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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.

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January 2004
THURSDAY 29th
A rarity! Ok, so only an Avocet at Herriott's, but only the eighth record nevertheless.
WEDNESDAY 28th
The adult Eurasian White-fronted Goose has now appeared at Chew with the Canada Goose flock - today it was in Villice Bay.
MONDAY 26th
A first-winter Mediterranean Gull was the only bird of note reported today.
SATURDAY 24th
Two Bitterns were reported at Herriott's Pool again.

SEVERNSIDE: Two goodies this morning - a flyover Lapland Bunting, and a Shore Lark at Chittening Warth.
TUESDAY 20th
The redhead Smew was still in Villice Bay and there were two Water Pipits in Stratford Bay. A new bird for the yearlist was a Little Egret in Heron's Green.
MONDAY 19th
Three Ravens and five Siskins were the passerine highlights - the best of the wildfowl was just a single redhead Smew.
TUESDAY 13th
SEVERNSIDE: A Cory's Shearwater lingered off Severn Beach for almost an hour this morning. A proper local rarity, this was only the second Avon record, following the first bird as recently as November 2000.
MONDAY 12th
The Bewick's Swan was still in Stratford Bay, and a redhead Smew was still in Heron's Green Bay. Other birds were a Raven, and a Green Sandpiper (on flood waters behind Stratford hide). Two Bitterns were reported in flight over Herriott's Bridge this afternoon.
SUNDAY 11th
A day of heavy rain and hail showers; consequently little birding was done. The Bewick's Swan was again at the south end of Moreton Bank (in the left-hand bay viewed from Stratford hide).

SEVERNSIDE: The Great Grey Shrike was still present at Chittening Warth this morning.
SATURDAY 10th
There were still seven Water Pipits in front of Stratford hide today, along with nine Golden Plover. Ironically, now that the area of exposed mud is receding rapidly (the lake is now 66% full), Lapwing numbers seem to have increased this week! Other reports included the adult Bewick's Swan still, a pair of Stonechats along Moreton Lane and continuing the 'noteworthy' Aythya theme, the drake Canvasback x Pochard again, in front of Moreton hide.

SEVERNSIDE: There is a Great Grey Shrike at Chittening Warth, by the Seabank power station, though it's ranging widely.

BLAGDON: An adult Eurasian White-fronted Goose has appeared with the Canada Goose flock - this species has been particularly unreliable at the lakes in recent years.
FRIDAY 9th
The drake Smew was still in Heron's Green Bay today (although it had gone from there by late afternoon). An adult Bewick's Swan was at the south end of Moreton Bank, whilst two Aythya hybrids were off Nunnery Point - a drake Tufted Duck x Pochard and a drake Tufted Duck x Greater Scaup.
WEDNESDAY 7th
The Barn Owl was seen at 07:00 this morning flying west across the road at Villice Bay.
TUESDAY 6th
The drake Red-breasted Merganser was still around today.
MONDAY 5th
Two Smew (including an adult drake) and still at least 52 Goosanders were in Heron's Green Bay today.
SUNDAY 4th
More of the same today - the drake Red-breasted Merganser was still in Heron's Green Bay, as was most of the lakes Goosander population (52) and two redhead Smew. An adult Mediterranean Gull was in the roost off Moreton hide, and the Barn Owl was seen again at Heron's Green Pool at 16:20 - it flew north along the road verge and over the hedge onto the parkland. The Egyptian Goose has also reappeared in Heron's Green Bay.
SATURDAY 3rd
The drake Red-breasted Merganser was showing down to ten metres this afternoon with Goosanders in Heron's Green Bay. Also there were two Green Sandpipers and a redhead Smew. A Barn Owl was hunting over the pool there at dusk, and a Water Pipit was seen along the shoreline just north of Herriott's Bridge, with a Water Rail and two Dunlin at Herriott's End.
FRIDAY 2nd
A Barn Owl was again seen along the road verge just north of Heron's Green Bay at 07:45. At least two Water Pipits were still in front of Stratford hide, although the rapidly rising water levels are likely to disperse them in the next few weeks. Two adult Bewick's Swans arrived at Sutton Wick late afternoon after having been at Blagdon.
THURSDAY 1st
The drake Canvasback x Pochard has reappeared in Stratford Bay, and a Slavonian Grebe was seen from Sutton Wick today. A second-winter Mediterranean Gull was at No.1 picnic site this afternoon.

Happy New Year to all Chew birders!!
Great Crested Grebe
Copyright Rich Andrews
Great Crested Grebe  1st January 2004
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