North Cave Wetlands – 08-10/11/2018

Three visits with occasional sunny spells, wind remained southerly gentle to moderate, temperatures 12-14 degrees C.

Island LakeIsland Lake following a brief shower

Insects now becoming difficult to find, though still a few Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum were active along Dryham Lane on 10th, along with both
7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata and Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis. A single Spiked Shieldbug Picromerus bidens was found on the 9th.

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 an adult Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus dropped into the Silt Lagoon for a quick clean up on 8th before heading south. Good numbers of Redwing Turdus iliacus and Fieldfare Turdus pilaris around the site. 16 Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria headed south over the reserve on 9th. A couple of Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus have kept the wildfowl on their toes, flushing them on numerous occasions. The drake Pintail Anas acuta remained settled on Far Lake, whilst the drake Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata was still on Carp Lake. A Treecreeper Certhia familiaris was in the hedge on Dryham lake on 9th. Wigeon Anas penelope and Teal Anas crecca continued to show well close to South Hide on Main Lake.

Wigeon - Anas penelopeWigeon – Anas penelope

Teal - Anas creccaTeal – Anas crecca

Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollisLittle Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis

Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carboCormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo

Fieldfare - Turdus pilarisFieldfare – Turdus pilaris

Redwing - Turdus iliacusRedwing – Turdus iliacus

Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelisGoldfinch – Carduelis carduelis

Birds (56)
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Buzzard – Buteo buteo
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Common Gull – Larus canus
Coot – Fulica atra
Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
Curlew – Numenius arquata
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
Feral Pigeon – Columba livia
Fieldfare – Turdus pilaris
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldcrest – Regulus regulus
Golden Plover – Pluvialis apricaria
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus
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
Linnet – Linaria cannabina
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Long-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Mandarin Duck – Aix galericulata
Marsh Harrier – Circus aeruginosus
Meadow Pipit – Anthus pratensis
Mediterranean Gull – Larus melanocephalus
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Pintail – Anas acuta
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Red-legged Partridge – Alectoris rufa
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Redwing – Turdus iliacus
Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
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
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes

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

Dragonflies (1)
Common Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

True Bugs (1)
Spiked Shieldbug – Picromerus bidens