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July 2018 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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S 1st It was good to find a new fairly local site for Purple and White-letter Hairstreaks and the first Small Skipper and Gatekeepers were on the wing (CwS).

5 Red-eyed Damselflies were on the Willow Vale Railway Pool’s water-lilies (GE).

In the Cannock Extension Canal/Wyrley Hayes area Purple Hairstreaks and Ruddy Darters were on the wing (GE).
3rd No records
4th No records
5th No records for Chasewater but it was good to find Sutton Park's first ever Lesser Emperor on the north shore of Powell's Pool (GE).

A survey team from Natural England found Chasewater’s first records of Silver-washed Fritillary (along the track between the Swag and Norton Bog) and also a Six-belted Clearwing (near the bench half-way along the track along the railway at Norton Bog).

Six-belted Clearwing (VG, PB)

Emerald Damselfly (VG, PB)

 During the afternoon the Silver-washed Fritillary made several appearances, mainly around the brambles, and on one occasion two briefly flew together (GE). On the North Shore there were several Black-tailed Skimmers, a Common Hawker, Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spotted Chasers, Common Darter and Emerald, Common Blue, Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies were also present (GE, PW).

Two Little Egrets, a Common Tern (CwS, PW) and a large mixed flock of warblers and tits included a family party of at least 3 Willow Tits (CwS, GE). 134 Tufted Ducks were on the Norton Bog Lagoon (GE).
S 7th No records for Chasewater but at last a record shot of the fairly local White-letter Hairstreaks was obtained (CwS).
S 8th The two Silver-washed Fritillaries were still present (CwS).
9th Essex Skippers, Six-spot Burnets and Emperor Dragonflies were present (KW).
10th No records
11th No records

Silver-washed Fritillary (GE)

A male Silver-washed Fritillary was still present, at least 2 Willow Tits were calling and there were 167 Tufted Ducks on the Lagoon (GE).
13th No records
S 14th Probably a passage juvenile Cuckoo's begging calls had enticed the local Meadow Pipits to feed it. Also noted were 8 Common Terns, including a juvenile, an Oystercatcher and a Little Ringed Plover (PW).
S 15th No records
16th The monthly WeBS count produced 61 Mute Swans, 53 Canada Geese, 101 Mallard, 1 Pochard, 128 Tufted Ducks, 7 Grey Herons, 5 Little Grebes, 22 Great Crested Grebes, 18 Moorhens, 334 Coot, 9 Lapwings, 6 Common Terns, 50 Black-headed Gulls, 110 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 14 Herring Gulls and 2 (adult, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (GE).

Great Crested Grebe (GE)

Emperor Dragonfly (GE)
17th No records
18th No records
19th No records
20th No records
S 21st No records
S 22nd No records
23rd No records
24th A juvenile Dunlin and 3 Common Terns were present (PW). Two days into the school holidays and sadly two 'wildfires' have burned extensive areas of heath (near the Outdoor Education Centre) and grassland (near the Old Vicarage). The vast majority of such fires are caused by human carelessness or deliberation.

Former grassland near the Old Vicarage (JHu)

Near the Outdoor Education Centre (JHu)
25th A Little Ringed Plover and at least 5 Common Terns were present (PW). Two Oystercatchers, 18 Lapwings, a Common Sandpiper, 8 Grey Herons and 2 Ravens were also seen along with at least one Yellow-legged Gull amongst over 180 large gulls. A good variety of butterflies was also recorded including a Painted Lady, Red Admirals, Peacocks, Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Speckled Woods, several Common Blues, 3 Small Coppers and an Essex Skipper. Dragonflies included Common, Brown and Migrant Hawkers, Common and Ruddy Darters, Emperor Dragonfly, Broad-bodied and Four-spotted Chasers, Black-tailed and Keeled Skimmers along with Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies (GE).

Peacock (GE)

Common Blue (GE)

Small Copper (GE)

Painted Lady (GE)
26th No records 
27th No records 
S 28th No records
S 29th No records
30th Thirty-six bird species were recorded on a fairly quiet walk round the lake with the main highlights being a Hobby over the heath and a Willow Tit near the Sailing Club (JK).
At Stubber's Green there were 3 Garganey (JA).
31st A 4cy Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Common Terns, 4 Little Grebes and 84 Tufted Ducks were present (GE).
The 3 Garganey were still present at Stubber's Green (GE).