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August 2017 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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1st A Little Egret, juvenile Peregrine, a Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatchers and 2 Common Sandpipers were present (PW).
2nd The Little Egret, 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Common Terns, up to 100 Swifts and many martins were present (PW).
3rd A Dunlin, the Little Egret, a Kingfisher, 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Common Terns and around 30 Swifts were present (PW).
4th The Little Egret and an adult Dunlin were present (PW).
S 5th Four (adult, 3 juveniles) Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers, the Little Egret, a Wheatear, several Swifts and 3-4 Common Terns were present (PW).
S 6th The Little Egret, 3 juvenile Dunlin, 3-4 Common Sandpipers, 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Common Terns and 6 Swifts were noted (PW).
7th The Little Egret, 4 (adult, 3 juvenile) Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers, a Common Sandpiper and 6 Common Terns were present (PW). 50 Swifts and 2 Little Ringed Plovers were also recorded (EO).
8th A passage of waders produced counts of 10 (7 adults, 3 juveniles) Dunlin and later in the day 2 adults and 5 juveniles were present. Seven Redshanks, 2 Oystercatchers, a Common Sandpiper and 2 Ringed Plovers were also present along with the Little Egret and 8 Common Terns (PW).
9th No records
10th No records
11th The monthly WeBS count produced 97 Mute Swans, 2 Canada Geese, 171 Mallard, 96 Tufted Ducks, 2 Grey Herons, 26 Great Crested Grebes, 17 Moorhens, 385 Coot, 5 Lapwings, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Common Sandpipers and 2 Common Terns. A Tufted Duck had 3 downy ducklings along the west shore. Up to 20 Swifts and 20 House Martins were over the lake. A total of 28 Round-leaved Wintergreens were in flower (GE, PW).
S 12th No records
S 13th No records
14th An adult Sandwich Tern was present along with 2 Common Terns, a Little Egret,  a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, a Wheatear, over 20 Swifts (PW), and a Dunlin (GR).
15th The Sandwich Tern was still present but appeared to be trailing a leg. Single juvenile Common Tern and Little Ringed Plover were also noted (PW). The Little Egret was in the bushes on the east side of the Swag (GHa).
16th The Sandwich Tern, single juvenile Common Tern, Ringed Plover and Little Ringed Plover, a Common Sandpiper and at least 10 Swifts were present (PW).
17th No records
18th No records
19th No records
20th No records
21st The Sandwich Tern was still present, but in a weak condition, along with the Little Egret, 3 Ringed Plovers, 3 Common Sandpipers, a juvenile Common Tern and a Wheatear (PW).
22nd Three Ringed Plovers, 3 Common Sandpipers and the Little Egret were present along with the Sandwich Tern which was taken into care due to its weak state and constant disturbance by dogs and people (PW, GE).
23rd Four Black Terns were present during the afternoon along with 3 Ringed Plovers, 5 Common Sandpipers and the Little Egret but unfortunately the Sandwich Tern didn't survive the night (PW, JHu).
24th Four (3 adult, 1 juvenile) Ringed Plovers, the Little Egret and at least 20 Swifts were present (PW).
25th The Little Egret was present along with 4 Ringed Plovers (PW).
S 26th No records
S 27th Four Ringed Plovers, the Little Egret and 6 Greylag Geese were present (PW).
On Cuckoo Bank there were 2 Whinchats, 3 Whitethroats, 2 Ravens, 3 Kestrels, 3 Buzzards and a Hobby (PW).
28th Four Ringed Plovers, 7 Redshanks and 3 Little Egrets were present (GR).
29th Three Little Egrets, 4 Common Sandpipers, 5 Swifts and a Common Lizard were seen (PW, JHu).
30th Three Little Egrets and 2 Common Sandpipers were present (GE).
31st One Little Egret, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Wheatear and a Kingfisher were present (PW).