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December 2018 Diary
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S 1st During the morning there were 24 Goosanders and an adult Yellow-legged Gull on the main lake. The gull roost held a 2cy Caspian Gull and 2 (3cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
At Kingswood there was a Water Pipit and 2 (adult, 1cy) Caspian Gulls, neither of which were seen in the roost (CwS).
S 2nd Two 1cy Caspian Gulls and 4 (2 adults, 3cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS).
On Cuckoo Bank there was a Woodcock, 2 Goosanders and 8 Meadow Pipits (CwS).
3rd Two Water Rails were at Willow Vale (PJ). Perfect light conditions allowed excellent views of the gull roost resulting in 5 (adult, 2 2cy, 2 1cy) Caspian Gulls and 2 (adult, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls being identified. One of the 2cy Caspian Gulls was a new bird whilst the other four have been noted previously (CwS, PJ).
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Adult Caspian Gull (GE)
44 Wigeon and 4 Pochard were on the Swag. The gull roost held 13000 Black-headed Gulls and 3000 large gulls including an adult Caspian Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull (GE).
5th Three (adult, 2cy, 1cy) Caspian Gulls were found during a rainy roost (CwS).
6th The roost held 2 (adult, 1cy) Caspian Gulls and 5 (2 adult, 2 2cy, 1cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
7th No records
S 8th An adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 (adult, 1cy) Caspian Gulls and 5 (2 adult, 2 2cy, 1cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS).
At Kingswood an adult Caspian Gull was present (CwS).
S 9th An adult Caspian Gull roosted (CwS).
A 1cy Caspian Gull was at Kingswood (CwS).
10th An adult Caspian Gull and 3 (2 adults, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS).
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Norton Bog Lagoon (GE)

The monthly WeBS count produced 57 Mute Swans, 16 Canada Geese, 56 Wigeon, 34 Gadwall, 29 Teal, 189 Mallard, 2 Pochard, 293 Tufted Ducks, 22 Goldeneye, 18 Goosanders, 69 Cormorants, 4 Grey Herons, 16 Little Grebes, 17 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Water Rail, 44 Moorhens, 646 Coot, 120 Lapwings and 7 Snipe. The gull roost held 15000 Black-headed Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull, 2200 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1000 Herring Gulls, around 50 Great Black-backed Gulls and 10 Common Gulls. A 2cy Caspian Gull type was a possible hybrid Caspian x Herring Gull. Also amongst the 57 species noted were 18 Collared Doves, a Willow Tit and a Grey Wagtail (GE).

Drake Goldeneye (GE)
Many Lesser Black-backs (many dark enough for intermedius and intergrades) arrived before the bulk of the Herring Gulls: this 10:1 ratio reducing to just over 2:1 by dusk (GE).  
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