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December 2012 Diary
All the latest sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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1st
Sat
 
The Great Northern Diver was still on the Swag along with 16 Goldeneye (+2 more on the Lagoon) (GR) and the gull roost held the adult Iceland Gull and 3 (2 adult, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls.
On Cuckoo Bank there were still large flocks of birds on the top fields. These included large numbers of Yellowhammers, Skylarks, finches and Linnets and over 100 Fieldfares. At the bottom of the site there were several Snipe and a Woodcock (GR).
2nd
Sun
 
The Great Northern Diver was on the Swag (JO). The gull roost held a 2cy Iceland Gull, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull, although many birds were head-on and a complete study could not be made (IW).
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7th
 
The Great Northern Diver was on the Swag and an estimated 5000 large gulls roosted including 3000 Lesser Black-backs, 2000 Herring Gulls, the adult Iceland Gull, 4 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and a possible adult Caspian Gull (PJ, IW, N).
8th
Sat
 
 
9th
Sun
 
The Great Northern Diver was still on the Swag and the gull roost held a 1cy Caspian Gull and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (PJ).
10th
 

The Great Northern Diver was still on the Swag (BG).

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15th Sat
 

In the roost, adult Caspian Gull, 2 adult, a 2cy and a 3cy Yellow-legged Gulls

16th   Sun
 

In the roost, 1cy Caspian Gull, 1 adult and 1 2cy Yellow-legged Gulls

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20th
 
27 Goosanders and a Grey Wagtail were present (GR).
21st
 
44 Snipe and 12 Red Deer were on the North Heath. Adult Iceland Gull, adult Caspian Gull and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls were in the roost(PJ).
22nd Sat
 
Adult Iceland Gull, 2x 1cy Caspian Gulls, a 2cy and an adult Yellow-legged Gulls. An adult winter Kittiwake flew in, calling, at 4.05pm and roosted off the dam (IW).
23rd Sun
 
12 Goldeneye were counted (GR). Adult Iceland Gull, adult Caspian Gull (probably 2), 2x 2cy and 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (PJ, JA et al).
24th
 
12 Goldeneye on the main lake. In the roost adult Iceland Gull and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (GE, IW).
At Stubber's Green the adult Iceland Gull was present.
25th
 
12 Snipe were behind Target Point and 8 Red Deer were on the rugby pitch (GR). The gull roost held an adult Mediterranean Gull, 1cy and adult Caspian Gulls, 2cy and adult Yellow-legged Gulls.
26th
 
22 Goldeneye were on the Swag along with over 20 Wigeon and 7 Gadwall. 8 Goosanders were on the Lagoon and 70 Goldfinches were present (GR). 1cy Mediterranean Gull, 1cy and 2cy Caspian Gulls, 2cy and adult Yellow-legged Gulls were in the roost.
27th
 
The adult Iceland Gull was at Stubbers Green (HK)

In the roost- adult Iceland Gull, adult Caspian Gull, 3cy and adult Yellow-legged Gulls

28th
 
32 Goldeneye were on the main lake during the morning (GR). Adult Iceland Gull, adult Caspian Gull, 2cy, 3cy and adult Yellow-legged Gulls were in the roost.
29th Sat
 
Adult Mediterranean Gull, adult Iceland Gull, adult Caspian Gull, 4cy and 3x adult Yellow-legged Gulls (JA, IW)
30th Sun  
At Stubbers Green adult Caspian Gull and 2 waxwings

An impressive roost this evening that included 350+ Great Black-backed Gulls. Scarce gulls - Glaucous Gull (prob 2cy), adult Mediterranean Gull, adult Iceland Gull, 2x adult plus 3cy Caspian Gulls, 2x 2cy, 3x 3cy and 5x adult Yellow-legged Gulls (JA, PDH, PJ)

31st  
2cy Glaucous Gull, 3x adult Caspian Gulls, 2x 2cy Yellow-legged Gulls