North Cave Wetlands – 29/03/2019

A mainly sunny morning with a light south-westerly breeze. Temperature around 11 Degrees C.

Another good spring morning for Invertebrates, with several new for the year (NFY), including two new species to me. A Ground Weevil Barynotus obscurus was found along the path to Turret Hide, one of out larger Weevils at around 10mm in length. Second new species was Hairy Footed Flower Bee Anthophora plumipes (NFY) feeding on the Red Dead-nettle adjacent to the entrance to the viewing platform. Other species making their first appearance for the year included a Common Earwig Forficula auricularia and Drinker Moth Euthrix potatoria caterpillar on the nettles adjacent to the Maize Field and nearby Northern Boundary. Red-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lapidarius was along Black Dyke along, with a Pied Shieldbug Tritomegas bicolor. Stenodema calcarata one of the True Bugs was at the North-west corner of the reserve. The final NFY being Yellow Dung Fly Scathophaga stercoraria.

Beetle (4)
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata
Adonis’ Ladybird – Hippodamia variegata
Cereal Leaf Beetle – Oulema melanopus s.l.
Ground Weevil – Barynotus obscurus (NFY)

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

Moths (2)
Drinker – Euthrix potatoria (NFY)
Garden Tiger – Arctia caja

Bees (1)
Buff-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus terrestris
Common Carder Bee – Bombus pascuorum
Hairy Footed Flower Bee – Anthophora plumipes (NFY)
Red-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus lapidarius (NFY)
Small Garden Bumblebee – Bombus hortorum

Earwigs (1)
Common Earwig – Forficula auricularia (NFY)

True Bugs (2)
Pied Shieldbug – Tritomegas bicolor (NFY)
Stenodema calcarata (NFY)

Hoverflies (1)
Eristalis tenax

Other Flies (1)
Scathophaga stercoraria (NFY)

Spiders (2)
Salticus cingulatus
Salticus scenicus

Vertebrate-wise, Common Frog Rana temporaria tadpoles in the original Dragonfly pond were NFY, surprised I’ve not recorded an adult on site so far this year. The first Great Crested Newt Triturus cristatus was in the Eastern Dragonfly Pond. On the birding front an adult Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus was showing well from East Hide. A pair of Brambling Fringilla montifringilla were at the Maize Field Feeders, atypically feeding from the feeders, rather than on the ground. Possibly a second Cetti’s Warbler Cettia cetti now on site, one singing from between Reedbed and Far Lake and the original bird still singing from the South-east corner of Main Lake.

Birds (43)

Avocet – Recurvirostra avosetta
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Brambling – Fringilla montifringilla
Bullfinch – Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Buzzard – Buteo buteo
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Cetti’s Warbler – Cettia cetti
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Chiffchaff – Phylloscopus collybita
Common Gull – Larus canus
Coot – Fulica atra
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
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Lesser Black-backed Gull – Larus fuscus
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Mediterranean Gull – Larus melanocephalus
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Red-legged Partridge – Alectoris rufa
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Stock Dove – Columba oenas
Teal – Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes

Reptiles and Amphibians (3)
Common Frog – Rana temporaria (NFY)
Great Crested Newt – Triturus cristatus (NFY)
Grass Snake – Natrix helvetica