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September 2017 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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1st At least 8 Wheatears were present on the Sailing and North Shores along with 3 Common Sandpipers, a juvenile Dunlin, a Little Egret, and a Kingfisher (PW).
S 2nd Single juvenile Redshank and Dunlin were present along with 1 Common Sandpiper, the Little Egret, and 2 Wheatears (PW).
S 3rd At least 7 Swifts were present with around 100 hirundines, the juvenile Redshank, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Little Egrets and a Wheatear (PW).
4th A male Keeled Skimmer, a male Ruddy Darter, several Common Darters and a Hobby were on the north heath. A distant Osprey flew west at 13:25, 15 Cormorants flew in and the Redshank, Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Little Egret and 2 Wheatears were still present (GE, PW).
5th No records
6th Two Swifts were over the dam, the Redshank, Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers and Little Egret were also present (GE).
7th The Redshank, Dunlin, Little Egret and a Hobby were present (PW).
8th The monthly WeBS count produced 91 Mute Swans, 152 Canada Geese, 3 Teal, 146 Mallard, 1 Pochard, 312 Tufted Ducks, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Herons, 6 Little Grebes, 32 Great Crested Grebes, 16 Moorhens, 587 Coot, 56 Lapwings, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Snipe and 2 Kingfishers. Two Swifts, 200 House Martins, 3 Reed Warblers and a Grey Wagtail were also present (GE).
S 9th No records
S 10th No records
11th A Turnstone was present (GR).
12th Three Little Egrets were on the dam early in the morning (GR) with one remaining throughout the day. Two Ringed Plovers and 2 Common Sandpipers were also present (PW).
13th One Little Egret and a single Common Sandpiper were noted (PW).
14th No records
15th Two Ringed Plovers and good numbers of Swallows and House Martins were noted (PW).
S 16th No records
S 17th No records

A walk along the Sailing Shore produced 7 Shovelers and several Chiffchaffs (GE).

A quick visit to Cuckoo Bank produced about 12 Skylarks, 4 Chiffchaffs, 4 Reed Buntings, 2 Yellowhammers and a Swallow (GHa).

19th Six Wigeon, 2 Shovelers, at least 309 Tufted Ducks, 3 Cormorants, 3 Grey Herons, several Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler were present (GE).
20th Several Chiffchaffs and 5 Teal were present and 40 Swallows flew west (PW).
21st Several Chiffchaffs, 3 House Martins and 10 Teal were noted (PW).
22nd Three Buzzards, 2 Grey Wagtails, several Chiffchaffs, a Migrant Hawker, Brown Hawker, several Common Darters and 2 Small Coppers were present and several Red Admirals flew south (GE).
S 23rd No records
S 24th Six Arctic Terns were present (PW).
25th A juvenile/female Common Scoter was present (CwS).
26th On the Swag there were 5 Wigeon and single Gadwall and Pochard. Eight Wigeon and good numbers of Tufted Ducks were on Norton Bog Lagoon. At least 30 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Little Grebes and 22 Lapwings were present and 4 Chiffchaffs were below the dam (GE, PW).
27th On Cuckoo Bank there were over 30 Goldfinches, 9 Yellowhammers, 2 Willow Tits and the regular Skylarks and Meadow Pipits (GHa).
28th No records
29th No records
S 30th No records