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January 2017 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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Sun 1st The Velvet Scoter was present. The gull roost held an adult Caspian Gull, 2 (adult, 5cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull.
Mon 2nd The Velvet Scoter was accompanied by a drake Common Scoter throughout the day, 7 Little Grebes were off the dam and a Chiffchaff was present (GE). A sub-adult Caspian Gull, 4 (2 adult, 4cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull roosted.
Tues 3rd The Velvet Scoter and 2 Pintail were present. A 2cy Iceland Gull, 2 (adult, sub-adult) Caspian Gulls, 4 (2 adult, 4cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 (adult, 3cy) Mediterranean Gulls roosted. The Iceland Gull was very likely to have been the same individual that roosted at Belvide on December 27th and 29th.
Wed 4th An adult Caspian Gull and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls roosted.
Thurs 5th Three (2 adult, 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls were seen but thousands of gulls were closely packed together near the dam and could not be viewed. 
Fri 6th With recent Waxwing records to the south of Chasewater at Pelsall and Brownhills it was no surprise that 12 birds were seen flying north at 16:15, presumably to roost on Cannock Chase. The Velvet Scoter was still present and the very large gull roost held a 2cy Caspian Gull, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and estimates of 15-20 000 Black-headed Gulls and 11 000 'large gulls'.
Sat 7th The Velvet Scoter remains and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls were found amongst another large gull roost.
At Silver Court, Brownhills there were 4 Waxwings (PW).
Sun 8th The Velvet Scoter was present and the gull roost held 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull, a 2cy Glaucous x Herring Gull and a 2cy Herring Gull with pale primaries only on the left wing.
   
At Silver Court there were 6 Waxwings (images by Phill Ward). 

Mon 9th The Velvet Scoter, 31 Cormorants and 40 Lapwings were present (GE).
Six Waxwings were again at Silver Court, Brownhills (GE).
Tues 10th Sixteen Canada Geese, 2 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 7 Goosanders, 20 Wigeon, the Velvet Scoter, 32 Cormorants and single Jay, Buzzard and Siskin were recorded (CM).
Eleven Waxwings were seen at Silver Court (PW).
Wed 11th Strong winds made the lake more like the sea and it wasn't possible to see if the scoter was at home (GE).
Ten Waxwings were in the Silver Court/Farm Foods area of Brownhills (GE, PW).
Thurs 12th Ten Waxwings were present at Silver Court (PW).
Fri 13th The Velvet Scoter has now been present for 45 days (CM). The gull roost held 2 (adult, 2cy) Mediterranean Gulls and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls.
Fifteen Waxwings were present in the Silver Court area of Brownhills (PW,CM).
Sat 14th The monthly WeBS count produced 77 Mute Swans, 26 Canada Geese, 29 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 12 Teal, 140 Mallard, 2 (a pair) Pintail, 2 Pochard, 740 Tufted Ducks, 1 Velvet Scoter, 33 Goldeneye, 11 Goosanders, 12 Cormorants, 3 Grey Herons, 6 Little Grebes, 18 Great Crested Grebes, 10 Moorhens, 1098 Coot and 10 Lapwings (GE). A 15:55 a flock of Waxwings (presumably the Brownhills birds) flew north and the gull roost held an adult Glaucous Gull, 5 (3 adult, 4cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull.
Waxwing numbers at Silver Court, Brownhills continue to rise with 58 being present through much of the day and over 60 for a time (PW).
Sun 15th The Velvet Scoter was present and a 2cy Glaucous Gull, 4 (2 adult, 5cy, 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull roosted.
At Silver Court, Brownhills there were 41 Waxwings including a colour-ringed adult (PW).
Mon 16th
The Velvet Scoter was accompanied in the murk and drizzle by the 2cy Glaucous Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull.
Thirty-seven Waxwings were present at Silver Court during the morning (PW) and up to 109 were counted in the afternoon (KC, LD).

