North Cave Wetlands – 19/03/2020

A morning of light cloud and occasional sun, a light north-westerly breeze blowing. Temperature around seven degrees C.

A few Inverts. found on this visit, mostly found amongst the log pile along the south side of Carp Lake. Several Alder Leaf Beetle were found under the bark, with single Pterostichus niger and Black Snail Beetle also present. Trombidium cf. holosericeum was also found in the pile, a Velvet Mite, part of the Arachnid family. Several Buff-tailed Bumblebee were active around the reserve today. A check of the Dragonfly Ponds found six Great Crested Newt in the eastern pond.

Mites (1)
Trombidium cf. holosericeum

Amphibians (1)
Triturus cristatus – Great Crested Newt

Beetles (3)
Agelastica alni – Alder Leaf Beetle
Pterostichus niger
Silpha atrata – Black Snail Beetle

Bees (1)
Bombus terrestris – Buff-tailed Bumblebee

Mammals (1)
Lepus europaeus – Brown Hare

Started the day by heading down to the new workings of the western extension. A Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer were on the hedge running north at the western gate. Two Green Sandpiper were on the new workings, whilst a Kingfisher was active on the most south-western workings. On the new lake north of Dryham Lane four Avocet were present. The drake Scaup remained on the Silt Lagoon. A single Pink-footed Goose was still present in the North Field. Two Lesser Black-backed Gull were on Village Lake, a Red Kite drifting east over the viewing platform. Two Mediterranean Gull were on the Tern raft on Main Lake.

Birds (63)

Aegithalos caudatus– Long-tailed Tit
Alauda arvensis – Skylark
Alcedo atthis – Kingfisher
Alectoris rufa – Red-legged Partridge
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
Aythya marila – Scaup
Buteo buteo – Buzzard
Carduelis carduelis – Goldfinch
Cettia cetti – Cetti’s Warbler
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
Egretta garzetta – Little Egret
Emberiza calandra – Corn Bunting
Emberiza citrinella – Yellowhammer
Emberiza schoeniclus – Reed Bunting
Erithacus rubecula – Robin
Falco tinnunculus – Kestrel
Fringilla coelebs – Chaffinch
Fulica atra – Coot
Gallinula chloropus – Moorhen
Haematopus ostralegus – Oystercatcher
Larus canus – Common Gull
Larus fuscus – Lesser Black-backed Gull
Larus melanocephalus – Mediterranean Gull
Linaria cannabina – Linnet
Milvus milvus – Red Kite
Motacilla alba yarrellii– Pied Wagtail
Numenius arquata – Curlew
Parus major – Great Tit
Passer domesticus – House Sparrow
Passer montanus – Tree Sparrow
Phalacrocorax carbo – Cormorant
Phasianus colchicus – Pheasant
Phylloscopus collybita – Chiffchaff
Picus viridis – Green Woodpecker
Podiceps cristatus – Great Crested Grebe
Prunella modularis – Dunnock
Recurvirostra avosetta – Avocet
Sturnus vulgaris – Starling
Tachybaptus ruficollis – Little Grebe
Tadorna tadorna – Shelduck
Tringa ochropus – Green Sandpiper
Tringa totanus – Redshank
Troglodytes troglodytes – Wren
Turdus merula – Blackbird
Turdus philomelos – Song Thrush
Vanellus vanellus – Lapwing