North Cave Wetlands – 02/02/2020

A bright afternoon visit with a gentle south-westerly breeze. Temperature around 8 degrees C.

A bright afternoon visit with my first site Oystercatchers of the year on Main Lake. A Great Spotted Woodpecker showed well along the western path by Far Lake. One Siskin was with the Goldfinchs on the north-west corner of Far Lake. A Water Rail called from the nearby reedbed on Reedbed Lake. The pair of Stonechats were on the Snipe Field. Good numbers of Fieldfare were in North Field. The Bittern was showing on Village Lake from a busy Turret Hide, where a Little Egret gave some great photo opportunities. Whilst in the East Hide a Green Woodpecker flew east. Back at Main Lake the Barn Owl could be seen hunting over the Maize Field late afternoon, whilst a Kingfisher was sat on one of the posts at the east side of the lake.

Birds (57)

Accipiter nisus – Sparrowhawk
Aegithalos caudatus – Long-tailed Tit
Alcedo atthis – Kingfisher
Anas clypeata – Shoveler
Anas crecca – Teal
Anas penelope – Wigeon
Anas platyrhynchos – Mallard
Anas strepera – Gadwall
Anser anser – Greylag Goose
Ardea cinerea – Grey Heron
Aythya ferina – Pochard
Aythya fuligula – Tufted Duck
Botaurus stellaris – Bittern
Buteo buteo – Buzzard
Carduelis carduelis – Goldfinch
Chloris chloris – Greenfinch
Chroicocephalus ridibundus – Black-headed Gull
Columba livia – Feral Pigeon/Rock Dove
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
Dendrocopos major – Great Spotted Woodpecker
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
Haematopus ostralegus – Oystercatcher
Larus canus – Common Gull
Numenius arquata – Curlew
Parus major – Great Tit
Passer montanus – Tree Sparrow
Phalacrocorax carbo – Cormorant
Phasianus colchicus – Pheasant
Pica pica – Magpie
Picus viridis – Green Woodpecker
Podiceps cristatus – Great Crested Grebe
Prunella modularis – Dunnock
Rallus aquaticus – Water Rail
Saxicola rubicola – Stonechat
Spinus spinus – Siskin
Streptopelia decaocto – Collared Dove
Sturnus vulgaris – Starling
Tachybaptus ruficollis – Little Grebe
Tadorna tadorna – Shelduck
Tringa totanus – Redshank
Turdus merula – Blackbird
Turdus pilaris – Fieldfare
Tyto alba – Barn Owl
Vanellus vanellus – Lapwing


Mammals (1)
Mustela erminea – Stoat