North Cave Wetlands – 20/03/2019

A warm and mainly sunny afternoon with a gentle westerly breeze blowing. Temperature around 16 degrees C.

First day of Spring, with warm weather meaning plenty of invertebrates were active, many new for the year (NFY). Highlight had to be the Bee Fly Bombylius major, a flying furry Narwhale, found along Dryham Lane. A few Eristalis tenax Hoverflies were also active around the reserve. A few beetles active, with three species of Ladybird present, mainly 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata, with a single Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis on the gate where the Wild Bird Cafe resides, plus a Kidney-spot Ladybird Chilocorus renipustulatus on the Brambles along the West Path. A few Cereal Leaf Beetle Oulema melanopus s.l. were along Dryham Lane, with a couple of Pea-leaf Weevil Sitona lineatus also noted. A small Staphylinidae on the gate with the Harlequin is probably Anotylus cf. rugosus, but not positively identified. Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni and Peacock Aglais io were both out and about in the Spring Sunshine, a Garden Tiger Arctia caja caterpillar again active along the Northern Path. A single Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris being the only Bee noted. A Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina was found along the Western Path. A few of the regular Arachnids were noted; Nursery Web Spider Pisaura mirabilis, Larinioides cornutus and Salticus scenicus.

Away from the inverts, of interest were several Common Toad Bufo bufo migrating along the Black Dyke towards the Dragonfly Ponds, the original pond with stands of reed appearing to be the favorite pond.

Beetles (6)
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata
Cereal Leaf Beetle – Oulema melanopus s.l. (NFY)
Harlequin Ladybird – Harmonia axyridis (NFY)
Kidney-spot Ladybird – Chilocorus renipustulatus (NFY)
Pea-leaf Weevil – Sitona lineatus (NFY)
Anotylus cf. rugosus(NFY)

Butterflies (2)
Brimstone – Gonepteryx rhamni (NFY)
Peacock – Aglais io (NFY)

Moths (1)
Buff-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus terrestris

Wasps (1)
German Wasp – Vespula germanica (NFY)

True Bugs (1)
Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina

Flies (2)
Bee Fly – Bombylius major (NFY)
Eristalis tenax

Spiders (3)
Tent Spider – Pisaura mirabilis
Larinioides cornutus (NFY)
Salticus scenicus

Amphibians (1)
Common Toad – Bufo bufo (NFY)

It was nice to catch up with the eight Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus which had spent the day on Village Lake. Several Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta now around the reserve with Village Lake, Cell A and Reedbed all holding several birds. A Goldcrest Regulus regulus was singing along the Eastern Path.

Birds (42)

Avocet – Recurvirostra avosetta
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Common Gull – Larus canus
Coot – Fulica atra
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
Feral Pigeon – Columba livia
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldcrest – Regulus regulus
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Crested Grebe – Podiceps cristatus
Great Tit – Parus major
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Oystercatcher – Haematopus ostralegus
Pied Wagtail – Motacilla alba yarrellii
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Starling – Sturnus vulgaris
Stock Dove – Columba oenas
Teal – Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Whooper Swan – Cygnus cygnus (NFY)
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes