North Cave Wetlands – 27/12/2018

A sunny afternoon visit with misty conditions and light westerly breeze. Temperatures reaching around six degrees C.

A brief afternoon visit following the clearing fog found four drake Pintail Anas acuta present on Main Lake. At least two Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus were again causing plenty of commotion amongst the assembled wildfowl. A female Goldeneye Bucephala clangula was on Far Lake, with several Siskin Spinus spinus present in the surrounding Alders. A single Ruff Calidris pugnax was on Village Lake with 14 Redshank Tringa totanus, whilst 20 Curlew Numenius arquata were in the field adjacent to the entrance.

Birds (35)
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Buzzard – Buteo buteo
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Coot – Fulica atra
Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
Curlew – Numenius arquata
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldeneye – Bucephala clangula
Great Tit – Parus major
Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Long-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Marsh Harrier – Circus aeruginosus
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Pintail – Anas acuta
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Ruff – Calidris pugnax
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Siskin – Spinus spinus
Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nisus
Teal – Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes