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April 2018 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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S 1st Two (3cy, 2cy) Iceland Gulls, 3 (adult, 5cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull were in the roost and 43 Sand Martins and 3 Swallows were in Fly Bay till dusk (CwS).
2nd The 3cy Iceland Gull was in nice and early this evening CwS).
3rd A Little Ringed Plover, 3 Oystercatchers and a Willow Warbler were present. Three adult Little Gulls and an Arctic Tern flew east ahead of a shower and the 3cy Iceland Gull roosted (CwS).
4th Eleven Swallows were present during the evening.
5th No records
6th No records
S 7th At Jeffrey’s Swag there were around 30 Sand Martins, 7 Swallows, 7 Goldeneye and 2 Wigeon (GHa). Below the dam a Sedge Warbler was singing and a Blackcap and Treecreeper were present. Over 200 Swallows and Sand Martins were present at dusk and a 4cy Yellow-legged Gull roosted (CwS).
S 8th Ten Blackcaps and a female Whitethroat were in the West Shore wood and a Willow Tit and Kingfisher were nearby (CwS). A Wigeon, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Sparrowhawk were seen in the Swag and Norton Bog area.
On Cuckoo Bank there were 4 Fieldfares, a Wheatear, a White Wagtail, 5 Willow Warblers and 4 Chiffchaffs (GHa).
9th A female Common Scoter was present during the afternoon and evening when 2 Little Egrets flew west, a Redshank was present and at 19:20 a Common Tern flew in with some Black-headed Gulls (CwS).
10th Two Common Sandpipers were on the dam during the morning (CwS).
11th A cold and foggy day with little seen. Five Goldeneye were on the Swag, over 250 Black-headed Gulls were on the lake, 7 Swallows flew over the west shore (GE) and a Curlew flew over at 18:45 (CwS).
12th No records
13th A Common Tern and over 300 hirundines, including at least 12 House Martins, were present (CwS).
S 14th Four (3 drakes, 1 duck) Common Scoters and 6 Goosanders were present during the afternoon (PW) and at dusk a Ringed Plover was by the dam, a pair of Tawny Owls were calling and Noctule, Common and Soprano Pipistrelle bats were recorded (CwS).
A Ring Ouzel, a Redstart and a Wheatear were in fields to the east of Cannock Tip at 16:00 (CwS).
S 15th Two adult Little Gulls were recorded along with a White Wagtail, 2 Grasshopper Warblers and a singing Lesser Whitethroat (CwS).
16th High water-levels and a very cool and breezy day resulted in only 56 bird species being recorded in five and a half hours and disappointing numbers recorded during the monthly WeBS count which produced 57 Mute Swans, 14 Canada Geese, 2 Wigeon, 49 Mallard, 49 Tufted Ducks, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Grey Heron, 22 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Moorhens, 115 Coot, 1 Common Sandpiper and a Common Tern. Also present were 6 Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 25 Sand Martins, 2 House Martins, 3 Swallows, 10 Chiffchaffs, 16 Willow Warblers and 13 Blackcaps (GE). During the evening a Cuckoo was on the North Heath and 2 Common Gulls were present (CwS).
17th At 19:00 there were 2 Arctic Terns, an adult Kittiwake and a drake Garganey was flushed from the north shore and flew out to the west (CwS).
18th No records
19th A beautiful, sunny day with temperatures up to 26C but little of note during a short visit. No Green Hairstreaks were evident in Anglesey Basin and a distant tern was perched on a buoy (GE). Unfortunately, Gentleshaw Common has suffered a serious heath fire (N).
Green Hairstreak - obvious out in the open ..... ... almost invisible agaist the Cowberry.

Around 4 Green Hairstreaks were enjoying the sun on the heath north of the Sailing Club road. Two Common Terns and an Arctic Tern were present amongst 350 Black-headed Gulls on the main lake (GE).
S 21st An adult Kittiwake and a 3cy Yellow-legged Gull were present along with a total of 7 Common Terns. A Garden Warbler was in song and a Yellowhammer was noted (CwS).
An Osprey flew north over Fair Lady Coppice, Heath Hayes at 10:25 (CwS).
On Cuckoo Bank there was a Cuckoo, Whinchat and 4 Lesser Whitethroats (GHa).
S 22nd An Arctic Tern and 2 Common Terns were present (CwS).
23rd During the afternoon 3 Common Terns flew south and there were up to 80 high flying hirundines over the lake (GE). During the evening a Hobby was hunting north of the island, 2 Common Terns were present and there was a small movement of Black-headed Gulls (CwS).
24th Cetti's Warbler was singing in the Willow Vale area to the west of the lake. This is the first, and very over-due, record for Chasewater (PJ). Two Common Terns were also present. Around mid-day a 2cy Mediterranean Gull and 3 Common Terns were present. During the evening there were 40 Swifts, 3 Oystercatchers, an Arctic Tern and a Common Tern (CwS).
At Willow Vale, the Cetti’s Warbler continued to sing along the railway embankment at both ends of the pool (perhaps two birds?). Amongst the 57 bird species seen during the early morning were 3 Oystercatchers, 2 Common Terns, 85 Black-headed Gulls, 23 Tufted Ducks, 30 Swifts, over 100 hirundines and 4 Whitethroats. A Lesser Whitethroat was singing below the dam and at Norton Bog a Cuckoo flew over and a Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler were in song (GE). During the evening 6 Common Terns were present (CwS).
Cetti's Warbler (GE)  
26th Two male Cetti’s Warblers were seen fighting each other at Willow Vale during the morning (PJ). During the evening 2 Cetti’s Warblers were singing and 4 Common Terns were on the buoys (CwS), a Cuckoo allowed close approach as it fed on caterpillars and 2 Grasshopper Warblers were reeling either side of the cycle track. Around 30 Swifts and up to 200 hirundines were present and a Little Ringed Plover was on the Sailing Shore before being flushed by a dog (PW).
27th During the morning’s heavy rain there were 6 Common Terns, 125 Swallows,20 House Martins, 100 Sand Martins and 3 Swifts. A Redshank appeared at mid-day and rested on a buoy with two terns. A Lesser Whitethroat was singing on the South Shore and at Willow Vale Cetti’s Warbler song came from four locations, probably involving two birds or a very mobile individual (GE). During the evening there were 7 Common Terns and an Arctic Tern which flew out at around 19:30 (CwS).
28th Eight Common Terns were present and the Cetti’s Warbler was singing again (CwS).
29th During the morning 6 Common Terns, a Yellow Wagtail and a Common Sandpiper were present and 2 Cetti’s Warblers were still at Willow Vale. By midday 7 Common Terns, 2 Arctic Terns and 2 Common Sandpipers were seen (CwS). Also noted were a Reed Warbler, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Swifts and good numbers of hirundines.
30th Nine Common Terns and 2 Arctic Terns were present but with the improved weather during the afternoon there were very few hirundines and the Cetti’s Warbler could be heard singing (N). A Common Sandpiper was also seen at dusk (CwS).