The current temperatures might not be spring like, however the signs of the changing seasons can be found, with the arrival of further breeding species at North Cave Wetlands. Avocets Recurvirostra avosetta are now visiting the site on a daily basis, though most appear to be returning to the Humber at night. Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius and Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula are now showing well on the new section of Dryham Ings. They will nest on this uninspiring habitat, which will consist of a simple scrape, with the eggs laid directly on the ground. The Ings have been designed to maintain the correct level of water, through the use of a reservoir at the rear of the site holding back water, until it is needed during the summer months to maintain the levels. The strong north-easterly wind made photography difficult today with most species finding sheltered spots away from the hides, though a couple of the reserve stalwarts provided something to have a go at!
Avocet – Recurvirostra avosetta
Little Ringed Plover – Charadrius dubius
Ringed Plover – Charadrius hiaticula
Coot – Fulica atra
Robin – Erithacus rubecula