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August 2010 Diary and News
All the latest sightings, news and photos from Chasewater, Cuckoo Bank and surrounding areas
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1st
 
An adult and juvenile Dunlin were present (PW).
2nd
 
3 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, Redshank, 5+ Little Ringed Plovers and 2 Common Sandpipers were noted (PW).
3rd
 
 
4th
 
4 Dunlin were present along with 2 Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper and 3+ Common Terns (PW).
5th
 
During the morning there were 2 Common Sandpipers, 3+ Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Cormorants and 48 Tufted Ducks (GE) and in the evening a Green Sandpiper and 5 Yellow-legged Gulls were present (JA).
At Stubbers Green there was an adult Mediterranean Gull, 13 Yellow-legged Gulls, 70+ juvenile Lesser Black-backs, 8+ juvenile Herring Gulls, and 3 adult intermedius Lesser Black-backs (PJ).
6th
 
A Common Sandpiper, 4+ Little Ringed Plovers and 3 Common Terns were seen (PW).
At Stubbers Green there were 9 (2 adult, 1 nr adult, 3 3cy, 2cy, 2 juvs) Yellow-legged Gulls and a 2cy probable intermedius Lesser black-back with blue ring and white VA7A (PJ).
7th
Sat
 
A Little Egret was in Fly Bay and at least 5 Little Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper and 3 Common Terns were also present (PW, NS).
8th
Sun
 
The Little Egret was still along the stream in Fly Bay, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls, 3+ Common Terns, a Redshank, 2 Common Sandpipers, 5+ Little Ringed Plovers and 2 Cormorants were also present (GE).
9th
 
 
At Stubbers Green there were 11 (4 adult, 4cy, 3 3cy, 2cy, 2 juvs) Yellow-legged Gulls and 3 intermedius Lesser Black-backs one being a Norwegian ringed J4H9  and VA7A was another probable Danish intermedius (PJ).
10th
 
The Little Egret was present (PW).
11th
 
The Little Egret spent most of the day along the stream in Fly Bay. 4 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers, 20 Lapwings, an adult intermedius Lesser Black-back, a Shoveler, 6 Common Terns, a Willow Tit were also present (PW, GE) and 4 Grasshopper Warblers were reeling on the North Shore Heath during the evening (IW).
At Stubbers Green there were 6 (3 adults, 4cy, 3cy, juv) Yellow-legged Gulls and a juv Black-tailed Godwit (PJ).
12th
 
At Stubbers Green there were 4 (adult, 4cy, 3cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls, intermedius Lesser Black-back J4H9 and the Black-tailed Godwit (PJ).
13th
 
An adult Little Stint and Ringed Plover were present (PW, GE, JT, VT).
Little Stint G Evans
The Little Egret now appears to have flown down to Clayhqanger (per CM).
At Stubbers Green there were 8 (3 adults, 4cy, 2 3cy, 1cy) Yellow-legged Gulls, 3+ intermedius Lesser Black-backs including JP09, the third consecutive year it has been recorded here. The Black-tailed Godwit was also present (PJ).
14th
Sat
 
A Curlew and 3 Ringed Plovers were present (PW).
At Stubbers Green there were 3 (2 adults, 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls, a juvenile Common Gull and the Black-tailed Godwit (PJ).
15th
Sun
 
3 Yellow-legged Gulls, a Curlew and 4 Teal were present (JA).
16th
 
The Little Egret has reappeared, 3 Greenshanks were present along with a Curlew, Common Sandpiper, 4+ Common Terns, a Wheatear and at least 3 Little Ringed Plovers. A juvenile Cuckoo was being fed by Meadow Pipits near the Norton Lakeside station (PW).
At Stubbers Green there were 7 (4 adults, 2 2cy, 1cy) Yellow-legged Gulls, 10+ intermedius Lesser Black-backs including JP09 and a 3cy J4H9. A Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew and Hobby were also present (PJ).
17th
 
At the Group Meeting the following were seen: Little Egret, 3 Greenshanks, 10 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, 70 Lapwings and 7 Common Terns. Over 700 large gulls appeared to be roosting including 4+ Yellow-legged Gulls and several hundred Black-headed Gulls were also present. Several Round-leaved Wintergreens were in flower (PW, NS, IW, GE et al).
At Stubbers Green there were 5 (3 adults, 4cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and 10+ intermedius Lesser Black-backs (PJ).
18th
 