Waxwings in the murk (L Davis)
Tues 17th Visibility was again poor but the Velvet Scoter and a Pintail were present and a new adult Mediterranean Gull and a 4cy Yellow-legged Gull were seen in the roost.
Numbers of Waxwings at Silver Court have now increased to 130 although, sadly, an adult bird was killed when flying into a window (PW).
Wed 18th
The Velvet Scoter has made it to its 51st day. Seventy-three Lapwings were also present (GE) along with a Pintail. Nothing of note was seen amongst the mist shrouded gull-roost.
There were 64 Waxwings at Silver Court during the morning (GE) and 81 during the afternoon.

Velvet Scoter in the mist (GE)
Thurs 19th An influx of ducks included 5 Shelducks, 4 Pintail and 23 Shovelers. The Velvet Scoter and a pair of Stonechats were present. The gull roost held 5 (2 adults, 5cy, 4cy,3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls.
At least 130 Waxwings were seen at Silver Court during the early afternoon.
Fri 20th
The Velvet Scoter, 4 Shovelers, 7 Goosanders and 21 Cormorants were present and 24 Waxwings were in the perimeter hedge of Highfield Farm where there were 25 Jackdaws and 25 Magpies (GE). A Little Egret was also seen and 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls roosted.
Around 130 Waxwings were at Silver Court and Ravens Court areas of Brownhills High Street (PW, GE).
Velvet Scoter (GE)
Sat 21st A 4cy Caspian Gull, 5 (4 adult, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull roosted.
Up to 241 Waxwings were present at Silver Court (PW, JHu et al) and 3 were seen at Boney Hay (PW).
Sun 22nd The Velvet Scoter was present and the gull roost held increased numbers of Herring Gulls from last night, 7 (5 adult, 5cy, 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull.
Around 100 Waxwings were present at Silver Court but very few berries remain.
Mon 23rd Two (2cy, 3cy) Iceland Gulls roosted along with a new sub-adult Caspian Gull, 5 (4 adult, 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull.
The Rowen berry crop at Silver Court is now exhausted and a maximum of 25 Waxwings were seen searching for a new supply of berries; briefly stopping to feed at Aldi (PW, GE).
Tues 24th The Velvet Scoter and 2 Pintail were present and a 3cy Iceland Gull, 6 (4 adult, 3cy, 4cy ) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull roosted.
Wed 25th The Velvet Scoter was present and an adult Mediterranean Gull and 7 (3 adult, 5cy, 4cy, 2 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted.
Over 40 Waxwings were present at the junction of Ogley Hay Road and Oak Lane, Boney Hay, Burntwood (AB), briefly and dramatically increasing to around 150 birds which, by 11:00, had quickly exhausted the supply of berries (PW).
Thurs 26th The Velvet Scoter and 2 Pintail were present. An adult Caspian Gull, 7 (3 adult, 5cy, 4cy, 2 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull and the returning putative hybrid Lesser Black-backed x Ring-billed Gull roosted.
At Boney Hay there were 17 Waxwings (PW).
Fri 27th The Velvet Scoter was near the Water-ski Club at dusk and the roost held 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 5 (3 adults, 4cy, 3cy ) Yellow-legged Gulls and the hybrid gull was again amongst the Lesser Black-backs (GE).
Sat 28th The Velvet Scoter and 2 Pintail were present and the roost held 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls and 6 (3 adult, 4cy, 2 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls.
Sun 29th The Velvet Scoter and 2 Pintail were again present and 2 (adult, 2cy) Caspian Gulls, 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull roosted.
Mon 30th The Velvet Scoter was off the South Shore where there was also a Black Swan which flew north at dusk when at least 60 Magpies were around Fly Pool. The roost held 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull (GE).
Two Little Egrets were in a field at The Triangle (PW).
Tues 31st The Black Swan was again present (PW). Two (3cy, 4cy) Caspian Gulls and 4 (adult, 3cy, 2 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted.