North Cave Wetlands – 14/03/13

Will this winter ever end? Looking forward to things warming up a little and the invertebrates becoming more active. Once this happens the birds will take a back seat, however until then, here is another selection from North Cave Wetlands. A visit saw the majority of the site frozen over, with less than 20% of the water ice-free. Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus were now pairing up, the majority of the breeding birds now having attained their ‘summer’ hoods. The Oystercatchers Haematopus ostralegus were noticeable for being quiet, most heading off the reserve to feed in the surrounding fields. A lone Redshank Tringa totanus dropping in close to Turret Hide was the only wader that came close enough to represent this group of birds on the blog. The Smew Mergellus albellus was still present on Far Lake, even though the lake was largely frozen, it still managed to stay as far away as possible, tucked up tight against the ice. The only ‘passerine’ photographed was a Wren Troglodytes troglodytes, making it’s first appearance in the blog, difficult to get as it scurried around in the grass like a mouse.

Black-headed Gull - Larus ridibundus

Black-headed Gull – Larus ridibundus

Black-headed Gull - Larus ridibundus

Black-headed Gull – Larus ridibundus

Redshank - Tringa totanus

Redshank – Tringa totanus

Smew - Mergellus albellus

Smew – Mergellus albellus

Wren - Troglodytes troglodytes

Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes