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September 2015 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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Tues 1st No records
Wed 2nd No records
Thurs 3rd 193 Tufted Ducks were present, the vast majority being on Norton Bog Lagoon which is typical for the time of year. A Willow Tit was on the east side of the Swag, several Common Darters and Common Blue Damselflies were on the wing along with one or two Speckled Woods, Meadow Browns and Common Blues. A Raven flew north along the by-pass (GE).
Fri 4th A Common Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper were present along with a Spotted Flycatcher, a Wheatear, 2 Whinchats, several Blackcaps and phylloscopus warblers and 2 Buzzards (PW).
Sat 5th A Hobby, a Wheatear, a Whinchat and many Meadow Pipits were present whilst a Curlew flew over. Butterflies included a Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell and a Small Copper (PW).
Sun 6th A Ring-necked Parakeet flew west along the north shore and a Raven and Whinchat were also noted (PW).
Mon 7th A Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin and a juvenile Ruff (VT, JT, PW) were on the Sailing Shore and a Whinchat and a Common Blue butterfly were also seen (PW).
Tues 8th 2 juvenile Ringed Plovers, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover and a Swift were present (PW).
Wed 9th 2 Ringed Plovers and several Swallows and Chiffchaffs were noted (PW).
Thurs 10th At Stubber's Green there were two ringed Lesser Black-backed Gulls: blue with orange DVH ringed in UK and an adult intermedius J623N ringed as a pullus in Norway (GE).
Fri 11th 3 Ringed Plovers were seen (JHu).
Sat 12th 4 Ringed Plovers were present (NS).
Sun 13th On Cuckoo Bank there was a Raven, 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Kestrels, 11 Wigeon, 3 Snipe and 3 Teal (PW).
Mon 14th The monthly WeBS count produced the following totals: 80 Mute Swans, 58 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag Geese, 237 Mallard, 5 Teal, 14 Wigeon, 249 Tufted Ducks, 2 Pochard, 2 Grey Herons, 1 Little Egret, 25 Great Crested Grebes, 10 Little Grebes, 7 Moorhens, 657 Coot, 1 Cormorant, 4 Ringed Plovers, 51 Lapwings and 8 Snipe. Also present were 6 Grey Wagtails, 2 Wheatears, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Blackaps, 1 Whitethroat, 13 Chiffchaffs, 4 Sand Martins, 30 House Martins, 200 Swallows, 4 Siskins and a redpoll (GE).
Tues 15th 6 Ringed Plovers, a Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper were present (RSo) along with the Little Egret and a Wheatear (PW).

Images of the Wheatear taken on the Sailing Club shore (DL)

Wed 16th A Knot, a Redshank, 3 Ringed Plovers, a Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail and a Spotted Flycatcher were present (ICW).
Thurs 17th A Reed Warbler along with a large number of other common migrants in the channel near the Heaths Railway Cafe (N & PS)
4 Ringed Plovers on Target Point in the evening
Fri 18th The Knot was still present (ICW).
Sat 19th A Stonechat was present (GM).
Sun 20th A juvenile Whinchat, 2 Stonechats and a Whitethroat were present (PW).
Mon 21st No records
Tues 22nd A Wheatear and several Chiffchaffs were noted (PW).
Wed 23rd A walk from the dam along the Sailing Shore to Fly Pool and back via the Rugby Club produced 4 Blackcaps, 7 Chiffchaffs, 5 Siskins, 20 Long-tailed Tits and an impressive 24 Mistle Thrushes. The Swag held 14 Wigeon, 29 Mute Swans but no Tufted Ducks (GE).
Thurs 24th A Kingfisher was present (PW).
Fri 25th 42 species were recorded including 2 Pochard, a Willow Tit, a Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcaps and 2 Chiffchaffs (MP).
Sat 26th On Cuckoo Bank there were 2 Stonechats and many Meadow Pipits (PW).
Sun 27th No records
Mon 28th No records
Tues 29th No records
Wed 30th The first Redwing of the autumn flew over (PW). 229 Tufted Ducks were on Norton Bog Lagoon with only one on the Swag where there were 47 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall and 30 Mute Swans. A Raven, 2 Buzzards, 2 Grey Wagtails and 3 Chiffchaffs were also noted (GE).