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Despite being miles from any decent coast, Chew nevertheless has a pretty big bird list. 291 species have been recorded, which is probably one of the highest totals for an inland site anywhere in the UK. Students of pedantry will note from the list below that I may have been a teensy bit generous with one or two of them.

view from Burledge Hill

Herriott's Pool and Stratford Bay from Burledge Hill. A splendid place for birds, some of which are rare. In the last few years, the area in the picture has had Lesser Scaup, 6 Glossy Ibis, 3 Long-billed Dowitchers, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Franklin's and Laughing Gulls, Great Reed Warbler, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, 4 Ferruginous Ducks, 4 Ring-necked Ducks, Spoonbill, Red-backed Shrike, Woodchat Shrike etc

The most recent new Chew birds:

Bonaparte's Gull One in April 2013.
Woodchat Shrike One at Widcombe Common in April 2013; just outside, but viewable from the lake enclosure.
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper One in Nov/Dec 2011 - the longest-staying individual of this species in Britain ever.
Semiplamated Sandpiper One in the remarkable autumn of 2011 - identified from photos.
Quail A singing male at Lower Gurney Farm, moving to the Parkland. June 14th-23rd 2008.
Lesser Scaup A drake from April 7th-27th 2008; now recorded every year.
Franklin's Gull A second-winter on eleven dates from Jan 20th-March 28th 2008.

Despite having a burgeoning list of rarities, there are several rather less rare species which have yet to grace the great lake. Such as:

Goshawk Definitely on the cards, in fact there have been one or two records which haven't been submitted/accepted. Has occurred at Blagdon.
Baird's Sandpiper Although still a BB rarity, has occurred at Blagdon and has to be expected at some point (as long as we get some shoreline in the autumn).
Roseate Tern Overdue - A few old records now withdrawn or not proven.
Little Auk No auk has been naturally recorded at Chew, surely this is the most likely?
Ring-necked Parakeet If you can count the Egyptian Geese...
Woodlark A few records not proven.
Waxwing Some were seen near Stowey in the 2006 influx, and two at Bishop Sutton in 2010.
Dartford Warbler They used to breed on the Mendips, and one has occurred about a mile away in Winford.
Penduline Tit One on Heron's Green Pool would be nice.

Key to the lists below

Column 1: Species name. An asterisk means that a description is required by the Avon records committee for this species at Chew; two asterisks mean it's a BBRC species. If more than one race of a particular species has occurred, the second subspecies is listed in lower case.
Column 2: Scientific name.
Column 3: Maximum count (if available).
Column 4: Status, and dates of rarities. NI=occurs in nationally important numbers; II=occurs in internationally important numbers (brackets indicate former status).

Lists compiled by Rich Andrews and Keith Vinicombe. Updated to spring 2013.


MUTE SWANCygnus olor180Common - numbers increase during summer moult
BEWICK'S SWANCygnus columbianus141Uncommon winter visitor and passage migrant; barely annual recently
WHOOPER SWAN*Cygnus cygnus5Just about annual since 2008, but before then the last was in 1974.
BEAN GOOSE*Anser serrostris2Two Bean Geese in Jan/Feb 1958 (race undetermined) and one rossicus Jan-Mar 1996
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE*Anser brachyrhynchus4Rare winter visitor
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSEAnser albifrons albifrons89Uncommon winter visitor and passage migrant; formerly regular
LSR. WHITE-FRONTED GOOSEAnser erythropus1One, Oct 1991 to Feb 1992 - possibly from a Scandinavian re-introduction scheme?
GREYLAG GOOSEAnser anser43Feral birds irregular in small numbers - some conintental birds are though to have occurred
GREATER CANADA GOOSEBranta canadensis905Wintering flocks of one or two hundred, but 700 to 800 during moult
LESSER CANADA GOOSE**Branta hutchinsii1A first-winter in Nov 2011, then again in Apr 2012. Why not?
BARNACLE GOOSEBranta leucopsis34Feral - very few believed to be genuine wild birds. Breeding from 1998
DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSEBranta bernicla bernicla8Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant
EGYPTIAN GOOSEAlopochen aegyptiacus3Rare, but some birds stay for long periods. Perhaps generously placed in the main list
RUDDY SHELDUCKTadorna ferruginea5Annual summer records late 1980s and 1990s. You pays your money...
COMMON SHELDUCKTadorna tadorna44A small presence throughout the year; commonest in spring
MANDARIN DUCKAix galericulata6Rare, mainly in the winter months. Some evidently 'less wild' than others!
