North Cave Wetlands – 20/03/2018

The first day of spring brought intermittent sunny spells, with a gentle to moderate northerly breeze blowing. Temperatures were around five degrees C. The highlight of the visit was the Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis which was still present, though distant at the north side of Main Lake keeping out of the wind. From East Hide seven Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus appeared circling the reserve over Main Lake, before finally dropping down on to Village Lake for a short ten minute pit stop, before heading south! The adult Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus was also still present on Village Lake defending its favoured patch, the Ruff Calidris pugnax also making a re-appearance here. Just north of the hide a pair of Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula were in the hedgerow along the road where a Green Woodpecker Picus viridis was also calling. Along the northern path a Kingfisher Alcedo atthis was in Black Dyke near Carp Lake. Two Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus were showing well in the north-west field close to the hedge, a single Curlew Numenius arquata also feeding in the same field. A Red Kite Milvus milvus was also over the north field. Several Siskin Spinus spinus were along the western path, some feeding on the floor, as well as on the table. Cell C of Dryham Ings found the Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus present with the Greylag Geese Anser anser. Several Wigeon Anas penelope were feeding on the eastern bank of the Cell and a Little Egret Egretta garzetta posed well for the camera from the Bus Stop Screen.

Whooper Swan - Cygnus cygnusWhooper Swan – Cygnus cygnus

Whooper Swan - Cygnus cygnusWhooper Swan – Cygnus cygnus

Pink-footed Goose - Anser brachyrhynchusPink-footed Goose – Anser brachyrhynchus

Oystercatcher - Haematopus ostralegusOystercatcher – Haematopus ostralegus

Little Egret - Egretta garzettaLittle Egret – Egretta garzetta

Teal - Anas creccaTeal – Anas crecca

Wigeon - Anas penelopeWigeon – Anas penelope

Wren - Troglodytes troglodytesWren – Troglodytes troglodytes

Redshank - Tringa totanusRedshank – Tringa totanus

Mediterranean Gull - Larus melanocephalusMediterranean Gull – Larus melanocephalus

Species list (59)
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Black-necked Grebe – Podiceps nigricollis
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Bullfinch – Pyrrhula pyrrhula
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
Feral Pigeon – Columba livia
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus
Great Crested Grebe – Podiceps cristatus
Great Tit – Parus major
Green Woodpecker – Picus viridis
Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Herring Gull – Larus argentatus
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus
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
Mediterranean Gull – Larus melanocephalus
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Oystercatcher – Haematopus ostralegus
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Pink-footed Goose – Anser brachyrhynchus
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Red Kite – Milvus milvus
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Ruff – Calidris pugnax
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Siskin – Spinus spinus
Skylark – Alauda arvensis
Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nisus
Starling – Sturnus vulgaris
Stock Dove – Columba oenas
Teal – Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Whooper Swan – Cygnus cygnus
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes