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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 (GH). 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 (GH).
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 (GH).

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 for its 122nd day, a Willow Tit was singing, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls were seen (CL, JR) 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.
Tues 28th The Oystercatcher and 3cy Yellow-legged Gull were again present.
Wed 29th An hour’s watch from the South Shore during the early afternoon produced at least 46 Sand Martins, 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Lapwings, 17 Goldeneye, 72 Mute Swans, a Cormorant and a Sparrowhawk (GE). Later in the afternoon there were over 150 Sand Martins.
Thurs 30th Three breeding plumaged Black-necked Grebes (PJ), a site record, were present throughout the day along with a Little Ringed Plover, 3 Oystercatchers, 5 Swallows, 150 Sand Martins (including one with a white rump!), a Willow Warbler and 2 Greylag Geese.
Fri 31st

The 3 Black-necked Grebes were present during the morning along the west shore, north of the Island (GR) but were not seen during the afternoon. During the early morning there were also 130 Sand Martins, a Swallow, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 2 Buzzards, 9 Teal and a Gadwall (GE). During the evening there was a Little Ringed Plover and pipistrelles and Noctules were in flight well before dark.

In Chase Terrace there were 30 Waxwings in oak trees at Paget Drive (IW) and also at Thorpe Street (DSt).