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March 2017 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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Wed 1st Yet again a powerful bird scaring laser was beamed across the lake from The Waterski Club compound after 18:00. The gull roost was put to the air and the Velvet Scoter and 2 Pintail were last seen in flight. Prior to the laser, 5 (3 adults, 4cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls were seen in the roost and a Dunlin flew through at 17:00.
Thurs 2nd The wildfowl and gulls numbers were lower today with only passage birds roosting, including 5 (2 adults, 4cy, 3cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls.
Fri 3rd Three (2 adults, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls were seen in the roost but poor light and persistent rain restricted views.
Sat 4th Two Sand Martins flew through and 6 (2 adults, 4cy, 2 3cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted.
Sun 5th The Velvet Scoter was back north of the Island this evening and a Greylag Goose flew north. In the roost there was an adult Caspian Gull and 2 (adult, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls.
Mon 6th The Velvet Scoter was north of the Island and an Oystercatcher was flying around the lake calling.
Tues 7th The Velvet Scoter was present and a Greylag Goose flew in at 17:15. The roost held 5 (3 adults, 4cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls.
On Cuckoo Bank there were over 40 Skylarks, 23 Lapwings, 3 Reed Buntings, a Yellowhammer, 30 Fieldfares, a few Meadow Pipits and a Green Woodpecker (GHa).
Wed 8th The Velvet Scoter was present for its 105th day along with 22 Goldeneye on the main lake and a 2cy Yellow-legged Gull was present during the afternoon (GE). On the Swag there were 21 Goldeneye, 18 Tufted Ducks and 3 Great Crested Grebes (GHa). Four (3 adults, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls were seen in the roost, which each night now consists of a different collection of migrating gulls and only one argentatus Herring Gull was present tonight. Two Greylag Geese were present till dusk when 2 pipistrelles were over the west-shore.
Thurs 9th The Velvet Scoter, a Redshank and a Ringed Plover were present and the roost held a 3cy Caspian Gull and 5 adult Yellow-legged Gulls.
Fri 10th The Velvet Scoter was present along with 40 Goldeneye, 4 Little Grebes, 8 Teal, 2 Stonechats, 2 redpolls, a singing Chiffchaff and 8 Red Deer (CV).
Sat 11th No records
Sun 12th The monthly WeBS count produced 92 Mute Swans, 29 Canada Geese, 7 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 81 Mallard, 210 Tufted Ducks, the Velvet Scoter, 45 Goldeneye, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Little Grebes, 18 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 15 Moorhens, 280 Coot and a Dunlin. Also present were 3 Buzzards, 2 Willow Tits and 4 Chiffchaffs (GE). A Sand Martin was also seen and a Yellow-legged Gull was present in the roost (JA).


Breeding plumaged Black-necked Grebe (GE)

Velvet Scoter (GE)

Dunlin (GE)
Mon 13th The Velvet Scoter was present along with a Raven and 2 Chiffchaffs but the gull roost held nothing of note.
Tues 14th Two Sand Martins were seen.
Wed 15th The Black-necked Grebe has re-appeared, very likely to be the same bird that occurred at Belvide on 13th and 14th. A Chiffchaff was also present (GHa). The Velvet Scoter remains.
Thurs 16th
The Velvet Scoter and Black-necked Grebe were present.
  Black-necked Grebe (H King)
Fri 17th No records
Sat 18th On the Swag there were 24 Goldeneye, 21 Tufted Ducks, 2 Teal, 3 Great Crested Grebes and 7 Moorhens, whilst 2 Sand Martins were also present (GHa).
Sun 19th

A Stonechat was behind the Sailing Club and 8 Chiffchaffs were singing (JO). At dusk 30 Sand Martins were present along with the Velvet Scoter, a 4cy Caspian Gull and 3 (2, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls.

On Cuckoo Bank there were 4 Curlews and 2 Wheatears and a pair of Willow Tits were nearby.
Mon 20th The Velvet Scoter, 4 Little Grebes, 3 Oystercatchers, 4 Buzzards and 14 Sand Martins were present during the afternoon (GE). A 3cy Yellow-legged Gull roosted.
Tues 21st

During the early morning there was a Dunlin, 2 Greylag Geese and 30 Sand Martins present and the Velvet Scoter continued to be evident throughout the day.

On Cuckoo Bank there were over 30 Meadow Pipits, a Wheatear, a Snipe and a Green Woodpecker (GHa).

Wed 22nd No records
Thurs 23rd A dark-bellied Brent Goose was present till dusk along with the Velvet Scoter, a drake Pintail, a Shoveler and about 10 Sand Martins (PJ, JA).
Fri 24th
The Brent Goose was present throughout the day along the south shore between the Castle and Water-ski club. An Oystercatcher, 25 Goldeneye and 2 Little Grebes were present. Although not seen during the day, the Velvet Scoter was recorded at dusk when 1300 Black-headed Gulls and 400 Lesser Black-backed Gulls roosted (GE).
Adult Dark-breasted Brent Goose (P Ward)  
Sat 25th The Velvet Scoter was present at dusk for its 122nd day and a 2cy Iceland Gull dropped in to roost just after 19:00.
Sun 26th No records
Mon 27th A 3cy Yellow-legged Gull and an Oystercatcher were seen but the Velvet Scoter was not seen.
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