North Cave Wetlands – 09/12/2018

A sunny morning visit with a gentle north-westerly breeze, temperatures reaching seven degrees C.

A nice find today was a Common Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina in its winter colour form, some can be quite drab in winter, but this one was quite distinctive. A 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata also made an appearance in the low winter mid-day sun.

Common Green Shieldbug - Palomena prasinaCommon Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina

A couple of mammals added to the interest this morning, a Red Fox Vulpes vulpes present along the western bank of Island Lake. Next was a reserve tick, a Grey Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis present in the trees near Dryham Farm.

Grey Squirrel - Sciurus carolinensisGrey Squirrel – Sciurus carolinensis

A good birding day also with two year ticks. The first was a ring-tail Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus which showed for a few minutes on Village Lake in the company of a Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus. Next was a Brent Goose Branta bernicla on the far side of Main Lake. Both these records represent only the second time I’ve encountered either of them on the reserve.

Brent Goose - Branta berniclaBrent Goose – Branta bernicla (center front)

Birds (54)
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Brent Goose – Branta bernicla
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Common Gull – Larus canus
Coot – Fulica atra
Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
Curlew – Numenius arquata
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
Feral Pigeon – Columba livia
Fieldfare – Turdus pilaris
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldcrest – Regulus regulus
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus
Great Tit – Parus major
Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Hen Harrier – Circus cyaneus
House Sparrow – Passer domesticus
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Linnet – Linaria cannabina
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Long-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Marsh Harrier – Circus aeruginosus
Meadow Pipit – Anthus pratensis
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Pied Wagtail – Motacilla alba yarrellii
Pink-footed Goose – Anser brachyrhynchus
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Redwing – Turdus iliacus
Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Skylark – Alauda arvensis
Snipe – Gallinago gallinago
Song Thrush – Turdus philomelos
Teal – Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes
Yellowhammer – Emberiza citrinella

Beetles (1)
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata

True Bugs (1)
Common Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina

Mammals (2)
Grey Squirrel – Sciurus carolinensis
Red Fox – Vulpes vulpes