North Cave Wetlands – 13/12/2018

A predominantly sunny morning visit, with a gentle south-easterly breeze. Temperature reaching six degrees C.

Despite the colder conditions a couple of 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata were active along Dryham Lane in the mid-day sun. Bird-wise the Green Woodpecker Picus viridis showed well below the viewing platform. 16 Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria flew south over the new workings. Lots of disturbance today for the wildfowl with several Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus quartering the reserve, this disturbance and the southerly wind meaning plenty of winter wildfowl were pushed up close to the south hide. 14 Curlew Numenius arquata were in the field by the reserve entrance with a further two on Village Lake. The drake Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata was again still present on Carp Lake. A lone Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus was with the Greylag Geese Anser anser on Main Lake. Shelduck Tadorna tadorna numbers starting to build with ten on the new workings and three on Silt Lagoon. Fieldfare Turdus pilaris and Redwing Turdus iliacus were quite numerous around the reserve today.

Green Woodpecker - Picus viridisGreen Woodpecker – Picus viridis

Redwing - Turdus iliacusRedwing – Turdus iliacus

Fieldfare - Turdus pilarisFieldfare – Turdus pilaris

Marsh Harrier - Circus aeruginosusMarsh Harrier – Circus aeruginosus

Pink-footed Goose - Anser brachyrhynchusPink-footed Goose – Anser brachyrhynchus

Shoveler - Anas clypeataShoveler – Anas clypeata

Wigeon - Anas penelopeWigeon – Anas penelope

Teal - Anas creccaTeal – Anas crecca

Birds (56)
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Buzzard – Buteo buteo
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
Golden Plover – Pluvialis apricaria
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus
Great Tit – Parus major
Green Woodpecker – Picus viridis
Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
House Sparrow – Passer domesticus
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Long-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Mandarin Duck – Aix galericulata
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
Red-legged Partridge – Alectoris rufa
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
Stock Dove – Columba oenas
Teal – Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Yellowhammer – Emberiza citrinella

Beetles (1)
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata