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April 2017 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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Sat 1st

During the morning there were 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 9 Goldeneye, 160 Sand Martins, 1-2 Swallows, 4 Willow Warblers, 2 Buzzards and a Raven (GE).

On Cuckoo Bank there were 11 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, Swallow, a Wheatear, Raven, 2 Buzzards, 14 Lesser Redpolls, 3 Yellowhammers and a Muntjac (GH).
Sun 2nd

At dusk there were 3 Oystercatchers and 4 Noctules were over the west shore.

On Cuckoo Bank there were 5 Willow Warblers, 11 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, 2 Red-legged Partridges and a Raven (GH).
Mon 3rd On Cuckoo Bank there were 9 Willow Warblers, 4 Yellowhammers and a Green Woodpecker (GH).
Tues 4th Three Shelducks flew over during the morning (GR). A White Wagtail (GE), 3 Little Ringed Plovers and 5 singing Willow Warblers were present.

On Cuckoo Bank a very early Grasshopper Warbler was reeling at dawn (DO).
Wed 5th

Around 70 Sand Martins, a House Martin, 2 Swallows and a White Wagtail were present (GH).

On Cuckoo Bank there were 16 Golden Plovers, 2 pairs of Yellowhammers (GR).
Thurs 6th No records
Fri 7th No records
Sat 8th No records
Sun 9th No records
Mon 10th No records
Tues 11th
At 07:20 a Whimbrel flew around but didn’t settle. The monthly WeBS count also produced 85 Mute Swans, 1 Greylag Goose, 10 Canada Geese, 2 Teal, 63 Mallard, 79 Tufted Ducks, 2 Grey Herons, 3 Little Grebes, 16 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Moorhens, 137 Coot, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Lapwings and 2 Snipe. 200 Sand Martins, a House Martin and 3 White Wagtails were also present (GE).
Whimbrel (GE)   White Wagtail (GE)
Wed 12th A Black-necked Grebe and White Wagtail were present (PJ). Several hundred Sand Martins, 2 Swallows and a House Martin were also seen (CM).
Thurs 13th

Dunlin (GE)
A Dunlin, 400 Sand Martins, 8 Buzzards (GE), a Common Sandpiper (PW) and a White Wagtail were present.
Fri 14th

A thorough coverage of the site produced a remarkable count of 123 singing Willow Warblers, 24 Blackcaps, 34 Chiffchaffs, 3 White Wagtails, single Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler and Common Sandpiper (PJ), 2 Ringed Plovers, 3 Little Ringed Plovers and around 250 Sand Martins (ICW).

A Wheatear was on Cuckoo Bank (GH).
Sat 15th

A Redstart was present near the pylons (GR).

On Cuckoo Bank there were 2 Wheatears in the ploughed field opposite Bradshaw’s (GH).
Sun 16th A Whimbrel was briefly on the Sailing Shore during the early morning (NS). Three Common Terns, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, a Redshank, an Oystercatcher and a Grasshopper Warbler were present. A Treecreeper was at Norton Bog and the local heronry has three nests (PJ, IW).
Mon 17th

A Ring-necked Parakeet flew over the Raceway Heath. Three Common Terns, 3 Common Sandpipers, a pair of Little Ringed Plovers, a pair of Oystercatchers, a pair of Grey Wagtails, 2 White Wagtails, Grasshopper Warbler, Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroats and a Greylag Goose were present (PJ, PW) along with a Ringed Plover, a Raven, 500 Sand Martins, 20 Swallows and a pair of Willow Tits (GE).

On Cuckoo Bank a Cuckoo was present (GH).
Tues 18th A Little Ringed Plover was present (PW)
On Cuckoo Bank there were 3 Wheatears and a Grasshopper Warbler (GH).
Wed 19th

