North Cave Wetlands – 10/04/2018

A grey and misty afternoon with a gentle north-easterly breeze blowing, temperatures around eight degrees C. Despite the poor weather it was nice to pick up a few spring migrants for the year, with four Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius on Cell A of Dryham Ings. Also logged all three ‘hirundines‘ together with Swallow Hirundo rustica, House Martin Delichon urbicum and Sand Martin Riparia riparia all feeding over Village Lake. Other highlights included a pair of Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula outside East Hide; a Green Woodpecker Picus viridis along the path to Turret Hide and Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus south over Island Lake. Two pairs of Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus also on the reserve, one pair on Cell A, Dryham Ings and the second pair on the rear island on Main Lake.

Great Crested Grebe - Podiceps cristatusGreat Crested Grebe – Podiceps cristatus

Woodpigeon - Columba palumbusWoodpigeon – Columba palumbus

Species list (49)
Avocet – Recurvirostra avosetta
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Bullfinch – Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Coot – Fulica atra
Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
Feral Pigeon – Columba livia
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Crested Grebe – Podiceps cristatus
Great Tit – Parus major
Green Woodpecker – Picus viridis
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Herring Gull – Larus argentatus
House Martin – Delichon urbicum
House Sparrow – Passer domesticus
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Lesser Black-backed Gull – Larus fuscus
Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Little Ringed Plover – Charadrius dubius
Long-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Marsh Harrier – Circus aeruginosus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Oystercatcher – Haematopus ostralegus
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Pied Wagtail – Motacilla alba
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Sand Martin – Riparia riparia
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Song Thrush – Turdus philomelos
Starling – Sturnus vulgaris
Swallow – Hirundo rustica
Teal – Anas crecca
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes