Unusually, a sunday trip to North Cave with the wonderful company of Jess Stokes and Gui Saúco. It is quite a shock to see a bus and a quite full car park and people everywhere! (I am used to the very quiet mondays), but the weather is amazing, almost 20 oC, no wind and almost clear blue skies. The sound of a large flock of Greylag and Canada Geese greets us, and then a large skein of Pink Foot geese flies high overhead.
While at Turret hide the whole of the geese flock on the village lake takes off and starts flying in circles around the reserve, until they settle again later.
In Island lake, Jess spotted this Wood Sandpiper quite close to the hide.
And after leaving Turret hide, there are several invertebrates on the wing:
A very bright male Common Darter (we also see at last two pairs mating)
The hoverfly Sphaerophoria scripta
I only manage this shot of a late Small Copper feeding on rape flowers. We also have a fleeting view of a Comma, followed by a Stoat crossing the path!
This male Migrant darter settled on the butterfly walk
We got to see these Egyptian Geese, which have been in the reserve for a few days.
This female Marsh Harrier flew a couple of times around the reserve...
..flushing the Lapwing flock.Bird list
- Black Swan
- Black-headed Gull
- Canada Goose
- Carrion Crow
- Egyptian Goose
- Feral Pigeon
- Great Black-backed Gull
- Great Crested Grebe
- Green Sandpiper
- Green Woodpecker
- Greylag Goose 100
- Little Grebe
- Mute Swan
- Pink-footed Goose
- Tufted Duck