North Cave Wetlands – 20/10/2017

Short spell of sun in a predominatly overcast morning. Temperatures in the low teens. The brief sun-light sparked a few Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta into life, mainly around Carp Lake, with several Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum also noted around the reserve. A single Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta was sunning itself along Dryham Lane.

Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixtaMigrant Hawker – Aeshna mixta

Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatumCommon Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

Red Admiral - Vanessa atalantaRed Admiral – Vanessa atalanta

A small number of Shieldbugs were along the lane, Spiked Shieldbug Picromerus bidens, Gorse Shieldbug Piezodorus lituratus and Common Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina present. A couple of Common Froghopper Philaenus spumarius were also noted.

Spiked Shieldbug - Picromerus bidensSpiked Shieldbug – Picromerus bidens

Gorse Shieldbug - Piezodorus lituratusGorse Shieldbug – Piezodorus lituratus

Common Green Shieldbug - Palomena prasinaCommon Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina

Common Froghopper - Philaenus spumariusCommon Froghopper – Philaenus spumarius

Eristalis tenax, a hoverfly species was the most numerous insect noted, with singles of Sphaeroderma testaceum and 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata representing the beetles.

Sphaeroderma testaceumSphaeroderma testaceum

Now I’m not tripping over invertebrates, the birds are starting to get a look-in. A female Goldeneye Bucephala clangula on Main Lake was a nice site year tick, though light conditions weren’t great for a sharp photograph. Several skeins of Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus were moving over the reserve, with two on the decks on Reedbed Lake. Five Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus over-flew the reserve heading south. Green Woodpecker Picus viridis was present near Turret Hide, with a Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major also noted along North Hedge, then later on Dryham Lane. Along the lane were several Goldcrest Regulus regulus and a single Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula.

Goldeneye - Bucephala clangulaGoldeneye – Bucephala clangula

Pink-footed Goose - Anser brachyrhynchusPink-footed Goose – Anser brachyrhynchus

Grey Heron - Ardea cinereaGrey Heron – Ardea cinerea

Teal - Anas creccaTeal – Anas crecca

Shoveler - Anas clypeataShoveler – Anas clypeata

Gadwall - Anas streperaGadwall – Anas strepera

Snipe - Gallinago gallinagoSnipe – Gallinago gallinago

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