North Cave Wetlands – 09/11/2017

An overcast start, brightening up with sunny spells, temperature around eleven degrees. Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum still hanging on, though only noted in single figures on this visit.

Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatumCommon Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

A couple of Shieldbugs present were Common Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina in the car park, now attaining its winter colour, plus a Blue Shieldbug Zicrona caerulea near Carp Lake. Other bugs included a Field Damsel Bug Nabis ferus along the western path and a Lygus sp. plant bug again near Carp Lake.

Common Green Shieldbug - Palomena prasinaCommon Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina

Small numbers of Eristalis tenax hoverflies were present along the Lane, along with a Drinker Euthrix potatoria caterpillar in the car park area. A couple of beetles included two 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata and a single Sphaeroderma testaceum.

Eristalis tenaxEristalis tenax

66.010 Drinker - Euthrix potatoriaDrinker – Euthrix potatoria

7-spot Ladybird - Coccinella septempunctata7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata

Sphaeroderma testaceumSphaeroderma testaceum

Bird-wise the highlight was a Peregrine Falco peregrinus carrying prey over the new workings, alighting in the large tree along North Hedge. A single Ruff Calidris pugnax was on Village Lake. Redshank Tringa totanus slowly building in numbers, with ten together on Reedbed Lake, whilst a further three birds were in North Field. Nine Curlew Numenius arquata also feeding in the stubble field to the north. Finally the drake Mandarin Aix galericulata was on Carp Lake.

Lapwing - Vanellus vanellusLapwing – Vanellus vanellus

Kestrel - Falco tinnunculusKestrel – Falco tinnunculus

Wigeon - Anas penelopeWigeon – Anas penelope