North Cave Wetlands – 07/01/2018

A sunny, frosty morning visit in still conditions, temperatures around 2-4 degrees C. All water-bodies were partially frozen to varying degrees, though all had some open water. The Ruff Calidris pugnax was still present on Village Lake, where the Green Woodpecker Picus viridis was also present along the eastern path. Island Lake was fairy quiet, with only a handful of wildfowl present, the highlight here being a Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus which came in from the south and then headed west. Along the northern hedge a single Little Egret Egretta garzetta flew west. From Crosslands hide a female Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula was noted, as well as a few Fieldfare Turdus pilaris in the horse paddock behind the farm. A single Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus was on the Silt Pond, the first noted for several weeks. Heading back along the lane the Siskin Carduelis spinus were found in the Alders at the start of the Butterfly Walk. Further along the lane the sound of Pink-footed Geeese Anser brachyrhynchus soon had them located, with 52 flying east to the south of the reserve. Main Lake was the busiest location with at least 22 Shelduck Tadorna tadorna noted. From the hide a Red Kite Milvus milvus was over the eastern ridge, with at one point eight Buzzard Buteo buteo noted, one over the eastern ridge, one sat on the barn to the north, and six over the Pine plantation to the north-west. 22 Redshank Tringa totanus were on the northern bank along with a single Snipe Gallinago gallinago. Finally a pair of Stonechat Saxicola rubicola were on Cell B of Dryam Ings.

Marsh Harrier - Circus aeruginosusMarsh Harrier – Circus aeruginosus

Wigeon - Anas penelopeWigeon – Anas penelope

Teal - Anas creccaTeal – Anas crecca

Mute Swan - Cygnus olorMute Swan – Cygnus olor