North Cave Wetlands – 14/02/2018

A morning of intermittent sun with a moderate southerly breeze, temperature around one degree C making it a bitter walk around the reserve. Most of the lakes were frozen, with only small pockets of open water. On Village Lake a few Redshank Tringa totanus were present along with a single Snipe Gallinago gallinago. The drake Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata was again on Carp Lake, making use of a thin strip of ice free water along the eastern shore. Highlight of the visit was the Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis on Main Lake, showing well on the open water in the north-east corner of the lake. A Green Woodpecker Picus viridis was also calling near the hide, whilst a Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus quartering the reserve was constantly flushing the wildfowl onto the water.

Shelduck - Tadorna tadornaShelduck – Tadorna tadorna

Teal - Anas creccaTeal – Anas crecca

Species list (50)
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
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Tit – Parus major
Green Woodpecker – Picus viridis
Green-winged Teal – Anas carolinensis
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Herring Gull – Larus argentatus
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Long-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Mandarin Duck – Aix galericulata
Marsh Harrier – Circus aeruginosus
Mistle Thrush – Turdus viscivorus
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Oystercatcher – Haematopus ostralegus
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Pied Wagtail – Motacilla alba
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Rock Dove – Columba livia
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
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
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus