North Cave Wetlands – 15/03/2018

An overcast and wet day with a gentle to moderate easterly breeze. Temperature around five degrees C. Due to the weather I wasn’t planning a visit, however news of a Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis present prompted me to pop down to the reserve for a look. The bird was present on Cell A of Dryham Ings, about as far away from Crosslands Hide as it could possibly be. After visiting the rest of the hides I returned to see if it had moved any closer to the lane. As soon as I pulled up to the gate the bird was seen about as close as it could get, so managed to get some shots of this scarce Grebe, despite the appalling conditions for photography. Nice to catch up with this species for the year, lets hope that there are further visits during the year. Other species of note included a Dunlin Calidris alpina, also on Cell A. An adult Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus was on Village Lake, and the drake Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis was still present on Island lake in its usual spot. None bird related was a Brown Hare Lepus europaeus present in the new workings of the future Crosslands Lake.

Black-necked Grebe - Podiceps nigricollisBlack-necked Grebe – Podiceps nigricollis

Black-necked Grebe - Podiceps nigricollisBlack-necked Grebe – Podiceps nigricollis

Redshank - Tringa totanusRedshank – Tringa totanus

Species list
Birds (39)
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Black-necked Grebe – Podiceps nigricollis
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Common Gull – Larus canus
Coot – Fulica atra
Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
Dunlin – Calidris alpina
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Crested Grebe – Podiceps cristatus
Great Tit – Parus major
Green Woodpecker – Picus viridis
Green-winged Teal – Anas carolinensis
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Mediterranean Gull – Larus melanocephalus
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Oystercatcher – Haematopus ostralegus
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Teal – Anas crecca
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus

Others (1)
Brown Hare – Lepus europaeus