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April 2019 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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1st No records
2nd No records
3rd A great day of raptor movements with 2 Red Kites flying north-east at 15:00 and a total of at least 40 Buzzards passing over (CwS ). A couple of hours in the Chasewater Heaths area during the morning produced a Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, 6 Willow Warblers, 11 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 3 Lesser Redpolls and 5 Skylarks (AB).
4th 140 Sand Martins, 18 Swallows, a Redshank and 2 White Wagtails were present (CwS).
5th The earliest Lesser Whitethroat on record was present near the railway along with several Blackcaps. Over 200 Sand Martins were over the lake and a Shelduck was present (CwS).
S 6th
An adult Little Gull (PW) was amongst 800 Black-headed Gulls on the lake, 60 Sand Martins, 6 Buzzards and a Raven were noted whilst Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs were in song during a twenty minute visit (GE).
  Raven with egg (GE).
S 7th Three Common Scoters were seen off the Sailing Club, 3 Willow Warblers and 2 Little Ringed Plovers were also present (SBi).
8th Four (3 adults, 2cy) Little Gulls and an Arctic Tern were present (PW, JHu, VT, JT, JA) along with a Black Tern (CM, RF). Orange Tips are now on the wing (DL).
S 9th Five (4 adults, 2cy) Little Gulls and a Common Tern were presnt until 18:30 when they all flew east. A Yellow Wagtail was seen during the morning (CwS).
S 10th
Five (4 adults, 2cy) Little Gulls were amongst 100 Black-headed Gulls. Also present were 2 Common Terns, 2 Oystercatchers and a Curlew flew over (CwS, GE, AB). 1-2 House Martins and Swallows were with the Sand Martins and on the North Shore 8 Willow Warblers, 12 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 12 Bullfinches and 5 Lesser Redpolls were recorded (AB). Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and an Orange Tip were on the wing but no sign of any Green Hairstreaks yet (GE).
  2cy Little Gull (GE) Adult Little Gull (GE) Common Tern (GE)
11th The 5 Little Gulls were present until at least 15:00 (GE) but only the 2cy bird was seen in the evening when a 3cy Mediterranean Gull flew in. Also present were 2 Common Terns, 2 Oystercatchers and 7 Greylag Geese (CwS).
On Cuckoo Bank there were 2 Redstarts and a Yellow Wagtail (CwS).
12th During the morning a Swift (probably the earliest ever for Chasewater) was with House Martins over the Sailing Club and the 3cy Mediterranean Gull, a 2cy Little Gull and 2 Greylags were present (CwS). During the afternoon a Great White Egret flew west over Willow Vale (PJ).
S 13th The 2cy Little Gull was still present along with 2 Common Terns and over 20 House Martins. A Garden Warbler was singing by the Watersports Club (N, GE CwS).
S 14th A 2cy Little Gull, 2 Common Terns and 3 Willow Warblers were noted (KD).
15th No records
16th On Cuckoo Bank there were at least 80 Skylarks, 10 Meadow Pipits, 2 Red-legged Partridges, Linnets, a Garden Warbler and a Grasshopper Warbler (GH).
17th A Great White Egret was present during the morning along with 2 (adult, 2cy) Little Gulls and 2 Whitethroats (CwS).
Two Grasshopper Warblers were on Cuckoo Bank along with Meadow Pipits, Linnets, Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, a Garden Warbler, Swallow and a Grey Wagtail (GH).
18th A Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Whitethroat (CM, JJH) and a 2cy Little Gull were present (CwS).
19th A Curlew and a Common Sandpiper were seen in the morning. During the evening a 2cy Little Gull, 2 Common Sandpipers and 2 Common Terns were present (CwS).
On Cuckoo Bank at least 10 Grasshopper Warblers and 50 Skylarks were in song, Whitethroats, Garden Warblers and a Hobby were also present (CwS).
S 20th Two Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Garden Warblers, a Reed Warbler, a Common Sandpiper a Redshank and a Common Tern were present (CM).
S 21st
The North Heath (GE)
A visit from dawn till 10:30 didn't quite avoid the inevitable masses and the monthly WeBS count ended with me being swept along by tens of todlers having their fun run prior to the mass start of the main event. The final totals produced 13 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 65 Mute Swans, 1 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 73 Mallard, 6 Teal, 57 Tufted Ducks, 17 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Cormorants, 6 Moorhens, 98 Coot, 3 Common Sandpipers, 45 Black-headed Gulls, 17 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 2 Common Terns. Amongst the 57 bird species noted were 15 Willow Warblers, 7 Chiffchaffs, 2 Reed Warblers, 7 Blackaps, a Garden Warbler and 5 Whitethroats but no hirundines or Swifts were present in the warm and sunny conditions. Orange Tips, Speckled Wood and Green Hairstreaks were on the wing (GE).
Norton Bog (GE)
22nd A sunny Easter Day is not the ideal time to try to find tranquility at Chasewater: indeed it can be both stressful and sad to experience so much ignorance and so little respect towards the site's natural environment and the people who work so hard to protect it.
A Red Kite was sen over the Poplars Landfill, Cannock (CwS).
23rd During the morning a 2cy Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Common Terns and a Yellow Wagtail were present (CwS).
24th No records
25th A Whimbrel flew round calling at 16:30, a Common Tern and up to 100 mixed hirundines were also present (GE).
26th Two Arctic Terns flew north at 14:45 (CwS). Three Common Terns, 3 Oystercatchers, a Ringed Plover, a Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers (CwS, CM, PW), a Yellow Wagtail and 3 singing Lesser Whitethroats were present and a Sanderling was on the north shore during the evening (CwS). The report of 2 Green Sandpipers on the Staff Birding site appears to be a misprint.
S 27th During the early morning a Whimbrel was on the Island, a Sanderling on the South Shore and a Dunlin, Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpipers, an Arctic Tern and around 400 hirundines were present (CwS).
S 28th A Curlew flew over to the north (CM). An adult Kittiwake was off the south shore and a Cuckoo was calling over the North Heath at dusk (CwS).
29th The adult Kittiwake was still present (CwS).
30th The adult Kittiwake appears to be unwell. 6 Common Terns and a Wheatear were also present (CwS).