North Cave Wetlands – 26/04/2017

Paid an evening visit to the reserve to make the most of the cold but sunny evening. Lots of hirundines were feeding along the lane with Swallow Hirundo rustica, House Martin Delichon urbica and Sand Martin Riparia riparia all present. Some good birds out on Cell A of Dryham Ings, two Black-tailed Godwits Limosa limosa being the highlight. Several Wagtails present, a scan of these revealing two Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava and a lone White Wagtail Motacilla alba. Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta, Ruff Philomachus pugnax, Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius, Redshank Tringa totanus and the drake Mandarin Aix galericulata all looking smart in the evening light, nice to view the Ings at this time of the day with the light behind you. After viewing the Ings I headed across to Reedbed Lake at around 8:00pm to watch out for Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus coming in to roost. Whilst waiting, a Barn Owl Tyto alba was hunting along Black Dyke, and a male Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra was singing from the small trees in North Field. Turning my attention back to the Lake I noticed that a Whimbrel N. phaeopus had already come in, shortly followed by a second bird. A Curlew Numenius arquata was also present, along with a Common Tern Sterna hirundo. I left not long after, however more Whimbrel N. phaeopus arrived later, with at least ten present in the final roost.

Black-tailed Godwit - Limosa limosaBlack-tailed Godwit – Limosa limosa

Ruff - Philomachus pugnaxRuff – Philomachus pugnax

Redshank - Tringa totanusRedshank – Tringa totanus

Lapwing - Vanellus vanellusLapwing – Vanellus vanellus

Avocet - Recurvirostra avosettaAvocet – Recurvirostra avosetta

Shoveler - Anas clypeataShoveler – Anas clypeata

Yellow Wagtail - Motacilla flavaYellow Wagtail – Motacilla flava

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