Monday, 4 February 2013

A topsy turvy day at North Cave Wetlands

This is one of the windiest days I can remember, gales with sudden, violent gusts blew over the reserve. The hides whistled, creaked and howled. Moorhens rode waves, Redshanks flew backwards, a Kestrel failed to hover, despite trying hard, passerines kept a low profile. Only the Jackdaws seem to enjoy riding on the wind like kites. And there were lots of people about for a change - monday mornings have been very quiet so far.
  There were quite a number of Shelducks in the reserve today: a few on the grassy areas south of Dryham Lane, and large flock on a mudflat on Reedbed Lake. A variety of other ducks about as well: Wigeon, Teal, Pochard (top shot) and Tufted ducks.

  On the main lake, a motley crew of Cormorants, an Oystercatcher and Lapwings sat on the raft facing the raging wind.
Pair of Shelduck
View of Main lake
Flock of Shelduck on Reedbed Lake

Bird List

  1. Black-headed Gull        
  2.  Blackbird        
  3.  Blue Tit        
  4.  Canada Goose        
  5.  Carrion Crow        
  6.  Common Gull        
  7.  Coot        
  8.  Cormorant        
  9.  Feral Pigeon        
  10.  Fieldfare        
  11.  Gadwall        
  12.  Goldfinch        
  13.  Greylag Goose        
  14.  House Sparrow        
  15.  Jackdaw        
  16.  Kestrel        
  17.  Lapwing        
  18.  Long-tailed Tit        
  19.  Magpie        
  20.  Mallard        
  21.  Moorhen        
  22.  Mute Swan        
  23.  Oystercatcher        
  24.  Pochard        
  25.  Redshank        
  26.  Reed Bunting        
  27.  Robin        
  28.  Rook        
  29.  Shelduck        
  30.  Shoveler        
  31.  Skylark        
  32.  Snipe        
  33.  Starling        
  34.  Teal        
  35.  Tree Sparrow        
  36.  Tufted Duck        
  37.  Wigeon        
  38.  Woodpigeon        
  39.  Wren     

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