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July 2015 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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Weds 1st A day of record July temperatures and many dragonflies were very active on site. Common Blue, Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies, Broad-bodied Chasers, Four-spotted Chasers, Emperor Dragonflies and Black-tailed Skimmers were all present but most significant were at least 4 territorial male Keeled Skimmers, confirming my suspicions that we have a colony of this regionally rare species after single males were seen in August 2001 and 2014 (GE).
Three individual male Keeled Skimmers (GE)
Thurs 2nd No records
Fri 3rd No records
Sat 4th No records
Sun 5th 4-5 male Keeled Skimmers were present and a female was observed egg-laying. A Black Darter was also seen (PW, NS).
Mon 6th No records
Tues 7th On the Raceway Heath there were several Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Small Skippers, Large Skippers, a worn Dingy Skipper and a Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet. The county rarity, Pale Flax, first seen in 2011, was also present (GE).
Wed 8th Family party of 5 Grey Wagtails (GR)
Thurs 9th At least 10 Common Terns were noted (GR).
Fri 10th A Hobby was hunting over the North Heath where a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling and a Siskin flew over Norton Bog. Four male Keeled Skimmers and a male Ruddy Darter were noted and Gatekeepers were on the wing (GE).
Sat 11th No records
Sun 12th No records
Mon 13th A Ringed Plover and at least 10 Common Terns were present (GR).
Tues 14th No records
Wed 15th Five Grey Wagtails were present and a Red Admiral was on the dam. The 6 Aberdeen Angus cattle were grazing the sundew site. On Norton Bog Lagoon there were 47 Tufted Ducks, a Pochard, a Grey Heron, Great Crested Grebe and the brood of 6 Mute Swan cygnets. 53 Mute Swans and a Cormorant were on the lake and 26 adult Great Crested Grebes were north of the Island with another 14 on the Swag (GE). 3 Common Sandpipers were on the North Shore and an Oystercatcher, 10+ Common Terns and a Hobby were also present (GR).
Thurs 16th A Greenshank and a Ringed Plover were on the North Shore (GR).
Fri 17th The monthly WeBS count produced the following totals: 68 Mute Swans, 42 Canada Geese, 123 Mallard, a Teal, 87 Tufted Ducks, 5 Grey Herons, 49 Great Crested Grebes, 11 Moorhens, 335 Coot, 11 Lapwings, 5 Common Terns and a 3cy Yellow-legged Gull. The grebe count was particularly high for the time of year and consisted of mostly non-territorial adults (GE). The Bog Pimpernel on Pimpernel Point is currently in full bloom and a Common Sandpiper was present (GR).
Sat 18th Common Sandpiper and at least 10 Common Terns were present (GR).
Sun 19th At least male Keeled Skimmer remains on territory along with Blacked-tailed Skimmer nearby. A huge horsefly sp. was seen on the North Heath but unfortunately not photographed. It most closely resembled Large Marsh Horsefly Tabanus autumnalis but Dark Giant Horsefly Tabanus sudeticus could not be ruled out though the former is more likely even though the only recorded Staffordshire occurrance was in 2004 (click here for map).
2 Emperor Dragonflies were hunting over the pool near the bypass. Common Darters and 4-spotted Chasers were also present.
Mon 20th 3 Common Sandpipers on the dam and Grey Wagtail (GR)
Tues 21st No records
Wed 22nd No records
Thurs 23rd 15 Common Terns were in Fly Bay (GR). 2 Redshanks were heard calling from the North Shore in the evening.
Fri 24th No records
Sat 25th No records
Sun 26th 3 Grey Wagtails were on the dam.
Mon 27th No records
Tues 28th No records
Wed 29th No records
Thurs 30th No records
Fri 31st No records