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June 2018 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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1st A Nightjar was feeding over an area of heath at 22:45 (CwS).
S 2nd There have been two broods of Willow Tits in the Norton Bog area along with the brood at the heronry but there has been no proven breeding for the rest of the site (CwS).
S 3rd No records
4th No records
5th The Cetti’s Warbler was singing from three song-posts (one on the Willow Vale side of the road, roadside bush and southern end of Railway Pool). Two Common Terns and 25 Swifts were present and at least 20 Bee Orchids were in flower on the South Shore but only two small patches of Round-leaved Sundews were evident in the overflow channel (GE).

A male Hairy Dragonfly was found on the Anglesey Branch canal at SK047068, right on the West Midland County and Staffordshire border. Many Red-eyed and Azure Damselflies were present along with a few Banded Demoiselles and a Broad-bodied Chaser. The old boardwalk bog-pool held 8 Four-spotted Chasers and many Common Blue Damselflies were in the heather and patches of Cranberry were in flower. The Sphagnum lawn below the dam has made some recovery but there was no sign of any sundew and no Bog Bean was found in the marsh. Three Common Terns were present (GE).

7th There was no sign of the Hairy Dragonfly in rather overcast conditions but good numbers of Red-eyed Damselflies and lawns of Floating Water-plantain (Luronium natans) were found along the whole 1.25 mile length of the Anglesey Branch canal (GE). At Norton Bog a Bee Orchid was found but none were seen at two regular sites (CwS).
8th A family party of Grey Wagtails was on the dam (CwS).
S 9th No records
S 10th No records
11th At the northern side of the site egg-laying was observed by a pair of Keeled Skimmers, Four-spotted Chasers, a Broad-bodied Chaser and Black-tailed Skimmers. A Cuckoo was calling and at least one Meadow Pipit was singing. Only one Bee Orchid was seen at Norton Bog but at least 150 Southern Marsh Orchids were amongst the buttercups in the wooden stables fields (GE).
12th No records
13th A Red Kite flew over Chase Terrace towards Chasewater at 16:10 (GHa).
14th On the Swag the Mute Swans still have 4 cygnets, a pair of Great Crested Grebes has 2 young, 58 Coot, a Heron and 8 Mallard were present and many Common Blue Damselflies were sheltering from the wind. The Cetti’s Warbler was singing from both sides of the road at Willow Vale. A Little Grebe was calling, the pair of Mute Swans has at least 2 young cygnets, three pairs of Coot have young and the Railway Pool held Common Blue, Blue-tailed and 2 Red-eyed Damselflies. Two Common Terns were over the lake (GE).

Mute Swans on the Swag (GE)

Water Lily (GE)

15th The monthly WeBS count produced 58 Mute Swans, 28 Canada Geese, a duck Mandarin, 113 Mallard, 1 Pochard, 15 Tufted Ducks, 1 Cormorant, 21 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Moorhen, 212 Coot, 2 Lapwings and 4 Common Terns. Only 7 Swifts were noted. The Cetti’s Warbler was singing from bushes on the lake side of the railway. No Keeled Skimmers were seen at around 10:00.  Over 100 Bee Orchids were in flower on the South Shore (GE).
S 16th No records
S 17th A Red Kite flew over Brownhills West (per CwS).Two Common Terns, over 100 Swifts, 5 more Bee Orchids and some Five-spot Burnet caterpillars were seen along with large numbers of froglets on the move (CwS).
18th A Red Kite was again seen flying over (PW).
19th No records
20th No records
21st A Ringed Plover was on the Sailing Shore (CwS).
22nd Tufted Duck numbers have increased to 48 and 54 Mute Swans were counted (two broods of 4 (Swag) and 1+ (Willow Vale)). The Cetti’s Warbler sang, two Common Terns were present and 2 Ravens flew east. Only 2 Bee Orchids were found at Norton Bog where a Brown Hawker was in flight along with several Ringlets, and a few Meadow Browns and Large Skippers (GE).
S 23rd No records
S 24th No records

On the Cannock Extension Canal there were many Red-eyed and Azure Damselflies, also Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damsels. Black-tailed Skimmers were the dominant dragonflies with 3-4 Brown Hawkers and Four-spotted Chasers, a male Emperor and a freshly emerged Ruddy Darter. 2-3 singing Yellowhammers were present and good quantities of Floating Water Plantain were present (GE).

26th It's well worth taking advantage of the clear night skies to point your scopes towards superb views of Saturn, Jupiter and the near full Moon (GE).
27th No records
28th No records
29th No records
S 30th No records