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September 2018 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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S 1st
A moulting adult Black Tern was present along with 3 juvenile Dunlin, 3 (2 adults, 1juv) Ringed Plovers and a Common Sandpiper (PW).
Back of the camera image of the Black Tern (PW).  

S 2nd Three Ringed Plovers were present (NS).
3rd One Ringed Plover was seen (PW).
4th No records
5th
Three juvenile Ringed Plovers, a juvenile Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, 1 Wigeon, 8 Greylag Geese, 137 Canada Geese, a Redstart, 2 Whitethroats, 4 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler and a Treecreeper were noted along with 2 Migrant Hawkers and a very white leucistic Grey Squirrel (GE).
  Migrant Hawker (GE)
6th No records
7th No records
S 8th
Sunrise (GE) Two juvenile Curlew Sandpipers in the rain (GE).

The 24 hour birdwatch started at midnight whilst a presumably stolen car burned on the south shore and loud music blasted out from the Watersports Centre; a perfect demonstration why Chasewater isn't everyone's favourite venue for connecting with nature. However, a peaceful dawn eventually cast first light over a calm lake and the species list started to grow. Many of the sites taking part in the event were nature reserves being worked by teams of several observers but we never had more than three at any time and, of course, no hides to shelter from the increasingly frequent and saturating rain. By midday we were down to two observers but 69 species had been recorded and we had high hopes of achieving our target of 80 species. The incesent noise from the Watersports' PA system and water-skiers along with the weather challenged our resolve but at 14:00, the discovery of Chasewater's first Curlew Sandpipers for many years was encouraging but the failure to find a single House Sparrow and a general lack of passerine migrants resulted in the final total for the Chasewater and Cuckoo Bank area being 79 species. Two Ravens,1-2 Swifts, 200 House Martins, 120 Swallows, 1-2 Sand Martins, a Nuthatch and a Cetti's Warbler were amongst those recorded whilst the monthly WeBS count produced 58 Mute Swans, 8 Greylag Geese, 137 Canada Geese, 7 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 264 Mallard, 6 Shoveler, 361 Tufted Ducks, 1 Cormorant, 3 Grey Herons, 17 Little Grebes, 20 Great Crested Grebes, 28 Moorhens, 670 Coot, 40 Lapwings, 5 Ringed Plovers, the 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Snipe and a Kingfisher (CwS, PJ, GE).
Cuckoo Bank contributed a further 12 species to the 67 seen at Chasewater with a Tree Pipit, a Goosander, a Green Sandpiper and a Willow Tit being noteworthy (CwS).
S 9th The 5 Ringed Plovers were still present but there was no sign of the Curlew Sandpipers (PW).
10th Four Shovelers, 7 Wigeon and 2 Little Grebes were on the Swag (GH) and 12 Wigeon, over 30 Lapwings, 3 Little Grebes, a Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Linnets and a Willow Warbler were also noted (JK).
On Cuckoo Bank there were 8 Meadow Pipits, a Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff (GH).
11th No records
12th No records
13th Three juvenile Ringed Plovers were on the Sailing Shore (GE).
14th No records
S 15th On Cuckoo Bank there was a Redstart and many Chiffchaffs (N).
S 16th No records
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18th A Kingfisher flew over the Swag and 5 juvenile Ringed Plovers were on the Sailing Shore (GE).
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