North Cave Wetlands – 02/12/2018

A dull morning to early afternoon visit with occasional drizzle and a few brief sunny spells. A gentle south-westerly breeze blowing with temperatures reaching eleven degrees C.

The light was poor today, though I did still manage to photograph at least one insect in the shape of Field Damsel Bug Nabis ferus along Dryham Lane. A Grey Damsel Bug Himacerus major was also present, though it didn’t want to sit tight for a photo.

Field Damsel Bug - Nabis ferus

Field Damsel Bug – Nabis ferus

Some good birds on the reserve, two Jays Garrulus glandarius on the western extension being a nice addition the the year list. The Peregrine Falco peregrinus was also present and active again over the new workings. Along the northern hedge were a mixed flock of Buntings containing several Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra, Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella and Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus. Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula were present in the north-west corner of the reserve, as well as along the eastern edge of the Maize Field. The drake Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata was still present on Carp Lake.

Birds (58)
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Bullfinch – Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Common Gull – Larus canus
Coot – Fulica atra
Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
Corn Bunting – Emberiza calandra
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
Feral Pigeon – Columba livia
Fieldfare – Turdus pilaris
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldcrest – Regulus regulus
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
Jay – Garrulus glandarius
Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Linnet – Linaria cannabina
Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
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
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Peregrine – Falco peregrinus
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Pied Wagtail – Motacilla alba yarrellii
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
Song Thrush – Turdus philomelos
Starling – Sturnus vulgaris
Stock Dove – Columba oenas
Teal – Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes
Yellowhammer – Emberiza citrinella

True Bugs (2)
Field Damsel Bug – Nabis ferus
Grey Damsel Bug – Himacerus major