North Cave Wetlands – 23/03/2017

A sunny afternoon, with a moderate breeze blowing from the east, making things decidedly cool in non-sheltered areas. Things are now starting to pick up on the invertebrate front, with several species found on this walk around the site. Four beetle species were noted, with 7-Spot Ladybird Coccinella 7-punctata well into double figures. A Hawthorn Leaf Beetle Lochmaea crataegi was only my second sighting of this species, after my first last year. Small Nettle Weevil Nedyus quadrimaculatus, not to be confused with the larger bright green weevils, are starting to appear, and will no doubt shortly be abundant. A small leaf beetle species was also found on Nettle, though can only go as far as family with this Phaedon species. Several Buff-tailed Bumblebees Bombus terrestris searching for suitable nesting sites, along with a couple of Andrena species, which I can’t get to species. Two new lifers included Common Flower Bug Anthocoris nemorum, and Strawberry Snail Trochulus striolatus, looking forward to the season ahead and what else this will uncover.

Hawthorn Leaf Beetle - Lochmaea crataegiHawthorn Leaf Beetle – Lochmaea crataegi

Small Nettle Weevil - Nedyus quadrimaculatusSmall Nettle Weevil – Nedyus quadrimaculatus

Phaedon sp.Phaedon sp.

Buff-tailed Bumblebee - Bombus terrestrisBuff-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus terrestris

Common Flower Bug - Anthocoris nemorumCommon Flower Bug – Anthocoris nemorum

Strawberry Snail - Trochulus striolatusStrawberry Snail – Trochulus striolatus

Birdingwise, probably starting to miss some species now, due to being head down looking for invertebrates, however 12 Avocets Recurvirostra avosetta now back on site were a year first for me. Other highlights included an adult Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus on Main Lake, Brambling Fringilla montifringilla at the Maize Field feeders and Kingsfisher Alcedo atthis on Far Lake.

Mediterranean Gull - Ichthyaetus melanocephalusMediterranean Gull – Ichthyaetus melanocephalus

Avocet - Recurvirostra avosettaAvocet – Recurvirostra avosetta

Little Egret - Egretta garzettaLittle Egret – Egretta garzetta

Full set of photos from the day can be found on my Flickr site.