North Cave Wetlands – 22/04/2018

A bright start before clouding over, with a gentle southerly breeze, turning more westerly and moderate late morning, temperatures around 14 degrees. A few more butterflies now on the scene with first appearances of Comma Polygonia c-album, Green-veined White Pieris napi, Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines and Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria all noted. A few Peacock Aglais io completing todays list.

Speckled Wood - Pararge aegeriaSpeckled Wood – Pararge aegeria

Green-veined White - Pieris napiGreen-veined White – Pieris napi

Beetle-wise a new Ladybird site tick was a nice find, though long overdue, with Kidney-spot Ladybird Chilocorus renipustulatus found on a fence post along the western path.

Kidney-spot Ladybird - Chilocorus renipustulatusKidney-spot Ladybird – Chilocorus renipustulatus

Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris, Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum and Large Red-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lapidarius all recorded today. Gwynne’s Mining Bee Andrena bicolor was new for the year along the western path.

Gwynne's Mining Bee - Andrena bicolorGwynne’s Mining Bee – Andrena bicolor

A new Bug species was an interesting find with a Saucer Bug Ilyocoris cimicoides found on nettles in Black Dyke. This is an aquatic species, so a little out of habitat. Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina was the only other bug species noted.

Saucer Bug - Ilyocoris cimicoidesSaucer Bug – Ilyocoris cimicoides

Green Shieldbug - Palomena prasinaGreen Shieldbug – Palomena prasina

On the hoverfly front, a Syrphus sp. was new for the year, along with Eupeodes sp, plus a Chelosia sp.

Eupeodes lunigerEupeodes sp.

Eristalis pertinaxEristalis pertinax

Cheilosia sp.Cheilosia sp.

Bird-wise a few more summer migrants added to the list, Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus and Whitethroat Sylvia communis both new for the year. The Sand Martin Riparia riparia are showing interest in the banks put in place at the north side of the new workings. The Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus is still in residence, showing well with the Greylag Geese Anser anser in North Field. Two pairs of Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus seeming a bit more settled than on previous visits.

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

Willow Warbler - Phylloscopus trochilusWillow Warbler – Phylloscopus trochilus

Mediterranean Gull - Larus melanocephalusMediterranean Gull – Larus melanocephalus

Sand Martin - Riparia ripariaSand Martin – Riparia riparia

Species list
Birds (54)
Avocet – Recurvirostra avosetta
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Blackcap – Sylvia atricapilla
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Common Gull – Larus canus
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
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
House Martin – Delichon urbicum
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
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-legged Partridge – Alectoris rufa
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus
Reed Warbler – Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Ruff – Calidris pugnax
Sand Martin – Riparia riparia
Sedge Warbler – Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Skylark – Alauda arvensis
Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nisus
Stock Dove – Columba oenas
Teal – Anas crecca
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Whitethroat – Sylvia communis
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.
Kidney-spot Ladybird – Chilocorus renipustulatus

Butterflies and Moths (6)
Comma – Polygonia c-album
Green-veined White – Pieris napi
Orange-tip – Anthocharis cardamines
Peacock – Aglais io
Speckled Wood – Pararge aegeria
Garden Tiger – Arctia caja (Caterpillar)

Bees (4)
Buff-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus terrestris
Common Carder Bee – Bombus pascuorum
Gwynne’s Mining Bee – Andrena bicolor
Large Red-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus lapidarius

True Bugs (2)
Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina
Saucer Bug – Ilyocoris cimicoides

Hoverflies (4)
Eristalis pertinax
Eupeodes
Syrphus
Cheilosia

Flies (1)
Scathophaga stercoraria