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May 2018 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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1st At Willow Vale a Cetti’s Warbler was patrolling along the length of the railway pool and giving bursts of song from three locations. Up to nine Common Terns were present during the morning (GE) and later in the day there were 2 Little Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper and 4 Common Terns (CwS).
2nd The band of heavy rain during the morning brought down a flock of up to 50 Arctic Terns, 15 Common Terns and 2 Black Terns. Six Common Terns remained throughout the day but the Black Terns soon departed and the Arctic Tern numbers were down to around 36 by the early afternoon and all had departed by around 14:30. Four Common Sandpipers, 20 Swifts, a Lesser Whitethroat were present, the Cetti’s Warbler was singing and a female Redstart was by the dam (CwS, GE, PW). A single Arctic Tern passed through to the north-west during the late afternoon and 10 Common Terns and 2 Common Sandpipers were present during the evening and a Noctule was hunting along the railway line (CwS).
3rd A much quieter day with just 2 Common Terns increasing to 10 during the evening (CwS) when there was also a Whinchat and Grasshopper Warbler present and a Cuckoo flew over. It’s a great shame that tape lures are being used to disturb the Cetti’s Warbler into posing for photographers and will obviously reduce the likelihood of such occurrences being reported on this website (GE).
4th No sign of the Whinchat today (PW).
S 5th

The West Midland All Dayer proved to be an excellent event despite the high water-levels and calm, warm conditions obviously inhibiting passage and encouraging many people to visit the site. After many miles of walking and cycling, an impressive total of 80 bird species was recorded and of those expected, only Sand Martin, Treecreeper and Willow Tit were not seen. The team included CwS, GE, PJ, N and GHa.

The highlights of the 65 species at Chasewater included 2 adult Little Gulls, an Arctic Tern, Common Gull, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Grasshopper Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat.

Amongst the 58 species on Cuckoo Bank were up to 6 Wheatears, 2 Hobbies, a Raven, a Yellow Wagtail, a Cuckoo, several Lesser Whitethroats, Grasshopper Warblers and Yellowhammers and a many Skylarks.

During the night period several Daubenton’s Bats were feeding low over the water by the Sailing Club.

Some memories of the day (GE).

Wheatear

Skylark

Meadow Pipit

Biddulph's Pool

Yellowhammer

Teal

Cuckoo Bank

Cowslips on the dam

Orange Tip

Grasshopper Warbler

Green Hairstreak
S 6th Two Hobbies, 5 Common Terns, 24 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a Herring Gull were present (CwS).
7th A Common Gull and 7 Common Terns were present (CwS).
8th A Spotted Flycatcher was below the dam and after a heavy shower during the evening a summer plumaged Dunlin was on the Sailing Shore. A Common Sandpiper and 5 Common Terns were also noted (CwS).
9th A Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Terns, 95 Swifts, 50 House Martins and 50 Sand Martins were present (CwS, GE).
10th No records
11th Around 100 House and Sand Martins and several Swifts were over the lake during the afternoon (GE). During the evening, before the rain, there were 4 Common Terns and a small passage of gulls (CwS).
S 12th Two Oystercatchers and 3 Common Terns were present during the afternoon and a Yellow Wagtail flew over west shore CwS).
S 13th Willow Tits were showing in three areas today. Freshly emerged Common Blue Damselflies and Four-spotted Chasers were on Norton Bog and the North Heath (CwS).
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