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February 2018 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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1st A 3cy Iceland Gull, 3 (2 adults, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and 3cy Mediterranean Gull were in the roost (CwS).
2nd The roost held the 3cy Iceland Gull, 3 2cy Caspian Gulls, 4 (adult, 3 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and 2 (adult, 3cy) Mediterranean Gulls (CwS).
S 3rd

The 3cy Iceland Gull, 2cy Caspian Gull, adult Mediterranean Gull and 2 (adult, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls were seen in the roost before heavy rain stopped play (CwS).

The 3cy Iceland Gull and 2cy Caspian Gull were also seen at the Poplars Landfill site in Cannock (CwS).
S 4th An adult Glaucous Gull, 4 (4cy, 3cy, 2 2cy) Caspian Gulls, an adult Yellow-legged Gull and adult Mediterranean Gull roosted. The influx of Caspian Gulls included  3 new birds (CwS).
5th The gull-roost held the pale ‘Swanshurst’ 3cy Iceland Gull, a 4cy Caspian Gull, 3 (2 adults, 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls including a new bird with a well-developed hood (PJ, CwS).
6th The large roost, with many new arrivals, held 7 (5 adults, 4cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls but no white-winged gulls were seen. A Shelduck and 6 Goosanders were also noted (PJ, GE).
7th 18 Goosanders (4 drakes), 20 Gadwall and 2 Shovelers were present and the gull-roost held 5 (2 adults, 2 4cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (PJ, GE).
8th A 4cy Caspian Gull and 7 (6 adults, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (PJ).
9th An adult Caspian Gull, 10 (5 adult, 4cy, 4 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull roosted (CwS).
S 10th There were 10 (6 adult, 2 5cy, 4cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and a adult Mediterranean Gull in the roost (CwS).
S 11th The roost held a 3cy Caspian Gull and 8 (3 adults, 5cy, 2 4cy, 3cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
12th An adult Caspian Gull, 9 (4 adults, 5cy, 3 4cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull roosted (CwS) and over 10 Lapwings were by the Watersports Centre (KW).
13th 3 Caspian Gulls (5cy, 4cy and 2cy), 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (2 adult and 2 4cy) and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls were in the roost (CwS).
14th The roost held an adult Caspian Gull, 6 (4 adults, 4cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull (CwS).
15th There were 3 (adult, 4cy, 2cy) Caspian Gulls, 5 (3 adults, 2 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull in the roost (CwS).
16th The monthly WeBS count produced 60 Mute Swans, 29 Canada Geese, 52 Wigeon, 25 Gadwall, 9 Teal, 103 Mallard, 176 Tufted Ducks, 27 Goldeneye, 4 Goosanders, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 26 Little Grebes, 17 Great Crested Grebes, 16 Moorhens, 406 Coot, 73 Lapwings, 1 Jack Snipe and 57 Snipe. Amongst the 61 species seen were 4 Buzzards, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 4 Ravens, a Brambling was on the south shore and a Willow Tit was singing in the west shore wood. A Comma was in flight and 27 Red Deer were present (GE). The gull roost held 2 (3cy, 2cy) Iceland Gulls, 3 (adult, 4cy, 2cy) Caspian Gulls, 7 (4 adults, 2 4cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull and 16 Common Gulls. The three Caspian Gulls have been seen regularly recently, the 3cy Iceland Gull was the ‘Swanshurst’ bird but the 2cy bird was new (CwS).


Views of Norton Bog (GE)
   
S 17th The roost held 2 (4cy, 3cy) Caspian Gulls and 5 (4 adults, 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls. The 3cy Caspian Gull was previously seen on the 11th February (CwS).
S 18th

Seven (4 adults, 5cy, 4cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls were in the roost and a Peregrine caused some alarm just before dusk (CwS).

On Cuckoo Bank there were good numbers of singing Skylarks, the first Lapwings were on territory and both Willow Tit and Yellowhammers were present (CwS).
19th Five (3 adults, 4cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls were in the roost and a Little Egret flew north at dusk (CwS).
20th There was a huge gull- roost with an estimated 6000 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 8000 Herring Gulls, including a marked increase in argentatus, 2 (3cy, 2cy) Caspian Gulls and 7 (3 adults, 5cy, 2 3cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
21st Only a 4cy Yellow-legged Gull was seen in the roost (CwS).
22nd The roost held 5 (3 adults, 4cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and a 2cy Caspian Gull (CwS).
23rd An Oystercatcher was on the south shore and a Little Egret flew north. The gull-roost held a 2cy Caspian Gull and 6 (3 adults, 2 4cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
S 24th The roost held 2 (3cy, 2cy) Caspian Gulls, 6 (3 adults, 4cy, 3cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and 2 new adult Mediterranean Gulls (CwS).
S 25th A 3cy Iceland Gull, 5 (3 adult, 4cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls were in the roost (CwS).
26th Five (2 adults, 2 4cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls were in the roost along with a 3cy Iceland Gull that was last seen on 3rd February (CwS).
27th Two Oystercatchers were on south shore and the gull-roost held a 3cy Iceland Gull, 2cy Caspian Gull and 5 (4 adults, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
28th 63 Mute Swans were on the main lake (GE). The 2 Oystercatchers were again on the south shore whilst a 2cy Iceland Gull, a 3cy Caspian Gull and 5 (2 adults, 2 3cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls were in another huge gull-roost including an estimated 10000 large gulls (CwS).