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RE: North Cave Wetlands

Monday 17th April.

Called in briefly on way back from Spurn and picked out a fairly distant Curlew Sandpiper on one of the cells.

I didn't stop long though as it was there I realised I didn't have my bins... I'd only gone and left them on a fence post at Kilnsea Wetlands car park whilst putting my other stuff in the boot. They've been handed in and hopefully should have them soon. The power of Twitter coupled with the honesty of a random birder who found them that evening and handed them in at Kew. smile


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Malcolm and I called in this p.m. on way back from Spurn and had fabulous views of the juv. Spotted Crake(a lifer for mebiggrin).
Cheers Ian


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Thursday 25th August.
A 3 day trip to Spurn with Steve Burke and Simon Gough began with a call into North Cave.
70+ species seen in just over an hour.

- Spotted Crake juv 1 showed well for ages
- Water Rail 2, 1 ad - 1 juv
- Marsh Harrier 1 from new hide
- Kestrel 1
- Bar-headed Goose
- Shelduck
- Shoveler
- Gadwall
- Little Grebe
- Common Tern 1
- Greenshank 8
- Common Sandpiper 2
- Green Sandpiper 1
- Ringed Plover 1
- Little Ringed Plover 1
- Dunlin 1 juv
- Ruff 1
- Oystercatcher
- Redshank
- Common Snipe
- Lapwing
- Little Egret
- Grey Heron
- Red-legged Partridge 2
- Pheasant 2 dark phase juv / females?
- Kingfisher 1 (at 1 point sat on post above Crake)
- Lesser Whitethroat 1 showed well
- Whitethroat 4, probable family
- Sedge Warbler family
- Reed Warbler family
- Willow Warbler 2
- Chiffchaff 1
- Blackcap 2
- Yellow Wagtail 3
- Grey Wagtail 1 on island spit
- Pied Wagtail
- Meadow Pipit 2
- Skylark few over into field behind reserve
- Linnet
- Reed Bunting
- Sand Martin
- Swallow
- Stock Dove
- Song Thrush 2
- plus lots of usuals on this very busy birdwise reserve


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Sunday 21st August.

Jet lag, late night olympics, and a Wirral high tide, had got the better of my usual comrades so I decided on a mid-afternoon visit to try my luck and it paid off!

- Spotted Crake 1
Showed really well, at one point for best part of an hour. A lot closer than at Burton Mere but still at a distance. A cracking bird with its spotted plumage and some other good features on show including the yellowy green legs and the reddish base to the bill. Well worth the journey. Some birders think there maybe more than 1 here but I only saw 1.

Other birds of note...
- Bar-headed Goose 1
- Teal
- Little Grebe 2
- Great Crested Grebe 1
- Little Egret 1
- Common Snipe 2
- Greenshank 7, 4 in view then another 3 flew out from under the near banking
- Little Ringed Plover 3
- Dunlin (juvenile) see below???
- Sedge Warbler 1
- Reed Warbler 2
- Yellow Wagtail 5 (incl 1m and juvs)
- Reed Bunting 1
- Corn Bunting 10-15 (a reserve rarity I was told)
- Sand Martin ...a steady trickle through
- Swallow 1
- Stock Dove 1
- Common Buzzard 1

The juvenile Dunlin caused some debate with at least 2 birders on the verge of opting for Baird's Sandpiper. Some images do show some irregular black spots on the upperparts matching the Collins image somewhat but I couldn't detect the the long primary projections passed the tail so I think juvenile Dunlin.


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Sunday 29th May

Early evening visit with Simon Gough, we had to call in here as I knew it meant Simon getting a Lifer!
I've heard about North Cave many a time and passed it lots of times too. I'm glad we did call in because we'd soon got some good sightings in a roughly an hour.

The highlights...
- Glossy Ibis 2 showing very well
- Mediterranean Gull 2
- Hobby 1 circling over the reserve
- Bar-headed Goose 1
- Avocet lots around
- Oystercatcher
- Common Tern 4
- Shelduck
- Shoveler
- Sand Martins

A cracking reserve that appears to be well run, lots of birds too!


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I've been up in yorkshire all weekend, and after hearing about the temmnicks stint, I dropped in on my way home this afternoon. Thanks to some other birders, it didn't take long for me to spot the bird from the crosslands hide. However, I realised that much better views could be had from one of the viewing points along the track. Even when you realised where it was, it proved difficult to pinpoint due to its small size. Also a wood sandpiper was giving very close views from the viewing point.
2 common tern
40 avocet
200 sand martin
2 tree sparrow

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 17th of May 2015 05:57:55 PM


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we had a black swan on the pool with the tern raft that on sunday morning also,

other wise bird list similar to the one posted previously

-- Edited by jason fisher on Tuesday 14th of June 2011 06:50:23 PM


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This is a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve a couple of miles north of Junction 38 of the M62. After a visit to (fairly) nearby Blacktoft Sands, we filled in time here before moving on to Hatfield Moors. Well constructed hides overlooking several pools and a decent bird list for the site. See www.northcavewetlands.co.uk

Little Grebe
G C Grebe
Greylag Goose
LRP (2)
Common Tern
Sand Martin (250+)

Med Gull had been seen there first thing that morning.

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