North Cave Wetlands – 24/10/2018

A sunny late morning to early afternoon visit. A moderate westerly breeze blowing with temperatures reaching 15 degrees C.

The moderate westerly meant that there were few sheltered areas for the insects to get out of the wind in sunny aspects. Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum was the only dragonfly noted, though good numbers were present. Like-wise Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas was the only butterfly found. True Bugs included a Field Damsel Bug Nabis ferus along the northern path, along with Blue Shieldbug Zicrona caerulea and Spiked Shieldbug Picromerus bidens, the latter also present along Dryham Lane. Gorse Shieldbug Piezodorus lituratus was also noted on the south side of Carp Lake and along the lane. The only other insects recorded were 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata and Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis.

Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatumCommon Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

Small Copper - Lycaena phlaeasSmall Copper – Lycaena phlaeas

Field Damsel Bug - Nabis ferusField Damsel Bug – Nabis ferus

Spiked Shieldbug - Picromerus bidensSpiked Shieldbug – Picromerus bidens

Blue Shieldbug - Zicrona caeruleaBlue Shieldbug – Zicrona caerulea

Gorse Shieldbug - Piezodorus lituratusGorse Shieldbug – Piezodorus lituratus

Bird-wise three Curlew Numenius arquata were on Island Lake, eventually departing to join four others in North Field. A couple of Pink-footed Geese Anser brachyrhynchus were also in North Field with the Greylag Geese Anser anser. A Treecreeper Certhia familiaris was in North Hedge. The drake Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata was on Carp Lake and a Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus was over Cell A of Dryham ings.

Kestrel - Falco tinnunculusKestrel – Falco tinnunculus

Birds (39)
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Buzzard – Buteo buteo
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Common Gull – Larus canus
Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
Curlew – Numenius arquata
Fieldfare – Turdus pilaris
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldcrest – Regulus regulus
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Herring Gull – Larus argentatus
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Mandarin Duck – Aix galericulata
Marsh Harrier – Circus aeruginosus
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Pink-footed Goose – Anser brachyrhynchus
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Redwing – Turdus iliacus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Skylark – Alauda arvensis
Snipe – Gallinago gallinago
Starling – Sturnus vulgaris
Teal – Anas crecca
Treecreeper – Certhia familiaris
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus

Beetles (2)
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata
Harlequin Ladybird – Harmonia axyridis

Butterflies (1)
Small Copper – Lycaena phlaeas

Dragonflies (1)
Common Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

True Bugs (4)
Blue Shieldbug – Zicrona caerulea
Field Damsel Bug – Nabis ferus
Gorse Shieldbug – Piezodorus lituratus
Spiked Shieldbug – Picromerus bidens