North Cave Wetlands – 11/11/13

Paid a short visit on a frosty Sunday morning, the first sharp frost this autumn, with some areas of water partially frozen. Numbers of wildfowl seemed low compared to recent reports though there were a couple of highlights. The first was a pair of Water Rail Rallus aquaticus, notorious for their skulking nature, however two appeared to be disturbed, flushing them on to the water along the northern edge of Island Lake, before rapidly disappearing back in to the reeds. The second highlight was the family group of Whooper Swans Cygnus cygnus on Reedbed Lake which have been present for a few days. There have been good numbers on passage both here, and at other locations this autumn. All in all, a brief visit, with only a few opportunities for some photos, though now the invertebrate season has almost come to a close, a few more opportunities should present themselves here over the winter period.

Gadwall - Anas streperaGadwall – Anas strepera

Whooper Swan - Cygnus cygnusWhooper Swan – Cygnus cygnus

Robin - Erithacus rubeculaRobin – Erithacus rubecula

Reed Bunting - Emberiza schoeniclusReed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus

House Sparrow - Passer domesticusHouse Sparrow – Passer domesticus