East Yorkshire Field Trip to North Cave Wetlands 11th February 2024

This was a most enjoyable day.

Most of us would have left home in pouring rain and negotiated lots of flooding and even diversions, but by 10 o’clock the rain had stopped and we had sunshine and blue skies by lunchtime.

Notable birds were the hundreds and hundreds of lapwing on the reserve, dozens of brambling and good numbers of siskins.

We had a pair of Egyptian geese along with plenty of greylags, which had started to pair up.

Wildfowl were in abundance of course and the newer parts of the reserve were being well used by shelduck, shoveler, wigeon, pochard, teal and more.

Raptors included a female sparrowhawk in front of the turret hide, distant red kite, three buzzards right overhead, a kestrel and a male marsh harrier.

There was a bright pair of bullfinches and lots of small birds at the various feeders, including tree sparrows and long tailed tits.

We had over 50 species and 17 members joined us.

Definitely an excellent day.