North Cave Wetlands – 21/05/2017

Sunny evening visit, with temperature in the high teens. Several Damselfly species now on the wing with Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum, Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella and Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans found along Dryham Lane. Only Butterfly noted was a Speckled Wood Numenius phaeopus, the moths more obvious with several Celypha lacunana and a single Silver-ground Carpet Xanthorhoe montanata also along the lane.

Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puellaAzure Damselfly – Coenagrion puella

49.166 Celypha lacunanaCelypha lacunana

Beetles were the main group noted on this visit, with my first site record of Red-headed Cardinal Beetle Pyrochroa serraticornis. A few Soldier Beetles now appearing with Cantharis nigricans, Cantharis livida and Cantharis cryptica all found along the lane.

Red-headed Cardinal Beetle - Pyrochroa serraticornisRed-headed Cardinal Beetle – Pyrochroa serraticornis

Cantharis nigricansCantharis nigricans

Cantharis lividaCantharis livida

Cantharis crypticaCantharis cryptica

Other invertebrates noted included an Early Bumblebee Bombus pratorum, several Yellow Dung-fly Scathophaga stercoraria, a Dolichopus sp. and two hoverflies, Leucozona lucorum and Eristalis pertinax.

Early Bumblebee - Bombus pratorumEarly Bumblebee – Bombus pratorum

Yellow Dung Fly - Scathophaga stercorariaYellow Dung Fly – Scathophaga stercoraria

Dolichopus sp.Dolichopus sp.

On the birding front I was hoping to catch up with the pair of Garganey Anas querquedula, but failed to connect with them, despite checking both Reedbed and Island Lake where they had been reported that day. Other highlights included several generations of Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus with Adult, 2nd Summer and 1st Summer all present on the reserve. At least 23 Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta chicks were on Village lake, hopefully some will survive the ravages of the gull population. A Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus dropped in to Reedbed lake, surprising how quietly they arrive and just suddenly appear. Several pairs of Common Tern Sterna hirundo around the site, the majority of these on Silt Lagoon.

Avocet - Recurvirostra avosettaAvocet – Recurvirostra avosetta

Mediterranean Gull - Larus melanocephalusMediterranean Gull – Larus melanocephalus

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