Honey-buzzard and an adult Red Kite, keeping an eye on them 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11 (7186). Meanwhile walking up the track further at 15:34 spotted a dark-phase juvenile Honey-buzzard taking off from the edge of the track about 50m ahead, flapping low-down for 20m keeping close to edge of wood and then making a sharp left-turn into an opening in the wood. That was the only Honey-buzzard seen at this site but it was good to see a juvenile so close (7187). Also had 3 juvenile Kestrel in the trip: 2 at Parmently, hunting over sedges and heather respectively, and another at Yellow Rigg, Hexhamshire Common. So total for trip was 12 raptors of 3 types: Honey-buzzard (7, 2 female, 5 juvenile, at 3 sites), Kestrel (3, all juvenile, at 2 sites), Red Kite (2, adult, juvenile). Here are piccies of habitat in area 1  2  3  4. Had steady passage SW of Meadow Pipit with 73 noted, largest groups 13, 12, 10. Game birds totalled 3 types: Red Grouse 14, Red-legged Partridge 7, Pheasant 19! Just 1 Swallow was present. Total for birds was 20 types. 6 Anthophila fabriciana micro-moths were flying around nettles. So that's a great relief for the survey: have updated results on home page and picture this year is very similar to 2016, except for perhaps slightly less young being fledged. No full stop though! It's out looking for gangs and migrants, starting at Bywell 2moro followed by W4shop, N4c4t and G4g4s. Not so sure it's NCL: what about SR6!! Did make C4c4l earlier today, dodging R members who thought I might be helping with something this past week, but the Honey-buzzard won! xxxxxxxxxx!!!!

An increase in Honey-buzzard reports on BirdGuides, with 6 seen in last 2 days. Suspect these are older juveniles, the early rush at the end of August being adult male, the steady trickle since being mainly adult female with the juvenile proportion increasing with time. Gangs of juveniles may be briefly assembling over the next few days, prior to major pull-out.

13:08 23/09 European Honey Buzzard Kent Dungeness RSPB 12:15 two with a male Marsh Harrier all high over Boulderwall Farm at 12:15 then drifted towards Dengemarsh

15:34 22/09 European Honey Buzzard Orkney Finstown, Mainland 15:25 one flew south along ridge west of Crafty Firth and towards Finstown

15:20 22/09 European Honey Buzzard London, Greater Gidea Park 13:05 one flew northeast

14:32 22/09 European Honey Buzzard Isle of Wight Niton 10:10 one flew east over Gore Cliff at 10:10

10:26 22/09 European Honey Buzzard East Yorkshire Spurn YWT one flew south mid-morning then back north and over Easington

September 22nd: and then there were 3! Next front was a little delayed so dashed out to Slaley Forest before lunch from 11:35 to 12:50 with early brilliant sunshine on light S breeze changing rapidly to rain just after leaving; it continued mild but now wearing my Barbour! Walked along 2 glades to extreme NE of forest overlooking Colpitts. At 11:57 had a dark grey juvenile Honey-buzzard coming off a relatively exposed perch in a coniferous wood 250m to W; it floated in tight circles for a few seconds before flying into a more concealed perch inside the wood (7184). And that was that! Also had Pink-footed Goose (19 W), Swallow (15), Coal Tit (12), Jay (4), Siskin (2), Meadow Pipit (1 S), in total of 15 bird species. Butterflies comprised 2 types: Peacock (2), Red Admiral (1) with a moth leaf mine found on Alder: Phyllonorycter rajella 1  2, on alder, compact blister near midrib, one large crease on underside. Remaining sites are adjacent to each other high up the West Allen on the moors. Sorted out most of data for Beldon Burn visit on 15/9; just need to check whether everything included. Made N4c4ll for break before listening to the Maybot talking about Brexit plans: not going to please anyone maybe; still time to realise we're actually Europeans! Had an email from a bumblebee: have put last 2 dates in my Calendar; intend to support again, maybe ++; like gift-aid as higher-rate tax payer!! Did make Cnt4g4t where meeting a different circle and W4g4s where circle is well-established; E is very quiet: must be NCL!! Funds -2k this week with oil up and au down and au just edging it; being patient! 2moro it's C4c4l and unsurprisingly trip up to West Allen for walk in afternoon. lok2t beauties!!!!

September 21st: and then there were 4! Front passed through more quickly than predicted yesterday so got out smartly after lunch to Derwent again from 15:10-16:30. Stopped briefly at Slaley Forest SE for hope of a Honey-buzzard coming over the ridge from S but no such luck; did though at 15:17 have a juvenile Red Kite up over the edge of the forest as it faced onto Blanchland Moor 1  2  3  4  5  6. Onto Ruffside (7183) in dry, mild, overcast weather on light to moderate SW breeze. From here can look up the whole lower Beldon Burn and at 15:49 had an adult and juvenile Red Kite up together over Baybridge, where also seen on 15/9; what a success story in the upper Derwent Valley. At Ruffside all the action was from 16:08-16:15 when some sparring between a dark-phase juvenile Honey-buzzard 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10, a juvenile Common Buzzard and an adult and juvenile Red Kite 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9. The birds circled low over the wood where they nest with a little bit of talon display. So yet another Red Kite breeding site and of course a Honey-buzzard site as well. So that leaves 4 to do: West Allen 3, Derwent 1. On way out had a Common Buzzard flushed from a dead rabbit (road-kill) at Steel and an adult Kestrel hunting at Colpitts. So trip total was 9 raptors of 4 types: Red Kite 5, Common Buzzard 2, Honey-buzzard 1, Kestrel 1. Total for bird-types was 13, including Swallow (2 SW), Meadow Pipit (2: 1 rest, 1 SW), Herring Gull (2 W: adult, 2w), Cormorant (2 W: adult, 2w). Did make N4c4l and T&S4ra4s with long chat with computing mates at latter on the climate change debate. 2moro forecast is not good but we'll see. Should make W4g4s with possibly a little refreshment 4t as well and N4c4l!! lok2t beauties!!!!

September 20th: and then there were 5! Out to Derwent today from 13:25-15:40 with one Honey-buzzard juvenile found at Minsteracres 1 (7181) and two at Blanchland village (7182), leaving 2 sites to survey in Derwent and 3 in West Allen. At Minsteracres the juvenile Honey-buzzard appeared at 13:58 for about 5 seconds, up over the high wood on the N side of the ridge, hanging briefly; it quickly collapsed back into the canopy; maybe it had had a bad dream! Total of bird-types was 12, including a large post-breeding flock of finches including 160 Linnet and 30 Goldfinch, 11 Meadow Pipit (2 rest, 9 S), 5 Skylark, 35 Greylag Goose, a Yellow-legged Gull 1w moving SW towards Derwent Reservoir at 13:56. Butterflies totalled 3 types: Red Admiral 3, Large White 2, Small White 1 1. At Blanchland village on edge of moor had a light-weight Honey-buzzard juvenile up with 2 Red Kite juvenile 1  2  3 and 2 Crow at 14:56; they appeared to settle down again but then at 15:03 another heavier Honey-buzzard juvenile flew low-down over the same moorland strip. Later at 15:16 and 15:18 respectively had single adult Red Kite flying into the trees in the nesting area 1  2  3  4  5  6 (making a pair!), presumably the parents of the 2 juveniles. No Swallow were seen after recent cold nights so it's good that Hobby survey has almost finished; may have missed juvenile Hobby at Blanchland site today though. Weather was mild, mainly cloudy on moderate SW breeze, dry. Total for Blanchland was 17 bird-types, including Goldfinch (11), Siskin (4), Great Spotted Woodpecker (2). A late Red Admiral was also seen here. Have secured a 48-hour licence for the Nature Geoscience article on climate change, cited in the press below on 19/9: Richard J. Millar, Jan S. Fuglestvedt, Pierre Friedlingstein, Joeri Rogelj, Michael J. Grubb, H. Damon Matthews, Ragnhild B. Skeie, Piers M. Forster, David J. Frame, Myles R. Allen, Emission budgets and pathways consistent with limiting warming to 1.5C, Nature Geoscience, doi: 10.1038/ngeo3031 (2017). Going to study it closely, particularly from the maths and assumptions point of view. Met M at T4c4c; he's a little harassed with term about to start but we did meet again at S tonite for tea and concert. Lars Vogt was in commanding form for the piano recital, comprising Schubert's Four Impromptus and Bach's Goldberg Variations. Really enjoyed the Schubert with its lilting tones. The Bach was a major test, lasting about an hour and Lars did look a bit fatigued at one stage, after apparently playing 3 piano concertos in the Borders yesterday, by mopping his brow! He got rapturous applause at the end, which should impress the Radio 3 audience. Think his performance had attracted visitors from far and wide as there were many people I'd never seen before; Level 1 was almost full. M's a great fan of Bach so he even bought Lars' CD for £10! Lots of inspiration then!! Process by thought alone is quite a compliment: there's always a place for the physical though: she's very beautiful: lok2tgrf!!!!!! 2moro weather forecast is poor so may catch-up on paper work. Should make N4c4l and T&S4ra4s!! xxx

September 19th: travelled with sis EAL-KGX on District/Piccadilly; she was going to meeting at union HQ on asbestos perils of which she's a national expert; I caught train and travelled class 1, very comfortable with ready supply of food and drink; stuck to soft drinks and coffee but could have had quite a session! Made HEX and went to m&s4shop. House was quite cool: obviously been some cold nights. Catching up on news on climate change, reported today in The Times we-were-wrong-worst-effects-of-climate-change-can-be-avoided-say-scientists and the DT immediacy-threat-climate-change-exaggerated-faulty-models. Firstly, modelling the complex higher-order interactions found in climate systems with the sort of maths that climate students use is asking for trouble: they should be using CT; maybe M & I could give them a hand! Secondly, the dropping of the panic does not mean we should not be sensible in cutting pollution and our footprint wherever possible. Above all though the increasing tendency for greens to ignore the natural world and biodiversity in their mad dash for renewable energy must stop straight-away. So the Supreme Court in London must soon hear the RSPB's case and decide whether an appeal can be heard against the proposed very poorly situated wind-farms in the Firth of Forth, near massive seabird colonies of global importance. Some greens now argue that the chopping-up of birds is acceptable with the climate in crisis: I disagree strongly in any event but even more so after the latest publications. Of course some apparent greens are really energy businesses in disguise! Funds steadied this week at +2k after £ not surprisingly stopped rising. It's all fairly quiet at the moment with a maybe deceptive calm as some investors take cash off the table in profit taking; news flow has been positive so will need to be patient. I think it's a stalemate with incomers looking for lower entry points and holders hanging on for more profits! Oil should be rising more: manipulation? Made DrS4g4s where good crack!! 2moro meeting M at T4c4c to discuss CT, back in the field again aiming to cover 2/7 of remaining sites in Derwent, skipping G4g4t, maybe getting 16:45 HEX-NCL, S4m4t with M, S4con, back on last train!! lok: xxxxxxxxxx!!!!

