North Cave Wetlands – 23/02/2019

A sunny afternoon with a gentle southerly breeze blowing, temperature around 12 degrees C.

Nice to have a few invertebrates coaxed out by the warmer conditions. Good numbers of 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata making the most of the warming sun, the only other beetle found was Olibrus corticalis. Three species of Bumblebee active comprising Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris, Garden Bumblebee Bombus hortorum and Tree Bumblebee Bombus hypnorum. A Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina was found along the western path, still in its winter colour form. Finally several Eristalis tenax hoverflies were active around the reserve.

Bird-wise the highlight was a Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa on Village Lake. Definite changes around the reserve since my last visit include numerous Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus, now getting ready for the breeding season. Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus back on site, one pair already nest building on Cell A. Several pairs of Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus now spread around the reserve.

Birds (43)

Blackbird – Turdus merula
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Black-tailed Godwit – Limosa limosa
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Bullfinch – Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Common Gull – Larus canus
Coot – Fulica atra
Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
Feral Pigeon – Columba livia
Fieldfare – Turdus pilaris
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus
Great Crested Grebe – Podiceps cristatus
Great Tit – Parus major
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Herring Gull – Larus argentatus
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
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Oystercatcher – Haematopus ostralegus
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Teal – Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus


Beetles (2)
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata
Olibrus corticalis

Bees (3)
Buff-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus terrestris
Small Garden Bumblebee – Bombus hortorum
Tree Bumblebee – Bombus hypnorum

True Bugs (1)
Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina

Hoverflies (1)
Eristalis tenax

Mammals (2)
Brown Rat – Rattus norvegicus
European Rabbit – Oryctolagus cuniculus