North Cave Wetlands – 20/12/2017

Mainly overcast morning with temperatures around ten degrees c. Most water-bodies frozen, with only open patches of water on Village, Main and Carp Lake. Most of the wildfowl was on Village Lake, where a Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus was causing a bit of a commotion, before heading off north. This bird hung around for most of the morning, encountered a further three times around the reserve. A Ruff Calidris pugnax was also on Village Lake and a Green Woodpecker Picus viridis was in front of East Hide. Things were quiet along the Northern Path, before picking up at Far Lake where numerous Siskin Spinus spinus were present in the Alders. Moving along to Carp Lake two Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus suddenly appeared on the path heading towards me, before beating a hasty retreat. Two female Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula and a Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major were also along the Western Path. The drake Mandarin Aix galericulata showed well on Carp Lake, being restricted to the open water. Finally a Stonechat Saxicola rubicola was on Cell B of Dryham Ings.

Mallard - Anas platyrhynchosMallard – Anas platyrhynchos

Long-tailed Tit - Aegithalos caudatusLong-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus

Starling - Sturnus vulgarisStarling – Sturnus vulgaris

Pheasant - Phasianus colchicusPheasant – Phasianus colchicus