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October 2018 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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1st The juvenile Ringed Plover was present (PW).
2nd No records
3rd No records
4th A full circuit of the lake produced 45 bird species including a juvenile Scaup, an impressive 651 Tufted Ducks, 2 Pochard, 226 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 65 Mute Swans, 22 Canada Geese, 7 Cormorants, 19 Little Grebes, 45 Lapwings, a juvenile Ringed Plover, 2 Ravens, 3 Buzzards, 2 Stonechats and 45 Goldfinches. One or two Common Darters, a Red Admiral and Speckled Woods were on the wing (GE).

Ringed Plover (GE)
Scaup (GE)

Stonechat (GE)
5th No records
S 6th No records
S 7th No records
8th No records
9th No records
10th No records
11th No records
12th The strong southerly winds associated with Storm Callum appeared to produce little more than several wind-surfers to the lake whilst the Swag held 16 Wigeon, 9 Gadwall, 9 Shovelers, 2 Pochard and 13 Tufted Ducks (GE).
S 13th No records
S 14th No records
15th No records
16th The monthly WeBS count produced 65 Mute Swans, 48 Canada Geese, 18 Wigeon, 11 Gadwall, 14 Teal, 178 Mallard, 9 Shoveler, 5 Pochard, 623 Tufted Ducks, 7 Cormorants, 5 Grey Herons, 21 Little Grebes, 26 Great Crested Grebes, 53 Moorhens, 846 Coot, 57 Lapwings, an adult Yellow-legged Gull and a Kingfisher. Also present were 2 Buzzards, 3 Stonechats, a Chiffchaff, 55 Goldfinches and a Siskin. Four Migrant Hawkers and several Common Darters were on the wing and a Red Deer stag strolled along the length of the dam (GE).
The wildfowl around the island was disturbed by management work to the willows (GE). Red Deer stag on the dam (GE).
17th On Cuckoo Bank there were 50 Lesser Redpolls, 15 Redwings, 6 Fieldfares, around 20 Skylarks and 3 Meadow Pipits (GH).
18th A Wheatear was on the dam (GR, PW). The Swag held 6 Mute Swans, 18 Wigeon, 9 Gadwall, 9 Shovelers, 4 Teal, 49 Tufted Ducks and 3 Pochard (GE).

Repairs to the western embankment have resulted in a rather upgraded 'Balcony' for gull watching (GE).
After many years of providing cover for roosting starlings, loafing wildfowl and breeding grebes, the willows on the island have been coppiced. It will be interesting to monitor the effects (GE).  
19th No records
S 20th No records
S 21st No records
22nd A Blackcap was by the ivy covered derelict house at the end of the dam (GE).
23rd No records
24th On the Swag there were 25 Wigeon, 15 Gadwall, 9 Shovelers and 3 Pochard (GE).
25th No records
26th A short morning watch from the dam produced 63 Mute Swans, 32 Lapwings, a Buzzard, Grey Wagtail and 16 Fieldfares (GE). Three (adult, 2cy, 1cy) Caspian Gulls were in the roost (CwS).
S 27th The gull roost held the adult Caspian Gull seen earlier at Cannock Tip, a probable 3cy Caspian Gull and an adult Mediterranean Gull (CwS).
At the Poplars Landfill, Cannock, there was an adult Caspian Gull and 2 Woodlarks (CwS).
S 28th A Goosander and 7 Goldeneye were on the Swag. The only bird of note in the reduced gull roost was a 2cy Yellow-legged Gull (CwS).
On Cuckoo Bank there was a Stonechat, around 60 Lesser Redpolls, Skylarks, a few Reed Buntings, Meadow Pipits, Linnets and 17 Redwings (GH).
A Green Sandpiper was at Kingswood (N).
29th A flock of at least 20 grey geese flew off from the far side of the island with at least two being identified as White-fronted Geese. A Shelduck and a 2cy Yellow-legged Gull were also noted (CwS).
30th A Little Egret, 11 Goldeneye and 2 Goosander were present. An adult Caspian Gull roosted (CwS).
31st Six Goosanders were present (KW).