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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).



Meadow Pipit

Biddulph's Pool



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).
14th No records
15th A warm, sunny day but with a cooling north-north-west breeze resulting in a very quiet day bird-wise. Fifty-one species were noted including 3 Common Terns, a Cuckoo and the Cetti’s Warbler. Two drake Pochard, 10 Tufted Ducks and a pair of Great Crested Grebes with a downy chick were on the Lagoon and on the Swag the Mute Swans have 4 cygnets. In the Anglesey Basin area there were 3 small clumps of Deer-grass, several Green Hairstreaks, a Dingy Skipper, 50 delightful Green Long-horn micro-moths (Adela reaumurella) but just one teneral damselfly. The Norton Bog pools held several Large Red Damselflies in tandem, one or two Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies and single Four-spotted and Broad-bodied Chasers (GE).
Male Green Long-horn (GE) Norton Bog (GE) New wallow hole (GE)
16th No records

A Willow Tit was singing at the local heronry where least 3 juvenile herons appeared to be using the two nests.

On the main lake there were 48 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and two Herring Gulls (GE).

18th At the local heronry Willow Tits were feeding fledged young and Grey Wagtails have hatched young on the nearby industrial estate (PJ).
S 19th No records
S 20th No records
21st The monthly WeBS count produced 62 Mute Swans, 8 Canada Geese, 78 Mallard, 6 Tufted Ducks, 2 Little Grebes, 19 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Moorhens, 105 Coot, 5 Lapwings, 1 Common Tern, 16 Black-headed Gulls, 86 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 12 Herring Gulls. A total of 53 bird species was recorded including the Cetti’s Warbler, 2 reeling Grasshopper Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat and 3 Buzzards. Up to 20 Four-spotted Chasers were active at one of the Norton Bog pools and at Plant Swag there were several Red-eyed Damselflies and 1-2 Dingy Skippers. The wonderful display of Cowslips has now been mown off the dam (GE).
Four-spotted Chaser (GE) Dingy Skipper (GE) Plant Swag (GE) Red-eyed Damselfly (GE)
22nd No records
23rd No records
24th Two Common Terns were present and a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling on the North Heath (PW).
25th The persistent rain had brought down good numbers of hirundines and around 100 Swifts were feeding around the Watersports Centre. Three Common Terns were also present (PW) and during the evening there was an Arctic Tern and a 2cy Common Gull (JA).
S 26th No records
S 27th No records
28th No records
29th No records
30th No records
31st No records