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July 2017 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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Sat 1st Fifteen Black-tailed Godwits, a Curlew and over a hundred Swifts flew north over Cuckoo Bank (CwS).
A Hummingbird Hawkmoth was seen at No Man's Bank (CwS).
Sun 2nd No records
Mon 3rd

Two male Keeled Skimmers were present in the North Marsh. The Yellow-bellied Slider variety of Red-eared Terrapin has survived for another year and was again hiding amongst the water-lilies in Anglesey Basin where a juvenile Willow Tit was present. 75 Tufted Ducks, 4 Oystercatchers, a Common Tern and a Kingfisher were also noted (GE).

Anglesey Basin

Common Spotted Orchid

Male Keeled Skimmer (GE)

Emerald Damselfly
Tues 4th No records
Wed 5th No records
Thurs 6th

Five male and 2 egg-laying female Keeled Skimmers were present along with 6 Black-tailed Skimmers, 2 Four-spotted Chasers and single Broad-bodied Chaser, Brown Hawker, Common Darter and a very large horsefly Tabanus sp. Two Common Terns and some noisy Oystercatchers were also noted (GE).

Male Keeled Skimmer (GE)

Male Keeled Skimmer (GE)

Male Keeled Skimmer (GE)

Female Keeled Skimmer egg-laying (GE)
Fri 7th No records
Sat 8th No records
Sun 9th No records
Mon 10th No records
Tues 11th A circuit of the lake during a wet early morning produced 4 Oystercatchers, 3 Common Sandpipers, 4 Common Terns, 30 Pied Wagtails and 2 Grey Wagtails (GE).
Wed 12th A Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 5 Oystercatchers, 6 Common Sandpipers, up to 8 Common Terns and a juvenile Cuckoo were present (PW).
Thurs 13th The juvenile Cuckoo was still present along with at least 6 Common Terns, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 4 Oystercatchers. Gatekeepers and Ringlets were on the wing (PW).
Fri 14th

No records

Sat 15th No records
Sun 16th No records
Mon 17th A summer-plumaged Black-tailed Godwit was present along with 4 Oystercatchers, 3 (2 adult, 1 juv) Little Ringed Plovers and up to 6 Common Terns (PW). A Large Marsh Horsefly Tabanus autumnalis was seen this afternoon while looking for dragonflies (CwS).
Tues 18th The Black-tailed Godwit was present until around 20:00 when it flew out over the dam. A Little Egret, 4 (2adult, 2 juv) Little Ringed Plovers and 5 Common Terns were also present (PW).
Wed 19th The monthly WeBS count produced 84 Mute Swans, 38 Canada Geese, 175 Mallard, 108 Tufted Ducks, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 34 Great Crested Grebes, 21 Moorhens, 351 Coot, 2 Oystercatchers, 6 Lapwings, 5 (1 juv) Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Common Sandpiper and 5 Common Terns. Round 36 Round-leaved Wintergreens were noted in the marsh but only four appeared mature enough to flower (GE).
Thurs 20th No records
Fri 21st

Two Oystercatchers, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper and a Common Tern were present (PW).

Sat 22nd A Little Egret, 3 Oystercatchers, a Little Ringed Plover, a Common Sandpiper and 3 Common Terns were present along with a good selection of butterflies including a Painted Lady, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Copper, Small Heath, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper and Speckled Wood (PW).
Sun 23rd

The Little Egret, 7 Oystercatchers, 4 Common Sandpipers, 5 Common Terns and 7 Cormorants were present (PW).

Mon 24th An adult summer-plumaged Sanderling, a juvenile Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Common Sandpipers and 2 Common Terns were present (PW).
Tues 25th The Little Egret, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Common Sandpipers and 2 Common Terns were noted (PW).
Wed 26th Two Oystercatchers, 2 Common Sandpipers and 2 Stock Doves were seen (PW).
Thurs 27th A Whimbrel flew north-west at 11:40, the Little Egret, an adult Dunlin, juvenile Ringed Plover, juvenile Little Ringed Plover, a Kingfisher, 2 Common Sandpipers and 5 Common Terns were present (PW).
Fri 28th Two Little Egrets, an adult Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Common Sandpipers and 2 Common Terns were present (PW).
Sat 29th No records
Sun 30th The Little Egret, a Hobby, 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Common Terns and several Willow Warblers were noted (PW).
Mon 31st The Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Sandpipers and a Common Tern were noted (PW).