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April 2013 Diary
All the latest sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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A good start to the month with 3 (2 2cy & 3cy) Glaucous Gulls also 2 (2cy, 3cy) Iceland Gulls and 2cy Glaucous/Herring hybrid. 2 Oystercatcher were on the south shore (JA, IW)
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4th
 
2 (2cy & 3cy) Glaucous Gulls also  3cy Iceland Gull and 2cy Glaucous/Herring hybrid. (IW)
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6th Sat
 
2 Sand Martins were hawking insects along the West Shore Wood (IW)

The roost has reduced to 750 large gulls with only a 2cy Iceland Gull. (IW)

7th Sun
 
10 Little Ringed Plovers were displaying on what remains of the Sailing Club shoreline- it is highly unlikely that these birds will breed this year with the restored water levels. A Chiffchaff was calling on the south shore and 2 Willow Tits and 60 Lesser Redpoll were at the feeding station. (N, IW)
This evening 2 Shelduck and 2 Goosander were on the main lake. In the roost 2 2cy Iceland Gulls, 2 (2cy & 3 cy) Glaucous Gulls and 4 (3 adult and 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (IW).
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9th
 
Four Goldeneye were on the Swag and an Oystercatcher was on the South Shore (GE).
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11th
 
10 Sand Martins were on the main lake (N) 8 Goldeneye and 1 Oystercatcher. At the feeding station 1 Brambling, 1 Siskin, 26+ Redpoll and good numbers of Bullfinch. In the afternoon 2 Swallows were present (GR)

Two Common Sandpipers were on the dam (MSa).

12th
 

2 Little Gulls through, 4 Goldeneye, 16 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 7 Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher and 2 Chiffchaff (JGHa via Sbi) Common Tern off the dam at 18:00 (MSa via Sbi)

Around 40 Sand Martins and two Common Terns were off the dam during the early evening and binocular views of the gull roost produced at least one, probably 3cy, Glaucous Gull (GE, GR).

13th Sat
 
 
14th Sun
 

A Green Sandpiper was flushed from the pool below the dam. Numbers of hirundines increased dramatically today. During a 90 minute stint at the feeders up to 6 Bramblings were seen at one time but they spent more time in the surrounding trees, only coming to feed on the ground in ones or twos. Willow warblers were singing on all sides of the lake and 5 Goldeneye were seen on the lake.

In the gull roost 3cy Yellow-legged Gull. A Pheasant flew West across the lake. A Blackcap was in the West shore wood

15th
 

2 Common Sandpipers and 4 Little Ringed Plovers were on the Sailing Club shore and a Tawny Owl was roosting in an ivy covered tree. (IW) 2cy Little Gull (GE)

A female Goosander was on the canal below the dam 9-30 am.
6 Bramblings were feeding on the ground at the feeding station, along with a mixed flock of Lesser and Mealy
Redpolls
(about 30 plus) 9-45 am. (AT)

Tony (AT) would also like to extend a thank you to Garry Wooldridge for his dedication to topping up the feeders twice daily, every day, at his own expense, even in the recent heavy snow. I'm sure that everyone who enjoys watching the birds at the feeding station would agree

1 2cy Little Gull, 7 LRPs, 3 Swallows, 1 Willow Warbler (GE).

A reeling Grasshopper Warbler on Cuckoo Bank (DO).

16th
 

3 Little Ringed Plovers were on the Sailing Club shore (IW)

3 Brambling were seen at the feeding station (KW)



1 2cy Little Gull, 4 Arctic Terns, 420 Black-headed Gulls, 70 large gulls, 3 Cormorants, 7 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Oystercatcher, 30+ Sand Martins, 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs (GE).

ŠKeith Whitehouse

17th
 

1 Common Tern (GE)

18th
 

11.30am 4 male Blackcaps and a Whitethroat in the area around the OEC. A Peacock butterfly was below the dam (N)

6pm 1 Arctic Tern. 2 Little Ringed Plovers on the sailing club shore (IW)

5 House Martins (GE)

19th
 

1 White Wagtail on the dam. (GE)

20th
 

1 Common Tern, 1 Goosander (GE)

3 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Tern and a Cuckoo (GR)

21st
 

This evening 242 Lesser black-backs, 45 Herring Gulls, 3 Great Black-backs, 1 Common Gull, 132 Black-headed Gulls, 5 Common Terns, 150 hirundines and 8 LRPs including 7 again on the Water Ski club pontoon and at least one pair displaying. (GE)

22nd
 

This evening there were 5 Common Terns, 150 hirundines, 3 LRPs, 1 2cy Common Gull and 7 Great Black-backs. (GE)

23rd
 

Brambling, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat and Little Ringed Plover (PS)

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28th
 
Cuckoo Bank- 43 Wheatears counted in one ploughed field alone, 1 Whinchat, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Curlews, 10 Stock Doves (IW)
29th
 
The feeding station gallery has been updated with images very kindly supplied by Trevor Stevenson. Click HERE to view
30th  
13 singing Grasshopper Warblers over Cuckoo Bank (DO)