North Cave Wetlands – 06/03/14

Popped down to North Cave Wetlands at 9:00 am to make the most of the bit of sun that was coming through. I headed straight to the Turret Hide in the hope that the Smew Mergellus albellus was still present there, as it had shown better here that when it was over on Carp Lake. Alas it wasn’t to be, however it was nice to connect with an adult Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus, which was trying to muscle in on the Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus colony. With little success it eventually departed at 9:50 am, heading off high to the west. In addition the first Avocets Recurvirostra avosetta were back, with two pairs present. They were pretty much inactive, however this will soon change once others arrive and their breeding season starts with a vengeance. A lone immature Mute Swan Cygnus olor was on island lake, having spent most of the winter with its parents, it has now been rejected by them as their attention now turns to rearing another family this year.

Mediterranean Gull - Larus melanocephalus & Black-headed Gull - Chroicocephalus ridibundusMediterranean Gull – Larus melanocephalus &
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Avocet - Recurvirostra avosettaAvocet – Recurvirostra avosetta

Mute Swan - Cygnus olorMute Swan – Cygnus olor

Gadwall - Anas streperaGadwall – Anas strepera

Black-headed Gull - Chroicocephalus ridibundusBlack-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Shelduck - Tadorna tadornaShelduck – Tadorna tadorna

Coot - Fulica atraCoot – Fulica atra

Teal - Anas creccaTeal – Anas crecca