September 18th: out to Burnham Beeches with sis from 13:05-15:00 for lunch and a walk. It's difficult to appreciate how close you are to Slough as it's so wild and tranquil 1  2. No raptors but did have 4 types of butterfly: Speckled Wood (1), Small White (2), Large White (1), Small Copper (1); plus 2 leaf funnels of Emmetia marginea on bramble 1; plus 2 types of dragonfly: Southern Hawker (3), Common Darter (1) 1, and best of all a Hornet. On the ponds had 6 Moorhen (2 juvenile) 1  2 and 2 pairs of Mandarin Duck 1. Total was 10 types of bird including a Red Kite on the nearby M40 from J1-J2. 2moro it's back on 12:30 from KGX; will understand if preoccupied by Beethoven 2,3,5; might go E again later; lok2t beauties!!!!

Had m4t with son at Cozzo, very reasonable Italian in Barbican. Then on to Milton Court at the Barbican where the Guildhall School of Music & Drama were presenting a concert mainly by living composers, in the series inspired by Simon Rattle. Richard Baker conducted the Guildhall Musicians in fine style, though he did look a bit like a banker! We started with Hut Ab! by Per Nørgård, which lasted 1 minute with 1 clarinet following closely behind another. Next up was The Head of Orpheus by Nicholas Maw, which had a lovely dark atmosphere with the stunning soprano Merjam Mesak (Estonia) striking out above, almost Wagnerian! The Alps by Judith Weir was technically interesting but not particularly inspiring. The meatiest piece of the night came next: Célan settings by Harrison Birtwistle. This was in 9 parts and was very challenging to the soprano Patricia Auchterlonie (Canada) with major mood swings and some chanting and tremolo as well as bold singing but she coped admirably, probably the strongest singer of the night. After half-time we had Vallis Clausa by Niccoló Castiglioni, which had a faltering pace, almost stopping at times, but the soprano Mimi Doulton (UK), who had a tremendous local following, seemed unfazed. Életút by György Kurtág with 2 piano and 2 basset horn didn't seem to have much direction! Next up was Sarajevo by Osvaldo Golijov, written during the siege, and showing it through some very abrasive passages, though there were a few smoother interludes. The viola player Matthew Jones (Wales) got so carried away that his bow frayed significantly: he was superb all night! A Farewell by John Woolrich seemed to be a facetious take on a Mozart piano trio but didn't do much for me. Finally we had, yes, Cardiac Arrest by Madness arr Adès, which provided a fun piece to conclude. The performers were all students at the Guildhall: lots of credit to them. Son and I had a great evening!

September 17th: managed to catch 08:55 from NCL-KGX after fond farewell: it was 52 min late through overhead cable trouble but did give more time to work on software quality CT paper. Still the timing was relaxed for party and made I's birthday do in sis' car from EAL more or less on time! We had a very good time with son-in-law's sister, her husband and their 5-year old son joining us and bringing a tasty Iranian meal. Did take some piccies, which will publish soon. Back to sis' in evening with son. More normal day tomorrow with trip out for walk in morning followed by visit to Barbican for concert. Not long to return: lok2t beauties!!!!

September 16th: update from yesterday's field work. A juvenile Osprey was seen yesterday over one of the woods on the grouse moors at exactly the same place as 2 adult were see last year on 18/6 (not publicised at the time!). I thought it was a little late for a juvenile to be lingering but checking the Kielder blog https://kielderospreys.wordpress.com/ shows that juvenile Aln left its nesting area on 9/9. There have been many sightings at Derwent Reservoir this year https://www.durhambirdclub.org/blog with some recent records from August 5-September 8 itemised below (together with this week's, September 9-15, for completeness):

September 9-15: An Osprey headed east high over Blaydon (15th). On the 11th a distant Honey Buzzard over the Derwent Valley was a welcome addition to a Whickham resident's house list.

September 2-8: On the 2nd a Hobby was over West Aukland, while 5 Pale-bellied Brent Geese flew over Seaton Snook into the estuary.. A Gannet north over the Lambton Estate was an unexpected and extremely rare inland occurrence. 4 Osprey were noted at Derwent Reservoir and 3-4 were seen here throughout the week.

August 26-September 1: On the 27th the Spoonbill remained at RSPB Saltholme along with the 4 Egyptian Geese. There were Osprey sightings at Derwent Reservoir throughout the week, peaking at 3 (27th).

August 19-25: Two Osprey have continued to show very well at Derwent Reservoir, while a passage bird was over Eppleton Quarry (21st). The latter seen just after the observer had had a 'purring' Turtle Dove at Hetton Lyons.

August 12-18: 1-2 Osprey have been constant at Derwent Reservoir and a passage bird over Seaton Ponds (15th). Nightjar were still churring at Hamsterley (12th).

August 5-12: Nightjar are still churring and displaying in the Hamsterley area from 9pm, while Osprey continue to be seen at Derwent Reservoir.

So looks like a new breeding raptor in the study area. Will check it out next April. The anthrocentric angle increases in appeal. Everything about the opening night of RNS was brill!! Renewed friendships with the other partners at the opening reception where AP gave an upbeat, pithy view of the current situation. The concert had 4 short pieces before the interval, giving an American flavour: 2 by Copland, 1 by Barber (the beautiful adagio for strings). No.4 was Haydn's Trumpet Concerto, played really well by Tamás Pálfalvi, a 26-year old from Finland, who stood in admirably for the scheduled performer; it's not so easy playing something everyone knows. Had a bit of bubbly at the interval, maybe for the package purchase (lost track!); wasted on me, should have gone to someone else!! Dvořák 9 completed the programme, so ticking off his symphonies now after 8 earlier his month at AH and at S by Hallé in May (well that's 2). The whole performance was very moving: the quality of the orchestra and the acoustics of H1 combining superbly to give an outstanding performance. Don't think doubling the size of the orchestra necessarily produces a better sound in works such as these: indeed can blur things slightly. Maybe Wagner needs the big orchestra, by design! Drinks reception 2 followed, where chatted to a lot of people. Trying to get son to rehearsal/concert on 17/11 and N agreed: may even get a ticket from her slush fund! Enjoyed last chat best!! Was a little nervous about the opening nite myself but it was all gr8 on the nite!! Staying overnight in toon as early start to KGX. Will be at a different type of event tomorrow!! Unusual end to day: where there's a will there's a way: lok2tgrf!!!!!!

September 15th: had energetic 12km walk up the Beldon Burn from 12:00-16:35 with 6 Honey-buzzard sites in view at some stage. Weather was better with lighter NW breeze making it feel warmer, only occasional showers and some spells of sunshine. Provisional view – a good one – is that 4 were occupied by Honey-buzzard: need to check photos carefully for complete picture (7177-7180). Red Kite have bred successfully at 3 sites on the grouse moors and a juvenile female Sparrowhawk was up over Blanchland village. Honey-buzzard details are: Nookton Fell – pair adult up in floating action high-up at 12:51, well above 2 dark-phase juvenile who never got very high, hanging rather tenuously (7177); Middle Plantation – buff (pale orange-brown) juvenile flying purposefully into site below the Plantation in the valley from E at 13:32 (7178); Riddlehamhope – pair of adult up from 14:35-14:40, male coming up first to N of site, then moving S where joined by female, both birds stayed on site, no sign of young who may be very weak-flying still (7179) 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8; Buckshott Fell – on return from 1600-16:05 had a pair of adult high up with some interaction but mainly floating, with a weak-flying juvenile well below (7180). At these upland moorland sites you can find male and female present, displaying high in the sky, above juveniles struggling below, just like at the lowland sites a month earlier. Riddlehamhope, highest point of walk, was a new site for year so up to 49 now for 2017, same as last year with all of 2016's sites occupied in 2017. So season moves towards concluding stages. Have 7 sites left to cover in fledging stage: 4 in Derwent, 3 in West Allen. Red Kite details are: Baybridge – pair of adult and juvenile floating around on edge of moor to S of locality at 12:17-12:22 1  2  3; Buckshott Fell – pair adult, 2 juvenile, floating around upland conifer wood in middle of grouse moor, from 12:28-12:33 1; Newbiggin – adult coming into valley from NW at 12:35, came close 1  2  3  4; Riddlehamhope – pair of adult and juvenile floating around the grouse moor surrounding the woods and the plantation to S from 14:46-15:15 1  2  3  4  5. Total for trip was 23 raptors of 4 types: 10 Honey-buzzard at 4 sites (3 male, 3 female, 4 juvenile), 11 Red Kite at 4 sites (7 adult, 4 juvenile), 1 Sparrowhawk (juvenile female), 1 Osprey (juvenile, see 16/9). Totals for all types of birds were: Riddlehamhope 7, including Red Grouse 18, Meadow Pipit 6; Nookton 2, including Pink-footed Goose 35 W at 13:07; Middle Plantation 10, including Red Grouse 35, Swallow 16, Meadow Pipit 11; Buckshott Fell 2; Blanchland village 1; Baybridge 1; Newbiggin 22, including Pied/White Wagtail 22, Swallow 20, Mistle Thrush 4, Siskin 4. Not a good week for funds but correction was not unexpected after several weeks of big rises. Fall of 11k was mainly due to the rise in £ over last 2 days on talk of higher interest rates; cannot see that actually happening with enfeebled UK economy but the 'talk the talk' by the BoE, which wants to keep inflation down, worked at least for now. Underlying factors continue to be positive so no panic! ftse has fallen 2.5% in last 2 days on the rise in £ and is only 1% up on year to date, worst performing of all major global indices. If you look on the bright side your assets are worth more in €/$ as world markets have continued to be firm. For refreshment made Cnt4g4t and W4g4s, where 3 of us out!! 2moro it's getting sorted in morning, C4c4l and then, by train, to NCL for the festivities starting with S4m4t!! Have an alternative view, oh dear!! But maybe not so bad: leaving on 08:55. Looking forward to it all: lok2t beauties!!!!

