|Fri 2nd||3 Caspian Gulls (1w, 2w and adult) all on the jetty. 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull.|
|Sat 3rd||1w Caspian and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls. Also leucistic Black-headed Gull. 2 other (Adult and 3w) Caspian Gulls were seen from a different viewing area (via twitter)|
|Mon 5th||No sign of the Glaucous Gull tonight but 4 (2cy, 2 3cy, adult) Caspian Gulls and 5 (2cy, 4cy, 3 adult) Yellow-legged Gulls were present.|
Another fascinating day of gulls with the most interesting being this pale
bird on the Waterski Club jetty between 14:10 and 14:20 when it flew towards
the Swag and possibly out towards Cannock. Obviously not a typical example
of any of our regular gulls and clearly showing some characteristics of the
North American Arctic complex of Thayer's/Kumlien's Gulls or a Herring x
Glaucous hybrid or an extremely pale Herring Gull. I would appreciate
thoughts and comments though I believe the bird to be similar to several we
have seen in the past, particularly during the late winter period, which
have probably been quite rightly called pale Herring Gulls. Structurally the
bird is a Herring Gull (though rather short legged) but the
pale plumage is not consistant with just an even reduction of pigment. Is
the bird from a northern argentatus population where this plumage
is the norm or a rare variation that could occur in any
argentatus/argenteus population? Can hybrid Glaucous x Herring Gulls
produce these features as well as the more typically Glaucous dominated
appearance of the so called Viking Gulls? (GE).
The bird was not seen in the roost which held 3 (2cy, 3cy, adult) Caspian Gulls, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull and the probable 3cy Glaucous Gull was again present, eventually settling on the jetty (GE, CR).
312 Lapwings, 12 Little Grebes, 8 Goosanders, 6 Pochard, 5 Goldeneye, 26 Wigeon and a Kingfisher were also noted (GE).
The Great Northern Diver is still present at Ryder's Mere (KC).
|Wed 7th||No records.|
The gull roost held an adult Iceland Gull, an immature
Glaucous Gull (prob 3cy, again on the jetty), 3 (2cy, 3cy,
adult) Caspian Gulls, 4 (2cy, 4cy, 2 adult)
Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls,
2 leucistic Black-headed Gulls and the white-winged Herring Gull. Two
Pintail were off Target Point (CWGS).
The Great Northern Diver remains at Ryder's Mere.
3cy Glaucous Gull, a new 4cy Iceland Gull, 2 Caspian Gulls (adult and 3cy), 2 Adult Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull. The white-winged Herring Gull and leucistic Black-headed Gull were also present.
29 Common Snipe and 1 Jack Snipe during the day (CM)
From the West shore 3 Caspian Gulls (2cy, 4cy and adult), 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls and white-winged herring. A 3cy Glaucous Gull was on the jetty and viewable from the South shore
Also an adult Iceland Gull was observed from the South Shore (KD, MY et al)
6 Caspian Gulls (2cy, 2 3cy, 4cy and 2 adult), adult
Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls,
3cy Glaucous Gull and white-winged Herring in a well
attended roost observed from the South shore
Pics taken of the Glauc and record shots would be very much welcomed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Photograph on twitter (external link)
3cy Glaucous Gull on jetty, 4cy Iceland Gull,
4cy and adult Caspian Gulls, adult Yellow-legged
Gull and adult Mediterranean Gull. Also white
winged herring, leucistic Black-headed Gull
A wildlife sightings board has been installed in the South Shore Cafe at Chasewater Country Park.
The red deer are being seen regularly on the South Shore (Ranger Rob on twitter) and can be seen on You Tube (external links) Please be aware of them, keep respectful distances and don't allow dogs to chase them.
3cy Glaucous Gull and adult Caspian Gull
(pictured CR) in the roost this evening (CR)
|Weds 14th||3cy Glaucous Gull, adult Caspian Gull, adult Mediterranean Gull and 3cy Yellow-legged Gull. White-winged Herring Gull also present in poor viewing conditions.|
3cy Glaucous Gull showing briefly in the field opposite the
APC building up at Kingswood this afternoon (via
twitter, click for observer details) The bird showed later in the roost
along with the white-winged Herring, adult and 3cy Caspian Gulls,
adult Mediterranean Gull and 2cy + 3cy Yellow-legged Gulls.
|Fri 16th||Adult Caspian Gull and Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls and the white-winged Herring Gull.|
|Sat 17th||Adult Caspian Gull, adult and 4cy Yellow-legged Gulls, adult Mediterranean Gull and the white-winged Herring Gull.|
A good sized gull roost with some new birds including a possible 4cy
Glaucous x Herring Gull. 4 Caspian Gulls and 5
Yellow-legged Gulls were also present and a Stoat
crossed the road at dusk. A Treecreeper was seen at the
Feeding Station (DG).
