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January 2018 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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1st Two Little Egrets flew north at 15:00 and 16:00. The gull-roost held 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
2nd The gull roost held 3 (2 adult, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
3rd Wet and windy conditions again but 4 (adult, 2 4cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls were noted in the roost and a juvenile Shag circled over Norton Bog during the early morning before flying off west (CwS).
4th An adult Mediterranean Gull and 4 (2 adult, 3cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS).
5th A juvenile Great Northern Diver was present off the dam during the morning (REv) and remained until dusk when an adult Caspian Gull, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls and 3 (2 adult, 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls were seen in the roost (CwS).
S 6th The Great Northern Diver was still present but appeared to be very inactive and not diving. An adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the Swag (CV) and later, in the roost, there were 4 (2 adults, 4cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull (CwS). A leucistic Grey Squirrel was an interesting find (JTa).
S 7th The Great Northern Diver was present along with 2 Shelducks. The gull-roost held 2 Caspian Gulls (3cy, 2cy), 3 (2 adult, 5cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull (CwS).a
On Cuckoo Bank there was a flock of about 40 Fieldfares (GHa).
8th The gull-roost held a 3cy Iceland Gull, 2 (3cy, 2cy) Caspian Gulls, and 3 (2 adult, 5cy) Yellow-legged Gulls. There was no sign of the diver during a brief search before the mist descended (CwS).
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11th The putative Ring-billed x Lesser Black-backed Gull has returned to the roost along with an adult Caspian Gull, 4 (2 adult, 5cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull (CwS).
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