North Cave Wetlands – 18-19/10/2018

Two visits in mainly sunny conditions, a light south-westerly breeze blowing with temperatures reaching around 14 degrees C.

Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum still fairly obvious around the reserve, though Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta now down to single individuals.

Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixtaMigrant Hawker – Aeshna mixta

Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatumCommon Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

Butterfly-wise a Clouded Yellow Colias croceus (18th) below Turret Hide on Island Lake was a nice surprise, however not in and ideal position for a photo. Peacock Aglais io on the 18th) with several Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas also present, with only a single individual noted on the latter date. A Small White Pieris rapae was present on 19th, looking in immaculate condition. No adult moths found, however several Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa caterpillars were enjoying the sunny conditions along the northern path.

Small Copper - Lycaena phlaeasSmall Copper – Lycaena phlaeas

72.024 Ruby Tiger - Phragmatobia fuliginosaRuby Tiger – Phragmatobia fuliginosa

Plenty of True Bugs on show mainly along the northern path and Dryham Lane. Species noted included Blue Shieldbug Zicrona caerulea, Gorse Shieldbug Piezodorus lituratus, Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina, Hairy Shieldbug Dolycoris baccarum, Spiked Shieldbug Picromerus bidens, Field Damsel Bug Nabis ferus, Tree Damsel Bug Himacerus apterus and Corizus hyoscyami.

Blue Shieldbug - Zicrona caeruleaBlue Shieldbug – Zicrona caerulea

Gorse Shieldbug - Piezodorus lituratusGorse Shieldbug – Piezodorus lituratus

Hairy Shieldbug - Dolycoris baccarumHairy Shieldbug – Dolycoris baccarum

Spiked Shieldbug - Picromerus bidensSpiked Shieldbug – Picromerus bidens

Common Green Shieldbug - Palomena prasinaCommon Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina

Field Damsel Bug - Nabis ferusField Damsel Bug – Nabis ferus

Tree Damsel Bug - Himacerus apterusTree Damsel Bug – Himacerus apterus

Other miscellany included 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata and Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis. A single Eristalis tenax rounding up the insects. On 19th a Hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus was in the roadside ditch adjacent to the car park.

Harlequin Ladybird - Harmonia axyridisHarlequin Ladybird – Harmonia axyridis

Eristalis tenaxEristalis tenax

Hedgehog - Erinaceus europaeusHedgehog – Erinaceus europaeus

On the birding front Bearded Tit Panurus biarmicus were noticable on 18th with two on Dryham Ings Cell B and two in the eastern reedbed on Main Lake. Lots of winter Thrushes now arriving with both Fieldfare Turdus pilaris and Redwing Turdus iliacus on the reserve. All the following relate to the 19th, Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus being the highlight on Cell C at the back of the small pool viewable from the western gate. Redshank Tringa totanus numbers starting to build with seven present on Reedbed Lake. A Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella flew west along the northern hedge. Finally a Treecreeper Certhia familiaris was along the western path and Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major in the Ash tree on Dryham Lane.

Birds (53)
Bearded Tit – Panurus biarmicus (18th)
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Buzzard – Buteo buteo
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Common Gull – Larus canus
Coot – Fulica atra
Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
Curlew – Numenius arquata
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
Feral Pigeon – Columba livia
Fieldfare – Turdus pilaris (19th)
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Spotted Woodpecker – Dendrocopos major (19th)
Great Tit – Parus major
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
Jack Snipe – Lymnocryptes minimus (19th)
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Long-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus
Magpie – Pica pica
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Meadow Pipit – Anthus pratensis
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Pink-footed Goose – Anser brachyrhynchus
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Red Kite – Milvus milvus (19th)
Redshank – Tringa totanus
Redwing – Turdus iliacus
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Siskin – Spinus spinus (19th)
Skylark – Alauda arvensis
Snipe – Gallinago gallinago
Song Thrush – Turdus philomelos
Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nisus (18th)
Starling – Sturnus vulgaris
Teal – Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
Treecreeper – Certhia familiaris (19th)
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Wigeon – Anas penelope
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes
Yellowhammer – Emberiza citrinella (19th)

Beetles (2)
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata
Harlequin Ladybird – Harmonia axyridis

Butterflies (4)
Clouded Yellow – Colias croceus
Peacock – Aglais io
Small Copper – Lycaena phlaeas
Small White – Pieris rapae

Dragonflies (2)
Common Darter – Sympetrum striolatum
Migrant Hawker – Aeshna mixta

Moths (1)
Ruby Tiger – Phragmatobia fuliginosa

True Bugs (8)
Blue Shieldbug – Zicrona caerulea
Field Damsel Bug – Nabis ferus
Gorse Shieldbug – Piezodorus lituratus
Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina
Hairy Shieldbug – Dolycoris baccarum
Spiked Shieldbug – Picromerus bidens
Tree Damsel Bug – Himacerus apterus
Corizus hyoscyami

Hoverflies (1)
Eristalis tenax

Mammals (1)
Hedgehog – Erinaceus europaeus