North Cave Wetlands – 09/05/2017

Paid an evening visit after the day brightened following a dull day. A few invertebrates ventured out during with my first Small White Pieris rapi of the year found at the north-west corner of the reserve. A single Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines and a few Green-veined White Pieris napi were also found.

Small White - Pieris rapaeSmall White – Pieris rapae

Orange-tip - Anthocharis cardaminesOrange-tip – Anthocharis cardamines

A few hoverfly species were noted, including my first Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus, along with Eristalis pertinax, Eristalinus sepulchralis, Leucozona lucorum and a Syrphus sp.

Eristalinus sepulchralisEristalinus sepulchralis

Syrphus sp.Syrphus sp.

Other bits and pieces included Cercopis vulnerata, Marsham’s Nomad Bee Nomada marshamella, Green Nettle Weevil Phyllobius pomaceus and a single Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum.

Cercopis vulnerataCercopis vulnerata

Marsham's Nomad Bee - Nomada marshamellaMarsham’s Nomad Bee – Nomada marshamella

Green Nettle Weevil - Phyllobius pomaceusGreen Nettle Weevil – Phyllobius pomaceus

Birding wise a female Common Scoter Melanitta nigra on Village Lake was a nice site tick. A couple of Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus were on Reedbed Lake with at least 11 Common Tern Sterna hirundo also present here. A single Ruff Philomachus pugnax was at the rear of Cell C Dryham Ings. Several Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius were on Cell A along with a Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos. Nice to see several Swift Apus apus over the reserve, to me these are the true sight and sound of the of the summer season.

Common Scoter - Melanitta nigraCommon Scoter – Melanitta nigra

Whimbrel - Numenius phaeopusWhimbrel – Numenius phaeopus

Little Ringed Plover - Charadrius dubiusLittle Ringed Plover – Charadrius dubius

Common Tern - Sterna hirundoCommon Tern – Sterna hirundo

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