North Cave Wetlands – 04/01/2017

A cold sunny morning with a northerly wind blowing. A few waders were on Village Lake including two Ruff Philomachus pugnax, a single Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus, plus small numbers of Snipe Gallinago gallinago and Redshank Tringa totanus along with numerous Lapwing Vanellus vanellus. At the Maize Field feeders two Brambling Fringilla montifringilla were feeding with the more regular congregation, where the Marsh Tit Poecile palustris also put in along welcome appearance. Only picked put a couple of Little Egrets Egretta garzetta on this visit, with single birds on Island Lake and Main Lake. Two Siskins Carduelis spinus were feeding with Goldfinches Carduelis carduelis along the northern path. Struggled photographically today with the best bird being in well shaded areas, or to far away from the hides, sheltering in the calmer areas behind the northern banks.

Robin - Erithacus rubeculaRobin – Erithacus rubecula