North Cave Wetlands – 05/04/2018

A sunny afternoon visit with a gentle westerly breeze, temperatures around ten degrees C. Finding invertebrates is still a challenge, so a new for year Peacock Aglais io was the highlight along the northern path, where a Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae was also present. Eighteen Common Toad Bufo bufo was a good count at the Dragonfly Ponds. Bird-wise, with the exception of Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita, I couldn’t find any other recent arrivals. Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta were noted on Cell A of Dryham Ings, with none were present on Village Lake. A couple of Curlew Numenius arquata were on the north bank of Village Lake, with the adult Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus also briefly present, along with the Ruff Calidris pugnax which had relocated from Cell C. A Kingfisher Alcedo atthis was on Carp Lake.

72.024 Ruby Tiger - Phragmatobia fuliginosaRuby Tiger – Phragmatobia fuliginosa

Black-headed Gull - Chroicocephalus ridibundusBlack-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Lesser Black-backed Gull - Larus fuscusLesser Black-backed Gull – Larus fuscus

Mallard - Anas platyrhynchosMallard – Anas platyrhynchos

Species list
Birds (54)
Avocet – Recurvirostra avosetta
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Buzzard – Buteo buteo
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Chiffchaff – Phylloscopus collybita
Common Gull – Larus canus
Coot – Fulica atra
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
Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Herring Gull – Larus argentatus
House Sparrow – Passer domesticus
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kingfisher – Alcedo atthis
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Lesser Black-backed Gull – Larus fuscus
Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Little Owl – Athene noctua
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
Pied Wagtail – Motacilla alba
Pochard – Aythya ferina
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
Song Thrush – Turdus philomelos
Stock Dove – Columba oenas
Teal – Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes

Beetles (1)
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata

Butterflies (2)
Peacock – Aglais io
Small Tortoiseshell – Aglais urticae

Moths (1)
Ruby Tiger – Phragmatobia fuliginosa

Bees (1)
Buff-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus terrestris

Hoverflies (1)
Eristalis tenax

Mammals (1)
European Rabbit – Oryctolagus cuniculus

Amphibians (2)
Common Toad – Bufo bufo
Smooth Newt – Lissotriton vulgaris