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November 2014 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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Sat 1st The gull roost held 2 (adult, 1cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull whilst over 2000 Starlings roosted on the Island.

Russula sp. (BW) Puffball (BW)
Sun 2nd An adult Caspian Gull was present during the afternoon.
Mon 3rd No records.
Tues 4th No records.
Wed 5th No records.
Thurs 6th  Two (1cy, adult) Yellow-legged Gulls were on the Sailing Shore during the afternoon. A Dunlin, 139 Lapwings and 12 Little Grebes were present (GE) and a Raven flew over Fly Pool (DG).
A 1cy Caspian Gull, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls and over 2000 Starlings roosted.

Adult Yellow-legged Gull (GE). Common, Herring, Lesser Black-backed and a possible 2cy Caspian Gull at back (GE)
Fri 7th No records.
Sat 8th An adult Caspian Gull, adult Mediterranean Gull roosted and 2 Kingfishers, 7 Little Grebes and a Goosander were also noted.
Sun 9th Over 2000 Starlings roosted in the Norton Bog area and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls were in the gull roost (JA). Over 40 Snipe, 2 Stonechats and 5 Goosanders were present (PW).
Mon 10th The monthly Wetland Bird Survey produced the following totals: 76 Mute Swans, 47 Canada Geese, 20 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 9 Teal, 154 Mallard, 2 Shovelers, 9 Pochard, 115 Tufted Ducks, 7 Goldeneye, 1 Grey Heron, 17 Little Grebes, 35 Great Crested Grebes, 39 Moorhens, 1053 Coot, 291 Lapwings, 21 Snipe, 4 Jack Snipe, a Kingfisher and 2 Grey Wagtails. An interesting set of figures that reflect the state of the development of the lake's ecosystems after the drainage for dam repairs. At this time of year there are also the effects of the 'firework season' to bear in mind and Wigeon and Tufted Duck numbers have clearly been adversely affected but the regenerated lawns of Shoreweed (Littorella) and the recent drawdown (now 170cm down from overflow) for further dam works have clearly benefited the Mute Swan, Coot and Moorhen numbers whilst the good numbers of grebes, but lack of Cormorants, give a good indication of the size and age of fish populations.
The gull roost is dominated by Black-headed Gulls with perhaps only several hundred large gulls which include good numbers of argentatus Herring Gulls, several intermedius Lesser Black-backs and Great Black-backs but very few Common Gulls. The adult Caspian Gull, an adult Yellow-legged Gull and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls were present (GE).
A Barn Owl was seen near Plant Swag.
Tues 11th No records.
Wed 12th No records.
Thurs 13th A Slavonian Grebe was present and photographed just off the South Shore boardwalk at 12:45 (ICW).
Fri 14th
No sign of the Slavonian Grebe today. On The Swag there were 9 Goldeneye, 8 Pochard and 32 Wigeon and the Starling roost was an impressive spectacle over Norton Bog between 16:00 and 16:30. The gull roost held an adult Caspian Gull, adult Yellow-legged Gull and an adult Mediterranean Gull (GE).
Sat 15th No records.
Sun 16th The Starling roost is now estimated to number up to 4000. The gull roost held the adult Caspian Gull, 4 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull whilst a Woodcock was present in the west shore horse paddock at dusk.
Mon 17th No records.
Tues 18th The Swag held 48 Wigeon, a Goldeneye and 20 Tufted Ducks. By 16:00 the Starling roost was starting to develop and the gull roost included the adult Caspian Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull (GE). The images show a Sparrowhawk amongst the Starlings (DL).
Wed 19th No records.
Thurs 20th The gull roost held the adult Caspian Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull. At least 11000 Black-headed Gulls and 1000 Lesser Black-backs were present with several hundred Herring Gulls (GE).
Fri 21st No records.
Sat 22nd The gull roost held 2 (adult, 1cy) Caspian Gulls, 2 (adult, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls.
Sun 23rd The Starling roost again numbered 2000 birds whilst the gull roost included 2 (adult, 3cy) Caspian Gulls, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull and an adult or 4cy Herring Gull showing white primaries (JA).
Mon 24th No records.
Tues 25th The adult Caspian Gull was seen from the west shore (GE) and from a different vantage point an adult Mediterranean Gull and 4 Yellow-legged Gulls were noted.
Wed 26th No records.
Thurs 27th No records.
Fri 28th An adult Mediteranean Gull was in the roost (GE).
Sat 29th 3 (2 adults, 2cy) Caspian Gulls were present along with 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and a potentially confusing Herring Gull with white primaries.
Sun 30th A Noctule bat was in flight at dusk. The gull roost held 2 (adult, 2cy) Caspian Gulls, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls.