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This page brings you the latest bird and wildlife sightings from Chew Valley Lake (and occasionally elsewhere). Every effort is made to keep the information on this page accurate, but it's quite possible that the odd stringy record slips in every now and then.
The Bittern appeared at 12:20 on Herriott's Pool (in flight). Other birds included 22 Golden Plover at Herriott's End, and a first-winter male Greater Scaup, an adult male Tufted Duck x Pochard and a male Red-breasted Merganser off Moreton Point (the latter, as usual spending most of his time displaying to female Goosanders!). At least seven Water Pipits were on the shoreline in front of Stratford hide.
Two festive birds of note: a female Stonechat at Nunnery Point and a female Common Scoter off Moreton Point this afternoon.
Few people ventured into the field this weekend; little surprise that the only birds seen today were an adult Mediterranean Gull and a juvenile Peregrine from Stratford hide late this afternoon. The latter was watched perched in the willow to the right of the hide, and was seen to be wearing a metal ring on its left leg.

Rain in recent weeks has now raised the water back to the same level it was in late September.
Peregrine  Falco peregrinus
Copyright Rich Andrews
Peregrine  21st December 2003
A drake Red-breasted Merganser off Moreton hide was new today, otherwise fairly standard stuff: an adult Peregrine, one Green Sandpiper, a drake Scaup x Tufted Duck (Villice Bay); two redhead Smew and a Little Egret (Heron's Green Bay), a Yellow-legged Gull and five Water Pipits.
The only birds reported were a Black-tailed Godwit killed by a Peregrine!
A drake Smew was reported in Heron's Green Bay.  Other birds included a juvenile Scaup, three Water Pipits and a juvenile Peregrine.
Three redhead Smew were with the Ruddy Duck flock in Stratford Bay this afternoon.  Also present here were 18 Golden Plover, two Dunlin and a Peregrine. Water Pipit numbers seem to have decreased since last month; the maximum count today was only three. 21 Pintail were on Herriott's Pool, and the drake Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck has reappeared (off Sutton Wick today).
The only news today was of a Barn Owl along the verge of the A368 to the east of Herriott's Pool at 20:58 this evening.
The Golden Plover flock was at Chew this morning - up to 240 were present, with 61 remaining in the afternoon.  Four Dunlin and four Green Sandpipers were also present, along with c.20 Goosander, one Water Rail (Heron's Green Pool) and one Chiffchaff. Eight Water Pipits were seen going to roost in the main reedbed this afternoon.