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February 2019 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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1st There was an influx of wildfowl on the main lake, including 18 Goosanders and 23 Pochard. The adult Iceland Gull, 3cy Caspian Gull and 6 (3 adults, 4cy, 3cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS).
S 2nd The adult Iceland Gull, a 2cy Caspian Gull, an adult Mediterranean Gull and 4 (2 adults, 2 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS).
S 3rd The gull roost held the adult Iceland Gull, a 3cy Glaucous Gull, a 2cy Caspian Gull, 5 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull (CwS).
4th The large roost held 2 (adult, 3cy) Glaucous Gulls, the adult Iceland Gull, a 2cy Caspian Gull, 4 (2 adults, 3cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull (CwS).
5th No records.
6th A fairly brisk walk around the lake during the day produced 49 bird species including a Brambling, 34 Chaffinches, 15 Bullfinches, 12 Greenfinches, 6 Siskins, 20 Goldfinches, 5 Reed Buntings and a Willow Tit, the majority of which were at the feeding station. Eight Goosanders were also present (GE, PDH).
People watching deer (GE). Snowdrops at the north end of the dam (GE)
7th The adult Iceland Gull, 3cy Glaucous Gull, 6 (3 adults, 5cy, 2 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull roosted (CwS).
8th The adult Iceland Gull, 4cy Caspian Gull, and 4 (3 adults, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted and the 3cy Glaucous Gull was present until 16:30 when it flew south (CwS) and was relocated amongst other gulls in a ploughed field by Ryders Mere (KC).
S 9th The adult Iceland Gull, 3cy Glaucous Gull, 2 2cy Caspian Gulls, 4 (3 adults, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull roosted (CwS).
The 3cy Glaucous Gull was also seen at the Poplars Landfill during the day (KD).
S 10th The roost held the adult Iceland Gull, 3cy Glaucous Gull, 2cy Caspian Gull and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
11th A closer view of the Glaucous Gull today has shown it to have a pale eye and pale extreme tip to the bill and therefore be in its 3rd calendar year (all previous sightings have now been corrected). Also noted this evening were 6 (4 adults, 2 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls, the adult Iceland Gull and a 3cy Caspian Gull (CwS).
12th The adult Iceland Gull, 2 2cy Caspian Gulls and an adult Yellow-legged Gull roosted (CwS).
13th Willow Tits were present at three locations today. The gull roost held the adult Iceland Gull, 3cy Glaucous Gull, 3cy Caspian Gull, at least 8 (4+ adults, 2 4cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull (CwS, PFo, TL).
14th An Oystercatcher was present and the gull roost held the adult Iceland Gull, 3cy Glaucous Gull, 3 (2 new 3cy, 2cy) Caspian Gulls, 3 (2 adults, 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and 3 pale Herring Gulls (CwS). 22 Goldeneye, 8 Goosanders and 5 Shovelers were on the Swag (GE).
15th
Anglesey Basin (GE) Norton Bog Lagoon (GE)

The monthly WeBS count produced the following totals: 24 Canada Geese, 56 Mute Swans, 3 Shovelers, 20 Gadwall, 23 Wigeon, 121 Mallard, 34 Teal, 3 Pochard, 137 Tufted Ducks, 31 Goldeneye, 9 Goosander, 18 Little Grebes, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Cormorants, 28 Moorhens, 348 Coot and 158 Lapwings. Amongst the 56 bird species recorded were three Ravens and Willow Tits were singing from two sites (GE). The gull roost held the adult Iceland Gull, 3cy Glaucous Gull, 3 3cy Caspian Gulls, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 8500 Black-headed Gulls, 10 Common Gulls, 1500 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, up to 500 Herring Gulls and around 50 Great Black-backed Gulls (CwS, N, GE, PJ, AB et al).
S 16th A new adult Glaucous Gull was present in the roost along with the 3cy Glaucous Gull, adult Iceland Gull, 2 3cy Caspian Gulls, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull (CwS).
S 17th Two adult Iceland Gulls roosted along with 4 (2 3cy, 2 2cy) Caspian Gulls, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, a pale 2cy Herring Gull and an adult Mediterranean Gull (CwS, N, JA, MY, JJH, HK et al).
18th There was a large influx of 2cy Herring Gulls this evening and as many as 4500 large gulls were present at dusk including 2 adult Iceland Gulls, a 3cy Glaucous Gull and 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
19th A new immature Glaucous Gull appeared in the roost (too late to be precisely aged) and joined the 3cy Glaucous Gull, adult Iceland Gull, 2 (3cy, 4cy) Caspian Gulls and 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS, PJ, AB, IM, PDH).
20th An Oystercatcher was on the Island. An adult Iceland Gull, 3cy Glaucous Gull, 2 (adult, 3cy) Caspian Gulls, at least 5 (3 adults, 2 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls roosted (CwS).
21st Two pipistrelles were feeding along the west shore whilst the gull roost held the adult Iceland Gull, 3cy Glaucous Gull and 2 3cy Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
22nd An Oystercatcher was present and the adult Iceland Gull, 3cy Glaucous Gull, 2cy Caspian Gull, 4 (adult, 3 3cy - 2 new) Yellow-legged Gulls and another influx of immature birds roosted (CwS).
S 23rd The gull roost held the putative Ring-billed x Lesser Black-backed Gull hybrid for the first time this winter, the adult Iceland Gull, 2 (adult, 3cy) Glaucous Gulls, a 4cy Caspian Gull and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
S 24th On Jeffrey's Swag there were 2 Mute Swans, 3 Shovelers, 12 Gadwall, 15 Wigeon, 16 Mallard, 2 Pochard, 66 Tufted Ducks, 13 Goldeneyes, 5 Goosanders, a Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Moorhens and 86 Coot (GE). The gull roost proved to be difficult to cover with many birds arriving late and only the 3cy Glaucous Gull and 4 (2 adults, 4cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls were recorded (CwS, N, JA, SR).
25th

The start of yet another beautiful spring-like day showing Jupiter reflected in the lake (CwS).

It was another difficult gull roost with the first bird of interest not noted until 17:45 but eventually the 2 (adult, 3cy) Glaucous Gulls, 3 (4cy, 3cy, 2cy) Caspian Gulls and 2 (adult, 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls were found along with 5 pipistrelles and a Noctule along the west shore (CwS).
26th Another day of record breaking winter temperatures. The 2 (adult, 3cy) Glaucous Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull were seen in the roost (CwS).
27th The 2 (adult, 3cy) Glaucous Gulls, an adult Caspian Gull and 2 (4cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS).
28th The gull roost held the adult and 3cy Glaucous Gulls, a 2cy Yellow-legged Gull and an adult Mediterranean Gull, which flew in calling from the west (CwS, N).
The weather is now back to more near the expected: the prolonged period of southerly winds and cloudless skies have resulted in the warmest February on record.