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January 2019 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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1st A Water Rail was showing well in the north bay. A very popular gull roost included the adult Iceland Gull, 4 (4cy, 2 3cy, 2cy) Caspian Gulls, 3 (2 adults, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls (CwS et al).
2nd The calm conditions continue to make veiwing of the gull roost difficult as the gulls are facing in all directions. However, the adult Iceland Gull, 2 (adult, 2cy) Caspian Gulls and 4 (3 adults, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls were identified and a record 843 Great Black-backed Gulls were counted (CwS). The previous record was of 615 on 31st December 2004; peak numbers nearly always coinside with the post Christmas chicken and turkey carcass bonanza (GE).
3rd Four (3 drakes, 1 duck) Common Scoters were present (AB). The adult Iceland Gull roosted along with 4 (3 adults, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
At the Poplars Landfill, Cannock, the adult Iceland Gull was present at 13:20 and at the adjacent Kingswood loafing area there was a very pale 2cy Herring Gull type (CwS) very similar to the one at Chasewater on January 6th 2015 (click here for link) (GE).
  Pale 2cy gull at Kingswood (CwS)
4th The adult Iceland Gull roosted again along with 6 (5 adults, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
Two (adult, 4cy) Caspian Gulls were present at the Poplars Landfill (CwS).

The adult Iceland Gull was at Stubber's Green from at least 14:15 to 15:00 (GE).
S 5th The adult Iceland Gull roosted along with 2 (3cy, 2cy) Caspian Gulls, 7 (5 adults, 4cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull (CwS).
Only around 200 large gulls and 27 Lapwings were present at the Kingswood loafing area (IM).
The adult Iceland Gull was again seen at Stubber's Green (GWR).
S 6th The adult Iceland Gull, 2 (4cy, 3cy) Caspian Gulls and 6 (4 adults, 4cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS).
The 3cy Caspian Gull was earlier seen at the Poplars Landfill (CwS).
An adult Yellow-legged Gull was present at Stubber's Green during the day (GWR).
7th The adult Iceland Gull, 2 (3cy, 2cy) Caspian Gulls and 5 (4 adults, 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls were in the roost (CwS).
8th The adult Iceland Gull and at least 2 (adult, 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls were in the roost (JS).
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A 2cy Glaucous Gull, the adult Iceland Gull, 3 (adult, 4cy, 3cy) Caspian Gulls and 8 (4 adults, 4cy, 2 3cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS).
Distant image of the Glaucous Gull (CwS)
10th Little was seen due to fog.
11th The roost held the adult Iceland Gull, 2cy Glaucous Gull and 4 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
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The adult Iceland Gull, 2cy Glaucous Gull and 4 (3 adults, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS et al).
  2cy Glaucous Gull (AE)
S 13th The 2cy Glaucous Gull roosted along with a 4cy Caspian Gull and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
14th The adult Iceland Gull was again in the roost along with 2 (4cy, 3cy) Caspian Gulls and 5 (3 adults, 4cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
15th A total of 44 bird species was noted between 11:40 and 13:30, including a juvenile Peregrine along the Sailing Shore, a Willow Tit below the dam and at Jeffrey's Swag there was a Little Egret, a Chiffchaff, 5 Pochard, 5 Shovelers, 13 Gadwall and 6 Goosanders (GE).
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