Two Hares and Red-legged Partridge were in just about the most artificial habitat that Morton Bagot possesses.
|Wildlife on the show jumping arena|
|Skylarks sometimes sing on the ground|
On the morning of my last visit a flock of 10 Bee-eaters were stopping off from an over-shooting migratory flight at Barford, little more than 10 miles away. If only I had known at the time. They were not seen subsequently, so we headed straight for the beehives. Nothing doing of course.
We also tried the Mandarin Pond (as it is now known). Nothing there either.
Normal service seems to have been resumed. The Corn Bunting had gone, but a Cuckoo was still singing. The Little Egret was still present, and we also located the Little Owl. No Gadwalls or Teal, but the Little Ringed Plover was back.
Inevitably, with no new birds to entertain us, I started looking for insects and other mini-beasts. Here are a selection of the ones seen this morning.
|Nursery Web Spider|
|Mother Shipton moth|
|Thought to be an Orange-tailed Mining Bee - Andrena haemorrhoa|
|Same as above|
|Azure Damselfly highlighting the U shaped mark on first segment|
|Hoverfly sp - Sphaerophoria sp|
Hoverfly sp then. Many thanks to Roger for telling me that the yellow sides to the thorax point to it being of the genus Sphaerophoria. A quick bit of reading up on the Internet clarified that there are 11 British species of that genus and that microscopic examination of genitalia is required to identify them to species level.