North Cave Wetlands – 14/12/2019

A late morning visit with showers and intermittent sun, a fresh westerly breeze blowing. Temperature around four degrees C.

Highlight of the visit was two White-fronted Geese feeding in the grassed section of the North Field with several hundred Greylag Geese. 32 Pink-footed Geese also dropped in for around half an hour before heading back out. Several Fieldfare and Redwing around the reserve, the latter species photographed below missing its tail feathers. From Turret Hide a few Bearded Tit were regularly calling from the reeds on Village Lake, though none showed, the Bittern also remained hidden. On Island Lake Redshank numbers were building with 49 now present on site.

Birds (52)

Accipiter nisus – Sparrowhawk
Aegithalos caudatus – Long-tailed Tit
Anas clypeata – Shoveler
Anas crecca – Teal
Anas penelope – Wigeon
Anas platyrhynchos – Mallard
Anas strepera – Gadwall
Anser albifrons – White-fronted Goose
Anser anser – Greylag Goose
Anser brachyrhynchus – Pink-footed Goose
Ardea cinerea – Grey Heron
Aythya ferina – Pochard
Aythya fuligula – Tufted Duck
Buteo buteo – Buzzard
Carduelis carduelis – Goldfinch
Chloris chloris – Greenfinch
Chroicocephalus ridibundus – Black-headed Gull
Circus aeruginosus – Marsh Harrier
Columba livia – Feral Pigeon/Rock Dove
Columba palumbus – Woodpigeon
Corvus corone – Carrion Crow
Corvus frugilegus – Rook
Corvus monedula – Jackdaw
Cygnus olor – Mute Swan
Egretta garzetta – Little Egret
Emberiza schoeniclus – Reed Bunting
Erithacus rubecula – Robin
Falco tinnunculus – Kestrel
Fringilla coelebs – Chaffinch
Fulica atra – Coot
Gallinago gallinago – Snipe
Gallinula chloropus – Moorhen
Larus canus – Common Gull
Numenius arquata – Curlew
Panurus biarmicus – Bearded Tit
Parus major – Great Tit
Passer domesticus – House Sparrow
Passer montanus – Tree Sparrow
Phalacrocorax carbo – Cormorant
Phasianus colchicus – Pheasant
Pica pica – Magpie
Prunella modularis – Dunnock
Pyrrhula pyrrhula – Bullfinch
Spinus spinus – Siskin
Sturnus vulgaris – Starling
Tachybaptus ruficollis – Little Grebe
Tadorna tadorna – Shelduck
Tringa totanus – Redshank
Turdus iliacus – Redwing
Turdus merula – Blackbird
Turdus pilaris – Fieldfare
Vanellus vanellus – Lapwing