North Cave Wetlands – 25/03/2018

A partly sunny and cloudy afternoon, with a light westerly breeze, temperatures around 11 degrees C. The first visit of the year that has had real signs of spring in the air with two species of butterfly noted, a single Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni and two Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae present along Dryham Lane, along with a Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa caterpillar. First hoverflies of the year also recorded with Eristalis pertinax and Eristalis tenax both noted. A few Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris were also active around the reserve.

Eristalis pertinaxEristalis pertinax

72.024 Ruby Tiger - Phragmatobia fuliginosaRuby Tiger – Phragmatobia fuliginosa

Three amphibians were found at the dragonfly ponds, several Common Toad Bufo bufo, with pairs in amplexus were in the original dragonfly pond. In the eastern pond two Smooth Newt Lissotriton vulgaris were found, plus what could be a first for the site, a Great Crested Newt Triturus cristatus.

Common Toad - Bufo bufoCommon Toad – Bufo bufo

The main birding highlights included the Ruff Calidris pugnax on Village Lake with six Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta. To the north, three Red Kite Milvus milvus were observed, along with a skein of several hundred Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus heading north-west. Two Curlew Numenius arquata were in North Field. Celebrity Little Egret Egretta garzetta H4 showed well on Cell A of Dryham Ings. A Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus also flew east over the reserve.

Little Egret - Egretta garzettaLittle Egret – Egretta garzetta

Redshank - Tringa totanusRedshank – Tringa totanus

Species List (64)
Birds (55)
Avocet – Recurvirostra avosetta
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Buzzard – Buteo buteo
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Collared Dove – Streptopelia decaocto
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 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
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Long-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Marsh Harrier – Circus aeruginosus
Meadow Pipit – Anthus pratensis
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
Red-legged Partridge – Alectoris rufa
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Ruff – Calidris pugnax
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Snipe – Gallinago gallinago
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
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes

Lepidoptera (3)
Brimstone – Gonepteryx rhamni
Small Tortoiseshell – Aglais urticae
Ruby Tiger – Phragmatobia fuliginosa

Hoverflies (2)
Eristalis pertinax
Eristalis tenax

Bees (1)
Buff-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus terrestris

Amphibians (3)
Common Toad – Bufo bufo
Great Crested Newt – Triturus cristatus
Smooth Newt – Lissotriton vulgaris