Sunday, 7 September 2014

Hordle Cliff & Pennington Marshes, Hants, 6th Sept.

It was a trip down south this weekend as I wanted to catch up with the Grey Bush Cricket. It had taken longer than normal to arrive on site due to heavy traffic caused by the many events taking place including one around Beaulieu. We finally arrived at Hordle nearly an hour later than it usually takes. After a short walk from the car park to the cliffs, it wasn't long before I came across my target species. 8+ Crickets were seen, the majority being female. A few Field Grasshoppers were also seen and a single Long Winged Conehead. A possible Cepero's Groundhopper was seen briefly but unfortunately I had forgotten my containers so was unable catch it to confirm!
A pair of Ravens were seen flying around the cliff top.

 Grey Bush Cricket

 Grey Bush Cricket

 Grey Bush Cricket

 Grey Bush Cricket

 Grey Bush Cricket

 Grey Bush Cricket

 Grey Bush Cricket

 Grey Bush Cricket

 Grey Bush Cricket Habitat
After here we then headed off to Pennington Marshes. There were quite a few waders feeding on the exposed mud, Mostly Dunlin and Ringed Plover but also Redshank, Turnstone, 22 Black Tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew and a Single Greenshank. 6 Eider were seen out at sea.
A few Migrant Hawkers were seen flying around.

 Turnstone

 Turnstone
After we had finished at Pennington we stopped off at crockford briefly but there wasn't that much about apart from 5 Grayling. A few Meadow and Mottled Grasshoppers were seen here and a single Migrant Hawker.

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