17/10 On Thursday having had a good look round Welton Waters and still with time to spare decided to head to North Cave Wetlands.
Had been informed by Stu Griffiths that a Great White Egret had been present briefly mid morning, but not seen by any regulars. Presumably the same bird had been seen this after at Tophill Low NR on Hempholme Meadows so was unlikely to return. Also a drake Mandarin had been on Island Mere on Wednesday but this wasn’t seen this morning.
However there was a lingering juvenile Arctic Tern on Main Lake so started in South Hide from where it was performing well.
Juvenile Arctic Tern [above and below]
Great Crested Grebe on Main Lake
Had a Green Sandpiper flying east then again later flying from Island Lake. A few Egyptian Geese were still with other feral geese on bank at the back. The three present last week had increase this morning and Gary Dayes had counted nine. Thanks to a text from Gary saw another six in the fields north of the reserve. Later had three flying from the north east so must have seen at least the nine.
9/10/13 Started Wednesday afternoon at Welton Waters but with the strong wind and heavy showers, marking the end of the warm period, I made it a quick trip and headed for the shelter of North Cave Wetlands. Fortunately made the right decision to wear my over trouser as it chucked it down shortly after I set off. The road was soaked around South Cave so had take it easy. [have to make a biking reference occasionally to justify the blog name!] However this was the last rain of the day. Three Egyptian Geese had been present since late September and although I don’t keep a proper site list I do try to see anything new for the site. To be honest don’t even know if I’ve seen one at North Cave Wetlands before. Anyway started in East Hide and all three Egyptians were on view.
Three Egyptian Geese on Village Lake
Although a few Pink-footed Geese had been seen over flying the site in recent days, the only other geese were Greylags and Canadas.
Moved to Turret Hide and had a Little Ringed Plover on Island Lake. Also 3 Snipe, 2 on Island Lake and another on Village Lake.
Two Egyptian Geese from Turret Hide
Otherwise nothing else of note bird wise except the regular Black Swan on Carp Lake.
Black Swan on Carp Lake
Had seen a few migrant Hawkers and Common Darters at Welton Waters but with the colder conditions none were evident at North Cave Wetlands. The same with butterflies.
Highland Cattle on Dryham Ings