North Cave Wetlands – 11/02/2018

A morning visit with intermittent sun and a fresh westerly breeze, temperatures around four degrees C. The Ruff Calidris pugnax still in situ on Village Lake, along with several Redshank Tringa totanus and two Snipe Gallinago gallinago. On Island Lake a pair of Goosander Mergus merganser were present early morning, along with a single Curlew Numenius arquata. Three Grey Heron Ardea cinerea and two Little Egret Egretta garzetta also present here. Two Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus were quartering the area, before drifting off north. Along the northern part of the reserve two Curlew N. arquata were in North Field with good numbers of Lapwing Vanellus vanellus. In the stubble field to the north-west of the reserve at least ten Skylark Alauda arvensis were noted. The drake Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata was again on Carp Lake, with Green Woodpecker Picus viridis and Siskin Spinus spinus along the eastern edge. Eight Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus were on Cell A of Dryham Ings and a pair of Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa were along the western edge. Highlight of this visit was the drake Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis on Main Lake, resting in the reeds in the north-west corner. A Red Kite Milvus milvus was above the eastern Ridge. Finally the male Stonechat Saxicola rubicola was in Cell C of Dryham Ings opposite the car park.

Goosander - Mergus merganserGoosander – Mergus merganser

Curlew - Numenius arquataCurlew – Numenius arquata

Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carboCormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo

Species list (56)
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
Goosander – Mergus merganser
Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus
Great Tit – Parus major
Green Woodpecker – Picus viridis
Greenfinch – Chloris chloris
Green-winged Teal – Anas carolinensis
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
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
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Red Kite – Milvus milvus
Red-legged Partridge – Alectoris rufa
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Rock Dove – Columba livia
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Ruff – Calidris pugnax
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveller – Anas clypeata
Siskin – Spinus spinus
Skylark – Alauda arvensis
Snipe – Gallinago gallinago
Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nisus
Starling – Sturnus vulgaris
Stock Dove – Columba oenas
Stonechat – Saxicola rubicola
Teal – Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope