North Cave Wetlands – 24/03/2019

A mainly sunny morning with a moderate westerly breeze blowing. Temperature rising to 11 degrees, though feeling cooler in the wind.

A few inverts. around today, though the strengthening Westerly breeze made it difficult work. Several species were new for the year (NFY), the first being several Adonis’ Ladybird Hippodamia variegata with one in the car park, and three on the nettles along the northern field boundary. A couple of Mining Bees on the approach to Turret Hide appear to be a female Chocolate Mining Bee Andrena scotica and male Buffish Mining Bee Andrena nigroaenea, though these await confirmation. A single Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum was along Dryham Lane. A Gorse Shieldbug Piezodorus lituratus along Dryham Lane close to the gate near the feeders. Finally the last NFY was a “Zebra Spider” Salticus scenicus on the wooden screen at the entrance to Turret Hide. Of note was another Bee Fly Bombylius major, following the first on my last visit, this one on the bank of Black Dyke.

First reptile of the year goes to Grass Snake Natrix helvetica, two present in the Brambles at the south side of Carp Lake.

Beetles (2)
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata
Adonis’ Ladybird – Hippodamia variegata (NFY)

Bees (4)
Buffish Mining Bee – Andrena nigroaenea (NFY)
Chocolate Mining BeeAndrena scotica (NFY)
Buff-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus terrestris
Common Carder Bee – Bombus pascuorum (NFY)

Moths (1)
Garden Tiger – Arctia caja

True Bugs (2)
Gorse Shieldbug – Piezodorus lituratus (NFY)
Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina

Flies (2)
Bee Fly – Bombylius major
Eristalis tenax

Spiders (1)
Salticus scenicus (NFY)

Reptiles (1)
Grass Snake – Natrix helvetica (NFY)

Bird-wise, two spring migrant species were NFY, a Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius on Cell A of Dryham Ings, and a singing Cetti’s Warbler Cettia cetti in the south-east corner of Main Lake. Meanwhile winter species were still notable, a cracking male Brambling Fringilla montifringilla feeding under the Maize Field feeders. Whilst watching the Brambling, 20 Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus came over from the East, before turning to head north-west away from the reserve. Other northerly movement involved c.150 Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus passing over the site. Finally a male Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella was singing from the hedge adjacent to the Maize Field.

Birds (48)

Avocet – Recurvirostra avosetta
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Brambling – Fringilla montifringilla
Buzzard – Buteo buteo
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Cetti’s Warbler – Cettia cetti (NFY)
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Chiffchaff – Phylloscopus collybita
Common Gull – Larus canus
Coot – Fulica atra
Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
Feral Pigeon – Columba livia
Gadwall – Anas strepera
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
Little Ringed Plover – Charadrius dubius (NFY)
Long-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Oystercatcher – Haematopus ostralegus
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Pink-footed Goose – Anser brachyrhynchus
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Stock Dove – Columba oenas
Teal – Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Whooper Swan – Cygnus cygnus
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Yellowhammer – Emberiza citrinella