September 14th: today's trip was to Pithouse Fell on E edge of Slaley Forest from 14:40-16:50. Weather continued challenging with frequent heavy showers on light to moderate NW breeze and occasional sunny intervals; it was cool. Had 2 Honey-buzzard juvenile, a dark-phase briefly hunting over the fell to N at 15:35 and another pinned-down (by me) in a nearby copse in the middle of the moor at 16:24 (7176). Other raptors included a juvenile Kestrel hunting a little to the S and single Red Kite adult at 2 sites: 1 hanging briefly over Slaley Forest SE at 16:25 1 and another briefly flying over the E edge of the fell at Pithouse at 14:40 1. Also on the moors had Red Grouse (4), Lapwing (12), Swallow (17), Meadow Pipit (26), in total of 13 bird species, plus a Chevron moth. I's birthday 1 today, gave her £500 which was increase in granddaughter rate, with further £250 to S as she got the old rate in February; S wonders whether granddad's payment includes arrears of interest! Did make N4c4l and T&S4ra4s with couple of Atlantic at latter, from Rock in Cornwall, where stayed in May. Pleased to see E again: Polish delight!! 2moro it's long trip out up Beldon Burn, maybe getting back for N4c4t; should be at W4g4s but not many out – needs confirming! All geared up for exciting weekend: lok2t beauties!!!!

September 13th: weather continued to be rough with a line of very heavy showers coming down the Tyne Valley in the afternoon; had intended to make Minsteracres after dentist appointment (which went fine, no probs!) but it was on the edge of the Tyne line of showers so carried on to Wallish Walls where could view Derwent Gorge, from 15:00-16:35. Did have one heavy shower in middle of trip but otherwise weather was sunny with bits of rain in the wind. At 15:05 had 3 Red Kite up over Carterway Heads, a pair of adult with a juvenile below. A juvenile Kestrel was hunting over a stubble field close-by. Had to wait until 16:11 for a Honey-buzzard, after the heavy shower, when a ruddy-phase juvenile was seen coming out of the back door of a nearby conifer copse 1 (7175); it disappeared quickly from view turning to S behind the copse; they're inherently secretive! Still working on yesterday's rewarding results! Had good crack with M at Tans (QH closed) but not too much on CT. Good session at G4g4t with B and the K family; cannot get back too early as it's cleaning time at home by S. Have sorted out weekend by booking hotel in NCL (fairly full with all the parents of the new students up at start of year) and Advance 1st for the trains (not much more than open off-peak standard, early start outward). Going to 3 concerts over the 5 days with son now getting tickets for This is Rattle: Adès, at Barbican, a concert of music by living composers: should be fun! 2moro it's N4c4l, trip out and T&S4ra4s!! lok2t beauties!!!!

September 12th: gr8 day out in upper South Tyne with some 150 piccies taken at 5 sites from 11:45-16:30: Lambley (7171), Williamston S, Barhaugh Hall, Barhaugh Burn (7172), Barhaugh Crags (7173), Gilderdale Bridge (7174). The day added 1 site to fledging level from earlier sightings in the season and a massive 3 sites as new sites for the season; did not make the latter in the spring but they are established sites, shown to be still active today. So full report maybe tomorrow but if goes as anticipated upper South Tyne has been completely covered now, leaving 3 sites in West Allen and 10 in Derwent to complete the season. Weather was abrasive with continual squalls coming in from the W, in quite cool temperatures: may be my last outing this season in pullover and shirt-sleeves; there were a few sunny intervals. Had a good start on A69 with a dark-phase juvenile Honey-buzzard moving towards the Morralee site at 11:25 at moderate altitude; this was a slimmer bird than the one seen on 8/9, making this a 2. At Lambley from 11:45-13:00, picked up a dark-phase Honey-buzzard juvenile at 12:37 over the moorland edge near a conifer copse to the NW; it was joined by another bird who flew very high, a male; he appeared to come down as a squall approached but the juvenile was always far below. Also here had a juvenile Kestrel hunting to SW. Total of 14 bird species here included Golden Plover (25, flock on moorland edge), Great Spotted Woodpecker (1), Sand Martin (1), Swallow (16), Grey Wagtail (3), Siskin (7 S). Next stop was Barhaugh Hall from 13:10-15:25, with walk to Barhaugh Crags. Here had a male Honey-buzzard hanging over the Barhaugh Hall woods from 13:28-13:29, thought to be seeing whether his young were about. At 13:43 a female Honey-buzzard was foraging far to the E up the Barhaugh Burn, drifting slowly over the white lands on S side of valley. Next sightings were a little to S of Barhaugh Crags at 14:38-14:39 and 14:58 where had a dark-phase juvenile Honey-buzzard hanging in the breeze, hunting over the edge of the moorland on E side of the fell. Also here had 2 juvenile and 1 adult female Kestrel and 3 Common Buzzard, one of which was mobbed by a female juvenile Hobby and an adult male Kestrel, so 4 Kestrel in total. Over on the N side of the Barhaugh Burn at Williamston S, there was a lot of action from 14:18-14:23 with, hanging over the fell, 2 dark-phase Honey-buzzard juveniles, keeping close together, 4 Common Buzzard and 2 Red Kite (adult, juvenile); a juvenile male Hobby mobbed these raptors briefly. In total of 15 bird species here, also had 5 Swallow, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Stock Dove. Had a brief stop as feeling chilled at Gilderdale Bridge from 15:30-15:55! At 15:37 picked up a dark-phase juvenile Honey-buzzard coming out of the woods a little to N of Kirkside Wood and moving NW across valley to forage; this, with the one seen from Barhaugh Crags, makes 2 Honey-buzzard juveniles raised at the Kirkside site. An adult male Kestrel was hovering near the Gilderdale Bridge, 1 Swallow was hunting and 15 Meadow Pipit moved S. Final raptor of day was a juvenile Kestrel hunting at Ninebanks in the West Allen at 16:20.

Total for raptors for the trip was 27 birds of 5 types: 9 Honey-buzzard at 7 sites (2 male, 1 female, 6 juvenile), 7 Common Buzzard at 2 sites, 7 Kestrel at 4 sites (adult male 2, adult female 1, juvenile 4), 2 Red Kite at 1 site (adult, juvenile), 2 Hobby at 2 sites (juvenile male, juvenile female, probably from a single brood). Incredible!

Funds -4k after 2 days; Au stocks weak after lack of missile launches in N Korea over the weekend but W (stocks ORM, WLFE) is doing well on shortage of the strategically important metal. Heavy rain on E wind started in evening at 19:00 but did make DrS4g4s where a customer has become bar lass! Usual good chat! Gr8 finish to day: very sensuous: lok2tmgo!!!!!! 2moro it's CT with M at QH4c4c, dentist for check-up in Corbridge at 14:30, G4g4t. Making NCL next on Saturday. xxxx

September 11th: after R @ B4m4l had trip up East Allen, completing coverage of that valley from 14:40-16:40 with 2 juvenile Honey-buzzard at each of the 2 sites visited. Made Sinderhope from 14:40-15:10, where a ruddy juvenile was up first hanging over moorland edge to E at 14:44-14:48 and, later at 15:05, a dark-phase juvenile moved W decisively from same area at 14:48 into the nesting area, coming quite close, as heavy driving rain started (7169); this last bird had a very prominent bulging crop; so total here was 2 juveniles, both feeding on the moorland edge, a very typical feeding area at all times 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16. In total of 5 bird-types, had here also a juvenile Kestrel, hunting to NE, 30 Goldfinch, 6 Swallow. At Allenheads Byerhope had an incredibly busy time from 15:15-16:40. Red Grouse were close 1. A family party of 5 Raven was an unexpected bonus at 15:40 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8. The most obvious raptors were 2 juvenile Honey-buzzard up over the moorland edge from 15:42-16:15, one a warm brown, the other dark 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15 (7170). While this foraging was proceeding, a family party of Common Buzzard (1 adult, 2 juvenile) appeared over the top of the high plantation for some display at 15:54 1  2  3  4  5  6  7. A darkish female Honey-buzzard also appeared at this time, showing the very characteristic tail shape 16  17. The warm brown juvenile Honey-buzzard flew from Byerhope towards Sparty Lea at 16:15 18  19, where another juvenile Common Buzzard 8 and a juvenile Red Kite 1  2 were also seen; Red Kite bred successfully at Sparty Lea last year. Total for Byerhope/Sparty Lea was 11 types of bird, including Raven (family party 5, above), Red Grouse (3), Meadow Pipit (6 S), Chiffchaff (1), Swallow (13), Grey Heron (1). Total for raptors for trip was 11 birds of 4 types: Honey-buzzard 5 (female, 4 juvenile), Common Buzzard 4 (2 adult, 2 juvenile), Kestrel 1 (juvenile), Red Kite 1 (juvenile). Weather was wild with frequent squalls coming over on a brisk NW breeze, interspersed with brief sunny intervals; it was improving at the end when the raptors all disappeared! Also made G4g4s where 5 of us out for good crack! 2moro it's long trip out to upper South Tyne where there are 4 sites to check. Will make DrS4g4s!! lok2t beauties!!!!

