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January 2013 Diary
All the latest sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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1st
 
6 Greylags were present (GR). A large group gathered for the first roost of 2013. An adult Mediterranean Gull, adult Iceland Gull, a 3 cy and 2 adult Caspian Gulls and 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls were seen by various observers from several points along the South Shore.
2nd
 
3 Snipe were on the north heath and the feeding station was busy with 2 Willow Tits, over 10 Bullfinches, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Moorhen (GR). In the roost tonight there was an adult Iceland Gull, 4 (3 adult and a 3cy) Caspian Gulls and 6 (3 adult, 2 3cy and a 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (PJ, IW).
On Cuckoo Bank there was a large flock of finches including Yellowhammers and several Bramblings (GR).
3rd
 
A woodcock was flushed from the birch scrub North of the swag and 10 red deer were wading on the swag shoreline (KM)

Viewing of the roost was difficult this evening. Confirmed as present were an adult Iceland Gull, an adult Caspian Gull and 2 (adult, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (RC, PJ, IW).

4th
 

An adult Mediterranean Gull, adult Iceland Gull, 3cy Glaucous Gull, 2 adult Caspian Gulls and 6 (3 adult, 2 3cy and a 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls were in the roost (PDH, PJ, IW et al).

During the day an adult Caspian Gull and adult Iceland Gull were present at Stubber's Green.
5th
Sat
 
An adult Mediterranean Gull, adult Iceland Gull, 3cy Glaucous Gull, 2 adult Caspian Gulls and 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull were in the roost (JA, SR, PJ, IW, NSm, ESC et al)

Throughout the day the adult Iceland Gull, 3cy Glaucous Gull and an adult Caspian Gull were showing on top of the buildings at Kingswood (BG)

6th
Sun
 
10 Waxwings were seen in Norton Canes by the school (NS)

In the roost adult Iceland Gull, 3cy Glaucous Gull, 2 adult Caspian Gulls and 1 adult and 2 3cy Yellow-legged Gulls (per PJ). Two shelducks were seen mingling with the roosting gulls (N, IW)

7th
 
2 Bramblings were seen at the feeding station (EGP)
8th
 
A Mediterranean Gull was reported (RBA)
9th
 
Adult Caspian Gull in the roost and 500 herring gulls (RB)
10th
 

 

11th
 
4cy Caspian Gull in the roost, adult Mediterranean Gull and 3cy Yellow-legged Gull (IW, PJ, JB, N)
12th Sat
 
An adult Mediterranean Gull, the 3cy Glaucous Gull again, 1 4cy Caspian Gull and 4 (3 adult & 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls were in the roost (PJ, IW et al)
13th Sun
 

The 3cy Glaucous Gull roosted again, 1 ad Caspian Gull and 3 (2 3cy & a 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls were in the roost (PJ, RP, EGP et al)

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19th Sat
 

The roost tonight was one of the biggest in recent years. In poor weather conditions large gulls stretched across the entire reservoir from west to east. The visibility was not good enough to allow all birds to be checked. An estimated 10,000 large gulls were present, but Black-headed Gull numbers had dropped to 3-4,000.

The 3cy Glaucous Gull roosted again,  4 (Adult, 1 3cy & 2 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls were in the nearer birds. (PJ, IW).

20th Sun
 
2 Shoveler, 2 Goosander were on the main lake (IW).

In very poor visibility only an adult Yellow-legged Gull was seen to roost (N, IW).

21st
 
Two Glaucous Gulls roosted tonight. The 3cy Glaucous Gull roosted again, along with a second very pale 2cy or 3cy bird. 3 (adult, 1 3cy & 1 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls, adult Caspian Gull and an adult Mediterranean Gull. A Green Sandpiper fed on the west shore and a Woodcock flew over the wood at dusk (PJ, IW).
22nd
 
3cy Glaucous Gull, 4cy Yellow-legged Gull, 4cy Caspian Gull and a Woodcock (PJ)
23rd
 
 
24th
 
3cy Glaucous Gull, 2x 3cy Caspian Gulls and 2x 3cy Yellow-legged Gulls (PJ)
25th
 
 
26th Sat
 
3cy Glaucous Gull, 2x 3cy Caspian Gulls,1x 3cy and 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull (PJ, IW)
27th Sun
 
3cy Glaucous Gull, 2x 3cy, 1 x 4cy and 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (PJ, JA, IW)
28th
 
1x 2cy plus 1x 3cy Caspian Gulls, 2x 3cy and 1 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (PJ)
29th
 
3cy Glaucous Gull, 3cy Caspian Gull, 3cy Yellow-legged Gull (PJ)
30th  
3cy Glaucous Gull,, adult Mediterranean Gull and 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull(PJ, IW)
31st  
3cy Glaucous Gull,, 2 adult Mediterranean Gull and 1x 3cy and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (PJ)