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January 2014 Diary
All the latest sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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Wed 1st A washout of a day but an adult Caspian Gull and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls were seen in the torrential rain.
Thurs 2nd The gull roost held a 2cy Glaucous Gull, 3 (4cy, 2 adult) Caspian Gulls and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls. One of the adult Caspian Gulls showed some features similar to the sub-species barabensis in having a slightly darker mantle and bright yellow legs.
Fri 3rd In the roost there were 3 (2cy, 2 adult) Caspian Gulls, an adult Yellow-legged Gull and the 2cy Glaucous Gull which didn't arrive till 16:25 and roosted on the jetty.
Sat 4th The Siberian Chiffchaff was performing superbly around the Norton East Road bridge at the north end of the Swag during the afternoon. It would approach to within a metre as it hunted for food in the fencing, the ground around the litter bin and on the bridge itself. First located by call (sweee) 70m away along the muddy path between the Swag and the road but it spent most of the time near the bridge, once crossing the road to the willows around the inlet stream. 37 Goldeneye, 43 Pochard and 7 Goosanders were also present on the Swag (GE, IW).
The gull roost held the 2cy Glaucous Gull, an adult Caspian Gull and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (IW).
Sun 5th The 2cy Glaucous Gull and 5 (3cy, 5cy, 3 adult) Yellow-legged Gulls were in the roost along with 2 pale northern Herring Gulls, one of which was as pale as an Iceland gull but with Herring head shape and bill.
Peter Thompson continues to kindly provide information on the the ascomycete fungi of Chasewater. His list is now up to 147 species and includes a 4th species new to Britain, Lachnum lunatum (PT).
Mon 6th The gulls showed well tonight with the 2cy Glaucous Gull, 2 adult Caspian Gulls and 4 (3cy, 3 adult) Yellow-legged Gulls being present. Also noted were 2 pale 2cy Herring Gulls and an adult with all white primaries. It seems that a drake Tufted x Pochard hybrid is sharing its time between Chasewater and Belvide where it was relocated today.
The Glossy Ibis has been relocated feeding in the horse paddock along Engine Lane, Brownhills (ASc, KC) and so there is a strong likelihood it could still be roosting in the Chasewater area.
Tues 7th The Glossy Ibis was again present at Brownhills during the early morning but was not seen during the afternoon (BG, KC).
Wed 8th The gull roost held the 2cy Glaucous Gull, 2 adult Caspian Gulls and 3 (5cy, 2 adult) Yellow-legged Gulls.
The Glossy Ibis was present at Brownhills.
A report of the days sightings from a full circumnavigation of the lake can be seen here (use back button to return to the diary) (SO)
Thurs 9th The Glossy Ibis was again present off Engine Lane, Brownhills.
Fri 10th In the gull roost adult Iceland Gull, adult Caspian Gull, 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls.
The Glossy Ibis was photographed at the site off Engine Lane, Brownhills (LD) and was seen to fly in the direction of Chasewater at around 16:00 (PW).

Image (c) LD

Sat 11th Peter Thompson's spreadsheet has been updated to 152 species
An Iceland Gull was present at Stubbers Green from 13:30-14:00 (KSa)
In the gull roost adult Iceland Gull, 2cy Glaucous Gull, adult Caspian Gull and adult Yellow-legged Gull.(CM, SR, PJ, AA et al)

At 08:10 there were over 25 Great Black-backed Gulls on the pontoon in the middle of the lake and no sign of the Glossy Ibis but by 08:15, as all the gulls had departed the ibis had appeared, reinforcing the idea that it is roosting either in the willows on the Island or perhaps in the Norton Bog reedbeds. By 08:21 it was flying over and around the lake before heading off south towards its feeding area at Engine Lane, Brownhills, where it performed superbly at very close range (GE).
Sun 12th The gull roost held the 2cy Glaucous Gull, 3 (4cy, 2 adult) Caspian Gulls, 5 (3cy, 5cy, 3 adult) Yellow-legged Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull and at least 21000 Black-headed Gulls were counted.
The Glossy Ibis was again present at Engine Lane.
Mon 13th An adult Azorean type Yellow-legged Gull was in the roost along with an adult Iceland Gull, the 2cy Glaucous Gull, 2 (3cy, adult) Caspian Gulls and 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls.
The Glossy Ibis was again present at Engine Lane and had arrived from its roost-site by 08:25.
Tues 14th The adult Iceland Gull and 2cy Glaucous Gull roosted.
The Iceland Gull was also seen at Stubber's Green but the Glossy Ibis was not recorded today.

