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Geese at North Cave Wetlands

19 Oct

19/10/16 There has been a good arrival of Geese in the last flew days with large numbers of White-fronted and Pink-footed Geese and smaller numbers of Bean Geese. Caught up with thirteen White-fronts at High Eske NR on Saturday at High Eske NR at dusk then eighty-two at Hornsea Mere on Tuesday.fullsizeoutput_19f9

Russian White-fronted Geese at Hornsea Mere.

The latter included four with neck collars, including at least one radio-tagged in Russia [with the current cold war atmosphere I’m surprised it wasn’t detained at the borders. This may seen a joke but similar things have happen to radio-tagged raptors in the Middle East]. Anyway North Cave Wetlands has done well with all three wild geese species although on Tuesday there were no Beans. Went myself Tuesday morning. Initially could only see Greylags on Village Lake. There was a lot of movement and heard Pinkies but only located a couple on the ground when I went round to East Hide.


Pink-footed Geese with Greylags on Village Lake-North Cave Wetlands

There was talk of Bar-headed Goose but the nearest thing I could see was a Barnacle Goose hybrid. Looked through the Snipe on there and Island Lake and counted an impressive thirty-eight but couldn’t find any Jacks. Several Jack Snipe seem to be inhabiting the inaccessible area in the middle of the reserve. Apart from the Snipe and Lapwing the only other waders were a few Redshank and seven Curlew flying over. A Green Woodpecker flew up from near reedbed and sat on a post for several minutes. fullsizeoutput_1a03

Green Woodpecker near reedbed-North Cave Wetlands

A couple of Common Darter were still on the wing along the western path.

Had three of six Egyptian Geese on the silt lagoon as well as more dubious Black Swan.fullsizeoutput_1a0e

Egyptian Goose [above] and Black Swan [below] on Silt Lagoon-North Cave Wetlands


Egyptian Geese at North Cave Wetlands

9 Oct

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