North Cave Wetlands – 15/03/2017

A nice and sunny late morning visit. The invertebrate season is starting to get interesting with a couple of good finds on this visit. First highlight was a female Diurnea fagella. This is a micro moth, the female of this species having short wings compared to the male, and therefore doesn’t fly. Males are easier to find as they will come to light traps, so nice to  find a female. Second was a Gall Wasp Andricus sp. which I don’t think can be identified to species from the photo, most needing to be reared from the Gall to confirm identity. A small mining be on Lesser Celendine, looks good for Gwynne’s Mining Bee Andrena bicolor due to its size and black facial hairs. Plenty of 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata now around, won’t be too long before the more interesting species start to appear. First hoverfly of the year also recorded with several Eristalis tenax present.

29.001 Diurnea fagellaDiurnea fagella

Gall Wasp - Andricus sp.Gall Wasp – Andricus sp.

Gwynne's Mining Bee - Andrena bicolorGwynne’s Mining Bee – Andrena bicolor

Eristalis tenaxEristalis tenax

Birding wise, not as many scarcer species around today as usual. Up to four Little Egrets Egretta garzetta on site, with the regular colour marked bird still present. Other long stayers included the Bramblings Fringilla montifringilla at the Maize Field feeders with four present, and also two Ruff Philomachus pugnax on Village Lake, though with the recent record count of 31 on site these could be different birds to the usual two! Signs of spring again included two singing Chiffchaffs Phylloscopus collybita along Dryham Lane. Great Crested Grebes Podiceps cristatus now at their best in full breeding plumage, one showing well on Carp Lake.

Great Crested Grebe - Podiceps cristatusGreat Crested Grebe – Podiceps cristatus

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