North Cave Wetlands – 03/02/2019

A cold but sunny morning, with a light southerly breeze. Temperature around one degrees C.

Most water-bodies were frozen, with a few pockets of open water on Village, Main and Reedbed Lake. The Ruff Calidris pugnax was on Cell A of Dryham Ings, with the Peregrine Falco peregrinus viewable from Crosslands Hide in the trees behind the new workings. A few Fieldfare Turdus pilaris were showing well in the North Hedge, where 177 Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus flew over heading north. Five Curlew Numenius arquata also headed north over the reserve. A Coal Tit Periparus ater was visiting the Maize Field Feeders, whilst several Siskin Spinus spinus were in the Alders on East Path, a Goldcrest Regulus regulus also present here. On Village Lake a Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus flushed three Snipe Gallinago gallinago. A few Redshank Tringa totanus were found on Main Lake.

Birds (56)

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
Curlew – Numenius arquata
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
Feral Pigeon – Columba livia
Fieldfare – Turdus pilaris
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldcrest – Regulus regulus
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Tit – Parus major
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Herring Gull – Larus argentatus
House Sparrow – Passer domesticus
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Linnet – Linaria cannabina
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Long-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Marsh Harrier – Circus aeruginosus
Meadow Pipit – Anthus pratensis
Mistle Thrush – Turdus viscivorus
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Peregrine – Falco peregrinus
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Pied Wagtail – Motacilla alba yarrellii
Pink-footed Goose – Anser brachyrhynchus
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Red-legged Partridge – Alectoris rufa
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Ruff – Calidris pugnax
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Siskin – Spinus spinus
Skylark – Alauda arvensis
Snipe – Gallinago gallinago
Song Thrush – Turdus philomelos
Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nisus
Starling – Sturnus vulgaris
Teal – Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus