North Cave Wetlands – 02/10/2018

Paid a brief visit in the morning for an hour. The Hobby Falco subbuteo was still present usual spot on the south-west corner of Main Lake. Other birds of note were a single Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus on Main Lake and the drake Mandarin Aix galericulata was on Carp Lake.

Hobby - Falco subbuteoHobby – Falco subbuteo

Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta and Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum were still much in evidence, though living precariously with a major predator in residence. A single female Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum drags this species into October, this species has now been active for six months.

Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixtaMigrant Hawker – Aeshna mixta

Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatumCommon Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

Common Blue Damselfly - Enallagma cyathigerumCommon Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum

A Wall Lasiommata megera was a nice addition to the year list, a species that is rapidly declining in numbers, especially from inland sites. A single Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta was also warming up in the morning sun.

Wall - Lasiommata megeraWall – Lasiommata megera

Red Admiral - Vanessa atalantaRed Admiral – Vanessa atalanta