North Cave Wetlands – 18/04/2018

A sunny morning with a gentle southerly breeze, temperatures around 18 degrees. Butterflies were very active, with several individuals of the following species all noted:- Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni, Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae and Peacock Aglais io.

Peacock - Aglais ioPeacock – Aglais io

Small Tortoiseshell - Aglais urticaeSmall Tortoiseshell – Aglais urticae

Beetle-wise Pea-leaf Weevil Sitona lineatus was the only new species recorded for the year, found on the gate to the western path near Crosslands.

Pea-leaf Weevil - Sitona lineatusPea-leaf Weevil – Sitona lineatus

Several Bees noted, Vestal Cuckoo Bee Bombus vestalis being a nice find, along with my first Early Bumblebee Bombus pratorum and Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum of the year. Another first was a single Hawthorn Mining Bee Andrena chrysosceles on a fence post along the Maize Field.

Vestal Cuckoo Bee - Bombus vestalisVestal Cuckoo Bee – Bombus vestalis

Common Carder Bee - Bombus pascuorumCommon Carder Bee – Bombus pascuorum

Hawthorn Mining Bee - Andrena chrysoscelesHawthorn Mining Bee – Andrena chrysosceles

The Slender Ground-hopper Tetrix subulata that evaded the camera on the last visit, were more obliging this time, these two individuals along the western path.

Slender Ground-hopper - Tetrix subulataSlender Ground-hopper – Tetrix subulata

Slender Ground-hopper - Tetrix subulataSlender Ground-hopper – Tetrix subulata

A new potential life tick, to be confirmed was a Ground Bug in the shape of Scolopostethus cf. thomsoni on the steps up to Turret Hide. Orthops campestris was also again found along the path to Turret Hide. The first Field Damsel Bug Nabis ferus was along the northern path.

Scolopostethus thomsoniScolopostethus cf. thomsoni

Orthops campestrisOrthops campestris

Field Damsel Bug - Nabis ferusField Damsel Bug – Nabis ferus

Pied Sheildbug - Tritomegas bicolorPied Sheildbug – Tritomegas bicolor

Hoverflies were thin on the ground with only Cheilosia pagana and Eristalis pertinax noted.

Cheilosia paganaCheilosia pagana

Eristalis pertinaxEristalis pertinax

A few Spiders catching my attention included Walnut Orb Weaver Nuctenea umbratica on a fence post along the northern field boundary, where an Owl pellet mainly consisting of beetle body parts, was also found. Both Salticus species of “Zebra Spider” were found, Salticus scenicus appearing to prefer the hides to reside on, whilst Salticus cingulatus are usually found on the gates along Dryham Lane.

Walnut Orb Weaver - Nuctenea umbraticaWalnut Orb Weaver – Nuctenea umbratica

Salticus scenicusSalticus scenicus

Salticus cingulatusSalticus cingulatus

Bird-wise a couple first for the year included Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus and Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiacus, the latter first found on Reedbed Lake before departing to North Field for the remainder of the day. Canada Goose Branta canadensis was a site year tick, a single bird on Cell A of Dryham Ings. Plenty of Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla around the site today, with at least one bird always singing and in ear-shot as I walked around the reserve.

Blackcap - Sylvia atricapillaBlackcap – Sylvia atricapilla

Linnet - Linaria cannabinaLinnet – Linaria cannabina

Egyptian Goose - Alopochen aegyptiacusEgyptian Goose – Alopochen aegyptiacus

Lapwing - Vanellus vanellusLapwing – Vanellus vanellus

Avocet - Recurvirostra avosettaAvocet – Recurvirostra avosetta

Tufted Duck - Aythya fuligulaTufted Duck – Aythya fuligula

Owl PelletOwl Pellet

Species list (79)
Birds (56)
Avocet – Recurvirostra avosetta
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Blackcap – Sylvia atricapilla
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Buzzard – Buteo buteo
Canada Goose – Branta canadensis
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Common Gull – Larus canus
Coot – Fulica atra
Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
Egyptian Goose – Alopochen aegyptiacus
Feral Pigeon – Columba livia
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Crested Grebe – Podiceps cristatus
Great Tit – Parus major
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Herring Gull – Larus argentatus
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Lesser Black-backed Gull – Larus fuscus
Linnet – Linaria cannabina
Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Little Ringed Plover – Charadrius dubius
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 yarrellii
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus
Reed Warbler – Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Ruff – Calidris pugnax
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Skylark – Alauda arvensis
Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nisus
Stock Dove – Columba oenas
Teal – Anas crecca
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Willow Warbler – Phylloscopus trochilus
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes

Beetles (3)
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata
Cereal Leaf Beetle – Oulema melanopus s.l.
Pea-leaf Weevil – Sitona lineatus

Butterflies & Moths (4)
Brimstone – Gonepteryx rhamni
Peacock – Aglais io
Small Tortoiseshell – Aglais urticae
Garden Tiger – Arctia caja

Bees (5)
Buff-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus terrestris
Common Carder Bee – Bombus pascuorum
Early Bumblebee – Bombus pratorum
Vestal Cuckoo Bee – Bombus vestalis
Hawthorn Mining Bee – Andrena chrysosceles

Grasshoppers (1)
Slender Ground-hopper – Tetrix subulata

True Bugs (4)
Field Damsel Bug – Nabis ferus
Pied Shieldbug – Tritomegas bicolor
Orthops campestris
Scolopostethus thomsoni

Hoverflies (2)
Cheilosia pagana
Eristalis pertinax

Spiders (3)
Walnut Orb Weaver – Nuctenea umbratica
Salticus cingulatus
Salticus scenicus

Mammals (1)
European Rabbit – Oryctolagus cuniculus