North Cave Wetlands – 17/02/2018

A late afternoon visit, starting out overcast before brightening up. A gentle south-westerly breeze with temperatures around seven degrees C. The drake Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis was still on Island Lake, where a Curlew Numenius arquata also dropped in briefly. An adult Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus was on north field. The Ruff Calidris pugnax was still on Village Lake. At dusk two Barn Owl Tyto alba were hunting over the reserve, one between Island and Village Lake, the other over Cell B of Dryham Ings. Finally whilst waiting for the Owls to show a Red Fox Vulpes vulpes was seen at the rear of Cell C of Dryhams Ings.

Shelduck - Tadorna tadornaShelduck – Tadorna tadorna

Blue Tit - Cyanistes caeruleusBlue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus

Robin - Erithacus rubeculaRobin – Erithacus rubecula

Species list (55 birds, 1 mammal)
Barn Owl – Tyto alba
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Collared Dove – Streptopelia decaocto
Common Gull – Larus canus
Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
Curlew – Numenius arquata
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
Fieldfare – Turdus pilaris
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldcrest – Regulus regulus
Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus
Great Crested Grebe – Podiceps cristatus
Great Tit – Parus major
Green Woodpecker – Picus viridis
Green-winged Teal – Anas carolinensis
Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Herring Gull – Larus argentatus
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kingfisher – Alcedo atthis
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Long-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Marsh Harrier – Circus aeruginosus
Mediterranean Gull – Larus melanocephalus
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Oystercatcher – Haematopus ostralegus
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Pied Wagtail – Motacilla alba yarrellii
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Rock Dove – Columba livia
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Ruff – Calidris pugnax
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveller – Anas clypeata
Snipe – Gallinago gallinago
Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nisus
Stock Dove – Columba oenas
Teal – Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes

Red Fox – Vulpes vulpes