North Cave Wetlands – 03/10/2018

An overcast afternoon visit with a cool moderate westerly breeze blowing, temperatures around 14 degrees C.

Three species of Dragonflies again present, mainly around the south shore of Carp Lake. Male and female Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum still active. Several Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum including a tandem pair, along with several Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta with a female found ovipositing in the Bulrush stems.

Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixtaMigrant Hawker – Aeshna mixta

Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatumCommon Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

Common Blue Damselfly - Enallagma cyathigerumMale Common Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum

Common Blue Damselfly - Enallagma cyathigerumFemale Common Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum

Butterfly-wise Common Blue Polyommatus icarus still hanging on along the northern path, along with a rather worn Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas. Several Small White Pieris rapae also still on the go. A Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta was trying to make the best of the occasional sun, with several Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria also appearing when the sun briefly broke through. A single Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana added to the Lepidoptera list.

Small Copper - Lycaena phlaeasSmall Copper – Lycaena phlaeas

49.077 Garden Rose Tortrix - Acleris variegana49.077 Garden Rose Tortrix – Acleris variegana

A litte quiet on the bug front, with only Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina and Chilacis typhae found. Even quieter for Hoverflies, only Eristalis tenax

Common Green Shieldbug - Palomena prasinaCommon Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina

Common Green Shieldbug - Palomena prasinaLate instar nymph of Common Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina

Chilacis typhaeChilacis typhae

Bird-wise nine Curlew Numenius arquata were in the north-west field. The drake Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata was on Carp Lake with a Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major in the hedge along Dryham Lane. Finally a Red Kite Milvus milvus drifted south along the ridge to the east.

Birds (41)
Black Swan – Cygnus atratus
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Buzzard – Buteo buteo
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Coot – Fulica atra
Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
Curlew – Numenius arquata
Feral Pigeon – Columba livia
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Spotted Woodpecker – Dendrocopos major
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Long-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Mandarin Duck – Aix galericulata
Mistle Thrush – Turdus viscivorus
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Red Kite – Milvus milvus
Red-legged Partridge – Alectoris rufa
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Snipe – Gallinago gallinago
Song Thrush – Turdus philomelos
Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nisus
Starling – Sturnus vulgaris
Teal – Anas crecca
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus

Beetles (3)
22-spot Ladybird – Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata
Sphaeroderma testaceum

Butterflies (5)
Common Blue – Polyommatus icarus
Red Admiral – Vanessa atalanta
Small Copper – Lycaena phlaeas
Small White – Pieris rapae
Speckled Wood – Pararge aegeria

Dragonflies (3)
Common Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum
Common Darter – Sympetrum striolatum
Migrant Hawker – Aeshna mixta

Bees (1)
Common Carder Bee – Bombus pascuorum

Moths (1)
Garden Rose Tortrix – Acleris variegana

True Bugs (1)
Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina
Chilacis typhae

Hoverflies (1)
Eristalis tenax