EURASIAN WIGEONAnas penelope2360Winter visitor and autumn passage. Winter numbers have decreased considerably recently
AMERICAN WIGEON*Anas americana1Two records - Apr 1977 and Dec 1978 - Jan 1979
GADWALLAnas strepera650NI (II) Common resident, with variable peak Jun - Aug
EURASIAN TEALAnas crecca5600Common in autumn and winter - autumn water levels determine numbers
GREEN-WINGED TEAL*Anas carolinensis2Rare winter visitor; three times on spring passage (eight or nine records in total)
MALLARDAnas platyrhynchos2300Common resident; formerly big summer moult but fewer now
NORTHERN PINTAILAnas acuta188Regular autumn passage and then smaller numbers in winter; most counts are of 20 or less
GARGANEYAnas querquedula34A few in spring, but most in autumn - most years less than ten. One overwintered 2011-12
BLUE-WINGED TEAL**Anas discors1Six records - Nov 1979; Jul-Aug 1992; Oct 1993; Sep 1995; Aug 2003; June 2011
NORTHERN SHOVELERAnas clypeata1138II A few in winter and spring, but big numbers autumn and early winter
MARBLED DUCK**Marmaronetta angustirostris1One in Aug, Sep and Oct 1984 - also at Blagdon and Cheddar Res.
RED-CRESTED POCHARDNetta rufina7Mainly late summer and autumn - continental birds probably occur, as well as birds from the UK
COMMON POCHARDAythya ferina3095NI Common resident; peaks tend to be in early winter
RING-NECKED DUCK*Aythya collaris820+ birds, many records of lingering birds. Four in 1976-77, three in 05, eight on 9th Nov 08
FERRUGINOUS DUCK*Aythya nyroca3Rare, but a series of records since 2000; four birds in autumn 2010
TUFTED DUCKAythya fuligula2475NI Common spring/autumn passage and winter - best numbers in autumn
GREATER SCAUPAythya marila12Occasional birds in winter or passage; best counts usually in spring
LESSER SCAUP**Aythya affinis2Single males most years since 2008; two in 2012.
COMMON EIDER*Somateria mollissima1Chew crippler! One record in Nov 1993
LONG-TAILED DUCK*Clangula hyemalis8Irregular winter visitor - usually one or two every other year
COMMON SCOTERMelanitta nigra115Most occur in small groups in midsummer; generally single figures
VELVET SCOTER*Melanitta fusca57 records. Nov 83 (2); Jan 84 (1); Nov 84 (5); Oct 05 (3); Dec 07 (5); Dec 08 (2); Apr 13 (4)
COMMON GOLDENEYEBucephala clangula210Common winter visitor; numbers double in spring build-up. Bred in 2008 and 2012.
SMEWMergellus albellus21Irregular winter visitor in small numbers, but some recent winters have drawn a blank
RED-BREASTED MERGANSERMergus serrator8One or two regular most winters; a male has been seen each winter for over 20 years
GOOSANDERMergus merganser283(NI) Once common winter visitor (peak in the 1990s), most counts now less than 50
RUDDY DUCKOxyura jamaicensis1064Winter visitor, much reduced after shooting (now single-figures only); no longer breeds
WHITE-HEADED DUCK**Oxyura leucocephala1A female in June 1985, a male in Nov/Dec 1995 and a juv in Aug/Sep 2003
RED-LEGGED PARTRIDGEAlectoris rufa7A handful of records - up to seven Nov -Dec 1988, then occasional singles 2005 to date.
