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February 2015 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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Sun 1st The Swag held 178 Tufted Ducks, 7 Pochard, 10 Goldeneye, 3 Goosanders, 18 Wigeon, 30 Mallard and a Grey Heron (GE). 6 Bramblings were in the Norton Bog area this afternoon.
In the roost included the adult Iceland Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (2cy and adult), juv Glaucous x Herring hybrid (Viking Gull) and the white winged Herring Gull.

Adult Iceland Gull at Stubbers Green (HK)

'Viking Gull' in the roost

The adult Iceland Gull was at Stubbers Green from 2.45-3.05pm (HK).
Mon 2nd The adult Iceland Gull was at Stubbers Green at 1.10pm (KC).
The bird was seen later in the roost along with 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (adult and 3cy). Juv Glaucous x Herring hybrid (Viking Gull) and the leucistic Black-headed Gull.
The Great Northern Diver was not seen at Ryder's Mere.
Tues 3rd
No sign of the diver at Chasewater but the following totals were recorded: 58 Mute Swans, 56 Canada Geese, 25 Cormorants, 7 Gadwall, 14 Goosanders, 15 Little Grebes, 37 Great Crested Grebes, 59 Wigeon and 2 Teal. 16 Moorhens were around the Waterski Club. A Willow Tit and Treecreeper were on the east side of the Swag (GE). The gull roost was reduced in size as the lake was starting to freeze and only an adult Mediterranean Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull were noted.
The Iceland Gull was not seen at Stubber's Green.

Treecreeper (GE)
Wed 4th A female Shelduck was present and the gull roost held 2 Mediterranean Gulls and 2 (2cy, adult) Yellow-legged Gulls.
A Great Northern Diver paused briefly at both the canal pool at Kingsbury and at Coton in north Warwickshire before flying off high to the south-west and is quite likely to be the same bird as our local regular.
Thurs 5th Many gulls flew north towards Blithfield with only an adult Mediterranean Gull and adult Yellow-legged Gull being of note.
2 Willow Tits were seen earlier in the day
Fri 6th
The Great Northern Diver has returned and was present until around 14:00 when it flew out to the south and was relocated at Ryder's Mere (PW). A female Stonechat was on the north heath (JH).The gull roost held a 4cy Caspian Gull, 2 (2cy, adult) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull.
Juvenile Great Northern Diver (PW)  
Sat 7th 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 2 (3cy, adult) Yellow-legged Gulls and a leucistic Black-headed Gull were in the roost.
The Great Northern Diver initially could not be found at Ryder's Mere but it appeared during the afternoon and remained till dusk. It is likely that it spent the morning at Chasewater.
 
Sun 8th A flock of 20-30 Pink-footed Geese flew west over Burntwood at 11.15am.
An adult Yellow-legged Gull and 4 adult Mediterranean Gulls in the roost reported via twitter (@xemasabini).
The Great Northern Diver was again at Ryder's Mere until dusk (PW).
Mon 9th The Great Northern Diver was back at Chasewater during the afternoon. The monthly WeBS count also produced totals of 58 Mute Swans, 63 Canada Geese, 70 Mallard, 52 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 6 Gadwall, 145 Tufted Ducks, 20 Goldeneye, 17 Goosanders, 32 Cormorants, 820 Coot, 24 Moorhens, 17 Great Crested Grebes, 15 Little Grebes, a Grey Heron, 2 Snipe and a Jack Snipe (GE).
Tues 10th Adult Mediterranean Gull, 4cy Yellow-legged Gull and Great Northern Diver at dusk.
Weds 11th The roost held a 3cy Caspian Gull, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls and a leucistic Black headed Gull. The Great Northern Diver was also present.
Thurs 12th 2 Jack Snipe, 7 Common Snipe, 35 Wigeon and at least 11 Goosanders were present (ICW) along with an adult Mediterranean Gull, leucistic Black-headed Gull and the Great Northern Diver.
Fri 13th An adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and the Great Northern Diver were present at dusk.
Sat 14th
Red-breasted Mergansers (P Ward)

A pair of Red-breasted Mergansers were off the dam during the morning and the Great Northern Diver flew out towards Clayhanger just before midday. An Oystercatcher was also present (PW). A Willow Tit was heard near the railway line and an adult Mediterranean Gull was on the water near the island mid afternoon whilst a second adult was seen later in the roost.
Sun 15th The Great Northern Diver was present during the morning until it was disturbed by water-skiers and appear to fly out but it wasn't seen to return to Ryder's mere. The gull roost held the adult Iceland Gull, 3cy Caspian Gull, 4 adult Mediterranean Gulls and an adult Yellow-legged Gull

Record shot of ringed adult Mediterranean Gull (via twitter @WMBB1)
Mon 16th The Great Northern Diver was still present and an Oystercatcher was on the raft. The roost held an adult Iceland Gull, 3cy Caspian Gull, 2 (2cy, adult) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull.
Tues 17th The Great Northern Diver and 2 Oystercatchers were present. The roost included the adult Iceland Gull, 2 (2cy, adult) Yellow-legged Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull, the white-winged Herring Gull, a leucistic Black-headed Gull and the ever reducing total of only 7 Great Black-backed Gulls.
Wed 18th With boats out on the lake today the Great Northern Diver has returned to Ryder's Mere (PW). The roost held the adult Iceland Gull, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull.
Thurs 19th The adult Iceland Gull and 2 (3cy, adult) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted.
Fri 20th The Great Northern Diver was present again and showing well whilst Little Grebes were calling. The adult Iceland Gull arrived at 18:05 and a 2cy Yellow-legged Gull and an adult Mediterranean Gull were also present in the roost.
Sat 21st Two adult Mediterranean Gulls, a 3cy Yellow-legged Gull, two pale-winged 2cy Herring Gulls and a hybrid Herring x Caspian Gull were present in the roost.
Sun 22nd The Great Northern Diver and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls were recorded during the morning (RSo). The diver was still present at dusk and the gull roost held 2 adult Iceland Gulls, a 3cy Caspian Gull, a 3cy Yellow-legged Gull, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls and a leucistic Black-headed Gull.
Mon 23rd A 2cy Caspian Gull was in the roost along with 2 (3cy, 5cy) Yellow-legged Gulls, a leucistic and a melanistic Black-headed Gull.
Tues 24th The Great Northern Diver was still present. The gull roost held 2 (2cy, adult) Caspian Gulls and 2 (3cy, adult) Yellow-legged Gulls.
Wed 25th The Great Northern Diver, 23 Goosanders and a Greylag Goose were present and the gull roost held an adult Iceland Gull, 2 (3cy, adult) Caspain Gulls, a 3cy Yellow-legged Gull and an adult Mediterranean Gull.
Thurs 26th The Great Northern Diver, at least 32 Goldeneye and 12 Cormorants were present but only 2 Wigeon remain on the Swag (GE). The gull roost held a 3cy Caspian Gull and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls.
Fri 27th The Great Northern Diver was still present
At 17:20 a Great Skua flew in from the south, flew low over the lake flushing every bird and carried on to the north. Many of the circling birds also flew north leaving 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls in the remaining roost.
Sat 28th Just 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls were found amongst a much reduced roost.