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December 2017 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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1st At least 18 Little Grebes and a drake Goosander were seen from the South Shore (GE). A Stonechat was on the North Heath (KW). The gull-roost held 3 (adult, 3cy, 1cy) Caspian Gulls and 2 (adult, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
S 2nd A Dunlin, Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtails, 14 Gadwall and at least 4 Goosanders and 15 Cormorants were present (PW). Conditions were rather murky but the 1cy Glaucous Gull, an adult Caspian Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull were found (CwS).
The 1cy Glaucous Gull was also seen at Cannock Tip during the day (CwS).
S 3rd The 1cy Glaucous Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull roosted (CwS).
4th Three Goosanders, 15 Cormorants, 2 Gadwall, a Grey Wagtail and a male Stonechat were noted (PW). 126 Lapwings and 35 Wigeon were present and 6 Greylag Geese flew over the Swag (GE). The 1cy Glaucous Gull and a 2cy Yellow-legged Gull roosted (CwS, GE).
5th No records
6th Two Treecreepers were at Fly Pool boardwalk and at least 15 Cormorants, a Buzzard and Grey Wagtail were present (PW).
7th Two adult Caspian Gulls, 2 (adult, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (GE, CwS) and an adult Mediterranean Gull (IB) were seen in the roost.
8th The 1cy Glaucous Gull and a 2cy Yellow-legged Gull were in the roost (CwS).
4 Goldfinches and 3 Fieldfares were amongst the few birds seen on a snowy Cuckoo Bank (GHa).
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