We enjoyed a walk around North Cave wetlands today. Mild, sunny spells, if a bit breezy. No signs of the Avocets, have they gone already?
From South Hide we watched a couple of resting Great Crested Grebes, a family of Mute Swans and the juvenile Black-Headed gulls, flying about with wings that looked too small. On the raft there were still some fluffy chicks and adults. In the distance there are a couple of juvenile Little Grebes. An adult paddles towards the hide, allowing me to take my best Little Grebe photos ever.
From East Hide, we watched the little Common Tern colony on a raft from East Hide. There were lots of Greylag chicks, large as rabbits, and many Lapwings. I didn't take the telescope with me today, so I probably missed some other chicks.
A Buff Tailed Bumblebee in a field of daisies.
Swan family. Mum upending and cygnets feeding near her while the male kept watch
A moorhen juvenile. It was chased by an adult -presumably one of its parents- across half a lake
The new Crosslands hide. Green roof, straw bale walls and lovely views on the new areas being developed in the reserve.
Beware: the door sticks!
The little Common Tern colony with a late Black-Headed gull. We could see two tern chicks, while four adults sat on nests.
- Black-headed Gull, chicks and fledglings
- Collared Dove
- Common Tern 2 chicks with adults, 4 more birds on nests
- Feral Pigeon
- Great Crested Grebe 3
- Greylag Goose, large chicks
- House Sparrow
- Little Grebe
- Moorhen, fledgling chased by adult
- Mute Swan, adult pair with 3 cygnets
- Pochard 2
- Reed Warbler
- Sand Martin, large colony north of the new hide
- Tree Sparrow
- Tufted Duck