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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).
9th
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).
S 12th
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).
16th The adult Iceland Gull, 2 (3cy, 2cy) Caspian Gulls and 5 (3 adults, 2 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS).
17th The monthly WeBS count produced the following totals: 51 Mute Swans, 24 Canada Geese, 24 Wigeon, 10 Gadwall, 22 Teal, 164 Mallard, 6 Shovelers, 5 Pochard, 246 Tufted Ducks, 16 Goldeneye, 7 Goosanders, 4 Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, 4 Grey Herons, 16 Little Grebes, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 25 Moorhens, 428 Coot and 74 Lapwings. The feeding station attracted good numbers of tits, including a Willow Tit, 15 Bullfinches, 10 Chaffinches and 3 Reed Buntings. Ten Lesser Redpolls and 2 Siskins were near the Swag. Five Meadow Pipits and 2 Grey Wagtails were on the shore (GE) . A total of 62 bird species was recorded, including the adult Iceland Gull, 2cy Caspian Gull, adult Mediterranean Gull and 300 Great Black-backed Gulls that roosted (CwS, GE, CV).
Lesser Redpoll (GE) Siskin (GE) Willow Vale (GE)
18th The adult Iceland Gull, 2 (2cy, 3cy) Caspian Gulls and 5 (3 adults, 4cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS).
At Stubber's Green this Caspian Gull was present: this is the same bird seen at Chasewater on November 22nd 2018 and later at Branston. Its bill looks typical for a 2w bird but its plumage is very advanced and more typical of 3w so it may now be in its 4th calendar year (GE).
S 19th The adult Iceland Gull, 2 3cy Caspian Gulls, 4 (3 adults, 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and 2 new adult Mediterranean Gulls roosted (CwS).
S 20th The adult Iceland Gull, 2 (3cy, 2cy) Caspian Gulls, 6 (4 adults, 4cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull roosted (CwS, HC).
21st The roost held the adult Iceland Gull, a 3cy Caspian Gull and 5 (4 adults, 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
22nd Despite heavy falling snow causing a whiteout, 2 (3cy, 2cy) Caspian Gulls and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls were found in the roost (CwS).
23rd The roost held the adult Iceland Gull, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and 3 (2 3cy, 2cy) Caspian Gulls, one of which was the same individual seen at Stubber's Green on the 18th (CwS).
24th The adult Iceland Gull, a 2cy Caspian Gull and 4 adult Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS).
25th The adult Iceland Gull, a 3cy Caspian Gull and 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS).
S 26th The adult Iceland Gull roosted along with a 2cy Herring x Glaucous Gull ('Viking Gull'), 2 2cy Caspian Gulls, 6 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 pale 2cy Herring Gulls and a melanistic Lesser Black-backed Gull (CwS).
A 3cy Caspian Gull was at the Poplars Landfill at 10:30 and a 2cy Caspian Gull was at Kingswood at 11:15 (CwS).
S 27th
The roost held a 2cy Glaucous Gull (same individual as on 9th), 3 (4cy, 2 3cy) Caspian Gulls, 5 (3 adults, 4cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull (CwS).
  2cy Glaucous Gull (CwS)

Only small numbers of gulls, including 2 (adult, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls, were loafing at Kingswood during the afternoon's high winds (CwS).
28th The adult Iceland Gull, a different 2cy Glaucous Gull from last night, 2 (3cy, 2cy) Caspian Gulls and 2 (adult, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS).
29th The adult Iceland Gull, an adult Yellow-legged Gull and the hybrid Herring x Glaucous Gull were all noted in the snowy conditions (CwS).
30th

Jack Snipe (GE)
Most of the Swag and the north end of the lake were frozen and during the early afternoon a 2cy Caspian Gull, 2cy Yellow-legged Gull, 14 Goosanders, 22 Goldeneye, 215 Tufted Ducks, 2 Pochard, 26 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 4 Shovelers, 12 Little Grebes, 9 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Cormorants, 26 Lapwings, 3 Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk were seen from the west shore. A Jack Snipe was feeding in the north-west bay with 7 Moorhens and 6 Teal (GE). The gull roost held the adult Iceland Gull, a 2cy Caspian Gull, 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull (CwS).
31st The first Oystercatcher of the year was on the North Shore and a Woodcock was feeding on the South Shore at dusk when the gull roost held the adult Iceland Gull and 4 (3 adults, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).