North Cave Wetlands – 01/11/2017

An overcast morning with a light south-westerly breeze blowing, temperature around ten degrees. Not an ideal day for late season invertebrates, with only a couple of species noted, 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata and a Common Froghopper Philaenus spumarius.

Common Froghopper - Philaenus spumariusCommon Froghopper – Philaenus spumarius

Bird-wise a lone Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus was on Reedbed Lake, before finally departing to the north. A small skein of 33 Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus drifted west over the reserve. The drake Mandarin Aix galericulata was still present on Carp Lake and the female Goldeneye Bucephala clangula on Main Lake. Three Dunlin Calidris alpina were on the Silt Lagoon. A few Redwing Turdus iliacus and Fieldfare Turdus pilaris were in the North Hedge, with Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula and Siskin Spinus spinus present along the Western Path.

Whooper Swan - Cygnus cygnusWhooper Swan – Cygnus cygnus