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February 2018 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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1st A 3cy Iceland Gull, 3 (2 adults, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and 3cy Mediterranean Gull were in the roost (CwS).
2nd The roost held the 3cy Iceland Gull, 3 2cy Caspian Gulls, 4 (adult, 3 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and 2 (adult, 3cy) Mediterranean Gulls (CwS).
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The 3cy Iceland Gull, 2cy Caspian Gull, adult Mediterranean Gull and 2 (adult, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls were seen in the roost before heavy rain stopped play (CwS).

The 3cy Iceland Gull and 2cy Caspian Gull were also seen at the Poplars Landfill site in Cannock (CwS).
S 4th An adult Glaucous Gull, 4 (4cy, 3cy, 2 2cy) Caspian Gulls, an adult Yellow-legged Gull and adult Mediterranean Gull roosted. The influx of Caspian Gulls included  3 new birds (CwS).
5th The gull-roost held the pale ‘Swanshurst’ 3cy Iceland Gull, a 4cy Caspian Gull, 3 (2 adults, 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls including a new bird with a well-developed hood (PJ, CwS).
6th The large roost, with many new arrivals, held 7 (5 adults, 4cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls but no white-winged gulls were seen. A Shelduck and 6 Goosanders were also noted (PJ, GE).
7th 18 Goosanders (4 drakes), 20 Gadwall and 2 Shovelers were present and the gull-roost held 5 (2 adults, 2 4cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (PJ, GE).
8th A 4cy Caspian Gull and 7 (6 adults, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (PJ).
9th An adult Caspian Gull, 10 (5 adult, 4cy, 4 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull roosted (CwS).
S 10th There were 10 (6 adult, 2 5cy, 4cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and a adult Mediterranean Gull in the roost (CwS).
S 11th The roost held a 3cy Caspian Gull and 8 (3 adults, 5cy, 2 4cy, 3cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
12th An adult Caspian Gull, 9 (4 adults, 5cy, 3 4cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull roosted (CwS) and over 10 Lapwings were by the Watersports Centre (KW).
13th 3 Caspian Gulls (5cy, 4cy and 2cy), 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (2 adult and 2 4cy) and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls were in the roost (CwS).
14th The roost held an adult Caspian Gull, 6 (4 adults, 4cy, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull (CwS).
15th There were 3 (adult, 4cy, 2cy) Caspian Gulls, 5 (3 adults, 2 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull in the roost (CwS).
16th The monthly WeBS count produced 60 Mute Swans, 29 Canada Geese, 52 Wigeon, 25 Gadwall, 9 Teal, 103 Mallard, 176 Tufted Ducks, 27 Goldeneye, 4 Goosanders, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 26 Little Grebes, 17 Great Crested Grebes, 16 Moorhens, 406 Coot and 73 Lapwings. Amongst the 61 species seen were 4 Buzzards, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 4 Ravens, a Brambling was on the south shore and a Willow Tit was singing in the west shore wood (GE). The gull roost held 2 (3cy, 2cy) Iceland Gulls, 3 (adult, 4cy, 2cy) Caspian Gulls, 7 (4 adults, 2 4cy, 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull and 16 Common Gulls. The three Caspian Gulls have been seen regularly recently, the 3cy Iceland Gull was the ‘Swanshurst’ bird but the 2cy bird was new (CwS).
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