North Cave Wetlands – 15/12/2019

A bright afternoon with a gentle south-westerly breeze blowing. Temperature around five degrees C.

The Bittern showed well from Turret Hide in the reeds on Village Lake. Yesterdays 49 Redshank were still present on Island Lake, along with a single Ruff. 30+ Pink-footed Geese were in North Field with the Greylag Geese. A Weasel just below Turret Hide made a nice change from the more usual Stoat. 2000+ Starling went to roost on Reedbed Lake.

Birds (48)

Aegithalos caudatus – Long-tailed Tit
Anas clypeata – Shoveler
Anas crecca – Teal
Anas penelope – Wigeon
Anas platyrhynchos – Mallard
Anas strepera – Gadwall
Anser anser – Greylag Goose
Anser brachyrhynchus – Pink-footed Goose
Ardea cinerea – Grey Heron
Aythya ferina – Pochard
Aythya fuligula – Tufted Duck
Botaurus stellaris – Bittern
Buteo buteo – Buzzard
Calidris pugnax – Ruff
Carduelis carduelis – Goldfinch
Chroicocephalus ridibundus – Black-headed Gull
Circus aeruginosus – Marsh Harrier
Columba oenas – Stock Dove
Columba palumbus – Woodpigeon
Corvus corone – Carrion Crow
Corvus frugilegus – Rook
Corvus monedula – Jackdaw
Cyanistes caeruleus – Blue Tit
Cygnus olor – Mute Swan
Egretta garzetta – Little Egret
Emberiza schoeniclus – Reed Bunting
Erithacus rubecula – Robin
Fringilla coelebs – Chaffinch
Fulica atra – Coot
Gallinago gallinago – Snipe
Gallinula chloropus – Moorhen
Larus canus – Common Gull
Linaria cannabina – Linnet
Parus major – Great Tit
Passer montanus – Tree Sparrow
Phalacrocorax carbo – Cormorant
Phasianus colchicus – Pheasant
Picus viridis – Green Woodpecker
Prunella modularis – Dunnock
Pyrrhula pyrrhula – Bullfinch
Regulus regulus – Goldcrest
Sturnus vulgaris – Starling
Tachybaptus ruficollis – Little Grebe
Tadorna tadorna – Shelduck
Tringa totanus – Redshank
Turdus merula – Blackbird
Turdus philomelos – Song Thrush
Vanellus vanellus – Lapwing

Mammal (1)
Mustela nivalis – Weasel