North Cave Wetlands – 07/10/2018

A frosty but sunny start to the morning, with a gentle southerly breeze, temperatures eventually reaching around eight degrees C.

By late morning insects were starting to become active, most species being found on the final stretch of the walk back to the car, between South Hide and the Car Park. A couple of Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta were active, one settled along the lane along with several Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum. Butterfly-wise Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas was the only species found.

Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixtaMigrant Hawker – Aeshna mixta

Small Copper - Lycaena phlaeasSmall Copper – Lycaena phlaeas

True bugs were the most numerous group of insects active on this visit. The first Gorse Shieldbug Piezodorus lituratus of the autumn was found along the lane adjacent to Village Lake, where six Spiked Shieldbug Picromerus bidens were also found. A few Common Froghopper Philaenus spumarius were also present, along with a single Eupteryx aurata.

Gorse Shieldbug - Piezodorus lituratusGorse Shieldbug – Piezodorus lituratus

Spiked Shieldbug - Picromerus bidensSpiked Shieldbug – Picromerus bidens

Common Froghopper - Philaenus spumariusCommon Froghopper – Philaenus spumarius

Eupteryx aurataEupteryx aurata

The only other insects found included 22-spot Ladybird Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata, 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata, Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum and Scathophaga stercoraria.

Scathophaga stercorariaScathophaga stercoraria

Bird-wise a red-headed Goosander Mergus merganser dropped into Village Lake, the first of the autumn. Several skeins of Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus were moving over the reserve, some briefly dropping on to Main Lake. A Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus was a late individual, found in the north-west corner of Reedbed Lake. A male Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla was feeding along the western path. The drake Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata was still to be found on Carp Lake, where a Siskin Spinus spinus flew north along the Butterfly Path. Three Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus on Main Lake were my first of the Autumn.

Whooper Swan - Cygnus cygnusWhooper Swan – Cygnus cygnus

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

Canada Goose - Branta canadensisCanada Goose – Branta canadensis

Birds (52)
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Blackcap – Sylvia atricapilla
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Buzzard – Buteo buteo
Canada Goose – Branta canadensis
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Common Gull – Larus canus
Coot – Fulica atra
Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
Feral Pigeon – Columba livia
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Goosander – Mergus merganser
Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus
Great Tit – Parus major
Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Lesser Black-backed Gull – Larus fuscus
Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Mandarin Duck – Aix galericulata
Meadow Pipit – Anthus pratensis
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Pink-footed Goose – Anser brachyrhynchus
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus
Reed Warbler – Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Siskin – Spinus spinus
Skylark – Alauda arvensis
Snipe – Gallinago gallinago
Song Thrush – Turdus philomelos
Starling – Sturnus vulgaris
Teal – Anas crecca
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Whooper Swan – Cygnus cygnus
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes

Beetles (2)
22-spot Ladybird – Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata

Butterflies (1)
Small Copper – Lycaena phlaeas

Dragonflies (2)
Common Darter – Sympetrum striolatum
Migrant Hawker – Aeshna mixta

Bees (1)
Common Carder Bee – Bombus pascuorum

True Bugs (4)
Cuckoo-Spit Insect – Philaenus spumarius
Gorse Shieldbug – Piezodorus lituratus
Spined Shieldbug – Picromerus bidens
Eupteryx aurata

Flies (1)
Scathophaga stercoraria