North Cave Wetlands – 06/02/2018

A bright frosty start to the morning, eventually clouding over. Conditions were still with temperatures just above freezing. Starting out from East Hide on Village Lake the ever-present Ruff Calidris pugnax was still in situ, accompanied by 31 Redshank Tringa totanus. Three Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus and three Snipe Gallinago gallinago were also present. Two Redwing Turdus iliacus showed well along the eastern path, though later on, 70+ were also in the field near the reserve entrance. On Island Lake two Curlew Numenius arquata on the islands, before departing to North Field. At least eight Buzzard Buteo buteo could be seen to the north of the reserve, with a pair of displaying Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus over the pine plantation in the early morning sun, whilst a pair of Kestrel Falco tinnunculus where also displaying, with a third bird also trying to get in on the activity. Fairly quiet along the northern path, a single Little Egret Egretta garzetta in Black Dike the main point of interest. Along the western path the Treecreeper Certhia familiaris was seen a couple of times, along with good numbers of Siskin Spinus spinus and a single Goldcrest Regulus regulusThe drake Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata was again in its favoured haunt on Carp Lake. Green Woodpecker Picus viridis and Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula were also around the lake. To the west several Fieldfare Turdus pilaris were in the Horse Paddock and field to the south of the farm. Finally a Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus was present over Reedbed and Main Lake. Overall a cold, but pleasant visit, with the best day list of the year so far, 63 species recorded.

Redwing - Turdus iliacusRedwing – Turdus iliacus

Robin - Erithacus rubeculaRobin – Erithacus rubecula

Teal - Anas creccaTeal – Anas crecca

Pochard - Aythya ferinaPochard – Aythya ferina

Shelduck - Tadorna tadornaShelduck – Tadorna tadorna

Curlew - Numenius arquataCurlew – Numenius arquata

Full set of photos from this visit can be found on my Flickr site.

Species list (63)
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Bullfinch – Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Buzzard – Buteo buteo
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Collared Dove – Streptopelia decaocto
Common Gull – Larus canus
Coot – Fulica atra
Curlew – Numenius arquata
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
Fieldfare – Turdus pilaris
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldcrest – Regulus regulus
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus
Great Tit – Parus major
Green Woodpecker – Picus viridis
Greenfinch – Chloris chloris
Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Herring Gull – Larus argentatus
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Long-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Mandarin Duck – Aix galericulata
Marsh Harrier – Circus aeruginosus
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Oystercatcher – Haematopus ostralegus
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Pied Wagtail – Motacilla alba yarrellii
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Red-legged Partridge – Alectoris rufa
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Redwing – Turdus iliacus
Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Rock/Feral Dove – Columba livia
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Ruff – Calidris pugnax
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveller – Anas clypeata
Siskin – Spinus spinus
Skylark – Alauda arvensis
Snipe – Gallinago gallinago
Song Thrush – Turdus philomelos
Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nisus
Starling – Sturnus vulgaris
Stock Dove – Columba oenas
Teal – Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
Treecreeper – Certhia familiaris
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes