North Cave Wetlands – 30/12/2018

A mainly overcast afternoon with occasional sunny spells, a gentle westerly breeze blowing. Temperature reaching eleven degrees C.

Highlights included the Stonechat Saxicola rubicola present on Cell B of Dryham Ings, with the female Goldeneye Bucephala clangula still present on Far Lake. The Ruff Calidris pugnax was mobile with the Redshank Tringa totanus seen on both Main Lake and Village Lake. 20 Curlew Numenius arquata were also present on Village Lake. A Coal Tit Periparus ater was visiting the Maize Field feeders. The brief sunny conditions found a 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata active along Dryham Lane.

Birds (43)

Blackbird – Turdus merula
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Buzzard – Buteo buteo
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Coal Tit – Periparus ater
Common Gull – Larus canus
Coot – Fulica atra
Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
Curlew – Numenius arquata
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldcrest – Regulus regulus
Goldeneye – Bucephala clangula
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Tit – Parus major
Greenfinch – Chloris chloris
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Lesser Black-backed Gull – Larus fuscus
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
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Ruff – Calidris pugnax
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Stonechat – Saxicola rubicola
Teal – Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus

Beetles (1)
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata