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October 2014 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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Thurs 2nd The 43rd anniversary of the remarkable presence of a Cory's Shearwater but today's star birds were 2 Stonechats and a Wheatear (PW).
Fri 3rd 

Can you spot 8? (PTr)
Fri 10th Images of the local deer and other 'wildlife' (PTr)
Sat 11th The monthly Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) produced the following totals: 47 Mute Swans, 1 Greylag Goose, 210 Canada Geese, 84 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 249 Mallard, 5 Pochard, 195 Tufted Ducks, 3 Grey Herons, 15 Little Grebes, 24 Great Crested Grebes, 18 Moorhens, 905 Coot, 155 Lapwings and 22 Snipe. The pre-roost gathering of gulls included at least one adult Yellow-legged Gull and 3 Grey Wagtails, a Swallow and a Chiffchaff were also present. The water-level is currently at 188cm below maximum due to the need for further attention to the dam and an attractive area of Shoreweed has been exposed. There is now an ideal opportunity for the invasive willows to be cleared from the South Shore (GE).
Sun 12th A pair of Stonechats were on No Man's Bank (PW).
Mon 13th Three Whooper Swans were at Ryder's Mere, Pelsall until mid-afternoon when they flew north towards Chasewater (RF, AS).
Tues 14th A dark-bellied Brent Goose circled at around 12:30 before heading north-north-east (JTu).     
Tues 21st The gull roost held an adult Mediterranean Gull, adult Yellow-legged Gull and 6 Great Black-backed Gulls. Both graellsii and intermedius Lesser Black-backed and argenteus and argentatus Herring Gulls were present though greatly outnumbered by at least 8500 Black-headed Gulls (GE).