GREY PARTRIDGEPerdix perdix11Very rare
QUAIL*Coturnix coturnix1A singing male in June 2008 at Lower Gurney Farm and the Parkland
PHEASANTPhasianus colchicusCommon all round the lake
RED-THROATED DIVER*Gavia stellata1Rare winter visitor; once in autumn (Sep-Oct 1997)
BLACK-THROATED DIVER*Gavia arctica2Very rare winter visitor, but one summer record (May 2003)
GREAT NORTHERN DIVER*Gavia immer4Rare winter visitor and wind-driven autumn visitor
FULMAR*Fulmarus glacialis2Very rare - May 70; Apr 75; Aug 78; Apr 81; 96; May 06 (2); May 08 (1+); Apr 12 (3)
MANX SHEARWATER*Puffinus puffinus1Five records of 'wild' birds - Sep 1974; Sep 1983 (2); Aug 1986; Oct 1995
STORM PETREL*Hydrobates pelagicus3Five records - Nov 1977; Sep 1983 (2+1); Oct 2000 (3) and Jun 2012 (3)
LEACH'S PETREL*Oceanodroma leucorhoa7Nine records (16 birds), including 7 in the fabled Sep 1983 wreck
GANNETMorus bassanus1Very rare (12 records) - not necessarily during storms, either
CORMORANTPhalacrocorax carbo carbo305NI Common - numbers best in autumn/early winter (low water levels)
'Continental' Cormorant*Phalacrocorax carbo sinensisRinging controls and close views proves this race occurs - undoubtedly under-recorded
SHAG*Phalacrocorax aristotelis5Five records - Dec '79 (2); Nov '80 (3); Oct '88; Sep '98; Aug '05 (5)
BITTERNBotaurus stellaris6Scarce, but now regular winter visitor and bred 1997. Extraordinary spring peak of 6 in Mar 99
LITTLE BITTERN**Ixobrychus minutus1One - Jun 1993
NIGHT HERON*Nycticorax nycticorax1Four records - Nov 1983; Jun 1992; Jun 1999; May 2001
SQUACCO HERON**Ardeola ralloides1One in May 1973 and one in May 2012
CATTLE EGRET*Bubulcus ibis3One in Oct 2007, 3 (a family group) in Jul/Aug 2009, one in winter 2009/10, one Nov 2010
LITTLE EGRETEgretta garzetta23First record Oct 1990 - now annual in small numbers (most in autumn)
GREAT WHITE EGRET*Ardea alba1Three records - June/July 2003, Oct 2011 and Aug 2012
GREY HERONArdea cinerea61Common resident; there's a large heronry on Denny Island.
PURPLE HERON*Ardea purpurea1Four records - Apr-May 1970; Apr 1977; Jun-Jul 1983; May 2001
BLACK STORK**Ciconia nigra1One, Apr 1988
WHITE STORK*Ciconia ciconia1One, May 2000.
GLOSSY IBIS*Plegadis falcinellus4One in November 2007 , then five in September 2009 (a single bird and a flock of four)
SPOONBILL*Platalea leucorodia5Rare passage migrant (18 records)
PIED-BILLED GREBE**Podilymbus podiceps1One - the first bird for the Western Palearctic in 1965 and 1966
LITTLE GREBETachybaptus ruficollis152NI Mainly a summer visitor - numbers best late summer/autumn
GREAT CRESTED GREBEPodiceps cristatus690NI Common resident - peaks in autumn with big moulting flocks
RED-NECKED GREBE*Podiceps grisegena2Rare winter visitor and passage migrant; one summered in 1992
SLAVONIAN GREBE*Podiceps auritus2Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant, but one form Jun-Oct 2000
BLACK-NECKED GREBEPodiceps nigricollis6Annual passage migrant (commoner than Slav.) now occasional in winter. Bred in 1998
HONEY BUZZARD*Pernis apivorus2One in May 1970, two (1+1) in Sep 2000, and one in June 2010
RED KITEMilvus milvus2Following the first in March 1990, a few are seen each year now, mainly in spring
MARSH HARRIERCircus aeruginosus2Scarce passage migrant - recently some have lingered as they become a little more frequent
HEN HARRIER*Circus cyaneus2Rare winter visitor or passage migrant - normally only fly-throughs
MONTAGU'S HARRIER*Circus pygargus1Two records - 1950s and a probable in Oct 2001
SPARROWHAWKAccipiter nisusFairly common but elusive resident
BUZZARDButeo buteo46Common all around the lake
ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD*Buteo lagopus1One record in Nov 1974
BOOTED EAGLE**Aquila pennata1One in Feb 2000. You can count it if you want
OSPREYPandion haliaetus2Scarce passage migrant; occasionally birds linger in the autumn
KESTRELFalco tinnunculusFairly common resident
MERLINFalco columbarius2Rare - barely one a year. Best chance in October
HOBBYFalco subbuteo6Frequent summer visitor; best numbers in autumn. Breeds locally
GYR FALCON**Falco rusticolus1Unlikliest one on the list? One grey morph overwintered Nov 1961- Jan 1962
PEREGRINEFalco peregrinus3Occasional all year - easiest when levels low in autumn
WATER RAILRallus aquaticus50+Present all year (easiest in autumn), but biggest numbers are during wet winters
SPOTTED CRAKE*Porzana porzana3Almost annual autumn passage migrant (c.45 records to date)
LITTLE CRAKE**Porzana parva1One record - May 1967
CORNCRAKE*Crex crex1One in Oct 1965
MOORHENGallinula chloropus185Common resident - most in late summer
COOTFulica atra4000NI Common resident - big numbers in autumn
OYSTERCATCHERHaematopus ostralegus30Infrequent passage migrant
BLACK-WINGED STILT**Himantopus himantopus2Two records - two in May 1965 and one in Apr 2012
AVOCETRecurvirostra avosetta4Rare passage migrant - just about annual now
STONE CURLEW*Burhinus oedicnemus1One on Little Denny in Oct 1959
BLK-WINGED PRATINCOLE**Glareola nordmanni1Two records - Sep 1964 and Aug 1993 (the latter was first at Blagdon)
LITTLE RINGED PLOVERCharadrius dubius16Regular passage migrant in small numbers; most are in autumn
RINGED PLOVERCharadrius hiaticula150Formerly frequent on autumn passage; average numbers have dropped in last 5 to 10 years
KILLDEER**Charadrius vociferus1One in Jan 1976
KENTISH PLOVER*Charadrius alexandrinus1One in Apr 1966
GREATER SAND PLOVER**Caradrius leschenaultii1One from Nov 1979-Feb 1980. The third British record
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER*Pluvialis dominica1One in Oct 1994
GOLDEN PLOVERPluvialis apricaria339Formerly regular during 'low' autumns, now uncommon
GREY PLOVERPluvialis squatarola9Occasional autumn passage migrant
LAPWINGVanellus vanellus6000Passage migrant and winter visitor. Real decline in autumn flocks now - rarely breeds now
KNOTCalidris canutus35A few occur in suitable conditions in autumn
SANDERLINGCalidris alba10Occasional in spring and autumn - perhaps one or two per year?
