North Cave Wetlands – 02/02/14

A bright sunny morning, a commodity that has been in short supply, saw me head over to North Cave Wetlands for a couple of hours. On the Main Lake, Pochard Aythya ferina numbers seem to have increased, along with clear signs of the changing seasons with Shelduck Tadorna tadorna numbers also increasing. Whilst checking out the ‘Alders’ along the western edge for Siskin Carduelis spinus, a Weasel Mustela nivalis scurried along the path, nice to see rather that the usual Stoat Mustela erminea sightings. The northern end of the site was very quiet, there being a distinct lack of ‘thrush’ species this winter. The highlights however were a pair of Goosander Mergus merganser on Island Lake, along with a Little Egret Egretta garzetta that was close to the hide for a brief period of time. The latter species has increased its range rapidly over the last decade or so, once considered quite a rarity, it is now easily found along the Humber, occasionally turning up at inland sites.

Little Egret - Egretta garzettaLittle Egret – Egretta garzetta

Shelduck -Tadorna tadornaShelduck -Tadorna tadorna