Iceland Gull at Stubbers Green (RE)
Wed 15th The Glossy Ibis was again at Engine Lane, Bownhills from 08:25.
Thurs 16th The 2cy Glaucous Gull, a 2cy Caspian Gull and an adult Mediterranean Gull were in the roost.
The Glossy Ibis was present at Engine Lane. It was later seen to fly to roost on the island (PW)
     
The Glossy Ibis flying in to roost on the Island (© PW) where it has probably roosted for the past month.
Fri 17th The gull roost held the 2cy Glaucous Gull, 2 adult Caspian Gulls and 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls.
The Glossy Ibis was again present at Engine Lane and presumably roosted at Chasewater.
Sat 18th The Glossy Ibis presumably roosted on the Island but was first seen on the pontoon before flying off at 08:20 to feed at Engine Lane (CM) and was seen to return to roost at 16:00. The gull roost held the 2cy Glaucous Gull, a Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid, 3 (4cy, 2 adult) Caspian Gulls and 3 (4cy, 2 adult) Yellow-legged Gulls.
Sun 19th The WeBS count produced totals of 27 Mute Swans, 41 Canada Geese, 73 Mallard, 28 Wigeon, 192 Tufted Ducks, 5 Pochard, 46 Goldeneye, 15 Goosanders, 25 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Little Grebes, 313 Coot, 7 Moorhens, 44 Cormorants, including a fine adult sinensis, 2 Grey Herons, 46 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe and 28 Lapwings. The Glossy Ibis evaded attempts to see it leaving its roost and then spent some of the day at Engine Lane before arriving back to roost at 16:12. The regular ringed adult Mediterranean Gull was present throughout the day and the roost held a 2cy Caspian Gull and 2 (4cy, adult) Yellow-legged Gulls. A Chiffchaff called 2-3 times near the eastern end of the causeway, was not seen, but sounded a good bet to be the tristis type that was present three weeks ago (GE).
Mon 20th The Glossy Ibis came into roost in the willows on the Island at 16:25. The adult Iceland Gull, an adult Caspian Gull and 3 Yellow-legged Gulls were also present.
Tues 21st The Glossy Ibis flew in to roost at 15:45, the earliest it has been recorded so far. The adult Iceland Gull also roosted (PDH, GJM).
Wed 22nd The Glossy Ibis was reported from Engine Lane and was seen to roost on the Island at 15:45 (PW).
Thurs 23rd The Glossy Ibis was again at Engine Lane and presumably roosted at Chasewater.
Fri 24th A Glaucous Gull was noted in the roost.
Sat 25th A really good roost included an adult Kittiwake, 2cy Glaucous Gull, adult Iceland Gull, 2 (2cy, adult) Caspian Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull.
The Glossy Ibis was seen at Engine Lane.
Sun 26th The Glossy Ibis roosted on the Island and the 2cy Glaucous Gull, adult Iceland Gull, adult Caspian Gull and adult Mediterranean Gull roosted along with 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and a 2cy Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid.
Mon 27th  The Glossy Ibis was at Brownhills.
Tues 28th The Glossy Ibis was at Brownhills.
Wed 29th The Glossy Ibis was at Brownhills.
Thurs 30th The Glossy Ibis was again at Brownhills during the day and was seen to roost on the Island. The gull roost held the adult Iceland Gull, 2cy Glaucous Gull, 2cy Caspian Gull and adult Mediterranean Gull.
Fri 31st Glossy Ibis til 8:50 on small pool on south shore. Sibe Chiffchaff still around Swag.4 Ravens flew east.
Adult Kumliens Gull, juv Glaucous, adult Caspian Gull. Ibis roosted 4.50pm on the island