Saturday, July 30, 2011

Roesel's-bush Cricket......

The River Ancholme at Saxby Bridge.

Male Roesel's-bush Cricket.
A few hours spare this afternoon and a visit to the carrs,resulted in a nice surprise in the guise of a male Roesel's-bush Cricket along the main track down to the river at Bonby.It was found in an area of rank grass along the track edge and i was first drawn to the electricity like stridulation of this species.It was of the migratory macropterous form 'Diluta' and is the first record of the species i have personally recorded away from the coastal Lincolnshire population and Chamber's farm wood area.Other insect sightings comprised of 6 species of Butterfly and a subterranean Tree Wasp nest.Unfortunately today,both the Common Crane and Osprey were not seen,but raptors were well represented otherwise by a cracking juv. Peregrine,single Hobby,7 Common Buzzard and at least 4 Marsh Harrier.I also enjoyed superb views of a Sedge Warbler which had caught a Common Darter to feed it's chicks,now that will be a mouthfull for any young warbler!.A good few hours in the warm afternoon sun.


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