Saturday 22nd January 2022. North Cave YWT Reserve.
Meet at 10:30 in the reserve car park for a walk to find wintering ducks, geese and waders. Bring lunch.
Leaders Joyce & Paul Simmons.

Nine members met in the rather busy reserve car park at 10.30. The car thermometer read 3 degrees, so pretty chilly. There was no wind, so the bright sunshine made it feel quite mild. The paths were frozen, which was good, but so was the water, not so good. Here and there there were patches of open water, kept ice-free by swimming ducks.

Therefore, the numbers of wildfowl were lower than anticipated but the large number of bird feeders, Teasel seeds, Pine cones and Alder seeds meant there was lots of food for small birds.

We visited several hides, but these were not very productive  because of the frozen lakes. The walk around the reserve was pleasant in the sunshine and we saw lots of birds along the route. Hazel catkins and singing Robins were the only signs that spring must be on its way. The very large hide where we arrived at lunchtime overlooked an area of open water, perfect as a backdrop for sandwich munching. The temperature had risen to around 8 degrees by then, though the sunshine faded afterwards, and we left soon after 1pm.

Bird list:
Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Heron, Little Grebe, Moorhen, Coot, Cormorant, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Curlew, Snipe, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Rook, Magpie, Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock, Wren, Wood Pigeon, Starling, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Yellowhammer,  Reed Bunting.

Joyce Simmons

Additional report by Colin Howes – Arrived: 1:50 pm Departed site: 4pm.
South Hide
Shelduck 8
Mallard 15
Coot 11
Little Grebe 1

Hedgerow (Dryham Lane)
Goldfinch (flock) 10+
Great Tit 1
Blue Tit 1
Long-tailed Tit 2
Blackbird 2
Pheasant (M) 1

Crosslands Hide
Gadwall 22
Mallard Not counted
Teal 300+
Mute Swan 2
Widgeon Not counted
Coot Not counted
Moorhen 2+
Redshank 2
Carrion Crow 2
Herring Gull One 1st year bird

Western boundary path + Hedgerows
Robin 2
Dunnock 1
Great Tit 5
Coal Tit 1
Blue Tit 2
Long-tailed Tit 2
Siskins (flock feeding on Alder cones)
Greylag Geese 3 (Flew over)

Tawny Owl 1 sitting above Owl box in old Ash tree along a western boundary.

Maze Field bird feeder
Great Tit 4
Blue Tit 1

East Hide
Coot (Not counted)
Mallard (Not counted)
Shelduck 1
Mute Swam 2
Redshank 1

Sheep Field (off Dryham Lane)
Amongst flock of black sheep
Starlings (Not counted)
Pink-footed Geese 4
Greylag Geese 5 (flew over)

3:30pm Wood Pigeons began to fly in to roost in hedgerow trees and woodland (5) + (5) + (100+).

4:15 Corvids (Rooks & Jackdaws) 100+ gathered on telegraph lines and trees at Manor Farm West on perimeter of North Cave village.

P.S.
Strong Fox scent was present along the northern boundary path and at odd points along Dryham Lane.
Fresh Mole Hills were present at intervals on the verges of the perimeter path.
The geological exposure between the south-west corner and the Owl box tree gave an interesting illustration of the sediments of the post glacial Lake Humber and the effects of ‘cryoturbation’ of surface deposits caused by post glacial ‘Tundra’ conditions.
Colin Howes