North Cave Wetlands – 28/01/2018

An overcast morning with a fresh westerly breeze, temperatures around 10 degrees C. Seem to be having a bit of a purple patch on the reserve this month. Today’s highlight was finding a drake Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis on Island Lake. There is always an out-side chance of picking up this American vagrant amongst its common congener, of which there are several hundred on the reserve. Once treated as a sub-species of Teal Anas crecca, but now afforded full species status. It was quite aggressive towards the other males, protecting a female it appears to have latched on to. Another highlight was an adult Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus dropping on to Village Lake briefly, light wasn’t good, so only a record shot of this individual was obtained. Signs of the season progressing included three Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus on Dryham Ings Cell A, also using the Silt Pond. A Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus also back on site, present on Village Lake. Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus put in several appearances today, at one point nearly flushing the Green-winged Teal A. carolinensis form Island Lake.The Ruff Calidris pugnax was in its favoured spot on Village Lake, with around 65 Redshank Tringa totanus for company. Other bits and pieces included a Curlew Numenius arquata on Island Lake; Kingfisher Alcedo atthis on Dryham Ings Cell A; and Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus on Main Lake. Finally plenty of Siskin Spinus spinus around the reserve, along the side of Far Lake, between Carp and Main Lake, plus a singleton on the bird feeders.

Green-winged Teal - Anas carolinensisDrake Green-winged Teal – Anas carolinensis with female Teal Anas crecca on Island Lake

Mediterranean Gull - Larus melanocephalusMediterranean Gull – Larus melanocephalus (White wing tips) on Village Lake

Oystercatcher - Haematopus ostralegusPair of Oystercatcher – Haematopus ostralegus on Dryham Ings

Pink- footed Goose - Anser brachyrhynchusPink- footed Goose – Anser brachyrhynchus on Main Lake

Species list (53)
Blackbird Turdus merula
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus
Buzzard Buteo buteo
Carrion Crow Corvus corone
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
Common Gull Larus canus
Coot Fulica atra
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
Curlew Numenius arquata
Dunnock Prunella modularis
Gadwall Anas strepera
Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
Great Tit Parus major
Greenfinch Chloris chloris
Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Greylag Goose Anser anser
Herring Gull Larus argentatus
Jackdaw Corvus monedula
Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus
Magpie Pica pica
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus
Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan Cygnus olor
Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba yarrellii
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus
Pochard Aythya ferina
Redshank Tringa totanus
Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus
Robin Erithacus rubecula
Rook Corvus frugilegus
Ruff Calidris pugnax
Shelduck Tadorna tadorna
Shoveller Anas clypeata
Siskin Spinus spinus
Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Stock Dove Columba oenas
Teal Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
Wigeon Anas penelope
Woodpigeon Columba palumbus