North Cave Wetlands – 04/01/2019

A late morning to early afternoon visit, with dull, overcast  and still conditions. Temperature reaching around 4 degrees C.

First visit of the year and a chance to kickstart the year list with 62 species found. Curlew Numenius arquata continue to feed in the field at the entrance of the reserve, today joined by several Lapwing Vanellus vanellus. The Green Woodpecker Picus viridis was present in front of the viewing platform, with a Goldcrest Regulus regulus also present here. The lone Ruff Calidris pugnax was on Village Lake where the first Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus of the visit also made an appearance. Several Siskin Spinus spinus were along the east path, with good numbers encountered at other points around the reserve. The female Goldeneye Bucephala clangula was still in residence on Far Lake, nice to get this on the list as they are usually short stayers. Seven Lesser Redpoll Acanthis cabaret were in the Silver Birch at the north end of Capr Lake, with at least two Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula and Treecreeper Certhia familiaris also present. A walk west along the new workings found the Peregrine Falco peregrinus sat in the usual group of trees. A small number of Fieldfare Turdus pilaris and a single Redwing Turdus iliacus were by the Farm, where a male Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major also made an appearance. On Cell A pf Dryham Ings three Snipe Gallinago gallinago were amongst the Lapwing V. vanellus. Finally a Little Egret Egretta garzetta flew east at the rear of Main Lake.

Birds (62)

Blackbird – Turdus merula
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Bullfinch – Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Collared Dove – Streptopelia decaocto
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
Goldeneye – Bucephala clangula
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus
Great Spotted Woodpecker – Dendrocopos major
Great Tit – Parus major
Green Woodpecker – Picus viridis
Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Herring Gull – Larus argentatus
House Sparrow – Passer domesticus
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Lesser Redpoll – Acanthis cabaret
Linnet – Linaria cannabina
Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Long-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
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
Ruff – Calidris pugnax
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Siskin – Spinus spinus
Snipe – Gallinago gallinago
Song Thrush – Turdus philomelos
Stock Dove – Columba oenas
Teal – Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
Treecreeper – Certhia familiaris
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes