North Cave Wetlands – 10/04/2019

Mainly sunny afternoon with a gentle easterly breeze blowing. Temperature around nine degrees C.

Another good visit for invertebrates with two new species recorded, both Weevils found on Hawthorn; Apple Fruit Rhynchites Neocoenorrhinus aequatus and Anthonomus pedicularius. Several firsts for the year (NFY) included several Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria present along the Western Path, along with a Gooden’s Nomad Bee Nomada goodeniana. Hoverflies definitely on the increase with Epistrophe eligans, Eupeodes sp, Platycheirus cf. albimanus and several Syrphus sp. all NFY, along with a fly Gymnocheta viridis and True Bug Liocoris tripustulatus. Other notable sightings were a further two Bee Fly Bombylius major making this the most productive year for this species so far. Following my first sighting from a recent visit, Hairy Footed Flower Bee Anthophora plumipes were again feeding on the Red Dead-nettle adjacent to the viewing platform entrance, a male and female present. Non-invertebrate-wise a couple of Grass Snake Natrix helvetica were along the South side of Carp Lake and along the Western Path.

Beetles (3)
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata
Apple Fruit Rhynchites – Neocoenorrhinus aequatus (NEW)
Anthonomus pedicularius (NEW)

Butterflies (2)
Peacock – Aglais io
Speckled Wood – Pararge aegeria (NFY)

Moths (1)
Garden Tiger – Arctia caja

Bees (5)
Buff-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus terrestris
Common Carder Bee – Bombus pascuorum
Chocolate Mining Bee – Andrena scotica
Gooden’s Nomad Bee – Nomada goodeniana (NFY)
Hairy Footed Flower Bee – Anthophora plumipes

True Bugs (2)
Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina
Liocoris tripustulatus (NFY)

Flies (2)
Bee Fly – Bombylius major
Gymnocheta viridis (NFY)

Hoverflies (5)
Epistrophe eligans (NFY)
Eristalis pertinax
Eupeodes sp. (NFY)
Platycheirus cf. albimanus (NFY)
Syrphus sp. (NFY)

Reptiles (1)
Grass Snake – Natrix helvetica

Nothing new on the bird front, full list detailed below.

Birds (53)

Avocet – Recurvirostra avosetta
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Blackcap – Sylvia atricapilla
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Brambling – Fringilla montifringilla
Buzzard – Buteo buteo
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Cetti’s Warbler – Cettia cetti
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Chiffchaff – Phylloscopus collybita
Coot – Fulica atra
Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
Curlew – Numenius arquata
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
Linnet – Linaria cannabina
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Little Ringed Plover – Charadrius dubius
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Marsh Harrier – Circus aeruginosus
Mediterranean Gull – Larus melanocephalus
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Oystercatcher – Haematopus ostralegus
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Pied Wagtail – Motacilla alba yarrellii
Red-legged Partridge – Alectoris rufa
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Ruff – Calidris pugnax
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Skylark – Alauda arvensis
Snipe – Gallinago gallinago
Stock Dove – Columba oenas
Teal – Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes