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September 2010 Diary and News
All the latest sightings, news and photos from Chasewater, Cuckoo Bank and surrounding areas
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A juvenile Peregrine was seen off by the gull flock which included a 1cy Mediterranean Gull, an adult argentatus Herring Gull, intermedius Lesser Black-back and an adult Yellow-legged Gull. Other records included 3 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, 150 Lapwings, 272 Canada Geese, 7 Gadwall, 2 Shovelers, a Pochard, 5+ Little Grebes, 2 Cormorants, 2 of the 3 Hobbies later seen on Cuckoo Bank, 2 Sparrowhawks, a Kestrel, 5 Jackdaws, 50 House Martins, 20 Swallows, a Sedge Warbler, 1-2 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, a Yellow Wagtail, 120 Linnets and 15 Greenfinches. Perhaps the best record of the day was the male Black Darter on the North Shore mire where there were 30 flowering Round-leaved Wintergreens and the nearby main site held 315 flowering plants (GE).
Record shot of a 1cy Mediterranean Gull (GE).


West Shore (GE)
It was a good raptor day on Cuckoo Bank with 3 Hobbies, 8 Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks and a Kestrel. A charm of 80 Goldfinches was feeding on thistles near the Cannock Road and at the nearby bog pool there were 2 Common Hawkers, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Black Darter, Ruddy Darter, Common Darter, many Emerald Damselflies and a Willow Tit was calling (GE).
Sunset (GE)
The gull roost held 1300 Lesser Black-backs, about 10 Herring Gulls, 4 Yellow-legged Gulls and around 1500 Black-headed Gulls. 2 Wigeon and 4 Teal were also present (GE).
A Willow Tit and Goldcrest were in the wood to the west of the Swag (PJ).
A Whinchat was at Ryders Mere (PJ).
Very little was noted. A juvenile Peregrine flew south and a Wheatear, Chiffchaff and 3 Teal were present (PW).
On Cuckoo Bank the 3 Hobbies were seen along with a Raven, 2 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk and 2 Kestrels (PW).
2 Wigeon, 2 Little Grebes and a Wheatear were present (GR).
2 Wigeon, 2 Little Grebes, a Wheatear, Blackcap and a charm of Goldfinches were noted (GR).
Counts included 15+ Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Whitethroats, 4 Blackcaps, a Sedge Warbler, several Coal Tits, a Goldcrest (PJ), 2 Sparrowhawks, 1 Common Sandpiper, a Ringed Plover, 2 Little Grebes, 30+ Goldfinches, 35+ Linnets, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 20 Swallows, 8 House Martins and a young Red Deer Stag. Butterflies and dragonflies included 11 Speckled Woods and 3 Southern Hawkers (EO).
A Swift was present along with at least 15 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, and a Whitethroat (PJ).
An adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Ringed Plovers, 100 Lapwings, 5 Snipe, a Cormorant, 5 Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks, 60 Linnets and 40 Goldfinches (GE).
At least 20 Chiffchaffs were present, a Willow Tit was at Willow Vale and another on Brownhills Common (PJ).
No records.
Two Hobbies were over the Swag and Slurry Pool along with a Buzzard and a distant Raven. Other counts included 130 Lapwings, a Cormorant, 10 Little Grebes, 2 Shovelers, a Pochard, 90 Tufted Ducks, 9 Jackdaws, a few Swallows and House Martins and 1-2 Chiffchaffs (GE).
Its amazing what difference one growing season can make (GE).
No records
The juvenile Peregrine was seen again and a Dunlin was also present (PJ).
A juvenile Black Tern, 4 Ringed Plovers, a Dunlin (PJ), Wheatear, several House Martins and Sand Martins and a Bar-headed Goose (PW) were present.
On the Swag there were 10 Little Grebes, a Ruddy Duck, Grey Wagtail and 20 House Martins (GE).
