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October 2017 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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S 1st No records
2nd No records
3rd On the Swag there were over 100 Canada Geese, a Greylag Goose, 10 Wigeon, 7 Great Crested Grebes but no Tufted Ducks or Pochard (GHa).
On Cuckoo Bank there were over 100 Meadow Pipits, 30 Skylarks, 7 Yellowhammers, 5 Lesser Redpolls, 3 Chiffchaffs and a single Swallow, House Martin and Willow Tit (GHa).
4th No records
5th A Peregrine was over Highfield Farm and 2 Kestrels and a Buzzard were also present. On the lake there were 220 Canada Geese, a Greylag Goose, 98 Mallard and 8 Little Grebes. A Kingfisher, 13 Wigeon and a Migrant Hawker were on the Swag. A Chiffchaff and at least 6 Red Admirals were feeding around the ivy covered derelict building at the end of the dam (GE). A 4cy Caspian Gull was in the roost which has recently held up to a maximum of 10 Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
Red Admiral (GE) A nice idea but I hope the American Clip-art doesn't raise expectations
of seeing White-tailed deer and Monarch butterflies at Chasewater!

A good selection of gulls were at Stubbers Green, the vast majority of which would be roosting at Chasewater (GE).
Adult showing mixed Herring and Caspian Gull features (GE) Adult Yellow-legged Gull (GE) Adult argentatus Herring Gulls with less developed primary moult (GE).

6th No records
S 7th No records
S 8th Two Lesser Redpolls, a Kingfisher, 8 Wigeon and 46 Lapwings were seen. Two Knot (JK)  were also reported but only 2 Dunlin could be found soon after the report was received (PW, NS).
9th The monthly WeBS count produced totals of 84 Mute Swans, 6 Greylag Geese, 268 Canada Geese, 33 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 130 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 376 Tufted Ducks, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Herons, 14 Little Grebes, 39 Great Crested Grebes, 16 Moorhens, 719 Coot, 45 Lapwings and a Common Sandpiper. A 2cy Yellow-legged Gull, a Kingfisher, 2 Stonechats, a Willow Tit, a Treecreeper, 6 Lesser Redpolls, 2 Siskins and 3 Chiffchaffs were also recorded (GE) and flocks totalling at least 60 Redwings flew north during the morning (N).
Female Stonechat (GE) Male Stonechat (GE) 2cy Yellow-legged Gull (GE)

On Cuckoo Bank there were 5 Swallows, 5 Lesser Redpolls and 2 Siskins (GHa).
10th A 1cy Mediterranean Gull was in the roost (N).
On Cuckoo Bank there were over 100 Skylarks, over 60 Meadow Pipits, 23 Lesser Redpolls, 9 Yellowhammers, 2 Reed Buntings, 2 Stock Doves and a Coal Tit (GHa).
11th No records
12th No records
13th No records
S 14th No records
S 15th No records
16th Ex-hurricane Ophelia caused a succession of interesting weather phenomena but, as yet, no storm-blown birds were noted. An adult Yellow-legged Gull, Chiffchaff, 40 Lapwings, 23 Wigeon and a Migrant Hawker were noted (GE).

Images taken around 11:00 of the conditions caused by Ophelia picking up Saharan dust and smoke from Iberian wildfires (GE).
17th A Leach's Petrel was present throughout the afternoon (JHu) and although initially settled it became increasingly harassed by Black-headed Gulls as the roost developed. An adult Mediterranean Gull, a Common Sandpiper, a Ringed Plover, a Kingfisher and 65 Lapwings were also present (GE) and a Short-eared Owl was also seen.
  Leach's Petrel (GE) Adult Mediterranean Gull (GE)
18th Three Sandwich Terns were present at 07:45 (CD) with one and 3 (2 drakes, 1 imm/duck) Common Scoters present for the morning but water-ski, canoe and sailing activities proved too much for them, though a pair of Mandarin Ducks on Norton Bog Lagoon appeared to be settled amongst the 264 Tufted Ducks and 2 Pochard. An Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, 24 Wigeon, 13 Cormorants, 4 (2 adult, 3cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls, a Chiffchaff, Willow Tit and a pair of Stonechats were also present along with a flock of around 50 Lesser Redpolls at the north end of the dam (GE, PW).

Common Scoters and water-skier (GE) Mandarin Ducks (GE)

On Cuckoo Bank there were 36 Redwings, 7 Yellowhammers, 9 Bullfinches, and a male Stonechat (GHa).
19th No records
20th No records
S 21st No records
S 22nd The pair of Mandarin Ducks and Common Sandpiper were still present along with 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Mediterranean Gulls and 7 Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS). 48 Lapwings, 12 Wigeon, an Oystercatcher, 3 Goldeneye, a Stonechat and 2 Willow Tits were also recorded (JK).
23rd No records
24th No records
25th The record national influx of Hawfinches has at last resulted in Chasewater adding the species to its list with 8 being seen flying south-west over Norton Bog, over the Swag and towards the Norton Canes Toll Service Area (CwS). The Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 28 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 6 Pochard, around 220 Tufted Ducks, 2 Willow Tits and a Common Darter were noted. The gull roost held at least 3 (adult, 4cy, 1cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and a Pipistrelle was over the west shore (GE).
26th 32 Wigeon were on the Swag. The Common Sandpiper was present and the gull roost held at least 15000 Black-headed Gulls, 1000 Lesser Black-backs, 300 Herring Gulls, 10 Great Black-backs, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and what was possibly the returning putative hybrid Lesser Black-backed x Ring-billed Gull or an Azorean Yellow-legged Gull was seen in very poor light and at long range. 2 Pipistrelles and one larger bat were over the west shore at dusk (GE).
A shot in the dark but the gull is just discernible and the dark hood, mid-grey tones and rather small size are apparent (GE).
27th The gull roost held 2 (adult, 1cy) Caspian Gulls, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls, a Mediterranean Gull and an Azorean type Yellow-legged Gull (CwS).
S 28th During the afternoon 11 Hawfinches, in three groups, flew over Norton Bog. An adult Kittiwake was briefly north of the Island and an adult Caspian Gull, 4cy Yellow-legged Gull and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls roosted (CwS).
S 29th An increase in the numbers of Great Black-backed and argentatus Herring Gulls was noticed in the roost which also held a 2cy Yellow-legged Gull and an adult Mediterranean Gull. A Woodcock was flushed by a firework (CwS).

A Willow Tit was below the dam, 41 Jackdaws flew over from the east and a Redshank was present. At least 5 Red Admirals were feeding on the ivy covered derelict building at the north end of the dam. Four Goldeneyes were on the lake and 2 Greylag Geese flew north. At 12:50 several gulls were bathing off Target Point including 3 (adult, 2 2cy) Caspian Gull types (see images). Later the roost held several intermedius Lesser Black-backs, an adult Mediterranean Gull and adult Yellow-legged Gull (GE).

This 2cy bird had a yellow ring on its left leg (GE) The two 2cy birds together (GE). Adult (GE)
On Cuckoo Bank there were 9 Fieldfares, 2 Redwings, 2 Yellowhammers, several Skylarks and a Peregrine (GHa).
31st A 1cy Caspian Gull was in the roost (CwS).