North Cave Wetlands – 06/02/2019

A bright morning with light cloud, a light south-westerly breeze blowing. Temperature around 5 degrees C.

A pleasant morning walk around the reserve with 60 species of birds recorded, four of these were year-ticks for the reserve. Two Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa present on Cell A of Dryham Ings were the first, followed by a Greenfinch Chloris chloris along the New Workings. A Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra was in the small tree in the North Field, whilst two Red Kite Milvus milvus sauntered south along the eastern ridge, one eventually drifting over the reserve. Other highlights included two Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula at the south-west corner of Carp Lake and a Coal Tit Periparus ater visiting the Maize Field Feeders. The Ruff Calidris pugnax was on Village Lake, whilst a single Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus was with the Greylag Geese Anser anser on Main Lake. First insects of the year for the reserve were two 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata found along the Lane. An unusual sighting in the large Ash tree along the lane was the Stoat Mustela erminea, at least half way up the tree when I fist caught sight of it, as it descended to the ground.

Birds (60)

Blackbird – Turdus merula
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Black-tailed Godwit – Limosa limosa
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Bullfinch – Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Buzzard – Buteo buteo
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Coal Tit – Periparus ater
Common Gull – Larus canus
Coot – Fulica atra
Corn Bunting – Emberiza calandra
Curlew – Numenius arquata
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
Feral Pigeon – Columba livia
Fieldfare – Turdus pilaris
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Tit – Parus major
Greenfinch – Chloris chloris
Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Herring Gull – Larus argentatus
House Sparrow – Passer domesticus
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
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
Mistle Thrush – Turdus viscivorus
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Pink-footed Goose – Anser brachyrhynchus
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Red Kite – Milvus milvus
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
Skylark – Alauda arvensis
Snipe – Gallinago gallinago
Song Thrush – Turdus philomelos
Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nisus
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


Beetles (1)

7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata

Mammals (1)

Stoat – Mustela erminea