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October 2013 Diary
All the latest sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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Mon 7th              
Red Deer Images © Keith Whitehouse
Fri 11th 3 Common Scoters, a Goldeneye, a Wheatear and several Redwings were present (PW).
Sun 13th The WeBS count produced 26 Mute Swans, 44 Canada Geese, 205 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 17 Wigeon, 169 Tufted Ducks, 7 Pochard, 1 Goldeneye, 408 Coot, 14 Moorhens, 32 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Little Grebes, 3 Grey Herons and 2 Grey Wagtails. The gull roost held 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 412 Herring Gulls, 1450 Lesser Black-backs, 12 Great Black-backs and 6300 Black-headed Gulls. Also noted were 200 Starlings, 2+ redpolls and 2 Chiffchaffs (GE). 
Mon 14th      
Images of the Red Deer over Cuckoo Bank and No Man's Bank (PTr)
Tues 15th
"I am pleased to be able to report that on Tuesday a second New British Species was found at Chasewater. Its current name is Lambertella tengii and it was found growing on damp dead stems of Dryopteris dilatata" PT
Update 3.11.13 Peter is currently ascertaining whether another species located at Chasewater, Helminthosphaeria pilifera, is also a species new to Britain
        
           Lambertella tengii Image © Peter Thompson      Helminthosphaeria pilifera  Image © Peter Thompson
Tues 22nd In the roost tonight 3 Yellow-legged Gulls, 3cy Caspian Gull, a probable adult Baltic Gull (Lesser Black-backed gull Larus fuscus fuscus) (IW)
Weds 23rd The entire gull roost, except for 1 stoic Great Black-Back Gull was flushed up by a Great Skua flying through at 5.45pm

The list of ascomycetes has now been updated on the biodiversity page
Thurs 31st 3 Common Scoters and 4 Goldeneye were on the Swag. Other totals were 186 Tufted Ducks, 7 Pochard, 20 Wigeon and 2 Gadwall. The gull roost deserves far more attention than it is currently receiving and much of interest is probably being overlooked. In the limited time available I decided to get an idea of the numbers and arrived at the following totals: 7700 Black-headed Gulls, 420 Herring Gulls, 28 Great Black-backed Gulls, 1400 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, including several intermedius, and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls. Another interesting gull was very similar to a Yellow-legged but with a well streaked head (GE).

Common Scoters (GE)

A hooded Yellow-legged type only seen in very poor light (GE)