September 10th: a day of sunny intervals and heavy showers on moderate SW breeze, with the showers concentrating over higher ground and in the W. Do have a problem in completing the survey with the persistent westerlies as it's to the W and SW on the higher ground that have the sites still to visit. So cut the grass in the morning at home, where it was relatively dry, and made W4shop before making Studdon Park from 15:00-16:15, which as near Allendale Town was thought to be a decent bet. Weather there was really bizarre with rain driving through nearly all the time but there were brief breaks of a few minutes and there were 6 separate rainbows in my time there. Arrived in a brief sunny interval with much action, having 2 Hobby (adult female, juvenile male) up in chase mode, a female Honey-buzzard floating low-down in the valley and an adult female Kestrel battling S; all from 15:02-15:05. A lengthy spell of heavy rain followed, which almost finished at 15:24, causing another juvenile Honey-buzzard to start hunting over the in-bye land to the E (7168) 1  2  3  4. But the rain started up again and it went back to a clump of trees. The weather became dry again at 16:00, with a loose family party of Kestrel anticipating the change, all getting up hovering (pair adult, 2 juvenile) from 15:53-15:58. At 16:00 there was a lot of activity over the Honey-buzzard nest site with a 2nd dark phase juvenile Honey-buzzard 5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14, the adult female Honey-buzzard and the adult female Hobby (in piccie 13), all up over the site, together with some Woodpigeon and a Crow. The activity was brief with the 2nd juvenile Honey-buzzard powering its way SW into the strong wind, out to forage at 16:02. Honey-buzzard are not fazed by wet weather: they over-winter for 7 months in the tropical rain forest and I've seen the raptors in such habitat emerge as soon as the rain is stopping, even if only for a few minutes. Total for raptors for visit was 9 birds of 3 types: Kestrel 4 (pair adult, juvenile 2), Honey-buzzard 3 (female, juvenile 2), Hobby 2 (adult female, juvenile male). In spite of the poor weather this is a good start for the moorland areas with both Honey-buzzard and Hobby successfully breeding. Total for all bird-types was 9, including Swallow (9), Mistle Thrush (8), Goldfinch (5). Covered 30 sites now in the fledging period with 15-20 to go! Sorted out yesterday's piccies (but still to index) and commented a little on the FoRKers! To be fair (why?) the FoRKers are no longer claiming they know how many Red Kite there are in the NE!

Approaching demob happy (with Honey-buzzard) but not quite there yet – maybe by weekend! Got some relaxation at G4g4s where very pleased to have M on again!! She supports Liverpool, a slightly better bet than the Gulls for whom NLS surely beckons, barring a miracle! Good crack there and will be back 2moro and on Wednesday but not in week's time. Have booked RNS rehearsals as 17/11, 26/1, 10/2; skipped 3/11 as may be in Ireland and 20/4 as may be asked to that one anyway as last one (canvassing for next season!). Shostakovitch is son's favourite composer, along with Kurt Weill, so encouraging him to come up for the 17/11. Hope the beauties are as fit as ever: xxxxxxxxxx!!!!

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September 9th: a mainly cloudy day but with sunny intervals that saw some quite strong sunshine; the few showers were heavy, particularly the one that caught me on way to C4c4l from Elvaston! Took large umbrella to Stocksfield Mount in visit from 14:20-16:05 and it was very useful briefly in a sudden downpour. Idea was to check for migrants and status of local birds. Well no migrant Honey-buzzard were seen but did have 2 dark-phase juvenile soaring at 14:44-14:48 from E of Short Wood (7166) 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15, presumed bred in the Whittle Dene and completing the Tyne Valley E coverage for the fledging period in that activity has been recorded at every site now. The juvenile pair soared to moderate height together though some way apart, before descending rapidly as the clouds went dark, destroying the thermals! At 14:49 a juvenile Common Buzzard was soaring over Stocksfield E 1 and an adult called much closer to the Mount at same time. From 14:51-15:41 a total of 4 Red Kite were seen over Stocksfield E and West Mickley, an adult and a juvenile at each location; this appears to be a brood of 2 from West Mickley. At 15:48 a juvenile Red Kite was up at Bywell Short Wood, presumed to be from the Cottagebank site. Think that the 2 breeding sites confirmed by the FoRKers (IK, below, July 2017) are West Mickley and Bywell Cottagebank, since both sites are close to where they found their only brood last year. Final main action was at Cottagebank where 3 buzzard-sized birds were soaring together from 15:35-15:38 (7167) 1  2  3  4  5  6  7. The group comprised a Common Buzzard juvenile and 2 Honey-buzzard juveniles, which had some mild interaction before the Honey-buzzard juveniles moved together to NE at low altitude. So piccies 5-7 have the Common Buzzard below the 2 Honey-buzzard; in 4 the Common Buzzard is above the Honey-buzzard; 1-3 show a Honey-buzzard. As left had a female Sparrowhawk up briefly over some trees by the car-park. On was home at 16:10 had a Honey-buzzard floating overhead; stopped car and picked up a female with typical 'corrugated' wing shape; she'd obviously seen me though and glided off to N, just far enough to evade the intended photography session! She looked as if she was patrolling her site, a common activity before the birds leave for Africa. So total for raptors for visit was 14 birds of 4 types: Honey-buzzard 5 (juvenile 4, female 1), Red Kite 5 (adult 2, juvenile 3), Common Buzzard 3 (adult 1, juvenile 2), Sparrowhawk (female 1). Total for all birds was 22 types, including Lapwing (40), Swallow (9), House Martin (3), Goldfinch (17), Siskin (2). Pleased 2 meet trhwso at C: she looked very good! Catch-up in evening on records and watching Irma coverage on news channels. Gone back to f&c+mp @ SC for refreshments on Saturday nite: high living! Next week sees the winning formula restored and same for following week as trip to London is short; will need early start from NCL on 17/9!! So looking forward to it all: lok2t beauties!!!!

Below are Red Kite sightings as in Northumberland & Tyneside Bird Club bulletins. Clearly even with the very limited inland coverage by the Club, quite a few have been seen and the 2 pairs found fledging young by the FoRKers (IK, July below) is just a small fraction of those actually breeding.

April 2017

Red Kite Milvus milvus

Single birds were seen at Nunwick on 2nd (SW), Derwent Reservoir & Greenhaugh on 3rd (IFo/AC) and one drifted NW at Backworth on 13th (GPK). Other single birds were noted at Spartylea being mobbed by Oystercatchers Haematopus ostralegus on 13th (CT), Winnows Hill (Blanchland) on 22nd (ASJ) and at Wooler on 28th (EHa).

May 2017

Red Kite Milvus milvus

Single birds were seen at Derwent Gorge on 2nd (EC/JSB), over the A68 at Riding Mill on 4th (EC) one was at Tyne Riverside CP (Newburn) before drifting back towards Blaydon on 6th (JBu). On 10th an untagged bird was circling the south pool at East Chevington before flying off towards Widdrington Village (TB) and a bird was seen at Carterway Heads also on 10th (IFo), a bird was at Crooked Oak (nr Derwent Reservoir) on 11th (IK). Single birds were also at Derwent Reservoir on 17th & 24th ((PRM/IFo), Blanchland Moor on 21st (ASJ), Branton GPs on 27th (IBDa/KDa). A bird was seen flying south from Druridge towards and over Hemscott Hill and Cresswell Pond towards Cresswell Village on 28th (TB/ADMc).

June 2017

Red Kite Milvus milvus

Single birds were noted at Carterway Heads on 5th (IFo), Berwick on 7th (MHu) and at Low Waskerley on 11th (IFo). On 23rd singles were at Hemscott Hill and Minsteracres Estate (ADMc/IFo).

July 2017

Red Kite Milvus milvus

Two pairs fledged broods of two and one in the County (IK). Single birds were seen at East Chevington on 1st (TF/JFa), Druridge Pools on 2nd (GB), and Blanchland on 8th (ASJ), Snods Edge on 26th and 27th and at Low Waskerley on 28th (IFo).

September 8th: good journey back, leaving KGX at 11:00 and arriving in NCL at 13:45, jit 2 make train 2 HEX at 14:54! Had a female Honey-buzzard flapping over a stubble field in a marshy area, just N of Darlington at 13:15. After arrival in HEX went straight out to Morralee, where Allen meets lower South Tyne, and from 15:50-17:10 had 2 more Honey-buzzard, both juveniles, each mobbed by Corvids, at 16:10 over pasture at Morralee itself 1  2 (7166b) by the Allen and at 16:02 1km E of Whitechapel, on N side of South Tyne 1  2 (7166a). Both are 1+ and in both cases the juvenile drifted off after being mobbed to feeding areas nearby. Total for all bird-types was 12, including Swallow 26, House Martin 2 and high numbers of Corvids: Jackdaw 100, Rook 180. Weather was cool on moderate W breeze with little sunshine and the occasional light shower. On leaving Hexham at 15:40, immediately had a juvenile Honey-buzzard over Hermitage where the female was seen on departure on 4/9 so that was good start. Got house straight quite quickly but not difficult as S had left it sparkling and gathered the post. Made W4g4s with Friday-nite mates, all 6 of us out! Gr8 welcome to Tyneside: certainly brightens up the travelling: adagio it is: lok2tgrf!!!!!!

Funds +14k on week and +208k on year to date. Star performer was LSE:CON where 2 RNS were issued:

Connemara Mining Company plc (or "the Company") has received notification that Michael O'Reilly has a beneficial interest in 4,750,000 ordinary shares of 1 cent each, representing 5.43% of the Company's issued share capital with voting right. Connemara Mining Company plc (or "the Company") has received notification that Paul and Michelle Johnson have a beneficial interest in 9,712,645 ordinary shares of 1 cent each, representing 11.11% of the Company's issued share capital with voting rights.

