North Cave Wetlands – 09/05/2019

A dull and overcast day with occasional drizzle, a light to gentle northerly breeze blowing. Temperature around eight degrees C.

Wasn’t expecting to have a great insect day due to the weather, though fared considerably better than expected, with a few new firsts for me (NEW), several new to my reserve list (NFS), plus some new for the year (NFY). Three True Bugs added to the reserve list; with Parent Bug Elasmucha grisea found along the western path, with four Harpocera thoracica also on the western path. A Spear Thistle Lacebug Tingis cardui was found along the northen path. Fly-wise Bibio leucopterus was a new species, with Cranefly Nephrotoma appendiculata added to the site list. A Mothfly Psychodidae sp. was NFY. A Sphaerophoria sp. female and Cheilosia variabilis were added to the years Hoverfly list. Other NFYs included Hawthorn Leaf Beetle Lochmaea crataegi along the northern Path, along with a Moth Common Roller Ancylis badiana. A couple of Crustaceans were added to my species list with Common Pill Woodlouse Armadillidium vulgare and Common Striped Woodlouse Philoscia muscorum along the western path. Finally a Kentish Snail Monacha cantiana was NFY.

Beetles (7)
14-spot Ladybird – Propylea quattuordecimpunctata
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata
Alder Leaf Beetle – Agelastica alni
Green Nettle Weevil – Phyllobius pomaceus
Hawthorn Leaf Beetle – Lochmaea crataegi (NFY)
Silver-Green Leaf Weevil – Phyllobius argentatus
Small Green Nettle Weevil – Phyllobius roboretanus
Polydrusus cervinus

Bees (2)
Common Carder Bee – Bombus pascuorum
Marsham’s Nomad Bee – Nomada marshamella

Moths (2)
Common Roller – Ancylis badiana (NFY)
Green Long-horn – Adela reaumurella

True Bugs (2)
Parent Bug – Elasmucha grisea (NFS)
Spear Thistle Lacebug – Tingis cardui (NFS)
Cercopis vulnerata
Harpocera thoracica (NFS)

Flies (3)
Mothfly – Psychodidae (NFY)
Bibio leucopterus (NEW)
Nephrotoma appendiculata (NFS)

Hoverflies (3)
Cheilosia variabilis (NFY)
Leucozona lucorum
Sphaerophoria (NFY)

Crustacean (2)
Common Pill Woodlouse – Armadillidium vulgare (NEW)
Common Striped Woodlouse – Philoscia muscorum (NEW)

Mollusc (1)
Kentish Snail – Monacha cantiana (NFY)

Main target for the day was Black Tern Chlidonias niger, which duly obliged on Main Lake. Sanderling Calidris alba was new addition to my reserve list, one present on Reedbed Lake with two Dunlin Calidris alpina, the latter both NFY.

Birds (55)

Avocet – Recurvirostra avosetta
Bearded Tit – Panurus biarmicus
Black Tern – Chlidonias niger (NFY)
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Bullfinch – Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Buzzard – Bureo buteo
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Cetti’s Warbler – Cettia cetti
Chiffchaff – Phylloscopus collybita
Common Gull – Larus canus
Common Sandpiper – Actitis hypoleucos
Common Tern – Sterna hirundo
Coot – Fulica atra
Dunlin – Calidris alpina (NFY)
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
Feral Pigeon – Columba livia
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Great Crested Grebe – Podiceps cristatus
Great Tit – Parus major
Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
House Martin – Delichon urbicum
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Lesser Whitethroat – Sylvia curruca
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Little Ringed Plover – Charadrius dubius
Long-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Mediterranean Gull – Larus melanocephalus
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Oystercatcher – Haematopus ostralegus
Pied Wagtail – Motacilla alba yarrellii
Pink-footed Goose – Anser brachyrhynchus
Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus
Reed Warbler – Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Sand Martin – Riparia riparia
Sanderling – Calidris alba (NFS)
Sedge Warbler – Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Skylark – Alauda arvensis
Starling – Sturnus vulgaris
Swallow – Hirundo rustica
Swift – Apus apus
Teal – Anas crecca
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Whitethroat – Sylvia communis
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Willow Warbler – Phylloscopus trochilus