Pink-footed Geese on Jeffrey's Swag GE
10 Pink-footed Geese were present during the afternoon (JT, VT) but they disappeared soon after flying to the Swag to join the main goose flock which totalled 428 Canada Geese, a Barnacle Goose and a Bar-headed Goose. A Golden Plover, 141 Lapwings, 8 Little Grebes, 6 Wigeon, a Shoveler, Pochard, Ruddy Duck, Cormorant, Buzzard, Grey Wagtail and several House Martins were present (GE, PW) and 3 Dunlin, a Redshank, Yellow Wagtail and at least 250 Linnets were also seen (PJ).
On Cuckoo bank there was a Whinchat, Stonechat, Whitethroat and a Hobby (PW).
At Park Lime Pits there were 4+ Willow Tits, a Whinchat, Stonechat, Yellow Wagtail and 3 Little Owls (PJ).
The WeBS count produced 43 Mute Swans, 387 Canada Geese, 167 Mallard, 78 Tufted Ducks, 1 Ruddy Duck, 12 Little Grebes, 21 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Cormorants, 1 Heron, 511 Coot and 182 Lapwings but sadly two dead Mute Swans were found around the main lake (NS).
No records from Chasewater.
At Park Lime Pits there were at least 6 Willow Tits, a Whinchat, Lesser Whitethroat and over 25 Chiffchaffs (PJ).
A juvenile Arctic Tern was present along with 107 Tufted Ducks, 2 Pochard, 1 Ruddy Duck, 6 Shovelers, 3 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 24 Great Crested Grebes, 15 Little Grebes, 518 Coot, 2 Cormorants, 6 Herons, 196 Lapwings, 1 Snipe, 100 Starlings, 25 Pied Wagtails, Chiffchaff, 1-2 Swallows and House Martins, several Meadow Pipits and 200+ Linnets (GE, PJ). Around 300 large gulls, mainly Lesser Black-backs, were present until disturbed by two loud fireworks and included 4 (1cy, 2cy, 3cy, adult) Yellow-legged Gulls. 5 Migrant Hawkers were also seen (GE).
1cy Yellow-legged Gull GE
On Cuckoo Bank there were 3 Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Kestrels and a juvenile Hobby (PW).
14 Black Terns were present during the evening until 18:45 (PJ, GE, PW).
On Cuckoo Bank there were 3 Hobbies, 7 Buzzards and 3 Stonechats (PW).
No Records.
A Black Tern, 11 Wigeon, 2 Kestrels, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 30+ Goldfinches and 40+ Linnets were reported (EO).
On a wet and windy Cuckoo Bank there were 2 Ravens, a Sparrowhawk, a Snipe, 40 Meadow Pipits, 5 Swallows, 10 Goldfinches and 120 Canada Geese flew over in the direction of Chasewater (EO).
The Black Tern was still present along with single Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Curlew and a Green Sandpiper was heard calling (PW).
A brief visit produced 5 Cormorants (PW).
A Dunlin, Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, 2 Cormorants, 12 Wigeon, 6 Shovelers, a Barnacle Goose, around 10 Swallows and House Martins, up to 200 Linnets and 20 Goldfinches were recorded (PJ, GE).
At Stubbers Green there was a 4cy Yellow-legged Gull and an adult Great Black-backed Gull (PJ).
Little Stint Phill Ward
Little Stint Phill Ward
2 juvenile Little Stints and a Dunlin were on the South Shore (PW).
At Stubbers Green there were 1100+ large gulls including 6 (5 adults, 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls, 7 Great Black-backs, 3+ intermedius Lesser Black-backs with JP09 still present (PJ).
The Dunlin was still present but no sign of the Little Stints (PW).
At Stubbers Green there were 2 (4cy, adult) Yellow-legged Gulls, 3+ intermedius Lesser Black-backs, the following returning (from 2009) ringed graellsii PYC, ALL, CMP, BN, R2DT,  many probable argentatus Herring Gulls, a Black-tailed Godwit and Green Sandpiper (PJ).
No records.