Sunday, 22 April 2012

Showers at North Cave Wetlands

A showery afternoon, we head to North Cave Wetlands. We enjoy a lovely sunny spell on arrival, with a singing Willow Warbler and my first Speckled Wood of the year. The Black-Headed gulls are back on their breeding grounds en masse, and they make such a racket! In the islands in the middle of Village lake there is a large flock of Avocets. Greylag and Mallards have young.
I spend a good 20 minutes in Turret Hide showing my 3 yr old how to see things through the telescope and she finally manages to see rabbits, a shelduck and some Avocets.
While we are there, it starts to pour down with rain. Rabbits rush into their burrows. Most birds carry on about their business, maybe the Black Headed gulls hush down a bit. It is a large cloud, so we stay warm and dry on Turret Hide. We get great views of a Great Crested Grebe. As we are about to leave, once the rain stops, I spot House Martins and Swallows flying over Main Lake.
Willow Warbler
Alder fly
Pair of Gadwalls
Great Crested Grebe
Coot on nest
Bird list
  1. Avocet
  2. Black-headed Gull, some on nests
  3. Blackbird
  4. Blackcap, singing
  5. Blue Tit
  6. Carrion Crow           
  7. Chaffinch, singing
  8. Common Gull           
  9. Coot, on nest
  10. Dunnock           
  11. Feral Pigeon           
  12. Gadwall
  13. Goldfinch, singing           
  14. Great Crested Grebe
  15. Great Tit, singing
  16. Greenfinch
  17. Greylag Goose, goslings
  18. House Martin
  19. House Sparrow
  20. Jackdaw           
  21. Lapwing           
  22. Little Grebe
  23. Magpie           
  24. Mallard, ducklings
  25. Moorhen
  26. Mute Swan, pair
  27. Oystercatcher           
  28. Redshank           
  29. Robin, singing
  30. Rook           
  31. Shelduck           
  32. Starling           
  33. Swallow           
  34. Tufted Duck
  35. Willow Warbler
  36. Woodpigeon

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