North Cave Wetlands – 24/02/2017

Afternoon visit with intermittent sun and a cool breeze. Male Stonechat Saxicla rubicola was still in its usual spot on Dyrham Ings Cell C. Whilst watching the Stonechat S. rubicola the bugling call of a Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus alerted me to its presence on Village Lake. Had a quick view through the hedge from Dryham Lane, but later had excellent views as a pair showed really well just below Turret Hide. Several Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus were around the edge of Cell A, where three Little Egrets Egretta garzetta were also present. Having feed the celebrity Robins Erithacus rubecula with my daughter, along the western path, we then found a Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita in the northern hedge at the back of Far Lake. On reaching the Maize Field feeders a single male Brambling Fringilla montifringilla was present, though never really settled for long. On Island Lake a single Snipe Gallinago gallinago and Curlew Numenius arquata were present. Finally the two Ruff Philomachus pugnax were out on the island in front of East Hide.

Whooper Swan - Cygnus cygnusWhooper Swan – Cygnus cygnus

Brambling - Fringilla montifringillaBrambling – Fringilla montifringilla

Tree Sparrow - Passer montanusTree Sparrow – Passer montanus

Robin - Erithacus rubeculaRobin – Erithacus rubecula