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February 2013 Diary
All the latest sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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1st
 
A 3cy Caspian Gull and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls were present in the roost (JA, PJ, IW).
2nd Sat
 
Water levels have now risen to within 45cm of maximum (GE).
The new weir and Nine-foot pool (GE).
A darker juv Glaucous Gull flew in from the south at 15.50 and left to the north at 16.15 and was not seen to roost. In the roost there was a 3cy Caspian Gull and an adult Mediterranean Gull (IW). A Willow Tit was calling from the west shore wood. On the Swag there were 24 Goldeneye and 17 Wigeon (GE).
3rd Sun
 
The darker juv Glaucous Gull was seen to leave Gailey just after 4pm and roosted tonight, plus the usual 3cy Glaucous Gull. (see comment below) Also in the roost there was a 3cy Caspian Gull, 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls and 2 (3cy and adult) Yellow legged Gulls (JA, PJ, N & IW). The roost was covered from both the south and west shores and the number of Glaucous Gulls was debated after the roost, the riddle was resolved the next evening.
4th
 
There were 3 2cy Glaucous Gulls present tonight. The 3cy has been re-identified as 2cy after close views at Kingswood. Despite having very similar plumage to the 3cy it has a dark eye, no pale tip to the bill and is slightly larger (JA).

 Also in the roost there was a 3cy Caspian Gull, an adult Mediterranean Gull and 2 (3cy and adult) Yellow legged Gulls (JA, PJ, GM).

5th
 
A Water Rail was feeding in some open water below the dam (IW).

There were 2 2cy Glaucous Gulls present tonight. Also in the roost there was a 3cy Caspian Gull, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls and an adult Yellow legged Gull (JA, PJ, PDH, IW).

6th
 
Glaucous Gull ,2cy Caspian Gull, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls and 4 Yellow legged Gulls (PJ, JA, IW) A white winged gull was found too late to get a definite ID. One that got away!
7th
 
2cy Caspian Gull, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls and 4 3cy Yellow legged Gulls (PJ, JA)
8th
 
On the Swag there were 21 Goldeneye, 17 Wigeon, 11 Pochard, 2 Gadwall and a sinensis type Cormorant (JGH).

2cy Caspian Gull, adult Mediterranean Gull and 4 Yellow legged Gulls (PJ, JA)

9th Sat
 
An Oystercatcher was seen flying around the lake. A good sized flock of redpolls are visiting the feeders along with Siskins. A Willow Tit was seen at the feeders and a second along the North Shore. 4 Red Deer were seen amongst the gorse bushes on the North Heath (N, IW).

Adult Yellow legged Gull in roost (JA, IW)

10th Sun
 

The same adult Yellow legged Gull in roost. Good numbers of birds but poor weather hampered viewing (IW).

11th
 
2 2cy Glaucous Gulls were present tonight. Also in the roost there was a 3cy Caspian Gull (IW).
12th
 
Adult Mediterranean Gull was the only bird of note. But birds were closely packed against the Sailing Club shore (IW).
13th
 

The roost held 2 2cy Glaucous Gulls, 3 (2 2cy, 3cy) Caspian Gulls and 2 (adult, 3cy) Yellow legged Gulls (IW).

14th
 

In the roost tonight there were 2 2cy Iceland Gulls, a 2cy Glaucous Gull, a 2cy Caspian Gull, an adult Mediterranean Gull and a 3cy Yellow legged Gull (PJ, IW).

15th
 

A Willow Tit called from the West Shore Wood. The gull roost again held 2 2cy Iceland Gulls, along with 2 2cy Glaucous Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull and a 3cy Yellow legged Gull (PJ, IW, ESC et al).

In Norton Canes, 16 Waxwings were on Red Lion Lane (PJ).
16th
Sat
 

A male Brambling was seen at the feeding station at 4pm (IW). From the West Shore a 2cy Iceland Gull, along with 2 2cy Glaucous Gulls, 2 (3cy, 4cy) Yellow legged Gulls and a 2cy Caspian Gull were seen and another 2cy Iceland Gull was seen from the South Shore (TP). A Dunlin was seen flying across the lake and landed on the dam (N, IW).

