North Cave Wetlands – 18/11/2018

A sunny morning visit with a gentle north-easterly breeze blowing, temperatures reaching around ten degrees C.

Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum still hanging on with three found along Dryham Lane. Good numbers of 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata making the most of the warming sun. Of the True Bugs single Gorse Shieldbug Piezodorus lituratus and Grey Damsel Bug Himacerus major were also found along the lane, with two Eristalis tenax Hoverflies completing the insect list.

Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatumCommon Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

Grey Damsel Gug - Himacerus majorGrey Damsel Gug – Himacerus major

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

Eristalis tenaxEristalis tenax

Bird-wise, it was a good day with a pleasing 60 species found. Highlight was a Peregrine Falco peregrinus sat in a tree at the rear of the new workings. It had a brief fly around before returning to the same tree. A nice Linnet Linaria cannabina flock of 100 plus birds was at the western end of the new workings. Both the drake Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata and Pintail Anas acuta were in their usual spots, Carp Lake and Far Lake respectively. The male Stonechat Saxicola rubicola was showing well on the Kale Field west of the Silt Lagoon. A Red Kite Milvus milvus was over the fields to the north. Finally a Water Rail Rallus aquaticus was in the reeds on the east side of Main Lake.

Wigeon - Anas penelopeWigeon – Anas penelope

Teal - Anas creccaTeal – Anas crecca

Magpie - Pica picaMagpie – Pica pica

Tree Sparrow - Passer montanusTree Sparrow – Passer montanus

Woodpigeon - Columba palumbusWoodpigeon – Columba palumbus

Birds (60)
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
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Tit – Parus major
Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Herring Gull – Larus argentatus
House Sparrow – Passer domesticus
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Lesser Black-backed Gull – Larus fuscus
Linnet – Linaria cannabina
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Long-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Mandarin Duck – Aix galericulata
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Peregrine – Falco peregrinus
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Pied Wagtail – Motacilla alba yarrellii
Pintail – Anas acuta
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Red Kite – Milvus milvus
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
Siskin – Spinus spinus
Skylark – Alauda arvensis
Snipe – Gallinago gallinago
Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nisus
Starling – Sturnus vulgaris
Stock Dove – Columba oenas
Stonechat – Saxicola rubicola
Teal – Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Water Rail – Rallus aquaticus
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes

Beetles (1)
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata

Dragonflies (1)
Common Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

True Bugs (2)
Gorse Shieldbug – Piezodorus lituratus
Grey Damsel Bug – Himacerus major

Hoverflies (1)
Eristalis tenax