North Cave Wetlands – 20/09/2018

A mainly overcast morning with light cloud and occasional sunny breaks. A gentle southerly breeze blowing with temperatures around 12 degrees C. The area around Carp Lake proved to be the most productive area for Dragonflies, with only three species noted comprising of Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum, Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum and Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta.

Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixtaMigrant Hawker – Aeshna mixta

Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatumCommon Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

Common Blue Damselfly - Enallagma cyathigerumCommon Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum

Comma Polygonia c-album and Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta were the best of the butterflies. A few Small White Pieris rapae and Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria also noted.

Red Admiral - Vanessa atalantaRed Admiral – Vanessa atalanta

Comma - Polygonia c-albumComma – Polygonia c-album

The True Bugs were the most productive group of invertebrates on this visit. Along the northern path Errastunus ocellaris is a new species, still to be confirmed. Corizus hyoscyami was also a nice find on the south shore of Carp Lake, a species spreading north through the county. Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina nymphs are starting to appear around the reserve, with several Spiked Shieldbug Picromerus bidens also noted. A Marsh Damselbug Nabis limbatus was found around Carp Lake, along with Chilacis typhae a species which is associated with the Bulrush. Finally a single Common Froghopper Philaenus spumarius was along the northern path and Liocoris tripustulatus was along the western path.

Errastunus ocellarisErrastunus ocellaris

Corizus hyoscyamiCorizus hyoscyami

Common Green Shieldbug - palomena prasinaCommon Green Shieldbug – palomena prasina

Spiked Shieldbug - Picromerus bidensSpiked Shieldbug – Picromerus bidens

Marsh Damselbug - Nabis limbatusMarsh Damselbug – Nabis limbatus

Liocoris tripustulatusLiocoris tripustulatus

Chilacis typhaeChilacis typhae

Common Froghopper - Philaenus spumariusCommon Froghopper – Philaenus spumarius

Beetle-wise Alder Leaf Beetle Agelastica alni was in its usual spot at Far Lake, plus a few now located at a spot on the south side of Carp Lake. A few Sphaeroderma testaceum were on Thistles along the northern path with several 22-spot Ladybird Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata also noted there. A couple of Adonis’ Ladybird Hippodamia variegata were also found along with several 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata.

Alder Leaf Beetle - Agelastica alniAlder Leaf Beetle – Agelastica alni

22-spot Ladybird - Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata22-spot Ladybird – Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata

Adonis' Ladybird - Hippodamia variegataAdonis’ Ladybird – Hippodamia variegata

Five Hoverflies noted around the reserve comprising Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus, Eristalis tenax, Eupeodes latifasciatus, Eupeodes luniger and Helophilus pendulus.

Marmalade Hoverfly - Episyrphus balteatusMarmalade Hoverfly – Episyrphus balteatus

Eristalis tenaxEristalis tenax

Eupeodes latifasciatusEupeodes latifasciatus

Eupeodes lunigerEupeodes luniger

Helophilus pendulusHelophilus pendulus

Bird-wise a single Ruff Calidris pugnax was present on Village Lake. Along the northern path a Peregrine Falco peregrinus showed well jostling with some Corvids. In the hedge a Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra was present with around four Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella. Five Curlew Numenius arquata came in from the north before turning over the reserve and then heading back north. A juvenile Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla was along the western path, along with a Treecreeper Certhia familiaris. Three Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos were on Cell A of Dryham Ings. Heading back along Dryham Lane 42 Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus flew south over the reserve. A Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major and Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita were in the hedgerow.

Corn Bunting - Emberiza calandraCorn Bunting – Emberiza calandra

Yellowhammer - Emberiza citrinellaYellowhammer – Emberiza citrinella

Great Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocopos majorGreat Spotted Woodpecker – Dendrocopos major

Song Thrush - Turdus philomelosSong Thrush – Turdus philomelos

Grey Heron - Ardea cinereaGrey Heron – Ardea cinerea

Birds (52)
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Blackcap – Sylvia atricapilla
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Buzzard – Buteo buteo
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Chiffchaff – Phylloscopus collybita
Common Gull – Larus canus
Common Sandpiper – Actitis hypoleucos
Coot – Fulica atra
Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
Corn Bunting – Emberiza calandra
Curlew – Numenius arquata
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
Feral Pigeon – Columba livia
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Crested Grebe – Podiceps cristatus
Great Spotted Woodpecker – Dendrocopos major
Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
Grey Wagtail – Motacilla cinerea
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Linnet – Linaria cannabina
Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Meadow Pipit – Anthus pratensis
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Peregrine – Falco peregrinus
Pied Wagtail – Motacilla alba yarrellii
Pink-footed Goose – Anser brachyrhynchus
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Ruff – Calidris pugnax
Sand Martin – Riparia riparia
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Song Thrush – Turdus philomelos
Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nisus
Swallow – Hirundo rustica
Teal – Anas crecca
Treecreeper – Certhia familiaris
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Yellowhammer – Emberiza citrinella

Beetles (5)
22-spot Ladybird – Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata
Adonis’ Ladybird – Hippodamia variegata
Alder Leaf Beetle – Agelastica alni
Sphaeroderma testaceum

Butterflies (4)
Comma – Polygonia c-album
Red Admiral – Vanessa atalanta
Small White – Pieris rapae
Speckled Wood – Pararge aegeria

Dragonflies (3)
Common Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum
Common Darter – Sympetrum striolatum
Migrant Hawker – Aeshna mixta

Bees (1)
Common Carder Bee – Bombus pascuorum

True Bugs (8)
Common Froghopper – Philaenus spumarius
Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina
Marsh Damselbug – Nabis limbatus
Spiked Shieldbug – Picromerus bidens
Chilacis typhae
Corizus hyoscyami
Errastunus ocellaris
Liocoris tripustulatus

Hoverflies (5)
Marmalade Hoverfly – Episyrphus balteatus
Eristalis tenax
Eupeodes latifasciatus
Eupeodes luniger
Helophilus pendulus