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August 2014 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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Sun 3rd

Peacock Butterfly (CS)
Thurs 7th Adult and juvenile Willow Tits were visiting the feeders. A Grey Wagtail was feeding at the head of the Fly Bay stream.
Fri 8th A mixed flock of migratory birds was seen moving through below the dam and included 2 Tree Pipits and a Redstart. A Willow Tit was calling in the Norton Bog area.
Sat 9th
A male Keeled Skimmer was present in the north heath marsh, in the same location as the previous record from 17th - 27th August 2001. There is a hint of a possibility that there may be a small population surviving unnoticed at Chaseweater and yet there appears to be only one other Staffordshire record this century. At least 12 flowering Round-leaved Wintergreens were also present (GE).
Keeled Skimmer (©GE)

Water-levels are still high for the time of year at 62cm off maximum and with a great deal of invasive shore-line willow growth there is little available habitat for migrant waders. The WeBS count produced 45 Mute Swans, 75 Canada Geese, 181 Mallard, 76 Tufted Ducks, 303 Coot, 6 Moorhens, 28 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Little Grebes, 3 Grey Herons, a Lapwing, a 3cy Yellow-legged Gull, a Herring Gull, 33 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 32 Black-headed Gulls. Several Willow Warblers, a family party of Whitethroats and a Lesser Whitethroat were also present (GE).
Sun 10th  A Greenshank was calling as it circled and departed to the north-west. On the north shore there was a Treecreeper, Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker and a family of Willow Warblers (HK).
Mon 18th Images from CS via chasewater.sightings@yahoo.co.uk

Swallow (CS)

Pied Wagtail (CS)
Thurs 21st A Common Sandpiper and 40 Swifts were present (PW). Hirundines were lining up on the wakeboarding lines and hunting for insects over the lake. A Rock Pipit was calling over Anglesey Basin.

A 2cy and an adult Yellow-legged Gull were in the roost.
Fri 22nd 3 Ringed Plovers, 1 Sanderling, a female Pintail, 2 Kingfishers, adult and 2nd cy Yellow-legged Gulls were present and over 1000 Starlings roosted on the island. A Red Fox was patrolling the North Heath.
Sat 23rd 2 Wheatears and 4 Grey Partridges were on Cuckoo Bank.

An Azorean Type Yellow-legged Gull came into roost late at 8.45pm.
Mon 25th Staffordshire County Council rangers are holding a Wildlife Fun Day at the innovation centre from 10.30am - 4.00pm Bank Holiday Monday
See https://www.facebook.com/ChasewaterCountryPark?fref=ts for more info.
Thurs 28th On Cuckoo Bank there were 2 Hobbies, 2 Ravens and a Greenshank (PW).
Sun 31st Four Spotted Flycatchers and 7 Swifts were present (PW).