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March 2012 Diary
All the latest sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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1st
 
 
No records.
2nd
 
The year's first Ringed Plover was noted (VT,JT). 85 Lapwings were present and the evening gulls continue to drop down to bath before mostly heading off to the north (GE).
3rd
Sat
 
On the Swag there were 25 Tufted Ducks, 2 Pochard and 2 pairs of displaying Great Crested Grebes. Norton Bog Lagoon held a pair of Great Crested Grebes and 8 Tufted Ducks. 8 Snipe, a Jack Snipe and a Green Woodpecker were also noted (GE). A Grey Wagtail, Cormorant and 30 Redwings were present and on Fly Pool there was a Gadwall (GR).
4th
Sun
 
20 Tufted Ducks were on the Swag (GE).
5th
 

An interesting Iceland Gull joined the pre roost gathering tonight before heading off to the north (Blithfield?) at 18:10. It was very adult in plumage but the bill was more 4cy type and the eye appeared darkish, though a close up of the image shows it to be bi-coloured. The primaries, though not showing any obvious markings, were rather dull and possibly not as white as the tertial tips. Although there was a lot of coming and going, the highest counts at any one time were 1400 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Common Gulls, 10 Great Black-backs, 250 Lesser Black-backs and 70 Herring Gulls. 6 Goldeneye and a Goosander were also present (GE, IW).

6th
 

An adult Mediterranean Gull was in the roost (PJ).

7th
 
 
No records
8th
 
 
Three Buzzards, 5 Snipe and a Goosander were present (CM). The gull roost was much more settled than recently and very few appeared to fly north. Totals included 1500 Black-headed Gulls, 350 Lesser Black-backs, 180 Herring Gulls, 40 Great Black-backs and 3 Common Gulls. 7 Goldeneye were also on the main lake (GE).
9th
 
No records
10th
Sat
 
2 pairs of Great Crested Grebes were on the Swag. The gull roost held 1400 Black-headed Gulls, 170 Lesser Black-backs, 102 Herring Gulls, 30 Great Black-backs ans a 3cy Yellow-legged Gull (GE).
3cy Yellow-legged Gull
11th
Sun
 
A pair of Kestrels were displaying, Long-tailed Tits were nest building and Frogs were spawning (GR).
12th
 
A Rock Pipit was on the water's edge along the dam. Also present was an Oystercatcher, Green Woodpecker, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Herons and a flock of Linnets (GR).
13th
 
A White Wagtail was on the South Shore, 2 Grey Partridges on the West Shore, a Gadwall on the Norton Bog Lagoon, a singing Skylark on the North Heath along with another Long-tailed Tit nest and a small flock of Linnets.
A flock of Goldfinches was by the car park (GR).
14th
 
No records
15th
 
By 17:30 the gull roost numbered only around 700 Black-headed Gulls, 70 Lesser Black-backs and 20 Herring Gulls but many birds were still arriving. 2 Goldeneye were on the main lake (GE).
16th
 

Two Oystercatchers were present (JT, VT) and a male Stonechat and Wheatear were seen at the north end of the dam (EO). The gull roost held the sub-adult Iceland Gull, last reported on 5th, 24 Great Black-backs, 220 Lesser Black-backs, 125 Herring Gulls and 1100 Black-headed Gulls (GE).

Iceland Gull
17th
Sat
 
The roost appeared to hold around the same number of large gulls as last night but there was no sign of the Iceland Gull by 18:15. However, there was a very smart adult Mediterranean Gull amongst the rather reduced number of Black-headed Gulls (GE).
Mediterranean Gull
18th
Sun
 
2 Snipe were near the Nine-foot (PW). 3 Chiffchaffs were singing along the dam. The sub-adult Iceland Gull was present in the roost amongst 700 Black-headed Gulls, 340 (mainly 2cy) Herring Gulls, 28 Great Black-backs and 480 Lesser Black-backs (GE).
Iceland Gull
19th
 
A Common Sandpiper was present during the morning (GR). Three Shovelers and 3 Goldeneye were on the main lake. The gull roost held similar numbers to last night although a Common Gull was also present and the sub-adult Iceland Gull showed well again. The second image shows the apparent feature that has tantalised for two weeks: does the underside of P10 show greyish markings? (GE)

20th
 
A Little Ringed Plover was on the Sailing Shore this morning and there was a large movement of Buzzards during the afternoon when up to 20 birds passed over in about 30 minutes (GR). The sub-adult Iceland Gull was present in the roost (JO).
21st
 
2 Little Ringed Plovers were on the South Shore (CM).
22nd
 
2 Little Ringed Plovers and 4 Shovelers were present and 5 Crows were seen to attack another, forcing it into the water and the shoreline willows (GR).
On Cuckoo Bank there were Little Grebes on 2 pools, Buzzards, Skylarks and Lapwings displaying, 30 Greenfinches, a Snipe and 8 Red Deer (GR).
23rd
 
A Little Ringed Plover was on the South Shore (GE).
24th
Sat
 
 
25th
Sun
 
A beautiful, sunny day with many people and their dogs walking over the South shore. 28 Lapwings were present along with a Chiffchaff and 24 Tufted Ducks (GE).
26th
 
A male Ring Ouzel was present around the Norton Bog hill prior to 09:00 this morning (IW). During the evening a Sand Martin was overhead and a pair of Pintail on the Swag. The main lake held a pair of Wigeon, 60 Linnets, a Little Ringed Plover was heard displaying and over 300 large gulls and 400 Black-headed Gulls were present (GE).
27th
 
Two Little Ringed Plovers and a Little Grebe were present (GR), 3 singing Meadow Pipits were near the overflow and the gull roost numbered around 150 large gulls and up to 400 Black-headed Gulls (GE).
28th
 
Two Little Ringed Plovers were noted (GR) and 3 singing Willow Tits were heard in the north of the country park and another in the Norton Bog area (IW).
Singing Willow Tits were heard on No Man's Bank and at Biddulph's Pool (IW).
29th
 
Several Chiffchaffs were singing, both Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers were noted, 2 Ravens flew over and a Gadwall and Little Grebe were present (GR).
30th
 
A Blackcap was singing and a Raven was noted (GR). Over 50 Sand Martins and 25 Linnets were present but the gull roost was rather disturbed by two sail boats which were understandably making use of the main lake now that a safe launching site has been established (GE).
31st
Sat
 
110 Sand Martins, 9 Little Ringed Plovers, a Willow Warbler, 10 Lapwings, 60 Linnets, 4 Chiffchaffs and 36 Tufted Ducks were present (GE).