North Cave Wetlands – 04/12/12

Despite the freezing conditions, the low winter sun and lack of any wind made for a pleasant walk around this Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Reserve. On arrival a Stoat Mustela erminea was active along Dryham Lane, causing mayhem amongst the local Rabbits Oryctolagus cuniculus, though it didn’t appear to be succesful in securing any breakfast. Before heading off down the lane a shot of the Moon in daylight was in order.

Daylight Moon

Moon in daylight

Walking along the lane there was plenty of activity with winter thrushes everywhere, so rather than sitting in the hide, I decided to concentrate on trying to get some decent photos. Due to the constant movement of birds, I eventually found the best place to be was along the northern hedge, resting against the back of the seats and waiting for the birds to move through. As well as the species highlighted in the photos below, there were several Siskin Carduelis spinus and Lesser Redpoll Carduelis cabaret regularly settling along the hedge, though after checking all the photos I had taken of these two species, all were facing the wrong way.

Blackbird - Turdus merula

Blackbird – Turdus merula

Fieldfare - Turdus pilaris

Fieldfare – Turdus pilaris

Redwing - Turdus iliacus

Redwing – Turdus iliacus

Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus

Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus

Blue Tit - Parus caeruleus

Blue Tit – Parus caeruleus

Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis

Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis

Reed Bunting - Emberiza schoeniclus

Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus