North Cave Wetlands – 06/11/2018

An overcast afternoon with fleeting sunny breaks, eventually turning to rain. A gentle southerly breeze with temperatures around 14 degrees C.

Despite the less than ideal conditions I still managed to pull a few invertebrates out of the bag. Common Froghopper Philaenus spumarius and Spiked Shieldbug Picromerus bidens were found along Dryham Lane, along with a single 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata. Most surprising find flying in the rain was a moth, Wakely’s Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella along the northern path. Finally a Garden Orb-Web Spider Araneus diadematus was climbing a tree along the eastern path.

Spiked Shieldbug - Picromerus bidensSpiked Shieldbug – Picromerus bidens

Common Froghopper - Philaenus spumariusCommon Froghopper – Philaenus spumarius

Garden Orb-web - Araneus diadematusGarden Orb-web – Araneus diadematus

41.003 Blastobasis lacticolellaBlastobasis lacticolella

Bird-wise the drake Pintail Anas acuta was still to be found on Far Lake in its favoured spot on the southern end of the island. Many of the male wildfowl are starting to look smart in their full breeding plumage, adding a much needed splash of colour to autumn and the coming winter. The southerly wind meant that Wigeon Anas penelope and Teal Anas crecca were showing really well in front of South Hide on Main Lake, a short spell of sun bringing their colours to life. Turret Hide was the place to find the waders with seven Curlew Numenius arquata and two Redshank Tringa totanus on Island Lake, whilst a single Snipe Gallinago gallinago was on Village Lake.

Wigeon - Anas penelopeWigeon – Anas penelope

Teal - Anas creccaTeal – Anas crecca

Tufted Duck - Aythya fuligulaTufted Duck – Aythya fuligula

Birds (36)
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
Fieldfare – Turdus pilaris
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Pintail – Anas acuta
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Redwing – Turdus iliacus
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Skylark – Alauda arvensis
Snipe – Gallinago gallinago
Teal – Anas crecca
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes

Beetles (1)
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata

Moths (1)
Wakely’s Dowd – Blastobasis lacticolella

True Bugs (2)
Common Froghopper – Philaenus spumarius
Spiked Shieldbug – Picromerus bidens

Spiders (1)
Garden Orb-Web Spider – Araneus diadematus