North Cave Wetlands – 16/01/2018

A sunny morning with intermittent cloud including a light shower, moderate westerly breeze blowing with temperatures around 2-3 degrees C. Highlight of the day was the pair of Raven Corvus corax seen over the east ridge from Turret Hide, found whilst scanning for Red Kite Milvus milvus. Watched for around five minutes the first was picked up over the pine plantation being mobbed by a Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus, showing the massive difference in size. The second was picked up almost straight away, having a tussle with a Buzzard Buteo buteo, the Raven C. corax having a slightly larger wingspan than the Buzzard B. buteo, again highlighting the size of these birds. As they drifted south towards the village, I managed to obtain a record shot of one of the birds. They have been in the area for about three weeks, first spotted over the Church in the village on 28th December, then subsequently over East Hide at the reserve on 9th January. Hopefully they will continue to hang around the area. Wasn’t expecting to get a Yorkshire tick today!

Raven - Corvus coraxRaven – Corvus corax

Heading anticlockwise around the reserve the Ruff Calidris pugnax was still present on Village Lake, and one of the Stonechats Saxicola rubicola was on Call C of Dryham Ings. The Green Woodpecker Saxicola rubicola was vocal as I headed along the lane, however it never showed. At Carp Lake a Little Egret Egretta garzetta flew north. The Mandarin Aix galericulata was still present, and showed extremely well, though briefly, from the south-west corner of the lake. Along the western path a single Lesser Redpoll Acanthis cabaret was near the feeders, where a flock of Siskin Spinus spinus were also present. A nice male Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula showed nicely near the seat for a few minutes. The northern boundary was quiet, with Little Egret E. garzetta and Marsh Hariier Circus aeruginosus on Island Lake being the next sightings of note. Finally, just before the ‘Corvid’ bonanza, a flock of Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria flew north along the eastern ridge.

Mandarin - Aix galericulataMandarin – Aix galericulata

Bullfinch - Pyrrhula pyrrhulaBullfinch – Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Blue Tit - Cyanistes caeruleusBlue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus

Species list (55)
Blackbird Turdus merula
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus
Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Buzzard Buteo buteo
Carrion Crow Corvus corone
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
Common Gull Larus canus
Coot Fulica atra
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
Dunnock Prunella modularis
Gadwall Anas strepera
Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria
Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
Great Tit Parus major
Green Woodpecker Picus viridis
Greenfinch Chloris chloris
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Greylag Goose Anser anser
Herring Gull Larus argentatus
Jackdaw Corvus monedula
Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
Lesser Redpoll Acanthis cabaret
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus
Magpie Pica pica
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata
Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan Cygnus olor
Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba yarrellii
Pochard Aythya ferina
Raven Corvus corax
Redshank Tringa totanus
Robin Erithacus rubecula
Rock Dove Columba livia
Rook Corvus frugilegus
Ruff Calidris pugnax
Shelduck Tadorna tadorna
Shoveller Anas clypeata
Siskin Spinus spinus
Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Stock Dove Columba oenas
Stonechat Saxicola rubicola
Teal Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
Wigeon Anas penelope
Woodpigeon Columba palumbus