Well personal holding is 1,475,866 shares or 1.74% of the capital; think I should notify them really as >1% but it's in a nominee account so may not bother; my last buy was at 2.30, not adding at present! Think there's a take-over battle - may sit it out for a while; there must be some interesting information not yet in the public domain. Other substantial holdings after recent placing are John J Teeling (8,176,978 shares, 9.35%) and James Finn (6,155,094 shares, 7.04%) so these top 4 shareholders own 32.94% of the capital between them. Market capitalisation remains tiny at £2.47m. 2moro it's trip out (maybe 2), C4c4l and catch-up!! xxxx

September 7th: went for walk and lunch with sis at Osterley Park late morning from 12:00-14:05 in mild weather but dull with occasional light spells of rain. Noticed an adult Red Kite at moderate altitude at 12:14 carrying some food item, which was long, thin and forked, perhaps a dismembered small rabbit. Close by was another raptor, floating equally well, a juvenile Red Kite with worn tips across the secondaries and short tail feathers 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12. It followed the adult closely, perhaps interested in the prey item, but then drifted off losing height and was last seen, close to ground near a copse. Habitat looked good for Honey-buzzard; habitat is perfect with extensive parkland, rough grazed grassland, tall trees and untidy copses. Being next to motorways and under the Heathrow flight path are secondary factors. Total of 23 bird types included Egyptian Goose (2) 1, Mandarin Duck 6, Ringed-neck Parakeet (25), Grey Heron (1) 1. Butterflies comprised 5 types: Small White (5) 1, Speckled Wood (3), Small Copper (1) 1, Large White (1), Green-veined White (1). Also had 3 unidentified dragonfly in flight. Sis, reunited with her piano at her son's, played the encore for me from Tuesday night: Mozart's Sonata in C Major andante: very impressed! Added a few diacriticals to notes from Tuesday. We had supper in Turnham Green after minding sis' grandchildren (aged 7,5) for a few hours; great to see everyone again. A lot of interest in latest mtDNA test with results expected in 4 weeks; what do you think will be the result? Certainly from the E, either Baltic E, Udmurts or Ukraine Ashkenazi. But which one? No comment! Really! 2moro it's trip N, leaving KGX on fast train at 11: looking forward to seeing everyone again; will be at W4g4s!! lok2t beauties!!!!

September 6th: chatted to son and big sis in morning, then round to see daughter's family on 65 bus with son for tea and supper. All very good and will be back soon for Isabella's 1.01 birthday! Had a Hornet on the flowers outside their house and daughter said she released alive an enormous queen Hornet from the house last week. 2moro sees more time with Turnham Green mob, then might need a break!! lok2t beauties!!!!

September 5th: had pleasure of nephew's kids for much of day; we went for walk in Horsenden Wood from 11:30-12:45 looking for blackberries but result not good: they've either withered or been already taken. Did have a very obvious family party of Hobby in the wood from 11:47-12:35: adult male, adult female, juvenile female, of which got some piccies, including one perched on a tree 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12. Total for types of bird was 9. A Hornet was interesting. Weather was dull with spells of drizzle. After dropping kids at Turnham Green we went to South Kensington to meet son and have Italian meal. Made Prom 70 just in time to see Karina Canellakis conducting the BBC SO at AH. Concert was innovative starting with European premiere of Missy Mazzoli's Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres): plenty of interesting dark harmonies and Missy came on stage at end for much applause. The soloist in Bartók's piano concerto 2 was Jeremy Denk: the piece was very rhythmic and played mostly on the bass half of the piano; not for those who like sweet tunes! He did though play a sweet piece by Mozart for an encore. After half-time we had Dvořák 8, with its glorious folk tunes and dances: Karina seemed as equally comfortable with this as with the earlier harsher pieces. So we very much enjoyed it all. Pity not going to any more! Funds +7k so far on week and +201k on year to date. Gainers were oil debt and a couple of small-cap Irish miners (CON/ORM) where hold quite a lot of the chips! 2moro going with son to see daughter's family at Richmond. lok2t beauties!!!!

September 4th: made R @ B4m4l where long business meeting ran onto 14:10; we even had a couple of contentious votes! Good to have l on again!! Then off to N4c4ll b4 getting strike-breaking train; it was late so got bins out and picked up a female Honey-buzzard floating at moderate height over Hermitage E at 15:25 (7166) – a new site for fledging period: never a day without a Honey-buzzard! Weather was cloudy, humid and mild on light SW breeze. On train NCL-KX finally got round to sorting CT papers from summer spree and will post updates soon, including the presentation at ANPA 2017 (musical monads!). Sat next to a young lady on train who had got a degree in Chem Eng from University of Surrey; she was very chatty and at first I thought she might have originated from China; well maybe but her formative years turned out to have been spent at Prudhoe High School where she was the only girl in a class of 26 in engineering! She breezily turned away 2 people who thought they'd reserved her seat but then the guard pointed out she was on the wrong train and charged her £70 penalty fare!! Enjoyed the journey!! Made EAL on time at 20:40 where pleased to be met by big sis. Watched the TV programme on Alma Deutscher, an amazing child prodigy in music, perhaps giving some insight into what Mozart was like! Not too long to dwell on things but perfect rendezvous: well planned: lok2tgrf!!!!!! 2moro it's out blackberrying on Horsenden Hill with nephew's kids and big sis before making AH4prom in evening with son joining us; should be a great day!! xxxx

September 3rd: overcast on a moderate S breeze – not the best weather for raptors and so it proved with nothing getting up high. Had a juvenile Common Buzzard over Letah Wood at 12:14. Made Dukeshagg, including walk towards Hyons, from 12:40-15:05. There was a lot of Corvid activity on pastures NE of Hyons Wood and their restlessness suggested a Honey-buzzard juvenile was in contention. This was confirmed at 13:14 with a juvenile flapping back heavily to Hyons Wood from the NE; at 13:28 another juvenile put the whole Corvid flock up with a photo showing the juvenile close to the ground and everything else higher 1  2 (7164)! So that's 2 at Hyons. Dukeshagg was more of a problem but continual angry Crow calls from the wooded valley to the W of the site at 14:49 indicated a juvenile was present and in one particular angry burst of Crow calls did get the Honey-buzzard juvenile chicken calls 3 times on a clip (7165). So that's a 1+ at Dukeshagg. It's a good area for Kestrel with 5 noted: family party of 4 near Durham Riding (pair adult, 2 juvenile), 1 juvenile further S, W of Dukeshagg. Also had a Red Kite adult over the wood W of Prudhoe (shelter belt E of Edgewell House Farm) on the skyline, making a neat connection with the colony based around Bywell/Eltringham. So hard work but objectives achieved. Total was 10 raptors of 4 types: Kestrel 5, Honey-buzzard 3, Red Kite 1, Common Buzzard 1. total for all bird types was 16, including House Martin (4), Swallow (17), Carrion Crow (27), Jay (1), LBBG (3 adult). Went home, had late lunch and did over 2 hours of tidying up back garden. Much later made G4g4s where good to have M on again!! 2moro it's R @ B4m4l and then may follow the raptors S for a bit; scheduled for 16:25, hoping that Northern do run their reduced service with the strike. So lok2t beauties!!!! xxxxxxxxxx

September 2nd: a very fine day, mostly sunny with some cumulus clouds and mild for time of year after cool start. Made C4c4l, where gr8 2 c rhwso!! FT thought outlook for metal prices, particularly zn/al, was set fair on Chinese moves to curtail low productivity polluting mines/smelters with Beijing peak pollution season about to start. Then drove to Wylam where station car park obligingly free, arriving at 14:45 and leaving at 17:45. Immediately had success from 14:52-14:53 with 2 Honey-buzzard coming up from Stanley Burn, to E of Prudhoe, floating to some height and keeping close together; took this as a female and a dark-phase juvenile; with no more juveniles in sight, looks as if just the 1 here (7161). Arriving at viewpoint out on fields near Stephenson's Cottage had a juvenile female Hobby up at 15:17, powerfully climbing over woods to N. Looking E towards Newburn W picked up some Honey-buzzard circling low over wood on N side of Tyne opposite Ryton Willows. After a bit of hesitancy (on their part!) picked up 3 birds soaring higher from 15:21-15:28, eventually going right up above the highest cumulus; these comprised a female with 2 dark-phase juvenile in tow 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18 (7162). The soaring ended with the birds quickly coming back down to the ground in a series of controlled dives. Flights such as these are essential for the juveniles to gain confidence in high altitude flight for their emigration, now 2-3 weeks away; the first skill they learn is floating, rather like a swimmer, so they can conserve energy if necessary: don't flap if you can float, glide or soar! Just as these birds appeared at the start of the action at 15:21, an adult male Hobby was dashing around over the same hill low-down, suggesting a 2nd Hobby site in the area. Meanwhile at the local site nothing stirred: they don't like you too close. Eventually though at 15:55 there was a great commotion around the wood, spreading to the far side and beyond: suspected a juvenile Honey-buzzard had gone out the back door and yes there it was moving a little higher as gained distance from me; no more action from Honey-buzzard here in a total of 2 hours so this goes down as a 1+. From same copse also had a single adult Common Buzzard call, an adult male Hobby soaring at 15:55 and after departing at 17:20 had a juvenile Kestrel hunting over the stubble nearby. Highlight was a migrating female Honey-buzzard 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11 (7163). She was picked up at 16:17 moving W up the Tyne Valley, a little towards the N side, in straight flapping action. Her flight was too purposeful to be a local bird holding territory and it looked as if her last glide might have taken her into the W edge of Newcastle, which is not ideal with the sun's strength fading. So she was moving back into the countryside. At 16:19 she tried soaring under a dark cloud (great for photography!) but not sure she was looking for another soar-glide cycle; rather she was looking for a good roost site in which to spend the night. Think she'd spotted Short Wood/Cottagebank at Bywell as she broke out of the soar and headed purposefully W at 16:22 in straight-line flapping mode at moderate altitude. So if you go there at 10 tomorrow, you might see her take off after b&b with evening meal! She could have started the morning in Tayside in Perthshire, a great area for Honey-buzzard. So total for trip for raptors was: Honey-buzzard 7, Hobby 3, Common Buzzard 1, Kestrel 1. Total for birds was 31 types, including Tree Sparrow 20, Chiffchaff 1, House Martin 50, Swallow 35, Stock Dove 1, plus 5 types of gull: Yellow-legged Gull (1 adult), LBBG (1 adult), GBBG (7: 5 adult, 2 juvenile), Herring Gull (6:1 adult, 4 1s, 1 juv), Black-headed Gull (45 adult). On way back at Letah Wood at 18:15 had an adult Common Buzzard. Gave £50 + gift aid to my niece's upcoming run for Grenfell Just Giving; donations welcome from anyone! 2moro it's out E again to back of Prudhoe (Dukeshagg/Hyons) to have another go at Tynedale E. Might well make N4c4t and G4g4s!! lok2t beauties!!!!

