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April 2015 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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Weds 1st 2 Swallows were seen, the first records received this year (GR).
Peter has extended his observations of local fungi populations to the Brownhills Common area, a list of the species detected is here
Thurs 2nd A Redshank and a Kingfisher were present (GR).
A pair of Buzzards was present on the North Heath and large numbers of Red Deer were grazing. Please do not allow dogs to approach the deer.
An Andrena species of bee was observed in the Norton Bog area.
2 Little Ringed Plovers were flying around the lake in the evening.
Fri 3rd No records.
Sat 4th No records.
Sun 5th No records.
Mon 6th No records.
Tues 7th Two Little Ringed Plovers were on the Sailing Shore. A male Stonechat was on the north heath along with several pairs of Reed Buntings, Snipe and displaying Meadow Pipits (GR).
On Cuckoo Bank there were Skylarks, Yellowhammers and nesting Lapwings (GR).
Wed 8th No records.
Thurs 9th A Whimbrel flew north during the morning and an Oystercatcher was on the Sailing Shore.
Fri 10th

An email received on 13th April reports a Red Kite was seen on the 10th over Hollygrove School to the north of Chasewater (DSt).
Red Deer hind in moult (PT).  

Sat 11th 12 Swallows were over the North Heath (PW) and good numbers of Sand Martins were over the lake (JHu). 2 Willow Tits were also present.
Sun 12th No records.
Mon 13th No records.
Tues 14th
A breeding plumaged Dunlin was on the Sailing Shore (JT,  VT, PW). A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling on the North Shore during the evening (NS).
Dunlin (PW)  
Wed 15th

3 Ringed Plovers, a Little Ringed Plover and a White Wagtail were on the Sailing Shore whilst 2 Oystercatchers were flying around. Over 100 Sand Martins and several Swallows were over the lake, 2 Blackcaps and many Willow Warblers were in song (PW).
White Wagtail (PW)
Ringed Plover (PW) Ringed Plovers (PW) Willow Warbler (PW)

On Cuckoo Bank there were 5 reeling Grasshopper Warblers (DO).
Thurs 16th 5 terns were present during the morning of which at least 3 were Common Terns (PW). A male Redstart and a male Wheatear were present.
A large number of mining bees were sunning themselves on the fences at Norton Bog.
On Cuckoo Bank there were 7 reeling Grasshopper Warblers (DO).
Fri 17th Two Common Terns were present (GR).
A Cuckoo was on Cuckoo Bank along with 5 Buzzards, 3 Greylag Geese and a flock of Jackdaws (GR).
Sat 18th On Cuckoo Bank there were 8 reeling Grasshopper Warblers (DO).
Sun 19th No records.
Mon 20th
The monthly WeBS count produced the following totals: 70 Mute Swans, 16 Canada Geese, 103 Mallard, 50 Tufted Ducks, 1 Grey Heron, 20 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant, 3 Moorhen, 153 Coot, 2 Lapwings, 1 Snipe, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Common Sandpiper and 3 Common Terns. During the foggy morning 80 Sand Martins, 10 Swallows and 5 House Martins were gathered on the wakeboard lines, a Wheatear was around the Nine-foot and 1-2 Fieldfares were heard near the Sailing Club. A Whitethroat was singing at Anglesey Basin where several Green Hairstreaks were in flight once the sun broke through and Peacocks, Comma, Orange Tip and Green-veined Whites were also evident. Up to 4 Buzzards and 2 Kestrels, 49 Black-headed Gulls, 22 Lesser Black-backs and 3 Herring Gulls were also present. A Willow Tit sang on the east side of the Swag (GE).
  Peacock (GE)
Tues 21st No records.
Wed 22nd 3 Common Terns, a Little Ringed Plover, 2 Gadwall and a Grasshopper Warbler were present (PW).
Thurs 23rd A Lesser Whitethroat was singing at the north end of the dam, 3 Common Terns were over the lake and 42 Tufted Ducks on the Swag.
A Common Sandpiper, a Ringed Plover and a Grey Wagtail were also present  (GR).
On Cuckoo Bank there was a singing Tree Pipit, a Jack Snipe, Snipe, Cuckoo, several Whitethroats, many Willow Warblers and Grasshopper Warbler territories now number at least 12 (DO, GE, PW).
  Cuckoo (GE)
Fri 24th 2 Shelducks were present (GR, PW).
Sat 25th 6 Common Terns, 2 Dunlin, 3 Oystercatchers, a Common Sandpiper and a Little Ringed Plover (PW) and over 200 hirundines were present.
Sun 26th 5 Swifts, a Little Ringed Plover, a Common Sandpiper, 3 probable Common Terns, several House Martins and an increase in Whitethroats were noted (PW).
3 Whinchats were on one of the fencelines up Cuckoo Bank.
Mon 27th 4 Redshanks, a Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, a Little Ringed Plover, 4 Common Terns and a Grasshopper Warbler were noted.
Tues 28th 5 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, a Little Ringed Plover, a Common Sandpiper, an Oystercatcher, 2 Common Terns and 12 Swifts were present (VT, JT).
4 Common Sandpipers were seen in the group of waders in the morning (GR).
Wed 29th 13 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Oystercatchers, a Cuckoo and 4 Swifts were present (PW).
Thurs 30th 9 Dunlin, 5 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Ringed Plovers, Common Sandpiper and 3 Swifts were recorded.