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER**Calidris pusilla1One in Nov 2011
LITTLE STINTCalidris minuta46Autumn passage migrant - some years good, others very poor
TEMMINCK'S STINT*Calidris temminckii1Rare passage migrant (all but one record in the autumn) - only four since 1980
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER*Calidris fuscicollis2Two records (three birds) - Oct-Nov 1978 (2); Oct 1991
PECTORAL SANDPIPER*Calidris melanotos3Very scarce autumn vagrant. 29 birds recorded; five of which were in 2011
SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER**Calidris acuminata1One record - a juvenile in Nov/Dec 2011
CURLEW SANDPIPERCalidris ferruginea29As with Little Stint, autumn only and dependant on breeding success
PURPLE SANDPIPER*Calidris maritima1Very rare, four confirmed records - Dec 1979; Oct-Nov 1991; Oct 2005; Apr 2009
DUNLINCalidris alpina765Regular passage migrant (autumn best) but big decrease in recent years
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER*Tryngites subruficollis2Probably six altogether (best was three in 1975); last one was Sep 1980
RUFFPhilomachus pugnax101Passage migrant - very few in spring, small numbers in autumn
JACK SNIPELymnocryptes minimus15Elusive passage migrant and winter visitor
SNIPEGallinago gallinago341Winter visitor and autumn passage migrant - difficult to census accurately
Faroe Snipe*Gallinago gallinago faeroensis1A published record of one in Nov 1988, and one in June 2007
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER**Limnodromus scolopaceus2Two, Sep-Nov 1977, then one Jan 1978, one Sep-Oct 2009 and two Nov-Dec 2011
WOODCOCKScolopax rusticola2Winter visitor/passage migrant - uncommon and difficult to catch up with
BLACK-TAILED GODWIT*Limosa limosa limosa11Rare passage migrant - most have been in summer
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosa islandica62Small nos. on passage - nearly all Blackwits at Chew are islandica
BAR-TAILED GODWITLimosa lapponica80+Very scarce passage migrant - one of the most difficult 'common' waders
WHIMBRELNumenius phaeopus36Passage migrant - ones and twos in autumn, but often small groups in spring
CURLEWNumenius arquata20Small numbers regular in autumn; a few sometimes in other months
SPOTTED REDSHANKTringa erythropus29Uncommon passage migrant - usually autumn, but now very infrequent
REDSHANKTringa totanus24+Odd passage birds in spring and autumn; seldom any sizeable counts
MARSH SANDPIPER**Tringa stagnatilis1Two records - Oct 1982 and Aug 1984 (both also at Blagdon)
GREENSHANKTringa nebularia38Passage migrant - a few in spring, but most in autumn
LESSER YELLOWLEGS**Tringa flavipes1One in Sept 1967, then one in July 2011.
