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November 2013 Diary
All the latest sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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Sat 2nd The gull roost was well spread and rather disturbed by the windy conditions but was not closely examined. 17 Lapwings were on the Water-ski jetty (GE).
A Great-spotted woodpecker was visiting the feeding station along with all the usual species (MT).
Mon 4th A juvenile Great Northern Diver was present off the dam (PW).

c300 Lapwings were counted on the Jetty (LD).
Tues 5th The Great Northern Diver was still present.
Wed 6th The Great Northern Diver was again reported off the dam.
Thurs 7th The Great Northern Diver was present in the south-eastern area of the lake.

Also noted were 7 Goldeneye on the main lake (2m + 5f) and 4 female Goosanders on the the Slurry Pool. A Comma butterfly was seen basking in the sun (reported via email)
Fri 8th The Great Northern Diver was again present.
Sat 9th The WeBS count produced the Great Northern Diver, 22 Mute Swans, 26 Canada Geese, 113 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 21 Wigeon, 226 Tufted Ducks, 4 Pochard, 8 Goldeneye, 6 Goosanders, 32 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Little Grebes, 439 Coot, 5 Moorhens and a Cormorant. 300 Starlings and a Grey Wagtail were also seen. The gull roost appeared similar in size to that in late October but with slightly higher numbers of Black-headed Gulls and 2-3 Common Gulls. At least 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls were present (GE, JA) and an adult Caspian Gull was also seen.
Sun 10th The Great Northern Diver was still present.
A probable Caspian Gull was observed in the roost (JD).
Mon 11th The Great Northern Diver was reported to be near the dam during the early afternoon.
Tues 12th The Great Northern Diver was still present.
Wed 13th The Great Northern Diver was still present.
Fri 15th The Great Northern Diver was still present. (image ©KW)

Sat 16th The Great Northern Diver was still present.
Sun 17th An adult Yellow-legged Gull and 2nd cy Caspian Gull were in the roost along with the Great Northern Diver.

Local blogger Georgia Locock has provided a link (see links page) to her blog including some footage of Chasewater's red deer (external link)
Mon 18th The Great Northern Diver was still present. A Glaucous Gull (1cy or 2cy), 2 Caspian Gulls (ad + 2cy) and an adult Yellow-legged Gull were present in the roost.
Tues 19th A juv Glaucous Gull flew to the south at 16:00 but was not relocated in the roost which held an adult Caspian Gull and 2 (adult, 1cy) Yellow-legged Gulls. The Great Northern Diver was still present and an adult Shag (the first since 2005) was seen late on.
Wed 20th The Great Northern Diver was still off the dam but there was no sign of the Shag. The roost held the Glaucous Gull, 2 (2cy, adult) Caspian Gulls and 3 (1cy, 3cy, adult) Yellow-legged Gulls.
Thurs 21st The Great Northern Diver was present and the gull roost held a 2cy Iceland Gull, the 1cy Glaucous Gull, a 1cy Herring x Glaucous Gull, an adult Caspian Gull and 5 Yellow-legged Gulls.
During the morning a Grey Wagtail and 12 Goosanders were seen plus c50 Snipe on the North Marsh (GR).
Fri 22nd The 1cy Glaucous Gull was reported present in the roost during the early evening and a Yellow-legged Gull was also present. The Great Northern Diver, 17 Goosanders, a Chiffchaff and a Stonechat were also seen.

The list of ascomycetes has been updated (follow the link to biodiversity from the home page) including confirmation of the 3rd species new to Britain (pictured in the diary Tues 15th October) PT
Sat 23rd A Woodcock was feeding in a horse paddock off the Hednesford Road entrance during the early morning (IW) and another was in the translocation field, 12 Goosanders were present and a Willow Tit was at the feeding station (NS). The Great Northern Diver was off Target Point. The gull roost held the 1cy Glaucous Gull, 2cy Iceland Gull, 3 (2cy, 3cy, adult) Caspian Gulls and 4 (2cy, 3cy, 2 adult) Yellow-legged Gulls (IW). Over 2000 Starlings roosted in the Norton Bog reedbed (PW).
Sun 24th The Great Northern Diver, 28 Goldeneye and 9 Goosanders were present (EGP) and up to 3000 Starlings roosted at Norton Bog (PW, NS). The gull roost held at least 6000 large gulls including the 2cy Iceland Gull, 1cy Glaucous Gull, 3 (2cy, 3cy, adult) Caspian Gulls and 4 (2cy, 3 adult) Yellow-legged Gulls. Many of the 3000+ Lesser Black-backs were intermedius types and were mainly adults whilst there were relatively far higher numbers of immatures amongst the growing numbers of Herring Gulls. Up to 100 Great Black-backs and a few Common Gulls were present whilst the Black-headed Gull numbers were impressive but not closely examined (IW, JA, EGP, HK, GE).

The Iceland Gull and a 1cy Caspian Gull were seen in the Cannock Tip/Kingswood area during the day.
Mon 25th The 2cy Iceland Gull and an adult Caspian Gull were in the roost (IW).
Tues 26th The Great Northern Diver and 12 Goosanders were present. The gull roost held a 1cy Glaucous Gull, a new 1cy Iceland Gull, 3 (1cy, 3cy, adult) Caspian Gulls and 4 (2cy, 3 adult) Yellow-legged Gulls (IW).
Wed 27th The Great Northern Diver was off Target Point. The gull roost held 2 1cy Glaucous Gulls, 1cy Iceland Gull, 3 (1cy, 2 adult) Caspian Gulls and 4 (2cy, 3 adult) Yellow-legged Gulls (IW).
Thurs 28th The Great Northern Diver was present and the gull roost held 2 1cy Glaucous Gulls, 1cy Iceland Gull, an adult Caspian Gull and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (IW).
Fri 29th The Great Northern Diver was present. The gull roost held a 1cy Glaucous Gull, 1cy Iceland Gull, 2 (1cy, adult) Caspian Gulls and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (IW).
Sat 30th An adult Caspian Gull was on the Swag during the afternoon and the impressive gull roost held 2 1cy Glaucous Gulls, the 1cy Iceland Gull, 2 adult Caspian Gulls, an adult Yellow-legged Gull (IW, N, GE) and an adult Mediterranean Gull. There have been 3 Glaucous Gulls and 2 Iceland Gulls recorded this month. 17 Goosanders were present but the Great Northern Diver was not seen.