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August 2012 Diary
All the latest sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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1st
 
There was a gathering of 580 large gulls during the early evening, probably from the Cannock area and clearly not the birds seen earlier at Stubber's Green which had a higher proportion of Herring Gulls and adults or near adults. At least 6 Yellow-legged Gulls were present including a 2cy, 3cy and 4 4cy/adults (GE).
At Stubber's Green there was an impressive gathering of large gulls including at least 12 Yellow-legged Gulls (see images), 45 Herring Gulls (including red ring PT8T) and 450 Lesser Black-backs. All of the Yellow-legged Gulls noted, before they got disturbed, were aged at least 3cy (GE).

2nd
 
A Ringed Plover was disturbed from the shoreline and joined 3 high-flying similar sized waders before leaving to the east. Near the Pier, an adult Little Ringed Plover was behaving as if it still had unfledged young. Also present were 4 Snipe, 2 Common Terns, 10 Swifts and a brief look at the afternoon gull gathering produced at least 4 (2cy, 3cy, 2 adult) Yellow-legged Gulls and an intermedius Lesser Black-back. A Black-tailed Skimmer was along the South Shore (GE).
On Gentleshaw Common there was a Southern Hawker and 46 Red Deer were in the fields behind the Redmore (GE).
Southern Hawker
At Stubber's Green there were more immature birds than yesterday with 30 Lesser Black-backs and 4 Herring Gull juveniles. 4 (3cy, 3 adult)Yellow-legged Gulls were seen before the gulls were disturbed. Ringed birds included a Herring Gull, orange on blue ?721 and Lesser Black-back white on red 8WF (GE).

Yellow-legged Gulls
3rd
 
2 Hobbies were over the North Shore at 15:00 (GR). 38 Tufted Ducks and 105 Lapwings were present and the late afternoon gathering of gulls included 300 Lesser Black-backs, 2 Herring Gulls and 8 (2 2cy, 3 3cy, 3 adult) Yellow-legged Gulls (GE).
3cy Yellow-legged-Gull
2cy Yellow-legged Gull
2cy Yellow-legged Gull
4th
Sat
 
2 Common Sandpipers and 30 high flying Swifts were present and a quick look at the early evening gulls produced 2 (2cy, 3c) Yellow-legged Gulls (GE).
A brief look at Stubber's Green produced 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and a Shoveler (GE).
5th
Sun
 
A very brief binocular scan of the early evening gulls showed there to be at least 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls present (GE).
6th
 
2 Common Terns, a Common Sandpiper and 131 Lapwings were present. Amongst the evening gull gathering there were at least 13 Yellow-legged Gulls including 8 4cy/adults, 3 3cy and 2 2cy birds (GE).
7th
 
 
8th
 
  2 Hobbies were on Cuckoo Bank (PW).
9th
 
A 'sunset visit' confirmed that the gull roost is now quite impressive with several hundred large gulls, many of which arriving from the north and perhaps explaining why there were less than 100 large gulls at Blithfield when I briefly stopped on the causeway yesterday evening. Conversely, Blithfield held over 4000 Black-headed Gulls, around 5 times the number at Chasewater (GE).
10th
 

132 Lapwings (GE), 2-3 Ringed Plovers and a Common Sandpiper were present (PW).

11th
Sat
 
On the Swag there was a pair of Great Crested Grebes with 3 chicks (GR).
12th
Sun
 
1-2 Crossbills were heard calling as they passed south over Norton Bog during the morning and during the evening 7 Black Terns, a juvenile Little Gull, a Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper were present (PW, GE).
13th
 
A Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, 18 Swifts and 50 House Martins were present and the adult Little Ringed Plover from the Pier territory was accompanied by a recently fledged juvenile (PW). The gull roost included around 800 each of Black-headed Gulls and large gulls which included at least 5 (2cy, 4 adults) Yellow-legged Gulls (GE).
14th
 
During the evening a Curlew and Greenshank were present and 100+ martins were gathering at the north end of the lake as if they were about to roost. At least 5 (2cy, 4 adults) Yellow-legged Gulls were amongst the large roost of Lesser Black-backs and 2-3 Brown Hawkers were still in flight until near dark (GE).
15th
 
 

During the morning a Wheatear was on the South Shore and at dusk 132 Lapwings, a Greenshank and 190 Canada Geese were present and a brief look at the gull roost produced a 2cy and 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (GE).

16th
 

There was an influx of 70 Swifts during the morning, a Holly Blue and 2 Willow Tits were by the Swag where there were 28 Tufted Ducks and a Pochard. Both Sedge and Reed Warblers were giving snatches of song (GE). A Common Sandpiper was also present (PW).

17th
 
At dusk the adult and juvenile Little Ringed Plovers were on the South Shore, a Common Sandpiper was on the pontoon and an adult Arctic Tern was on a buoy. The gull roost was fairly impressive but not examined closely (GE).
18th
Sat
 
During the morning 5 Common Terns flew south-west, 34 Swifts and over 50 House Martins were overhead, 3 Gadwall and 5 Jays were at the Swag and there were 30 Goldfinches, 6+ Reed Warblers and several Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps. At dusk 3 Common Sandpipers were present and the gull roost held at least 5 (2cy, 2 3cy, 2 adult) Yellow-legged Gulls, probably several more but I was distracted by the super sunset (GE).

At Stubber's Green there were 2 Teal, 123 Lapwings, a Green Sandpiper, 6 Snipe, 3 Cormorants, 3 Swifts and an adult Yellow-legged Gull amongst only a handful of large gulls (GE).
Yellow-legged Gull
19th
Sun
 

During the morning there were 60+ Lapwings, 7 Snipe, a Common Sandpiper, Common Tern, 3 Grey Herons, Cormorant and a Swift (GE, GR).

20th
 
Very quiet during the morning with just a Cormorant and 13 Swifts noted (GE).
21st
 
A Little Ringed Plover, 76 Lapwings, 188 Canada Geese, a few Swifts, 4 Sedge Warblers, a Whitethroat and several Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs were noted (CM).
22nd
 
 
23rd
 
 
24th
 
 
25th
Sat
 
A Black-tailed Godwit and a Common Sandpiper were present (CM) and 4 Shovelers were on the Swag (GE).
26th
Sun
 
 
27th
 
 
28th
 

4 Swifts were present (PW).

On Cuckoo Bank there were 2 Buzzards and a Hobby (PW).
29th
 
At dusk there were 14 Swifts and good numbers of hirundines including up to 100 Swallows. 232 Canada Geese were present and a brief look at the gull roost produced at least 4 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (GE).
30th
 
2 Common Sandpipers were present (PW).
31st
 
A Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover, 50 House Martins and a few Swifts were present (GR).
On Cuckoo Bank there were 2 Spotted Flycatchers and 2 Buzzards (PW).