North Cave Wetlands – 11/03/2017

An afternoon visit on a dull overcast day. A few insects found, though photography was difficult in the dull conditions. Several 7-spot Ladybirds Coccinella septempunctata around the site. Two White-tailed Bumblebees Bombus lucorum noted, along with several Honey Bees Apis mellifera along the western path.

7 Spot Ladybird - Coccinella septempunctata7 Spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata

On the birding front an adult Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus was on Main Lake. Several Little Egrets Egretta garzetta with three on Dryham Ings and a single on Island Lake. Three Chiffchaffs Phylloscopus collybita present, two of these singing; two on Dryham Lane, and the third along the western path. Two groups of Siskins Carduelis spinus found, several in the Alders to the left of South Hide, the remainder in the Alders at Carp Lake. Four Bramblings Fringilla montifringilla were still around the Maize Field feeders, and the long staying Ruff Philomachus pugnax were on Village Lake. Two Lesser Black-backed Gulls Larus fuscus were on Island Lake. Finally a quick scan of the Grass Field near the entrance, revealed a single Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus in with the Greylag Geese Anser anser.