North Cave Wetlands – 01/05/2019

A sunny morning, clouding over by mid-day. A light westerly wind blowing with temperature reaching 17 degrees C.

Another great visit with many firsts for the year (NFY) and a few new records for the site (NFS). Fourteen beetle species recorded around the reserve with Water Ladybird Anisosticta novemdecimpunctata NFS. I’ve been expecting to eventually find this species at the Wetlands and have regularly checked the Bulrushes around Carp Lake for it, and today was the day. Another NFS was Silver-Green Leaf Weevil Phyllobius argentatus, a species I’ve encountered several times at nearby North Cliffe Wood. Other NFYs included 10-spot Ladybird Adalia decempunctata along the north path, along with Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Agapanthia villosoviridescens and Common Cardinal Beetle Pyrochroa serraticornis. Along Dryham Lane Malachite Beetle Malachius bipustulatus was near the car park. A Click Beetle Elateridae remains to be identified to species level. On the Dragonfly front it was nice to find the first Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula along the Western Path, quickly followed by Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans and Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum. Butterfly-wise Green-veined White Pieris napi and Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae were long over-due. Lots of Nomada Bees around the reserve though not easy to get close too, one Marsham’s Nomad Bee Nomada marshamella however did oblige. A White-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lucorum was also NFY. The first ‘Red and Black’ Leafhoppers Cercopis vulnerata were found at a couple of place around the reserve. Moth-wise several Green Long-horn Adela reaumurella were dancing around an Elderflower in the south-west corner of Carp Lake. Two new Hoverflies for the year were Eristalis arbustorum and Eristalis intricarius. Other flies NFY were St Marks Fly Bibio marci, Picture-winged Fly Euleia heraclei and Cranefly Tipula vernalis the latter NFS. Finally a Striped Millipede Ommatoiulus sabulosus was active along the western path.

Beetles (14)
10-spot Ladybird – Adalia decempunctata (NFY)
14-spot Ladybird – Propylea quattuordecimpunctata
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata
Alder Leaf Beetle – Agelastica alni
Click Beetle – Elateridae (NFY)
Common Cardinal Beetle – Pyrochroa serraticornis (NFY)
Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn – Agapanthia villosoviridescens (NFY)
Green Leaf Weevil – Phyllobius maculicornis
Green Nettle Weevil – Phyllobius pomaceus
Harlequin Ladybird – Harmonia axyridis
Malachite Beetle – Malachius bipustulatus (NFY)
Silver-Green Leaf Weevil – Phyllobius argentatus (NFS)
Small Green Nettle Weevil – Phyllobius roboretanus
Water Ladybird – Anisosticta novemdecimpunctata (NFS)

Dragonflies (3)
Blue-tailed Damselfly – Ischnura elegans (NFY)
Common Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum (NFY)
Large Red Damselfly – Pyrrhosoma nymphula (NFY)

Butterflies (6)
Brimstone – Gonepteryx rhamni
Green-veined White – Pieris napi (NFY)
Orange-tip – Anthocharis cardamines
Peacock – Aglais io
Small Tortoiseshell – Aglais urticae (NFY)
Speckled Wood – Pararge aegeria

Moths (1)
Garden Tiger – Arctia caja
Green Long-horn – Adela reaumurella (NFY)

Bees (5)
Buff-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus terrestris
Marsham’s Nomad Bee – Nomada marshamella (NFY)
Small Garden Bumblebee – Bombus hortorum
Tree Bumblebee – Bombus hypnorum
White-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus lucorum (NFY)

True Bugs (1)
Cercopis vulnerata (NFY)

Hoverflies (3)
Eristalis arbustorum (NFY)
Eristalis intricarius (NFY)
Eristalis pertinax

Flies (3)
Bee Fly – Bombylius major
St Marks Fly – Bibio marci (NFY)
Euleia heraclei (NFY)
Tipula vernalis (NFS)

Millipedes (1)
Striped Millipede – Ommatoiulus sabulosus (NFY)

On the birding front Bearded Tit Panurus biarmicus were NFY and were very active in the north-west corner of Reedbed. They were collecting food and taking it back to the same point in the reedbed, so it looks like they have finally bred on the reserve. Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus and Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus were also added to my reserve year-list.

Birds (50)

Avocet – Recurvirostra avosetta
Bearded Tit – Panurus biarmicus (NFY)
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Blackcap – Sylvia atricapilla
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Buzzard – Buteo buteo
Cetti’s Warbler – Cettia cetti
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Chiffchaff – Phylloscopus collybita
Common Tern – Sterna hirundo
Coot – Fulica atra
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
Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus
Lesser Whitethroat – Sylvia curruca
Linnet – Linaria cannabina
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Little Ringed Plover – Charadrius dubius
Long-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Mandarin Duck – Aix galericulata
Mediterranean Gull – Larus melanocephalus
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Oystercatcher – Haematopus ostralegus
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus
Reed Warbler – Acrocephalus scirpaceus (NFY)
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Ruff – Calidris pugnax
Sand Martin – Riparia riparia
Sedge Warbler – Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Swallow – Hirundo rustica
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Whitethroat – Sylvia communis
Willow Warbler – Phylloscopus trochilus (NFY)
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Yellowhammer – Emberiza citrinella