September 1st: into autumn and still grafting away at the fortunes of Honey-buzzard, one of the latest breeders in the UK. Today was going to Wylam but look at weather forecast made me switch from E to W to Haltwhistle, where indeed it was sunny periods in light and variable winds. Was there from 13:05-16:00. Had early success at the Featherstone site, visible from North Wood, where at 13:35 had a family party of Honey-buzzard up in brief display. The male and female were up high together and the 2 juveniles (dark, pale) engaged in mutual circling much further below1  2  3  4 (7160). Next had 2 Common Buzzard up on E bank of upper South Tyne at 13:55, a juvenile and adult, confirming breeding. At 14:05 and 14:45 had an Osprey hunting over the river c1km to the N – always a fine sight, but it didn't come any closer so couldn't age it. A Woodlark moved S at 14:30, suggesting they're breeding in the Border Forests. By 15:00 still no Honey-buzzard at North Wood so changed strategy by driving to near the Haltwhistle by-pass to view from the other side. This produced dividends from 15:35-15:57 with 2 juveniles (ruddy, pale) up hanging/hovering over the heather moor at the extreme W end of Plenmeller Common 1  2  3  4  5  6   7  8  9   10  11  12  13 (7159); the affinity of Honey-buzzard for heather moors is very strong; no adults were seen. Also over the moor had a hovering adult male Kestrel. So that's 10 birds of 4 species of raptor: Honey-buzzard 6, Common Buzzard 2, Osprey 1, Kestrel 1, not bad at all! Total for all bird-types was 21, including Swallow (24), Sand Martin (2), House Martin (2), Chiffchaff (2), Grey Wagtail (2), Goldfinch (13). There were 3 types of butterfly: Red Admiral 4, Peacock 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, and 1 of moth: Crambus perlella 2 1. Back to M&S4shop. Much later made W4g4s where 5 of us out for good crack! 2moro it's C4c4l followed by another attempt on Wylam! Am roughly ½ way through final check of sites with 21/45 found occupied; will be retreating from the woods soon when maybe more time for other activities: lok2t beauties!!!!

Funds finished much the same as on Tuesday at +33k on week and +195k on year to date; TSE:DNA, Toronto listing of DALR, was racing ahead this evening at Can$1.69 (+4.3%); think volume of selling from former MIO holders has been surprisingly small and this may have wrong-footed investors expecting to pick up the stock cheaply; looks as if the MIO shares concentrated in the hands of the bigger players during the drawn-out 'bid situation'; was expecting a dip at this stage; BUCH shares will be similarly concentrated with maybe just 30-50 main players. The au metal is of course on a roll at $1330 an ounce, the high for the year; some investors are worried, besides Trump vs N Korea, about the security of paper-money debts in a future crisis.

August 31st: grand day weather-wise with strong sunshine on light NW breeze – perfect conditions for raptors. Went from 13:35-15:05 to Hexham High Wood, which was a nest-site but the walk-in became very treacherous after intrusions by heavy machinery in the mud and switched to March Burn (wimp!). Walked down the lane and had a few faint anger calls near clearing at the bottom from an adult Common Buzzard at 14:01. A juvenile Common Buzzard flew out over the meadows to the W at 14:02, as in this clip and still, and another adult, in heavy moult 1, was overhead at 14:23. So that's 3 Common Buzzard, 2 adult and a juvenile. A dark-phase juvenile Honey-buzzard flew out W in the commotion at 14:03 giving close views 1  2  3  4 (7158). Highlight of visit was another male Honey-buzzard migrating S; he was seen soaring steadily from 14:54-14:55 taking advantage of thermals up and over the top of a fine-weather cumulus cloud 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11; his migration is solar-powered, using the energy in the thermals, caused by the sun striking the ground, to soar to a great altitude, creating potential energy which is realised by a long glide back towards ground level; this system of soar-glide is utilised throughout the migration to Africa saving about 95% of the energy that would be used in level flapping flight; migrating birds can be picked out (if you're lucky!) by scanning the tops or sides of clouds; the thermals are strongest under clouds and the birds obviously realise this; the darker the cloud, the better it is, until you get to thunder-clouds where you have tremendous thermals but increasing risk; over sea the thermals are much weaker so the birds try to avoid sea crossings as much as possible, concentrating at the Straits of Gibraltar and the Bosphorus; in good weather the birds cover 250+km a day so it's roughly 2 days to the English Channel with the first significant water crossing of c100km from Isle of Wight to Normandy, shorter at 30km through the Dover Straits. This bird may well be in Normandy by Saturday morning. Total for birds was 17 types, including Jay 4 (cross), Carrion Crow 4 (anger), Stock Dove 1, Dunnock 5. There were 7 types of butterfly: Peacock (6), Large White (4), Small White (3), Speckled Wood (2), Painted Lady (2), Red Admiral (1), Small Copper (1). Later made N4c4t and T&S4ra4s with A. 2moro may go E to Wylam area for a further recce before W4g4s much later. Decided to abandon Scottish trip as did not expect a Lakes trip to be on in October, after N's trip to Italy with a lady friend in September; also have 2 R commitments, on 22/9 and 25/9. Anyway there's plenty of gr8 company in this area: lok2t beauties!!!!

Today was MIO/DALR swap day. Patrick F.N. Anderson, Dalradian's President and CEO commented [in Toronto], "We extend a warm welcome to our new shareholders and longstanding believers in our project, most of whom are residents of Ireland or the U.K." "The acquisition of the Royalty from Minco immediately increases the value of the Curraghinalt Gold Project [in Northern Ireland] by reducing the cost of any future gold production. We also expect other improvements in the economics of the project will result from the programs we currently have underway. Drilling continues as planned and results will be incorporated into an updated resource estimate. Finally, we expect to have results soon from ore-sorting tests performed over the past several months." https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2017/08/30/1104240/0/en/Dalradian-Resources-Inc-Acquisition.html Reading in between the lines, this says: you have a good investment but how good we're not going to tell you until the weaker new holders have had a chance to sell their shares cheaply! Not selling any yet! See the rump Buchans Resources, of which hold 1.21%, has a new web site http://www.buchansresources.com/, highlighting Nenthead for zn/pb in the North Pennines (2 piccies on home page) though expect the early action in Newfoundland with TSE:CZN as partner; Buchans, now based in Toronto, is likely to be trading on TSE within 6 months. ENQ1, with major oil interests off the Shetlands, rallied sharply today; had already bought back, at a lower price, most of the portion sold last week after research into the Malaysian company Bumi Armada, the FPSO operator, showed their great experience in this area. Information leaks off oil rigs very quickly: that burly guy (gender-neutral!) with the enormous spanner may well have a hot-line to GS: “yeah all cleared now, no probs!”.

August 30th: sweet dreams abruptly ended as headed for early appointment for hair trim at JG with new cutter Jd; she was very good and also chatty – cost 17.5+3 tip not bad really since last visit was in March; so no longer wild man of the woods!! Later made N4c4l and G4g4t, latter with B/S/A; A works in the North Sea, formerly on oil rigs, now on wind farms: shows how things are changing; he's in S's carpet empire from time to time. In between N and G, made Beaufront from 13:35-15:00 where to the E had a male Honey-buzzard flying S at 14:25, a migrant; he was up at quite a height with a bit of flapping to keep moving in the light NW breeze but eventually left at colossal height in the haze. Weather was good at the time: sunny and warm. Also here had 2 Honey-buzzard juvenile, both dark phase, but the latter a much heavier bird; both showed coarse barring on the tail and no pale mark on the breast, plus long tail and wings; the first 1 was up a little to the W at 14:35, the second 2  3  4  5 up from the nest site at 14:40, suggesting the latter was the younger bird (7157). This was rated as 1+ initially but is clearly a 2. Other raptors were a family party of 3 Common Buzzard (2 adult 1, 1 juvenile 2  3) up from 14:36-14:41 and a Kestrel juvenile. Birds totalled 17 types, including Swallow 38, Yellowhammer 6, House Martin 2. Butterflies totalled 6 types: Small White 4, Peacock 3, Large White 3, Green-veined White 2. Speckled Wood 1, Red Admiral 1. Seen the good stuff at TC already so went in on train for meal instead at VctCmt. Top marks for improvisation and communication: she's gorgeous: lok2tgrf!!!!!! 2moro it's N4c4ll, another visit to a site (from now on, just watching!) and much later T&S4ra4s!! xx

August 29th: a day for celebration, completing site visit 10/10 in Round 2 of nest visits from 14:50-17:45 to Swallowship, by the Devil's Water. Weather was disappointing: cool, overcast, very light NW but dry. Had the female Honey-buzzard scolding me with tremulous anger call when not far from the car at 14:59 1 (7156), followed when ½ way to nest by 2 cross Common Buzzard adult at 15:14 1. Walk-in was tough through overgrown glades but good exercise! Young Honey-buzzard here have fledged a while and nest in Scots Pine has been partially ripped out 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12, although 3 pieces of small white down were attached to the surviving structure. Splash was very heavy below a sycamore tree 30m from the nest but other signs had been washed away to some extent. Total remains were: 1 white tarsal feather 1, 7 heavy splash 1  2  3  4  5, 5 medium splash 1  2  3, 9 large white down 1, 6 small white down 1  2. Girth 147cm?? Tree height ??. At least one dark-phase juvenile was lurking around the nest site while inspecting it, with angry calls by Crow and Jay, making 2 Honey-buzzard the total for the trip. Walk-back was done through the glades as too much agricultural activity on the fields! When back at the car had a male Kestrel over a clearing in Dipton Wood NE. So that's great, completing whole of Round 2 in 15 days, some 6 days ahead of last year when 4/9 was the closing date. Birds comprised 14 species, including Jay 2, Carrion Crow 5, Goldcrest 4, Coal Tit 8. There was just one moth: Aphelia paleana 1. Earlier met N at Sh4c4c where had good chat for almost 2 hours: we're planning another trip to Lakes in October. Honey-buzzard emigration continues apace with 9 birds in 7 records today, making 22 records (26 birds) in last 4 days:

22:11 29/08 European Honey Buzzard Essex Fingringhoe Wick EWT one flew over today

16:11 29/08 European Honey Buzzard Kent Dungeness RSPB three flew over today

13:29 29/08 European Honey Buzzard Jersey Noirmont Point 11:15 juvenile for 3rd day [almost certainly a locally bred bird, from one of the pairs NR found there in recent visit]

13:18 29/08 European Honey Buzzard Isle of Wight Luccombe 11:00 one over Luccombe Down 10:55-11:15 then rose over Nansen Hill and departed south out to sea [Isle of Wight is due S of Northumberland, may have been one of 'our' birds!]

