North Cave Wetlands – 05/04/2015

A late afternoon/evening visit prompted by the sun making an appearance after a poor start to the Easter weekend. A pair of adult Mediterranean Gulls Larus melanocephalus were on Main Lake, before eventually departing south. Avocets Recurvirostra avosetta are now more obvious, mostly on Dryham Ings, though at least two pairs were on Island Lake. The female Brambling Fringilla montifringilla was again present under the Maize Field feeders. Lots of immature gulls were using Dryham Ings with a nice pair of adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls Larus fuscus present. A Kingfisher Phylloscopus collybita put in a brief appearance as it flew across the Ings. Finally a Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita was singing near Turret Hide.

Insects are slowly starting to appear with a Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae seen visiting the Coltsfoot Tussilago farfara around Turret Hide.

Great Crested Grebe - Podiceps cristatusGreat Crested Grebe – Podiceps cristatus

Shoveler - Anas clypeataShoveler – Anas clypeata

Shoveler - Anas clypeataShoveler – Anas clypeata

Tufted Duck - Aythya fuligulaTufted Duck – Aythya fuligula

Tufted Duck - Aythya fuligulaTufted Duck – Aythya fuligula

Moorhen - Gallinula chloropusMoorhen – Gallinula chloropus

Coot - Fulica atraCoot – Fulica atra

Oystercatcher - Haematopus ostralegusOystercatcher – Haematopus ostralegus

Mallard - Anas platyrhynchosMallard – Anas platyrhynchos

Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollisLittle Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis

Mediterranean Gull - Larus melanocephalusMediterranean Gull – Larus melanocephalus