North Cave Wetlands – 01/11/2018

An afternoon visit, slowly brightening up from the west with a gentle westerly breeze, temperatures around eight degrees C.

I wasn’t expecting too much on the insect front, after a wet morning and cooler conditions, so a mew moth species in the form of Rhomboid Tortrix Acleris rhombana was a pleasant surprise along Dryham Lane. Other species found along the lane included 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata, Sphaeroderma testaceum, German Wasp Vespula germanica and Spiked Shieldbug Picromerus bidens. A single Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum was active along the western path, whilst a single Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis was found on the northern path.

49.070 Rhomboid Tortrix - Acleris rhombanaRhomboid Tortrix – Acleris rhombana

Spiked Shieldbug - Picromerus bidensSpiked Shieldbug – Picromerus bidens

7-spot Ladybird - Coccinella septempunctata7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata

Harlequin Ladybird - Harmonia axyridisHarlequin Ladybird – Harmonia axyridis

Bird-wise a male Bearded Tit Panurus biarmicus was in the reeds on Village Lake below Turret Hide, where a Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus also passed through. 17 Curlew Numenius arquata in the north field was a good count, 11 dropping into Island Lake for a short while. The drake Pintail Anas acuta was present on Far lake, whilst several Siskin Spinus spinus were in the Alders on the north side of the lake.

Pintail - Anas acutaPintail – Anas acuta

View to East Hide, Village LakeView to East Hide, Village Lake

Birds (49)
Bearded Tit – Panurus biarmicus
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Common Gull – Larus canus
Coot – Fulica atra
Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
Curlew – Numenius arquata
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldcrest – Regulus regulus
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Tit – Parus major
Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Herring Gull – Larus argentatus
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
Marsh Harrier – Circus aeruginosus
Meadow Pipit – Anthus pratensis
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Pied Wagtail – Motacilla alba yarrellii
Pintail – Anas acuta
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Redwing – Turdus iliacus
Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Siskin – Spinus spinus
Skylark – Alauda arvensis
Snipe – Gallinago gallinago
Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nisus
Starling – Sturnus vulgaris
Teal – Anas crecca
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes

Beetles (3)
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata
Harlequin Ladybird – Harmonia axyridis
Sphaeroderma testaceum

Dragonflies (1)
Common Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

Wasps (1)
German Wasp – Vespula germanica

Moths (1)
Rhomboid Tortrix – Acleris rhombana

True Bugs (1)
Spiked Shieldbug – Picromerus bidens