On Thursday because of an unpromising forecast we relocated to North Cave Wetlands. True to form it was rainy and blustery. We went the opposite way to normal to avoid the worse of the rain. There were Greenfinches, Goldfinches, and the usual suspects around the new feeding station. Peering across the water we could see Wigeon, Teal, Oystercatcher, some Snipe and a single Redshank. As we walked along to the first hide a pair of Song Thrushes were feeding in the grassy borders among Blackbirds and Robins.
Hair raising - Lesser Redpoll
More Snipe were visible from the hide, and a Little Grebe in the far distance. As we approached Turret Hide we spotted a female Reed Bunting near the feeders. The Island Lake was full of Shelduck and Gadwall, as well as other wildfowl we had already seen.
We began a circuit round the back of the reserve, and saw a male Kestrel. The field on our right held a pair of Red-legged Partridge, plus plenty of Lapwing. Meanwhile on Reedbed Lake, a small group of Pochard added to the species tally. As the sky brightened a Skylark could only just be heard singing before the grey clouds and rain returned.
The walk round the perimeter didn't add much new. The tardiest members of the group managed to spot a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Finally, when we were in South Hide a Pied Wagtail was heard flying over. The best bird of both morning and afternoon was again a solitary Redpoll, but this time it was pink. Overall, the group counter recorded 48 species during our visit.