12:48 29/08 European Honey Buzzard Hampshire Odiham 12:35 one flew south

12:01 29/08 European Honey Buzzard West Yorkshire Castleford 11:48 adult over Asda

11:54 29/08 European Honey Buzzard West Yorkshire Fairburn Ings RSPB adult flew southwest; also Western Osprey still

Court approval duly given in Dublin yesterday to MIO's plans: see LSE RNS and INFOMINE Article for confirmation. Now valuing BUCH interests at minimum stated in a number of estimates at Can$0:30c per share, giving lift to funds of 33k, making change on year +194k. Some people think BUCH should be worth Can$1:00c with careful marketing: we'll wait and see; hold 1/82 of BUCH (same as in the almost expired MIO). Rearranging oil interests into a more bullish strategy and pushing funds steadily into Au with holding of 1/66 of CON! Eagle Ford shale production near Houston has been devastated. Irish mining stocks still look very cheap maybe because many of the more enterprising Irish investors went bust in the crash of 2008/9; interested in GAL/CGNR as well. Felt up for it later after swift recovery: E to DrS4g4s where met the usual gang: did achieve closure: lovely to be back again: she's very sensuous: lok2tmbo!!!!!! 2moro it's hair-cut at 9:30 at JG (who? they said!) followed by C4c4l and G4g4t. Not sure about evening, maybe meal in NCL via train!! xx

August 28th: a day off from Honey-buzzard with 3 hours gardening in the front, to bring it back under control with mowing grass, trimming hedges and shrubs and applying weedkiller to yard where removed ingrowing shrubs last year (or rather my neighbours did!). Had 7 types of bird including 19 House Martin and 8 Swallow. Had 6 types of butterfly: Painted Lady 2, Speckled Wood 3 1, Large White 3, Red Admiral 6, Peacock 3, Small White 2. Caught up on some paperwork, getting payment of £75 off to HASS (Hexham Amateur Stage Society) for ticket for Sister Act on 11/11 (busy week, £15) and patron support. Also heard from N that'd won £40 in the Sage monthly lottery; have variety of options – think they could make better use of it! Honey-buzzard continue to emigrate with 3 records (4 birds) today, making 15 records (17 birds) in last 3 days:

19:40 28/08 European Honey Buzzard London, Greater Rainham Marshes RSPB 11:00 one reportedly flew south

17:31 28/08 European Honey Buzzard North Yorkshire Bagby 17:05 one flew high southwest, under attack from 4 Buzzard

11:36 28/08 European Honey Buzzard Norfolk Fakenham 09:50 two flew southeast to south of garden centre

Very impressed by the US weather forecasting on Harvey: to predict such unprecedented rainfall must have been quite stressful, laying themselves open to lots of ridicule if they were wrong. Many people it seems did at least partially believe them, hence the small loss of life compared with say Katrina. Many people think it's the wind that causes the destruction with hurricanes but in fact that's no.3 after storm surge (extreme low pressure raises water height at sea) and rainfall. A favoured maxim for some is: it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good. In this case Aberdeen might benefit from the problems in Houston and Texas: watching closely! Did make G4g4s in evening for good chat, where H was very attentive!! 2moro meeting N at Shack4c4c and then maybe it's site 10/10. Not sure about evening: lok2t beauties!!!!

August 27th: they're certainly off now with 8 well scattered records today (9 birds), making 12 (13 birds) in 2 days [BirdGuides]:

18:36 27/08 European Honey Buzzard Norfolk Salthouse 18:15 flew west

16:36 27/08 European Honey Buzzard Cambridgeshire Cambridge 15:00 one flew west

15:43 27/08 European Honey Buzzard Lincolnshire Far Ings NR 15:10 one flew west just south of New Pits

15:23 27/08 European Honey Buzzard Wiltshire Pewsey one flew south this morning

14:37 27/08 European Honey Buzzard North Yorkshire Nosterfield Quarry 10:45 flew east over Lingham Lake; also Western Osprey (11:45)

13:57 27/08 European Honey Buzzard Kent Lade GPs one over Lade South mid-afternoon

13:08 27/08 European Honey Buzzard Kent Dungeness NNR 13:00 just to north of observatory then flew towards water tower; 16:31 28/08 European Honey Buzzard Kent Dungeness NNR 27/08 two flew over with 12 Common Buzzard yesterday; also 5 Black Tern flew past in evening

11:24 27/08 European Honey Buzzard North Yorkshire Gilling East 11:10 one flew over to south

Meanwhile still grafting in the study area in warm weather, on light SW breeze with sunny intervals. Made Kellas N for site visit 9/10 from 14:45-17:20 (7155); bit irregular doing so many nest visits so quickly but keen to complete the series while the weather is good. Didn't see any migrants but did have 2 fledged Honey-buzzard juvenile lurking to W of site and S of site respectively around 15:45, and a chicken call at 16:08. A clip was taken of Carrion Crow giving alarm calls near the nest. The nest was in Scots Pine, on one side of a fork, in a plantation of no great height 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10. A few pine sprays were on the side of the nest. There were plenty of signs below the nest, including 2 chewed wax comb 1, 3 pellets 1  2  3, 2 heavy splash 1, 3 medium splash 1  2, 1 large Woodpigeon feather, 17 large white down 1  2  3  4, 6 small white down 1  2  3  4, 4 white body feather 1  2  3  4, 1 white tarsal feather 1, Nest tree had girth of 114cm with nest ??m off ground. So looks like youngsters are still meeting adults at nest for feeding sessions. No other raptors were seen in sultry conditions. Count for bird types totalled 10, including Bullfinch 4, Chiffchaff 1, Siskin 2, 12 Lapwing E. This is a good area for butterflies and had high count for Peacock of 18, plus 8 Red Admiral, 6 Speckled Wood, and 1 moth: Udea lutealis. At Ordley on buddleia had 6 Red Admiral, 3 Large White, 1 Peacock. Hope to complete nest visits on Tuesday! Made G4g4s where good atmosphere with bank holiday looming 2moro; gr8 to meet old friends!! 2moro it's recce for migrants followed by N4c4l, much gardening and G4g4s!! Booked up train journey 1 next month starting after R on 1st Monday. lok2t beauties!!!!

August 26th: looks like emigration of Honey-buzzard, probably males, started today with 3 sightings below on S coast and also 1 in East Anglia [BirdGuides]:

13:47 26/08 European Honey Buzzard East Sussex Beachy Head 12:45 one flew east over Crow Link this afternoon

11:29 26/08 European Honey Buzzard East Sussex Beachy Head 10:50 one flew southeast over Went Hill this morning

21:11 26/08 European Honey Buzzard Cornwall Lizard (village) one drifted east over Caerthillian

14:33 26/08 European Honey Buzzard Norfolk Trunch 14:15 one flew north this afternoon

The males leave first, presumably to release food resources in the site, once the young can fly with some confidence. The females stay until the young are much more confident, presumably to continue to provide food to the youngsters while they are gaining experience in foraging. The males do play a very active part in raising the family: sharing incubation at least to relieve female at nest; fetching food in for the small brood while the female guards the young; sharing in the feeding of the brood to fledging; encouraging the young to start flying. The 2nd is the most important as the brood is exposed if the female starts foraging at this stage through lack of provisions, but this season have found that the 4th is a significant role as well.

Today in warm dry weather on light SW breeze made East Allen and then West Allen from 14:55-17:30. Oakpool was site visit 8/10. Had just parked the car when 2 juvenile Honey-buzzard juvenile appeared floating over the lane at 15:00 (7154) 1  2  3  4; they were fairly steady in flight but looked as if they were concentrating hard without any quick manoeuvres. Walked into site and nest in oak tree was very well built up on the edge with oak sprays 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16, sited in a fork about 2/3 up the tree; there were quite a lot of signs below the nest confirming that this is the tree that was used, including 10 small white down 10 1, 2 large white down 1, 6 medium splash 1  2, 1 chewed wax comb 1, 2 white tarsal feather 1  2, 1 Woodpigeon (decomposed) 1. This site is a little tense for access as the local landowner is not happy with my presence. I was just parking at the bottom when he drove past going out: what a hackey-look! He once tried to follow me but I gave him the slip down a glade and met him 2 hours later on the lane where he was fairly apoplectic. Anyway he's the freeholder but the shooting rights belong to a large local estate. They have a pheasant release pen c100m from the Honey-buzzard nest and it's very good to see the success of the raptors so close to the pen. Walked up the hill so that I could look over the rough field where the juveniles had been floating and had the male Honey-buzzard coming down at 16:01 1  2 with a juvenile coming up for a few seconds to show the male its location. Walking back towards the river had a chicken call from the same pasture at 16:19. So very encouraging! Of course the gamekeepers are working hard on the grouse moors at the moment but they had placed pheasants in the release pen, getting ready for the next stage of the shooting season. Also here had 2 juvenile Kestrel and an adult male Hobby, latter being mobbed by Corvids at 16:03 but he quickly flew away from them; a feeding flock of 50 House Martin, showing how many insects were around, would be one target for the Hobby. Total for bird types was 18, including Treecreeper (1), Long-tailed Tit (10), Swallow (5), Stock Dove (2). On to Keenleyside at 16:45 where it was getting cooler. A female Honey-buzzard was up high on arrival, hanging over the valley to N (7154a) 1  2. Although 3 sites in view, no juvenile were seen but they breed later at higher latitude. Had a pair of Hobby, another male going off high to hunt at 17:12 1  2  3 and a female overhead at 17:13, looking more in territory 4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13. Also had 2 Common Buzzard (adult, juvenile) at 16:47 and a Red Kite adult gliding down valley at 16:52. So that brings raptor total for the trip to 12 birds of 5 types: Honey-buzzard 4 (male, female, 2 juvenile), Hobby 3 (2 adult male, adult female), Kestrel 2 (2 juvenile), Common Buzzard 2, Red Kite 1 (adult); all found in a major shooting area! Total for this part of trip to Monk was 8 types of bird, including a family group of 3 Raven as an unexpected bonus, obviously at home on Round Hill 1  2  3 at 17:20 and also seen earlier with Hobby at 17:12. Total for trip was 22 types of bird. The natives were restless below: maybe a wedding at EH! The only butterfly on trip was 1 Red Admiral but at Ordley on buddleia had 8 Red Admiral, 4 Peacock. Earlier made C4c4l where close read of FT suggested market was ready to punish companies considered to be too much in debt: have taken note!

