Another lovely sunny day yesterday, with decent temperatures continuing overnight, with some cloud cover, resulting in the best catch of the year so far this morning. There is still some investigation ongoing but thus far we have identified 67 species of Macro. Here are a few of them:-
always perch with folded wings, however this morning we tried putting
this one under glass and was, from time to time, obliging.
new to the property.
Later (much) in the day a few hours were spent at that fine
Nature Reserve that is Blashford Lakes, Hampshire.
and with the main target of the day being 'young' birds
it was rewarding to see
developing its 'dabbling technique.
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
followed by extremely mobile young
a bit of a sub-tropical feel.
are still incubating eggs, a little disappointing as it was thought
LONG-STALKED CRANESBILL with
of the year.
followed by a very lucky find just before leaving.
Wikipedia states that
larval stages, it has been found in nests of the ant Lasius niger,
and in with the root aphids Forda formicaria and Trama sp.Another 'first' for me to end another great day at this very special place.