The monthly Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) produced the following totals: 52
Mute Swans, 49 Canada Geese, 60 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 136 Mallard, 8 Pochard,
101 Tufted Ducks, 47 Goldeneye, 10 Goosanders, 4 Grey Herons, 15 Little
Grebes, 19 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Cormorants, 28 Moorhens, 941 Coot, 1
Lapwing, 5 Snipe and 2 Jack Snipe (GE). 12 Red Deer and a Buzzard were also
The gull roost held a 4cy Glaucous Gull, 3 (2cy, 3cy, adult) Caspian Gulls, 4 (3cy, 4cy, 2 adult) Yellow-legged Gulls and the putative hybrid Glaucous x Herring Gull.
|Tues 20th||The Great Northern Diver was still at Ryder's Mere.|
A Chiffchaff and Water Rail were present.
Adult Iceland Gull, adult Caspian Gull, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls. Herring gull numbers were down by 50% and most of the Caspian Gulls have moved out.
A juvenile Great Northern Diver was seen off the dam earlier today
(J&BM) and was most likely to be the Ryders Mere bird relocating due to
Wildfowl numbers were up on the swag today with a notable increase in Tufted Ducks and Goosanders. A Brambling was feeding on the path over Norton Bog.
There is a sizeable amount of flytipping in the stream running into Jeffrey's Swag from Norton East Road and an increase in waste dumped along the road to the Sailing Club.
An adult Iceland Gull reported from the roost (SBi)
An albino Grey Squirrel was seen near the bridge along Norton East Road (RG).
|Fri 23rd||3cy Caspian Gull, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, adult Iceland Gull. The Great Northern Diver was present.|
The Great Northern Diver was present. In the roost the
adult Iceland Gull, which had been at Stubbers Green
earlier in the day. Also present were 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls,
the white-winged Herring Gull and a leucistic Black-headed Gull.
Around 4.30pm a possible juvenile Thayer's Gull was seen from the South Shore before gradually swimming away; the bird was concolourous, with pale fringed brown primaries and showed a silvery underwing. The general appearance (size and structure) of the bird gave an impression intermediate between Iceland and Herring Gull.
|Sun 25th||In the roost this evening; adult Iceland Gull (image on SBi via twitter), 4cy Caspian Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (3cy, 4cy and sub-adult), white-winged Herring Gull and the leucistic Black-headed Gull. The pale Herring Gull (images 6th Jan) was observed from the West Shore. No sign of the possible Thayer's Gull in a well attended roost this evening, though many birds were distant or head-on. Earlier in the day a probable 4cy Caspian Gull was reported to Sbi at the APC building in Cannock.|
Female Goosander on Jeffrey's Swag (DL)
The gull roost held the adult Iceland Gull, 2 (2cy, 3cy) Caspian Gulls, 3 (3cy, 5cy, adult) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull.
The Great Northern Diver has returned to Ryder's Mere where feeding is clearly easier than at Chasewater.
An adult Mediterranean Gull was at Stubber's Green along with 442 Lapwings (GE).
|Tues 27th||An adult Mediterranean Gull with a well developed hood was on Jeffrey's Swag during the late afternoon. The adult Iceland Gull and white-winged Herring Gull were in the roost (GE).|
|Wed 28th||Adult and 2cy Caspian Gulls, adult Mediterranean Gull, 6 Yellow-legged Gulls (3cy, 4cy, sub adult and 3 adult). No sign of the adult Iceland Gull.|
|Thurs 29th||2 Oystercatchers were flying around at dusk. In the roost 2cy Caspian Gull, 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (2cy, 4cy and 2 adult) and the white-winged Herring Gull. Blizzard conditions hampered viewing at times.|
|Fri 30th||A 2cy Caspian Gull and 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (2cy and 2 adult) roosted.|
|Sat 31st||An adult Iceland Gull, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls and an adult Yellow-legged Gull roosted.|