North Cave Wetlands – 03/11/12

Village Lake

Village Lake at dusk

It looks like the invertebrate season is almost over with only a few fly species observed today. Attention has therefore turned elsewhere, with the birds taking centre stage as we go through the winter months. I’m not going to go into detail of all the species seen, and will let the photos talk for themselves. There was however one notable species observed for the site, Jay Garrulus glandarius. There has recently been a large movement of this species in the country, most probably due to an influx of continental birds. They do also disperse locally from breeding grounds, to find and cache food during the winter months, so this bird could also have come from nearby local woodlands.

Black-headed Gull - Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Teal - Anas crecca

Teal – Anas crecca

Mute Swan - Cygnus olor

Mute Swan – Cygnus olor

Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis

Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis