North Cave Wetlands – 02/03/2017

Late morning visit which started out sunny before clouding over, a brisk westerly breeze making things feel very chilly. Despite the cold wind blowing, I managed to find a couple of invertebrates, nice to finally get the season off to a start. First was a Nettle Ground Bug Heterogaster urticae found on the gate between Village and Main Lake, and second was a 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella 7-punctata on Brambles at Carp Lake.

Nettle Ground Bug - Heterogaster urticaeNettle Ground Bug – Heterogaster urticae

7 Spot Ladybird - Coccinella septempunctata7 Spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata

Back to the birding, where on arrival a female Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus flew south over Dyham Lane and quartered Cell C for around ten minutes. The male Stonechat Saxicola rubicola showed better than previous visits, allowing a record shot on one of the closer Gorse bushes. Elsewhere on the Ings, a Little Egret Egretta garzetta was on Cell B and 12 Oystercatchers Haematopus ostralegus were on Cell C. Along the lane a Goldcrest Regulus regulus was found near South Hide, along with a Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita. This, or a second Chiffchaff P. collybita, was in North Hedge in the North-west corner. Several Siskins Carduelis spinus were in the Alders between Carp and Far Lake. At the Maize Field feeders a Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus was putting off the ground feeding birds, though three Brambling Fringilla montifringilla were still present here. On Village Lake the two Ruff Philomachus pugnax were still in residence, accompanied by two Snipe Gallinago gallinago and 28 Redshanks Tringa totanus.

Chiffchaff - Phylloscopus collybitaChiffchaff – Phylloscopus collybita

Brambling - Fringilla montifringillaBrambling – Fringilla montifringilla

Stonechat - Saxicola rubicolaStonechat – Saxicola rubicola

Shoveler - Anas clypeataShoveler – Anas clypeata

Rabbit - Oryctolagus cuniculusRabbit – Oryctolagus cuniculus

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