Tristis type Chiffchaff (GE)
A Siberian Chiffchaff type was calling (a sharp, squeaky 'skwee') at Norton Bog, 200m along the track leading from Burntwood Road. Also present were 2 Willow Tits, a Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler. Around the main lake there were 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Common Terns, a White Wagtail, Grey Wagtail and 70 Sand Martins (GE). A Swift was also seen (IW).
On Cuckoo Bank a very early morning visit produced 10 reeling Grasshopper Warblers (DO).
Thurs 20th The odd Chiffchaff was again present and persistently calling. In dull light it appeared brown but some olive evident in brighter light. It is paired with a typical Chiffchaff and was seen nest building (per GE). Also present were 2 Common Terns, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Common Sandpipers, a White Wagtail and a Grey Wagtail.
On Cuckoo Bank there were 7 singing Yellowhammers, a female Redstart, 2 Wheatears, a Cuckoo and a Fieldfare.
Fri 21st

The Chiffchaff continued calling its monosyllabic tristis-like peep as it collected nesting material but no further plumage detail was obtained (GE). Three Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Common Sandpipers, an Oystercatcher, 4 Common Terns, a singing Willow Tit, a Cuckoo, 2 Ravens, 3 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, a Sparrowhawk, 89 Tufted Ducks, a Greylag Goose, 4 singing Whitethroats and 2 singing Reed Warblers were amongst at least 63 species recorded (GE).

On Cuckoo Bank there were 4 Grasshopper Warblers, a Tree Pipit (PJ), Redstart and Cuckoo (GH).

Sat 22nd A Whimbrel was heard over Cuckoo Bank (MY).
Sun 23rd

Single Common Sandpiper and Ringed Plover were present along with 2 Common Terns. The Chiffchaff was still persistently calling its ‘tristis’ type note (PJ).

On Cuckoo Bank there were 9 Wheatears, a Lesser Whitethroat, Tree Pipit, male Redstart and a Red-legged Partridge (PJ).
Mon 24th Sixty-eight bird species were recorded during the day including 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Ringed Plovers, a Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpipers, 7 Common Terns, 2 Arctic Terns, 3 Swifts, a Kingfisher, 2 Willow Tits, 400 Sand Martins, 2 Garden Warblers, 12 Whitethroats, a Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Reed Warblers, a Wheatear, 2 White Wagtails, a Yellow Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail and 2 Greylag Geese (GE, PJ, GR).

On Cuckoo Bank there were many Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs, 2 Whitethroats, 2 Garden Warblers, a Grasshopper Warbler and 6 Swallows (GH).
Tues 25th A Black Tern was with Common Terns at 12:20 along with up to 5 Swifts and over 100 hirundines (GH).
Wed 26th There were 8 Ringed Plovers, 5 Little Ringed Plovers and at least 3 Common Sandpipers in a small wader flock this evening.
Thurs 27th On Cuckoo Bank there were 7 Wheatears and Cuckoo.
Fri 28th

During the evening, a Hobby was hunting along the west shore, 4 Common Sandpipers, a White Wagtail and a Little Ringed Plover were also present (PJ).

On Cuckoo Bank there was a Curlew, Tawny Owl and several Grasshopper Warblers (per PJ).
Sat 29th

11 Common Sandpipers, 2 Ringed Plovers, a Little Ringed Plover, 4 Snipe, 4 Common Terns, a Kingfisher, 3 Garden Warblers, at least 6 Reed Warblers and 2 Willow Tits were present (PJ).

A female Black Redstart was on Cuckoo Bank along with 2 Whinchats, 3 Redstarts, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 7 Wheatears, 11 Whitethroats, 4 Grasshopper Warblers, 2 Ravens and a Red-legged Partridge (PJ).
Sun 30th Classic weather conditions at this time of year resulted in a wonderful day's birding, starting at 06:12 when a tight flock of 16 Arctic Terns and a single Black Tern passed through to the east. A Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers and 5 Little Ringed Plovers were present at this time and by 09:00 5 Common Sandpipers and a brief Whimbrel had been recorded and by 09:30 another Black Tern, Arctic Tern, Common Tern and 3 Swifts had appeared, soon to be joined by an adult Little Gull, a further 6 Common Terns, another Whimbrel and 6 adult Kittiwakes passed through to the north-east. After a quiet period, 2 Little Terns arrived at around 16:00 and after 19:00 9 Arctic Terns, an additional Black Tern and the 2 Little Terns were present (GE, PJ, IW). (Totals for the day appear to be 26 Arctic Terns, 7 Common Terns and 3 Black Terns).
On Cuckoo Bank there were 3 male Whinchats, a Redstart and a Hobby (PJ, JA, IW, N).