North Cave Wetlands – 24/09/2016

A morning visit with light cloud, eventually giving way to clearer skies, with a southerly wind blowing. Hairy Shieldbug Dolycoris baccarum was a nice find with two separate individuals noted, one along the northern path, the other along Dryham Lane. I’ve previously recorded this species here only once before. A final instar Common Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina was also along the northern path.

Hairy Shieldbug - Dolycoris baccarumHairy Shieldbug – Dolycoris baccarum

Common Green Shieldbug - Palomena prasinaCommon Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina

A few more hoverflies around compared to recent visits, with several species noted including Episyrphus balteatus, Eristalis tenax, Eristalis pertinax, Platycheirus albimanus agg, Sphaerophoria scripta and Syrphus sp.

Episyrphus balteatusEpisyrphus balteatus

Eristalis tenaxEristalis tenax

Eristalis pertinaxEristalis pertinax

Platycheirus albimanus agg.Platycheirus albimanus agg.

Sphaerophoria scriptaSphaerophoria scripta

Syrphus sp.Syrphus sp.

On the dragonfly front, things were slow to get started, with nothing noted at the dragonfly ponds. Eventually, several Common Darters Sympetrum striolatum and Migrant Hawkers Aeshna mixta became more active as the morning warmed up. A Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis around Carp Lake was a nice sight, as their season has now almost finished. Didn’t find a single butterfly as I walked around the reserve, though a nice Pink-barred Sallow Xanthia togata ensured that lepidoptera are at least represented.

73.181 Pink-barred Sallow - Xanthia togataPink-barred Sallow – Xanthia togata

Finally the best of the birding included a Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus on Dryham Ings cell C. Wigeon Anas penelope numbers ar building up with at least 25 on Island/Village Lake, with several Snipe Gallinago gallinago also present. A Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe was in the field to the north. On Dryam Ings cell A the Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus was in with the Greylags Anser anser and Canada Geese Branta canadensis, a Little Egret Egretta garzetta was also present at the rear of the cell. A Kingfisher Alcedo atthis flew west past South Hide on Main Lake and a Green Woodpecker Picus viridis was present along Dryham Lane.

Lapwing - Vanellus vanellusLapwing – Vanellus vanellus

Common Snipe - Gallinago gallinagoCommon Snipe – Gallinago gallinago

Wigeon - Anas penelopeWigeon – Anas penelope

Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollisLittle Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis

Mute Swan - Cygnus olorMute Swan – Cygnus olor

Full set of photos from today can be found on my Flickr site.