GREEN SANDPIPERTringa ochropus39Can occur every month, but best numbers early autumn
WOOD SANDPIPERTringa glareola9A few most autumns; spring birds are a rarity
COMMON SANDPIPERActitis hypoleucos51Frequent spring and autumn passage migrant
SPOTTED SANDPIPER**Actitis macularia1Three records - Oct 1982, Aug 2007 and an overwintering bird Sep 2011 - Apr 2012
RUDDY TURNSTONEArenaria interpres12A tricky Chew bird - autumn the best time but absent in recent years
WILSON'S PHALAROPE**Phalaropus tricolor1Seven records - the best UK site? All in Sep/Oct - the last in 1988
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE*Phalaropus lobatus1Singles in Aug 1969 and May 1978 are the only accepted records
GREY PHALAROPE*Phalaropus fulicarius5Occasional birds after autumn storms; one exceptional summer-plumage bird in June 1990
POMARINE SKUA*Stercorarius pomarinus2Four accepted records - two in Dec 1999, and singles in Nov and Dec 2009 and May 2012
ARCTIC SKUA*Stercorarius parasiticus5Sporadic and difficult to predict appearances - 27 records (48 birds)
LONG-TAILED SKUA*Stercorarius longicaudus1Three records - Jun 1976 (adult), Sep 1991 and Aug 1999 (both juvs)
GREAT SKUA*Stercorarius skua2Very rare - 12 records (14 individuals)
SABINE'S GULL*Xema sabini2Virtually all associated with autumn storms - 17 records (18 individuals)
KITTIWAKERissa tridactyla70Can occur at any time; mostly during storms
BONAPARTE'S GULL**Chroicocephalus philadelphia1A long-awaited bird in April 2013
BLACK-HEADED GULLChroicocephalus ridibundus36350II Spring/autumn passage migrant and winter visitor. Massive winter roost
LITTLE GULLHydrocoloeus minutus74Spring/autumn passage; lately a few in winter. Traditionally most in spring, but fewer now
LAUGHING GULL**Larus atricilla1One record - an adult in April 2006
FRANKLIN'S GULL**Larus pipixan1A second-winter on several dates in Jan-Apr 2008
MEDITERRANEAN GULLLarus melanocephalus11Spring/autumn passage migrant and winter visitor; most records are Feb-Mar in the roost
COMMON GULLLarus canus18710II Winter visitor and spring passage migrant. Huge winter roost
RING-BILLED GULL*Larus delawarensis2First record Mar 1980; 50 or 60 birds now. Two together on three dates
LESSER-BLACK BACKED GULLLarus fuscus graellsii6000NI Spring/autumn passage migrant and winter visitor. Biggest nos in roost
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus ssp.A few birds each year assigned to intermedius - some showing fuscus characters seen recently
HERRING GULLLarus argentatus argenteus1000Several hundred in winter roosts but not abundant given proximity of colonies
Scandinavian Herring GullLarus argentatus argentatus12Only one or two records each winter; does seem genuinely scarce rather than overlooked
YELLOW-LEGGED GULLLarus michahellis15Can appear in ones and twos at any time, but most in autumn (with Lessers)
CASPIAN GULL*Larus cachinnans1A handful of recent records, but still rare
ICELAND GULL*Larus glaucoides glaucoides3Uncommon winter visitor - not even annual on average (c.25 birds in total)
Kumlien's Gull*Larus glaucoides kumlieni1Six records, including one of the first accepted UK records in 1982
GLAUCOUS GULL*Larus hyperboreus1Surprisingly rare winter visitor - only ten records
GREAT-BLACK BACKED GULLLarus marinus32Formerly the occasional pair around the lake; has increased substantially in the last few years
LITTLE TERNSternula albifrons12Barely annual; like Sandwich, most are short-stayers
CASPIAN TERN**Hydroprogne caspia1One - Aug 1988
WHISKERED TERN**Chlidonias hybrida2Four records (four birds) - Jun 1959; May 1983 (two); Apr 2006; Apr 2013
BLACK TERNChlidonias niger600Spring and autumn passage; best numbers in autumn - sometimes hundreds
WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN*Chlidonias leucopterus2Rare vagrant (22 birds), but almost annual in the 1980s. Three in 1975 and 1982
SANDWICH TERNSterna sandvicensis10+Usually one or two records each year, but most are fly-throughs
COMMON TERNSterna hirundo152Frequent on spring and autumn passage - most records are of less than ten
ARCTIC TERNSterna paradisaea130Spring and autumn passage - often after westerly gales. Scarce some years
BRICK DOVEColumba liviaOccasional sightings of singletons are more likely lost racing pigeons
STOCK DOVEColumba oenas410Resident; odd birds and small flocks most likely
WOOD PIGEONColumba palumbus1500Common resident and passage migrant. Large numbers roost on Denny
