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April 2018 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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S 1st Two (3cy, 2cy) Iceland Gulls, 3 (adult, 5cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull were in the roost and 43 Sand Martins and 3 Swallows were in Fly Bay till dusk (CwS).
2nd The 3cy Iceland Gull was in nice and early this evening CwS).
3rd A Little Ringed Plover, 3 Oystercatchers and a Willow Warbler were present. Three adult Little Gulls and an Arctic Tern flew east ahead of a shower and the 3cy Iceland Gull roosted (CwS).
4th Eleven Swallows were present during the evening.
5th No records
6th No records
S 7th At Jeffrey’s Swag there were around 30 Sand Martins, 7 Swallows, 7 Goldeneye and 2 Wigeon (GHa). Below the dam a Sedge Warbler was singing and a Blackcap and Treecreeper were present. Over 200 Swallows and Sand Martins were present at dusk and a 4cy Yellow-legged Gull roosted (CwS).
S 8th Ten Blackcaps and a female Whitethroat were in the West Shore wood and a Willow Tit and Kingfisher were nearby (CwS). A Wigeon, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Sparrowhawk were seen in the Swag and Norton Bog area.
On Cuckoo Bank there were 4 Fieldfares, a Wheatear, a White Wagtail, 5 Willow Warblers and 4 Chiffchaffs (GHa).
9th A female Common Scoter was present during the afternoon and evening when 2 Little Egrets flew west, a Redshank was present and at 19:20 a Common Tern flew in with some Black-headed Gulls (CwS).
10th Two Common Sandpipers were on the dam during the morning (CwS).
11th A cold and foggy day with little seen. Five Goldeneye were on the Swag, over 250 Black-headed Gulls were on the lake, 7 Swallows flew over the west shore (GE) and a Curlew flew over at 18:45 (CwS).
12th No records
13th A Common Tern and over 300 hirundines, including at least 12 House Martins, were present (CwS).
S 14th Four (3 drakes, 1 duck) Common Scoters and 6 Goosanders were present during the afternoon (PW) and at dusk a Ringed Plover was by the dam, a pair of Tawny Owls were calling and Noctule, Common and Soprano Pipistrelle bats were recorded (CwS).
A Ring Ouzel, a Redstart and a Wheatear were in fields to the east of Cannock Tip at 16:00 (CwS).
S 15th Two adult Little Gulls were recorded along with a White Wagtail, 2 Grasshopper Warblers and a singing Lesser Whitethroat (CwS).
16th High water-levels and a very cool and breezy day resulted in only 56 bird species being recorded in five and a half hours and disappointing numbers recorded during the monthly WeBS count which produced 57 Mute Swans, 14 Canada Geese, 2 Wigeon, 49 Mallard, 49 Tufted Ducks, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Grey Heron, 22 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Moorhens, 115 Coot, 1 Common Sandpiper and a Common Tern. Also present were 6 Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 25 Sand Martins, 2 House Martins, 3 Swallows, 10 Chiffchaffs, 16 Willow Warblers and 13 Blackcaps (GE). During the evening a Cuckoo was on the North Heath and 2 Common Gulls were present (CwS).
17th At 19:00 there were 2 Arctic Terns, an adult Kittiwake and a drake Garganey was flushed from the north shore and flew out to the west (CwS).
18th No records
19th A beautiful, sunny day with temperatures up to 26C but little of note during a short visit. No Green Hairstreaks were evident in Anglesey Basin and a distant tern was perched on a buoy (GE). Unfortunately, Gentleshaw Common has suffered a serious heath fire (N).
Green Hairstreak - obvious out in the open ..... ... almost invisible agaist the Cowberry.

Around 4 Green Hairstreaks were enjoying the sun on the heath north of the Sailing Club road. Two Common Terns and an Arctic Tern were present amongst 350 Black-headed Gulls on the main lake (GE).
S 21st An adult Kittiwake and a 3cy Yellow-legged Gull were present along with a total of 7 Common Terns. A Garden Warbler was in song and a Yellowhammer was noted (CwS).
An Osprey flew north over Fair Lady Coppice, Heath Hayes at 10:25 (CwS).
On Cuckoo Bank there was a Cuckoo, Whinchat and 4 Lesser Whitethroats (GHa).
S 22nd No records