At Stubbers Green there were 4 (3 adults, 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls,  10+ intermedius Lesser Black-backs and an adult argentatus Herring Gull. The juvenile Black-tailed Godwit and a Peregrine were also present (PJ).
19th
 
 
20th
 
At Stubbers Green there were 5 (3 adult, 4cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls, an adult argentatus Herring Gull and 15+ intermedius Lesser Black-backs including an adult JH49 (PJ).
21st
 
At Stubbers Green there were 2 (adult, 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls, an adult argentatus Herring Gull, 15+ intermedius Lesser Black-backs including JP09. A juvenile Shelduck and a Common Sandpiper were also present (PJ).
22nd
 
The Little Egret was present along with 6-8 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plovers, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, a Curlew, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Snipe, 100 Lapwings, 3 Common Terns, a Cormorant, 116 Tufted Ducks, a Pochard, 2 Teal, 7 Little Grebes and a Swift (GE).
Tawny Owl N Stych
On Cuckoo Bank there were 2 Snipe and a Tawny Owl posed beautifully for the camera (NS).
23rd
 
At dusk the Little Egret and Curlew were present along with 3 Swifts, 1000+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 3+ Herring Gulls and a 2cy Yellow-legged Gull. On the Swag there were 12 Little Grebes and 2 Gadwall (GE).
24th
 
At Stubbers Green there were 5 (2 adults, 4cy, 2cy, 1cy) Yellow-legged Gulls, 5+ intermedius Lesser Black-backs and a 3cy bird YK86 possibly of Icelandic origin (PJ).
25th
 
The regular Little Egret was briefly joined by another, the Curlew was still present along with an adult Yellow-legged Gull, a Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, 108 Lapwings, 49 Mute Swans, 2 Greylag Geese, 190 Canada Geese, 87 Tufted Ducks, 2 Gadwall, a Cormorant, 4+ Herons, 21 Great Crested Grebes, 11 Little Grebes, 401 Coot, 8 Moorhens, 4 Common Terns, 4 Buzzards, a Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, 3 Swifts, a Wheatear, 2 Green Woodpeckers, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 60 Linnets and 15 Goldfinches (GE).
26th
 
An adult Yellow-legged Gull, juvenile Common Gull, a Green Sandpiper, 4 Snipe and 3 Common Terns were noted during a short respite from the rain (GE).
At Stubbers Green there were 3 Yellow-legged Gulls, an adult argentatus Herring Gull, 5+ intermedius Lesser Black-backs, including JP09, and a Little Egret (PJ).
27th
 
The Curlew was still present along with a Greenshank, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, 1-2 Wheatears, 30 Goldfinches and 30 Linnets (GE, PW).
Curlew Phill Ward
At 17:05 this evening an immature Gannet flew north over Stubbers Green (PJ), it was then seen a few minutes later over Clayhanger where it was seen to bank and head south towards Stubbers again (CM) rather than making the 3 minute flight to Chasewater where I was waiting for it (GE)! Also seen at Stubbers Green were 3 Yellow-legged Gulls, an adult argentatus Herring Gull and 5+ intermedius Lesser Black-backs (PJ).
28th
Sat
 
A Hobby, Common Sandpiper and Cormorant were seen (PW).
29th
Sun
 
At Stubbers Green there were 3 (2 adults, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls, 3 adult argentatus Herring Gulls and 7+ intermedius Lesser Black-backs including JH49. A Swift and Peregrine were also seen (PJ).
30th
 
 
A Wheatear and Redstart were seen on Cuckoo Bank (GR).

31st

 

 
The Little Egret was present and a Painted Lady and 15 Small Heaths were in flight (EO). A Swift was over the dam and 5 small waders, presumably Dunlin, were seen at great range (GE).
On Cuckoo Bank there was a Wheatear and a Hobby was feeding on insects. Butterflies included  8 Common Blues, a Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Small  Copper and dragonflies included 4 Ruddy Darters, 5 Emperors, 2 Brown Hawkers and several Common Darters (EO).
At Stubbers Green there were 4 (3 adults, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls, a probable adult argentatus Herring Gull, 5+ intermedius Lesser Black-backs, a Barnacle Goose, Green Sandpiper and a Grey Wagtail (PJ).