COLLARED DOVEStreptopelia decaocto78Breeds nearby, but generally uncommon at the lake
TURTLE DOVE*Streptopelia turtur5Very rare passage migrant (only two records since 2000) - formerly more frequent
CUCKOOCuculus canorus10Formerly a regular migrant, but declining since 2003 with barely one bird each summer now
BARN OWLTyto albaBecoming more regular after being scarce in the 1990s; breeds in owl boxes around the lake
LITTLE OWLAthene noctuaFormerly a few pairs dotted around the lake, but now very scarce
TAWNY OWLStrix alucoA few pairs in suitable woods around the lake
LONG-EARED OWL*Asio otus2Just six reords - Apr 1979, May 1979, Jan 1989, Feb 1989, May 2006, June 2008
SHORT-EARED OWLAsio flammeus2Rare passage migrant - several years may pass between records
NIGHTJAR*Caprimulgus europaeus1Two records - May 1973 and May 1996
SWIFTApus apus15000Common summer visitor; huge numbers in poor weather
ALPINE SWIFT*Apus melba1One - Britain's earliest record, 18th Feb 1998
KINGFISHERAlcedo atthis5Can be tricky to find - most obvious in late summer when young disperse
BEE-EATER*Merops apiaster1One in Aug 1966
HOOPOE*Upupa epops1One in May 1979
WRYNECK*Jynx torquilla1Five (or six) records - Sep 1974, Sep 1981, Aug 1988, Sep 1997, Sep 2012 (three trapped)
GREEN WOODPECKERPicus viridisA few pairs around the lake
GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERDendrocopos majorAs above - more often heard than seen
LSSR. SPOTTED WOODPECKERDendrocopos minor4Very elusive and irregularly recorded
GOLDEN ORIOLE*Oriolus oriolus1Two records; one in May 1962, and one in May 2003
RED-BACKED SHRIKE*Lanius collurio1Four records - Aug 1969, Jul-Aug 1973, Oct 1976, May 2006
GREAT GREY SHRIKE*Lanius excubitor1Two records - Jan 1973 and Nov 1987
WOODCHAT SHRIKE*Lanius senator1A female at Widcome Common in April 2013
JAYGarrulus glandariusFairly common resident
MAGPIEPica picaCommon resident
JACKDAWCorvus monedula2000Fairly common resident; large numbers roost on Denny in winter
Nordic Jackdaw*Corvus monedula1+Seen for the first time in 2008
ROOKCorvus frugilegusFairly common - four Rookeries; otherwise large winter roost on Denny
CARRION CROWCorvus corone125Fairly common resident - can occur in flocks on the Parkland
RAVENCorvus corax22Formerly very rare, but now regular, and has bred most years since 2005
GOLDCRESTRegulus regulusFairly common resident
FIRECRESTRegulus ignicapillus4Uncommon winter visitor; a few occur on passage. Barely annual
BLUE TITCyanistes caeruleus Common resident
GREAT TITParus majorCommon resident
COAL TITPeriparus ater Small numbers around the lake - best bet is the No.2 Picnic Site
WILLOW TIT*Poecile montanus2Big rarity! Last one was a bird trapped in 1997
MARSH TITPoecile palustris Odd pairs here and there but often tricky to find
BEARDED TIT*Panurus biarmicus50Big influx in 1965, and bred in 1991. Otherwise, not even annual
SKYLARKAlauda arvensis1000One or two pairs breed in nearby fields, otherwise autumn passage only
SHORE LARK*Eremophila alpestris1One in Feb-Mar 1963
SAND MARTINRiparia riparia6700Passage migrant (biggest numbers in spring); a few in summer
SWALLOWHirundo rustica14000Common passage migrant and summer visitor
HOUSE MARTINDelichon urbicum5000Common passage migrant and summer visitor
RED-RUMPED SWALLOW*Cecropis daurica 1One record - Oct 1990
CETTI'S WARBLERCettia cettiVery rare before 1992, now widespread resident
LONG-TAILED TITAegithalos caudatusCommon resident
YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER*Phylloscopus inornatus1Five records - Nov 1986, Oct 1988, Sept 2005, Jan 2008, Dec 2011 - Feb 2012
WOOD WARBLERPhylloscopus sibilatrix2Uncommon spring passage migrant - just about annual
CHIFFCHAFFPhylloscopus c. collybitaCommon summer visitor and passage migrant
Scandinavian Chiffchaff*Phylloscopus c. abietinusUncommon winter visitor
Siberian Chiffchaff*Phylloscopus collybita tristis1Uncommon winter visitor - confusion over some records, but has occurred
WILLOW WARBLERPhylloscopus trochilusCommon summer visitor and passage migrant, but numbers fluctuating in recent years
BLACKCAPSylvia atricapillaFairly common summer visitor and passage migrant - no winter records
GARDEN WARBLERSylvia borinFairly common summer visitor and passage migrant
LESSER WHITETHROATSylvia curruca6Small numbers on spring and autumn passage
COMMON WHITETHROATSylvia communisDitto, but can be very difficult to find within the lake enclosure!
