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September 2012 Diary
All the latest sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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A Hobby was attracted to the large number of hirundines gathering at dusk. There were at least 350 Swallows and a few martins over the lake, particularly at the Norton end where they are probably roosting. Over 60 Lapwings were present, 275 Canada Geese flew in from the east and the gull roost held the usual birds of interest (GE).
On Cuckoo Bank there were 4 Buzzards ,1 Kestrel, 2 Little Grebes and a 1 Hobby taking 3 large dragonflies one after another. Up 15 Brown Hawkers were present with females dipping in pools 10, 11 and 16. There were several Migrant Hawkers and a Southern Hawker, 40 Common Blues and over 40 Emerald Damselflies. Over 50 Common Darters and over 40 Ruddy Darters were also noted along with 2 Small Coppers, 3 Small Heaths, 6 Meadow Browns, 3 Gatekeepers, 3 Speckled Woods, 4 Peacocks and odd whites and 2 Silver-Y moths (EO).
3 Little Grebes were present (GR).
2 Peregrines were on the water's edge of the Sailing Shore (GR). A Common Sandpiper (VT), 8 Skylarks, 2 Buzzards, a Green Woodpecker, 15 Linnets and 15 Goldfinches were present. Butterflies were best on the North Shore by the  buddleia bushes with 10 Peacocks, 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 15 Meadow Browns, 1 Gatekeeper, 6 Speckled Woods, 3 Common Blues and 3 Silver-Ys. Up to 150 dragonflies were noted with good numbers of Migrant and Brown Hawkers and Ruddy and Common Darters. The highlight was the presence of 3 Black Darters along the Boardwalk (EO). At dusk, the sky above the north end of the lake was full of hirundines, with hundreds of Swallows gathering in the willows to the north of the Island but the Sand Martins may have roosted elsewhere. At least 4 (2cy, 3 adults) Yellow-legged Gulls were amongst the many roosting gulls (GE).
 A Common Sandpiper was present (GR).
A small Common Lizard and 2 Black Darters, in tandem, were on the boardwalk and several Common Darters were over the adjacent pool (GE). Many Swallows again gathered to roost north of the Island (JHu).
On Cuckoo Bank 2 Hobbies and 2 Ravens clashed and 2 Kestrels, 2 Sparrowhawks and a Green Woodpecker were present (JHu).

A Common Sandpiper was present and 8 Dunlin were seen in flight whilst 2 juveniles were asleep on the South Shore (PW) and a Pochard was on the Swag (GE).

At least 340 Canada Geese, 5 Sand Martins and 2 Pochard were present (CM).
A Redshank and 2 juvenile Dunlin were present and 4 large waders, possibly godwits, were briefly seen flying towards the North Shore (PW).
At dusk a Wheatear was on the South Shore and at least 1000 large gulls and 2000 Black-headed Gulls were present (GE).
The 2 juvenile Dunlin were still present along with a Spotted Flycatcher and several Chiffchaffs (PW).



Another good turnout for the Norton Bog work-party and a lot of habitat management was achieved whilst overhead 2 Ravens, 2 Sparrowhawks and 2 Buzzards performed. Good numbers of Common Darters and several Migrant Hawkers were active and a Hobby was busy catching some of them along the West Shore. An adult Yellow-legged Gull and 4 Herring Gulls were amongst several Lesser Black-backs (GE). WeBS count to follow but numbers are very low.

Over 100 hirundines and a Whitethroat were present and a Nuthatch was in Jack's Wood (GR).

A juvenile Ringed Plover, a Wheatear and several Chiffchaffs were present. There was also a large fall of Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails, including a White Wagtail (PW).

The Ringed Plover was still present, 2 Snipe and 2 Skylarks were on the North Shore, 43 Swallows were overhead and up to 100 Goldfinches were around the north end of the lake (PW).
A Dunlin was present (VT, JT).
The first time I've been able to do the place justice for a long time. A Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plovers were on the Sailing Shore, 70 Meadow Pipits, 30 Goldfinches and 10 Linnets were on the South Shore. Around 50 Swallows passed to the south along with 1-2 Sand Martins and  several House Martins. Also seen were 60 Tufted Ducks, a Pochard, 5 Teal, 2 Shovelers, 4 Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrels, 3 Grey Herons, 4 Cormorants and several Chiffchaffs. Several Red Admirals, 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Speckled Woods, 15+ Migrant Hawkers, 5 Brown Hawkers, 50+ Common Darters and 2 Ruddy Darters were in flight and two Round-leaved Wintergreens were still in flower.
A busy day
Round-leaved Wintergreen
The gull roost held a 1cy Caspian Gull, at least 5 (1cy, 2cy, 3 adults) Yellow-legged Gulls, 80 Herring Gulls, 1300 Lesser Black-backs, including 1-2 intermedius, and 3500 Black-headed Gulls (GE).
Caspian Gull (GE)


A Raven and Buzzard were sparring over Cuckoo Bank (GE).
A Wheatear was on the South Shore (NS)
Wheatear Neil Stych
On Cuckoo Bank there were 2 male Stonechats, a Wheatear, Raven, 2 Snipe, over 30 Skylarks, a Yellowhammer, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Linnet, Rook, Jackdaw, 200+ Carrion Crows and 300+ Woodpigeons. There was also a magnificent stag Red Deer bellowing in the woods, in the company of at least 4 hinds (GR).
Torrential rain during most of the day but 3 Wheatears and a Shoveler were noted (GR).
2 Spotted Flycatchers were by the Sailing Club, a Wheatear was present along with a Common Gull and a large gathering of hirundines along the West Shore including at least 200 House Martins and smaller numbers of Swallows and Sand Martins (PW).
Between 9:00 and 10:00 there were over 200 Swallows over the pool and over 100 House Martins on the west shore but by 10:30 they had all moved on. 6 Cormorants (GR), 2 Wheatears and 2 Skylarks were present and at late dusk a probable Grey Plover flew through and the gull roost appeared to be quite impressive (PW).
On Cuckoo Bank there were flocks of Woodpigeons totalling over 1000 birds. Should be less tomorrow as there was a man shooting them! (GR)
1 Wheatear, 2 Skylarks, sev Chiffchaffs and 6 Snipe were present and 100 Swallows lingered for a few minutes before heading south (PW).
At dusk there was a Wigeon and 2 Gadwall on the Swag and a brief look at the gulls around the Waterski Club produced an adult Yellow-legged Gull and an adult Mediterranean Gull (GE).

59 Tufted Ducks, 4 Pochard, 3 Cormorants and several Chiffchaffs were present at the north end of the site (GE).