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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!
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).
17th A Leach's Petrel was present throughout the afternoon (JHu) and although initially settled it became increasingly harrassed by Black-headed Gulls as the roost developed. An adult Mediterranean Gull, a Common Sandpiper, 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)
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