GRASSHOPPER WARBLERLocustella naeviaUncommon passage migrant- very difficult to find in the field at Chew
SAVI'S WARBLER*Locustella luscinioides1Four records - Jul 1960; Apr 1980; Aug 1987; May 2001
AQUATIC WARBLER*Acrocephalus paludicola1Rare autumn passage migrant; 12 records (three in 1984) the last was in 1999
SEDGE WARBLERAcrocephals schoenobaenusCommon summer visitor and passage migrant, but smaller nos then Reed
MARSH WARBLER*Acrocephalus palustris1Two records; May 1979 and June 1994
REED WARBLERAcrocephalus scirpaceusVery common summer visitor and passage migrant - over 500 pairs breed
GREAT REED WARBLER**Acrocephalus arundinaceus1Two (both singing males at Herriott's Bridge) in May 1992 and May 2008
NUTHATCHSitta europaeaVery scarce and erratic (barely annual), but bred for the first time in 2002
TREECREEPERCerthia familiarisFairly common resident
WRENTroglodytes troglodytesCommon resident
STARLINGSturnus vulgaris50000Fairly common resident - biggest numbers in winter/spring roost
DIPPERCinclus cinclus1Remarkably, just one record - Dec 2001 (Breeds only half a mile away!)
RING OUZELTurdus torquatus1Two records - Nov 1985 and April 2007
BLACKBIRDTurdus merulaCommon resident
FIELDFARETurdus pilaris2000Most occur on autumn passage, but small flocks in winter; a few in spring
SONG THRUSHTurdus philomelosFairly common resident
REDWINGTurdus iliacus1000Occasional flocks in winter but more obvious on autumn passage
MISTLE THRUSHTurdus viscivorusResident; can occur in small flocks in autumn
SPOTTED FLYCATCHERMuscicapa striataIn the recent past, a pair or two most years, but seldom recorded now
ROBINErithacus rubeculaAs above
NIGHTINGALELuscinia megarhynchos2Very rare passage migrant - last were 1994, 2006 and 2013
BLUETHROAT*Luscinia svecica1One trapped in Sep 1968
BLACK REDSTARTPhoenicurus ochruros1A good local patch bird! Just about one per decade. One overwintered in 2010/11
REDSTARTPhoenicurus phoenicurus4Uncommon spring and autumn passage migrant; barely annual
WHINCHATSaxicola rubetra7Passage migrant (formerly bred); expected each autumn but easy to miss
STONECHATSaxicola torquataRegular winter visitor, but crashed in 2010 with barely a single one since
WHEATEAROenanthe oenanthe6Spring and autumn passage migrant - a few recorded each year
PIED FLYCATCHERFicedula hypoleuca2Scarce passage migrant - best chance in spring, but difficult to catch up with
DUNNOCKPrunella modularisCommon resident
HOUSE SPARROWPasser domesticusBreeds on nearby farms, but tricky on BW property!
TREE SPARROWPasser montanus150Formerly bred, but now very scarce - odd birds turn up now and then
Blue-headed Wagtail*Motacilla flava flava5Scarce passage migrant - nowadays not quite annual (bred one year)
YELLOW WAGTAILMotacilla flava flavissima200Uncommon passage migrant - generally only one or two at any one time
CITRINE WAGTAIL**Motacilla citreola1Two records - Sep 1996 and Sep 2010
GREY WAGTAILMotacilla cinerea13Easily overlooked resident
White WagtailMotacilla alba alba45Spring and autumn passage migrant
PIED WAGTAILMotacilla alba yarrellii300Resident and passage - best numbers are spring flocks and winter roost
TAWNY PIPIT*Anthus campestris1One in Oct 1982
TREE PIPITAnthus trivialis4Uncommon passage migrant
MEADOW PIPITAnthus pratensis1000Fairly common passage migrant - most occur in autumn
RED-THROATED PIPIT*Anthus cervinus1Two records - Oct 1976 (not accepted) and Dec 1979
ROCK PIPITAnthus petrosus petrosus3Infrequent spring and autumn passage migrant - just about one per year
Scandinavian Rock Pipit*Anthus petrosus littoralis2 Recorded in Mar 2001, Apr 2005 and May 2005 (two)
WATER PIPITAnthus spinoletta21Passage migrant and winter visitor; small groups occur on passage
CHAFFINCHFringilla coelebs200Common resident and winter visitor - flocks can build up in suitable conditions
BRAMBLINGFringilla montifringilla200Scarce winter visitor and spring passage migrant
SERIN*Serinus serinus1One in Oct 1983
GREENFINCHCarduelis chloris1000Fairly common resident; big winter roost at Moreton Cottage
GOLDFINCHCarduelis carduelis450Fairly regular resident and passage migrant
SISKINCarduelis spinus120Uncommon passage migrant and winter visitor, generally small flocks
LINNETCarduelis cannabina1000Fairly common autumn passage migrant - best nos. when theres lots of mud!
