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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).
4th

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).
11th

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).  
12th No records
13th No records
14th An adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 (adult, 1cy) Caspian Gulls and 4 (3 adult, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS).
S 15th A very wet, cold and windy afternoon but a Chiffchaff was in the west shore wood and the gull roost held a 1cy Caspian Gull and 4 (2 adults, 3cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
S 16th An adult Iceland Gull roosted along with 3 (3cy, 2cy, 1cy) Caspian Gulls and 4 (2 adults, 2 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
At Kingswood there were 2 (adult, 2cy) Caspian Gulls (GwS).
17th
18 Great Crested Grebes and 68 Cormorants (all but one flew west at dusk) were on the lake. The adult Iceland Gull roosted along with a 1cy Caspian Gull, 5 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 300 Great Black-backed Gulls, 3800 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 1300 Herring Gulls (CwS, GE).
1cy Caspian Gull (GE) Adult Iceland Gull (GE)  
18th No records.
19th The gull roost held the adult Iceland Gull, 3 (adult, 2 1cy) Caspian Gulls and 5 (3 adults, 3cy, 1cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
20th The adult Iceland Gull, a 1cy Caspian Gull and 4 (3 adults, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS).
At Kingswood there were 2 (adult, 1cy) Caspian Gulls (CwS).
21st
An adult Mediterrranean Gull (different from the one on 14th), the adult Iceland Gull, 2 (adult, 1cy) Caspian Gulls and 3 (2 adults, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS).
  1cy Caspian Gull (CwS) Adult Iceland Gull (CwS)
22nd A Little Egret was on the Island and the adult Iceland Gull was present by 14:45. An adult Mediterranean Gull, a new (less advanced) 2cy Caspian Gull and 3 (2 adults, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls also roosted (JA, CwS).
23rd The adult Iceland Gull roosted along with 3 (2cy, 2 1cy) Caspian Gulls and an adult Yellow-legged Gull (CwS).
Only small numbers of gulls were loafing at Kingswood but 2 (adult, 3cy) Caspian Gulls were at the adjacent Poplars Landfill (CwS).
24th The adult Iceland Gull roosted along with 3 (adult, 2cy, 1cy) Caspian Gulls and 4 (2 adults, 3cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls. 7 Shovelers and 14 Goosanders were also noted (CwS).
On Cuckoo Bank there were about 80 Fieldfares, 50 Skylarks, a Peregrine, a Stonechat and small numbers of Meadow Pipits, Yellowhammers, Reed Buntings, redpolls and Siskins (GH).
At Kingswood an adult Caspian Gull was present until 14:50 when it flew west (CwS).
25th A Little Egret was on the Island and the very large gull roost held the adult Iceland Gull, 2 (adult, 2cy) Caspian Gulls and 4 (3 adults, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
26th The adult Iceland Gull, an adult Caspian Gull and 5 (4 adults, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS).
27th A Rock Pipit was on the South Shore and later on the Island and North Shore. Also recorded were 32 Wigeon, 4 Pochard, 7 Goldeneye, 4 Goosanders, 97 Lapwings, a Siskin and 2 Bullfinches (JK). The gull roost held 3 (2 adults, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls, the adult Iceland Gull and an adult Mediterranean Gull (CwS).
The adult Iceland Gull was loafing at Kingswood at 13:00 along with a 1cy Caspian Gull and 2 (adult, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
28th The adult Iceland Gull, a 1cy Caspian Gull and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS).
29th The roost held the adult Iceland Gull, 3 (adult, 2cy, 1cy) Caspian Gulls and 6 (4 adults, 2cy, 1cy) Yellow-legged Gulls. The 1cy Caspian Gull appeared to fly out to the west at 16:25 (CwS).
A 1cy Caspian Gull was at the Poplars Landfill at 11:45, flying out to the west at 16:25 (CwS).
30th The adult Iceland Gull, a 3cy Caspian Gull, and 5 (3 adults, 2 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS).
A 2cy Caspian Gull was at the Poplars Landfill, Cannock (CwS).
31st Amongst the roost were 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and the adult Iceland Gull but many gulls were head-on off the dam and difficult to examine (CwS).
At the Poplars Landfill there were over 3400 adult Herring Gulls and 3 (3cy, 2cy, 1cy) Caspian Gulls; all of which have also been seen in the roost recently (CwS).