17th Sun
 
An adult Mediterranean Gull was seen on the lake at 13.45 (JD). In the roost there were 3 2cy Glaucous Gulls, a 2cy Iceland Gull, an adult Mediterranean Gull and 4 (3 3cy, adult) Yellow legged Gulls (MY, PJ et al). There was also a bird with pale primaries, dark tertials and a bubble gum pink bill that was most probably an aberrant Herring or Lesser Black-backed Gull.
18th
 
The roost held 3 2cy Glaucous Gulls, a 2cy Iceland Gull, a 2cy Caspian Gull and 3 (2 3cy, adult) Yellow legged Gulls (PJ).
19th
 
The roost held 3 2cy Glaucous Gulls although the small pale bird has one pale eye and one dark eye so is likely to be a 3cy bird. Also present was a 2cy Iceland Gull and a 2cy Caspian Gull (PJ).
20th
 
3pm Siskins, Redpolls and a Brambling at feeding station (AT).

The impressive gull roost held the same 3 Glaucous Gulls, and 2cy Iceland Gull as yesterday, a probably new 2cy Caspian Gull and 2 3cy Yellow-legged Gulls. An Oystercatcher was also present (PJ, EGP, GE).

21st
 
The roost held 3 Glaucous Gulls (2cys) and a 2cy Iceland Gull (SBi).
22nd
 
My first full circuit of the lake for several months made me realise how much I'd missed the place! 9 Waxwings flew north over Anglesey Basin towards Chasetown. The Feeding Station was busy with 8 Reed Buntings, 4 Bullfinches and a Willow Tit. A Jack Snipe and 7 Snipe were on the North Heath, a drake Goosander was on the Swag and an Oystercatcher was on the South Shore. An incomplete look at the gull roost produced a probable 2cy Caspian Gull, the 2cy Iceland Gull and estimates of 1500 large gulls and over 5000 Black-headed Gulls (GE).
23rd Sat
 
3cy and 2cy Iceland Gulls- the 3cy showing characteristics of Kumlien's Gull. 2cy Glaucous Gull, 2cy Caspian Gull, adult Yellow-legged Gull and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls (JA, IW, GE).
24th Sun
 
During the day the 2cy Iceland Gull was at Stubber's Green and 2 (2cy & 3cy) Glaucous Gulls and 4cy Caspian Gull were at Cannock Tip.

In the roost; 2cy Iceland Gull came in very late from the south, 2 2cy Glaucous Gulls and a 3cy Glaucous Gull (This small blotchy bird has been reported as a 2cy, but was seen earlier at Cannock Tip and showed some grey in the upper mantle. The main confusion has been that it has 1 pale and 1 dark eye). Also in the roost 3 (2 2cy and a 3cy) Caspian Gulls, 3 3cy Yellow-legged Gulls and adult Mediterranean Gull. (JA, TP, RP, PJ, IW, N, EGP, GE et al.)

A Little Egret flew through to South (IW). 2 Mealy Redpolls (EGP) were at the feeding station, and another was on Cuckoo Bank (IW). An Oystercatcher was seen on the balcony shore near the ski club at 5.35pm (BrB).

25th
 
The roost tonight was very large for late February. 6,000 or more large gulls with a high proportion of 2cy birds.

Present were 2 Iceland Gulls (3cy showing characteristics of Kumlien's Gull and 2cy) . 3 (2 2cy & a 3cy) Glaucous Gulls , 3cy Caspian Gull, 4 (adult & 3 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (PJ, IW)

26th
 
An Oystercatcher was on the south shore.

In the roost were 3 Iceland Gulls (3cy probable Kumlien's Gull and 2 2cy) . 3 (2 2cy & a 3cy) Glaucous Gulls , 2 (2cy & 3cy) Caspian Gulls, 3 3cy Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull.  (PJ, IW, EGP, PDH, BS)

27th
 
The bright conditions and north-easterly breeze made it a difficult roost to observe but at least 2 2cy Glaucous Gulls and 2 2cy Iceland Gulls were noted (PJ, EGP, GE et al).

50+ Waxwings were observed in Redwood Drive, Chase Terrace at 12.45pm  (GT)

28th
 
The roost held 2 2cy Glaucous Gulls, a 2cy Iceland Gull (JB, GE, PDH et al) and around 50 Waxwings flew north, probably to roost on the Chase as in previous years (PDH).