TWITE*Carduelis flavirostris2Two at North Widcombe in Jan 1979 (just outside Chew); one in Feb 1979
LESSER REDPOLLCarduelis cabaret20Uncommon winter visitor - usually ones or twos
MEALY REDPOLL*Carduelis flammea1Three records - Oct-Nov 1965; Apr 1996 and Mar 2001
COMMON CROSSBILLLoxia curvirostra22Uncommon passage migrant - best chance is during an irruption
BULLFINCHPyrrhula pyrrhula30A few pairs dotted around the lake, but easy to miss
HAWFINCHCoccothraustes c'thraustes2Rare - only seven records, most recently in Apr 2009
SNOW BUNTINGPlectrophenax nivalis1Rare autumn passage migrant; eight records
LAPLAND BUNTING*Calcarius lapponicus1Only two - Nov 1990 and Nov 1991
YELLOWHAMMEREmberiza citrinella50Another tricky 'common' species - barely annual passage migrant
CIRL BUNTING*Emberiza cirlus2Three records - Aug 1960; May 1966 and Apr 1979 (pair)
LITTLE BUNTING*Emberiza pusilla1Two records - Jan 1976 (trapped) and Mar-Apr 1996
REED BUNTINGEmberiza schoeniclusFairly common resident (but recent decline); small spring passage evident
CORN BUNTING*Emberiza calandra1Only five records; the last was in 1979


Note that some species appear in this section as well as the main list - this is because some species have occurred as known escapes whilst having also occurred in a presumed/possible wild state. Rehabilitated wild birds which have been transported to Chew for release are also included in this section (marked with an asterisk).

Manx Shearwater*Puffinus puffinus1Three rehabilitated birds released
White PelicanPelecanus onocrotalus1
Pink-backed PelicanPelecanus rufescens1
Greater FlamingoPhoenicopterus roseus1
Chilean FlamingoPhoenicopterus chilensis1
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis coromandus1One seen intermittently from Jul 1994 to Jul 1995
White StorkCiconia ciconia1
Sacred IbisThreskiornis aethiopicus1
Fulvous Whistling DuckDendrocygna bicolor1
White-faced Whistling DuckDendrocygna viduata1
Black SwanCygnus atratus1
Swan GooseAnser cygnoides
Tundra Bean GooseAnser fabalis serrirostris1
Pink-footed GooseAnser brachyrhynchus1
European White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons albifrons1
Lesser White-fronted GooseAnser erythropus1
Greylag GooseAnser anser
Bar-headed GooseAnser indicus2
Snow GooseAnser caerulescens18
Canada GooseBranta canadensis1
Barnacle GooseBranta leucopsisNow in BOU group C2
Red-breasted GooseBranta ruficollis1
Orinoco GooseChenonetta jubata1
Cape ShelduckTadorna capensis1
Paradise ShelduckTadorna variegata1
Ruddy ShelduckTadorna ferruginea
Ringed TealCallonetta leucophrys1
Wood DuckAix sponsa1
MandarinAix galericulata
Chiloe WigeonAnas sibilatrix1
Cape TealAnas capensis1
Chestnut TealAnas castanea1
MallardAnas platyrhynchos
Bahama PintailAnas bahamensis1
Yellow-billed PintailAnas georgica1
Northern PintailAnas acuta1
Silver TealAnas versicolor1
Cinnamon TealAnas cyanoptera2
RosybillNetta peposaca2
Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris1
New Zealand ScaupAythya novaeseelandiae1
Maccoa DuckOxyura maccoa1
Lanner FalconFalco biarmicus1
Saker FalconFalco cherrug1
Red-legged PartridgeAlectoris rufa1A released bird in Heron's Green Bay area; others of perhaps less than wild origin, too
Spotted Crake*Porzana porzana1One released May 2001 after being found in a street in Portishead
Great Bustard*Otis tarda1One from the Salisbury Plain re-introduction scheme in Feb 2009
Common Guillemot*Uria aalge1An old record of a rehabilitated bird released on Herriott's Pool
Little Auk*Alle alle1One released Nov 1990 after being found under a hedge in Marshfield
CockatielNymphicus hollandicus1
BudgerigarMelopsittacus undulatus1
Ring-necked ParakeetPsittacula krameri1
Red-rumped ParakeetPsephotus haematonotus1
African Grey ParrotPsittacus erithacus1
Red AvadavatAmandava amandava1
Chestnut ManikinLonchura malacca1

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