North Cave Wetlands – 10/09/2019

A mainly sunny morning with intermittent cloud, a gentle north-westerly breeze blowing. Temperature around 15 degrees C.

Dragonflies (5)

Plenty of breeding behaviour from the Aeshna mixta Migrant Hawker, with at least six pairs found together in a couple of square metres on the eastern Dragonfly Pond.

Aeshna grandis – Brown Hawker
Aeshna mixta – Migrant Hawker
Enallagma cyathigerum – Common Blue Damselfly
Sympetrum sanguineum – Ruddy Darter
Sympetrum striolatum – Common Darter

Butterflies & Moths (10)

Choreutis pariana Apple Leaf Skeletonizer was a first for me, found on north hedge near the dragonfly ponds. A site tick was also added to my site list, a Macroglossum stellatarum Humming-bird Hawk-moth nectaring on the bank of Cell A from the gate.

Aglais urticae – Small Tortoiseshell
Maniola jurtina – Meadow Brown
Pararge aegeria – Speckled Wood
Pieris brassicae – Large White
Pieris napi – Green-veined White
Polyommatus icarus – Common Blue
Vanessa atalanta – Red Admiral

Acronicta rumicis – Knot Grass
Choreutis pariana – Apple Leaf Skeletonizer (NEW)
Macroglossum stellatarum – Humming-bird Hawk-moth (NFS)

True Bugs (8)

A couple of adult Rhopalus subrufus were found again along the North Path, along with an nymph. Himacerus major Grey Damselbug was new for the year (NFY), with Anoecia corni a new species.

Anoecia corni (NEW)
Chilacis typhae
Heterogaster urticae – Nettle Groundbug
Himacerus major – Grey Damselbug (NFY)
Lygus rugulipennis – European Tarnished Plant Bug
Palomena prasina – Green Shieldbug
Philaenus spumarius – Cuckoo-Spit Insect
Rhopalus subrufus

Flies (7)

A couple of flies were NFY Anthomyia sp. and Tachydromia sp. Conops quadrifasciatus was found along the North Path.

Anthomyia sp. (NFY)
Conops quadrifasciatus
Coremacera marginata
Episyrphus balteatus – Marmalade Hoverfly
Eristalis tenax
Tachydromia sp. (NEW)
Sphaerophoria scripta

Other bits and pieces included several Araneus diadematus Garden Orb-Web Spider obvious around the reserve. Halictus rubicundus Yellow-legged Furrow Bee was a new species to me.

Spiders (1)
Araneus diadematus – Garden Orb-Web Spider

Bees (1)
Halictus rubicundus – Yellow-legged Furrow Bee (NEW)

Beetles (4)
Agelastica alni – Alder Leaf Beetle
Coccinella septempunctata – 7-spot Ladybird
Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata – 22-spot Ladybird
Sphaeroderma testaceum

Birds (10)

The Aix galericulata Mandarin Duck was on Village Lake opposite the East Hide. A mini-waderfest was found on Island Lake with one Actitis hypoleucos Common Sandpiper, two Calidris alpina Dunlin, two Charadrius dubius Little Ringed Plover, two Charadrius hiaticula Ringed Plover, seven Gallinago gallinago Snipe, four Numenius arquata Curlew and four Tringa ochropus Green Sandpiper. The Picus viridis Green Woodpecker was on the path to Turret HIde, whilst the Motacilla cinerea Grey Wagtail was on Far Lake.

Actitis hypoleucos – Common Sandpiper
Aix galericulata – Mandarin Duck
Calidris alpina – Dunlin
Charadrius dubius – Little Ringed Plover
Charadrius hiaticula – Ringed Plover
Gallinago gallinago – Snipe
Motacilla cinerea – Grey Wagtail
Numenius arquata – Curlew
Picus viridis – Green Woodpecker
Tringa ochropus – Green Sandpiper

Mammals (1)
Mustela erminea – Stoat