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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 Eight Common Terns, including a juvenile, were present (PW).
S 15th WeBS
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