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October 2012 Diary
All the latest sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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1st
 
 
2nd
 
6 Snipe on North Shore (GR).
3rd
 
3 Pochard were on Norton Bog Lagoon (GR). The gull roost was quite impressive but not studied closely though there was a 1cy Yellow-legged Gull and a Great Black-backed Gull present (GE).
4th
 
On Cuckoo Bank there were several flocks Meadow Pipits. The entrails of a Red Deer were also found and a lot of vehicle tracks nearby at the south end of the site (PW).
5th
 
3 Snipe and 30 Meadow Pipits and Skylarks were on the North Shore and 19 Snipe and a Green Woodpecker were in the North Marsh (GR).
6th
Sat
 
A Snipe and Raven were noted and a Red Deer Stag was with 4 hinds (GR).
 

7th
Sun
 
Rising levels (GE)
Treated birch growth at Norton Bog
Norton Bog Lagoon (GE)
At Norton Bog there were 2 Ravens, 3 Buzzards, 2 Green Woodpeckers and several Common Darters. Duck numbers included totals of 97 Tufted Ducks, 7 Pochard and 4 Wigeon and a Grey Wagtail was present (GE).
8th
 
 3 Snipe, a Goldcrest and a Raven were seen (GR).
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10th
 

 

11th
 
 
12th
 
3 Snipe were present (GR).
5 Stonechats and a Tree Sparrow were on Cuckoo Bank along with a Speckled Wood, Comma and a Common Darter (EO).
13th
 

4 Snipe were present (GR).

14th
 
A Snipe was noted (GR).
15th
 

 

16th
 

 

17th
 
 
18th
 
A Gadwall was noted (GR).
A male Ring Ouzel was reported from Cinder Road, Burntwood, which is between Morrison's and Plant Swag (BG).
19th
 

5 Goosanders were present (GR).

20th
 
A Red Deer stag was with 9 hinds (GR).
21st
 
 
22nd
 
Two Little Grebes were present (GR).
23rd
 
2 Gadwall were noted (GR).
24th
 
A Redwing was noted (GR).
25th
 
20 Wigeon, 5 Pochard, and 6 Cormorants were present (GR).
26th
 
 
27th
Sat
 
4 Little Grebes, 10 Wigeon, 3 Goosanders, 20 redpolls, and 1000 Starlings were present (GR).
28th
Sun
 
Starlings are roosting on the Norton Bog Lagoon again and putting on a show. A Sparrowhawk attacked them tonight but failed to catch one. At the moment there are around 1000 birds and I hope this may increase during the week (GR).
29th
 
 
30th  
2 Goldeneye and 9 Wigeon were present (GE).
An adult Mediterranean Gull was at Stubbers Green (RSo).
31st
 
The large gull roost held at least an adult Mediterranean Gull and adult Yellow-legged Gull. 116 Lapwings and 2 Goldeneye were present and many hundreds of Starlings were performing over Norton Bog (GE).