North Cave Wetlands – 13/02/14

A clear blue sky and relative calm-ness, compared to the previous evenings gales, saw me pay a brief visit to North Cave Wetlands, making the most of the morning light before the clouds arrived.

On Island Lake several Redshank Tringa totanus tried to shelter out of the wind behind a small island, briefly joined by a Curlew Numenius arquata. There were still plenty of Teal Anas crecca present, though the most active species here were the Shelduck Tadorna tadorna. I don’t know how many birds are on site, but at one point there were over 60 on this lake, with constant movement between here and Reedbed Lake. There were also over 20 on Main Lake when I moved around to that location. Oystercatchers Haematopus ostralegus are now starting to arrive back on site, with three birds present on Dryham Ings. The highlight was the ‘redhead’ Smew Mergus albellus, though it was difficult to photograph as it kept its distance, staying in the north-eastern corner of Carp Lake. Is this the same bird as last year?

Smew - Mergus albellus & Coot - Fulica atraSmew – Mergus albellus & Coot – Fulica atra

Curlew - Numenius arquataCurlew – Numenius arquata

Shelduck - Tadorna tadornaShelduck – Tadorna tadorna

Gadwall - Anas streperaGadwall – Anas strepera

Teal - Anas creccaTeal – Anas crecca

Shelduck - Tadorna tadorna & Redshank - Tringa totanusShelduck – Tadorna tadorna & Redshank – Tringa totanus

Coot - Fulica atraCoot – Fulica atra