North Cave Wetlands – 17/03/2019

An afternoon of intermittent cloud, a moderate westerly breeze blowing. Temperature around six degrees C.

Despite the windy conditions and cool temperature a few invertebrates were found, most were new for the year (NFY). One of the “Zebra Spiders” Salticus cingulatus was on the gate onto the main reserve between Main and Carp Lake, whilst a Nursery Web Spider Pisaura mirabilis was on the nettles along the Northern Path. A couple of Garden Tiger Arctia caja caterpillars were also on the nettles. The first Altica sp. Beetles were around the Dragonfly Ponds, with plenty of 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata noted.

Bird-wise, three Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta on Island Lake were NFY, along with a Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita along Dryham Lane.

Birds (42)

Avocet – Recurvirostra avosetta (NFY)
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Buzzard – Buteo buteo
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Chiffchaff – Phylloscopus collybita (NFY)
Common Gull – Larus canus
Coot – Fulica atra
Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
Feral Pigeon – Columba livia
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Crested Grebe – Podiceps cristatus
Great Tit – Parus major
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Herring Gull – Larus argentatus
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Long-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Mediterranean Gull – Larus melanocephalus
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Oystercatcher – Haematopus ostralegus
Pied Wagtail – Motacilla alba yarrellii
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Snipe – Gallinago gallinago
Starling – Sturnus vulgaris
Teal – Anas crecca
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus

 

Beetles (2)
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata
Altica sp. (NFY)

Moths (1)
Garden Tiger – Arctia caja (NFY)

Spiders (2)
Nursery Web Spider – Pisaura mirabilis (NFY)
Salticus cingulatus (NFY)