North Cave Wetlands – 4-7/10/2017

Wednesday 4th wasn’t an ideal day for invertebrates, being overcast with a fresh westerly breeze blowing. The best of these however was a late Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis along the butterfly walk, usually a species difficult to get close to and photograph, the cool conditions enabling close approach. The only other dragonfly noted was a Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, again easily approached.

Brown Hawker - Aeshna grandisBrown Hawker – Aeshna grandis

Brown Hawker - Aeshna grandisBrown Hawker – Aeshna grandis

Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatumCommon Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

Other miscellany included a Common Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina late instar nymph; a couple of ‘hovers’ Eristalis tenax and Melanostoma scalare; plus singles of Garden Spider Araneus diadematus and 22-spot Ladybird Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata.

Common Green Shieldbug - Palomena prasinaCommon Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina

Eristalis tenaxEristalis tenax

Melanostoma scalareMelanostoma scalare

22-spot Ladybird - Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata22-spot Ladybird – Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata

Garden Spider - Araneus diadematusGarden Spider – Araneus diadematus

On the bird front a Little Stint Calidris minuta on the Silt Pond was a new year tick, plus the Little Egret Egretta garzetta showing some nice feeding behaviour on Dryham Ings Cell A, three following a diving Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo which was pushing the fish into the shallow margins.

Little Egret - Egretta garzettaLittle Egret – Egretta garzetta

Thursday 5th was a better day, though un-planned visit. News of the Great White Egret Ardea alba still being present from the previous day, along with the sunny conditions prompted a brief visit before work. The Egret showed well, perched on bankside vegetation on Island Lake, a good site tick. The Little Stint Calidris minuta was also still present on the Silt Pond. Several Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus were also seen over the reserve.

Great White Egret - Ardea albaGreat White Egret – Ardea alba

Saturday 7th, a heavily overcast morning with a gentle westerly blowing. Conditions weren’t ideal, the only insect I managed to find being Tree Damsel Bug Himacerus apterus along Dryham Lane, now re-identified as Ant Damsel Bug Himacerus mirmicoides, a first for me. Several skeins of Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus were moving around during the morning with two individuals on Main Lake, along with several distant flocks of Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria. A Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus¬†was on the Silt Pond.

Ant Damsel Bug - Himacerus mirmicoidesAnt Damsel Bug – Himacerus mirmicoides

Full set of photos from these visits can be found on my Flickr site.