Have done some research on Perthshire trip. Think it will have to be towards end of September (within 21-29) after 2 London trips (Proms, Isabella 1.0) and while day length is still reasonable and juvenile Honey-buzzard are passing through. Need a few days as not walking the tops in the rain! Have my eye on the 4-Munro walk in Glen Lyon, including Meall Garbh, and may stay at Weem Inn, Aberfeldy, where saw Hobby on last visit. Would drive up in crate, now 70k miles, 6.8 years. Anyway need to think about it. Sure to get a comfy double bed!! Here's family piccies from their visit in mid-August 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  (elder granddaughter 2.5, younger 0.9 with new shoes from Hexham and just toddling) plus some shots of Aydon Castle itself 8  9  10  11  12  on 14/8. 2moro it's N4c4l followed by site visit 9/10 and G4g4s!! lok2t beauties!!!!

August 25th: made Dotland from 15:55-16:55, last site in 'Shire to study for fledging, and got quick result. Weather was rather overcast and mild with light and variable winds. The farmers were cutting a big area of grass for silage, always an attractive proposition to raptors as wildlife becomes exposed that had been sheltering in the long grass. At 16:00 a juvenile Common Buzzard flew off the field nearest to me and took refuge in a nearby copse, which had been largely clear-felled. It called and an adult Common Buzzard replied. At 16:07 spotted 2 Honey-buzzard juveniles moving off the far pasture, that had been cut but was awaiting collection of the grass 1. They drifted around for a bit on S side of pastures, going towards Blackhall where they landed in trees. The Honey-buzzard juveniles were dark-phase and dark brown-phase; the dark brown bird was the older bird with complete feather growth; the dark bird was younger with P8 and P9 still growing. Got quite a few piccies (7153) of the Honey-buzzard 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18 and Common Buzzard juvenile 1  2  3  4. The bands are broader and sparser on the Honey-buzzard juveniles, which also lack the pale breast band of the Common Buzzard. So that makes 'Shire picture very successful with all 6 pairs fledging young, 4 with 2 young and 2 with 1+. Total for birds was 13 species, including 4 Stock Dove, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Butterflies comprised 2 Wall 1  2  3. Made N4c4l where very sociable but they were running out of staff as left! Also made W4g4s where all 6 of us out for good crack: N's going to Italy mid-September with 1st concert on 30/9! Hope to publish updated stats tomorrow morning for the season. Funds did well at +6k this week and +162k on year. DALR rallied but ENQ1 was a drag on delayed full output from Kraken and sold some; BUCH stake will be upgraded to expected minimum opening price, when it gets a quote in a few months, if MIO Scheme gets approval in Dublin court on Monday (no bank holiday there!). Hurricane Harvey, now a category 4 storm, could disrupt the markets as ½ of US oil/gas production comes from the Gulf but presumably the infrastructure is pretty resilient; hope people do heed the warnings; rainfall forecasts are dire! Films have had some interest; visit 10/10 might call for a celebration!! 2moro it's C4c4l followed by nest visit 8/10 and catch-up in evening. Hope the beauties are keeping fit: lok2t beauties!!!!

August 24th: did walk-in to site 7/10, Shilford, from 15:15-17:55 in warm, humid, sunny weather. From 15:24-15:34 observed grand action to NW at Prospect Hill where a male Honey-buzzard was up from 15:24-15:29 going high and then realising no-one was in sight came rapidly down again to slowly patrol over the top of a clump of trees; this did prompt some action with the female and 2 juveniles up low-down in a flurry of action of 30 seconds, but without the usual chase. The juveniles were very weak-flying with one barely able to stay up 10 seconds. The male carried on organising operations until 15:34 when he gave up! Piccies are here 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19 (7152a). Still that's very good news that a brood of 2 has again been raised in the Farnley area, which is very rich with the large ponds. Piccies 18 and 19 show a juvenile female Hobby low-down over a copse and an adult male Hobby high-up over the action, confirming breeding at Farnley. The long track into the nest at the E wood has been trimmed and cut, so that made the walk-in easier but was conscious that that made access by others to the remote nesting area easier as well. The farmer drove past in quad close to the nest; ducked down behind bracken – don't want any interviews! At least one young Honey-buzzard was at home (7152), judging by the chicken calls, which were heard around 15:59 and 16:21, according to my notes. The former can be found faintly on clip 2 around 1-25 and 1-56). Angry Carrion Crow calls were heard at 16:04 (clip 1, 52s 93s). A juvenile Common Buzzard was also in the area at 16:20 (clip 2, 3:30-7:33, 8 sequences of calls).There were so many remains of splash and down in the immediate area of the nest that you realise their diet must be good! The nest was in Scots Pine, towards the bottom of the crown, stretching half the way round the trunk, in a fork, supported by 2 large boughs 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19. The circumference of the nest tree was 126cm. Remains below the nest included small white down 9 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11, a Tawny Owl small feather 1, large white down 10 1  2  3, large white down grey tip 1 1, heavy splash 15 1  2  3  4  5  6  7, medium splash 11 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11, enormous white downy feather 1 1, brown-white body feather 1 1  2, chewed wax comb 2 on side of nest 18  20. Total of 22 bird types on trip included Chiffchaff (2), Goldcrest (12), Coal Tit (8). Butterflies comprised 4 types: Red Admiral 4. Large White 1, Small White 1, Speckled Wood 1. One moth was recorded, a Stigmella aurella gallery on bramble 11. A Southern Hawker dragonfly was in a glade. Made R&C4m4s in Slaley where had a couple of Murphy's Stout from Cork; met A and daughter A there initially b4 being joined by M. Am tempted to go for another Munro in Scotland in September in the Perthshire area – also good area for Honey-buzzard! Main holiday this autumn will be to Ireland S, flying NCL-ORK. Always think breaks are marvellous!!! See Revs is being taken over: MARKET REPORT: Brawl breaks out as rival club chains Stonegate [Slug] and Deltic fight for struggling Revolution Bars Vodka Palace up for Sale. 2moro it's catch up on the piccies with maybe trip out at 16:00 for the 4 o'clock soar but should make N4c4l and W4g4s!! lok2t beauties!!!!

August 23rd: weather took longer to clear than expected and indeed early afternoon wondered whether it ever would but it did and made Stocksfield Mount from 15:20-16:35 in warm conditions with hazy sunshine on light SW breeze. Was treated to spectacular, wild display by the family party of 4 Honey-buzzard (male, female, 2 juvenile, 7151) at Bywell Cottagebank as the sun broke through with much diving and rearing up again from 15:28-16:17: these 5 feature the male 1  2  3  4  5; these 10 feature the family party 6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15. All this is essential flying practice for the birds before their migration (male very soon, female in 2 weeks, juveniles in 4-5 weeks). Also had a male Honey-buzzard towering up over the Shilford site at 15:55 before diving down again: it's exciting times!! Red Kite were also conspicuous with 2 at Bywell Cottagebank (adult, juvenile, 15:35-16:15) and 3 at Eltringham (2 adult, 1 juvenile, 16:01-16:03). At Bywell Cottagebank a family party of 3 Common Buzzard were up from 15:57-16:11 and a female Hobby appeared twice over the top of the action at 15:35 and 16:01. So that's 14 raptors of 4 types: Honey-buzzard 5, Red Kite 5, Common Buzzard 3, Hobby 1. Do listen to Classic FM on the car radio: quite a lot from the local orchestra: sometimes sit in the parked car listening to the end of a piece, which did today with Ravel's PC adagio, and get some strange looks!! Made G4g4t with B and the lively H on!! Drove on to CP where in comfort break at Throckley N at 18:33 picked up a male Honey-buzzard proudly patrolling over the W of his site. They're coming out of the woodwork! Made TC4m4s followed by film A Ghost Story which was intriguing particularly when the ghosts became convoluted at the end; there are some interesting supernatural coincidences such as the connection between the heavy piano noise in the night which wakens them both, his death in a car accident next morning and his making of the same noise as a ghost! Nite was made perfect in the best of ways: she's a gr8 calming influence: lok2tgrf!!!!!! 2moro it's N4c4l and another site visit 7/10: reach peak fitness of the year during Round 2: should try and keep it up!! Should be in T&S4ra4s later.

August 22nd: really motoring well on site visits with trip to local Peth Foot nest today from 15:10-17:25, making 6/10. Weather was not invigorating: very humid, warm, no wind or sun. Burn which need to cross was fortunately low. Have some clips of the crossing. Didn't see or hear any Honey-buzzard but there were masses of signs (7150) and of course I already knew that they'd fledged 2 young (see 13/8). The nes