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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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June 2004
Six Black-tailed Godwits flew onto Herriott's Pool at lunchtime, and two Redshank were in front of Stratford hide. This evening, a first-summer Yellow-legged Gull was on Herriott's Pool, and a Barn Owl was seen briefly just west of the pool.
No sign of any Black-tailed Godwits today; the only bird of note was the drake Tufted Duck x Pochard again on Herriott's Pool.

Ruddy Darters are now on the wing in numbers on the Parkland.
Three Black-tailed Godwits were on Herriott's Pool today, along with one first-summer Yellow-legged Gull and five Great Black-backed Gulls - the latter a good count for CVL.
More of the same today - the Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit and female Pochard x Red-crested Pochard were all as they were, and eight Barnacle Geese flew over Heron's Green Bay this afternoon. The only other new bird reported was a Peregrine over the east side of the lake this afternoon.
The Red-crested Pochard hybrid was again in front of Stratford hide this evening. In the dismal weather, few birds were found other than the Black-tailed Godwit, a Common Sandpiper and a first-summer Yellow-legged Gull on Herriott's Pool.
The Black-tailed Godwit remained on Herriott's Pool, and two Common Terns were on the main lake.
BLAGDON: A remarkable record of 18 wind-blown Arctic Terns this evening at the lodge. This species is normally expected during strong westerlies in the autumn, but this is a very unusual date.
An adult Black-tailed Godwit was on Herriott's Pool this morning, along with two first-summer Yellow-legged Gulls. The female Pochard x Red-crested Pochard was again in Stratford Bay, and a Common Tern was on the main lake.
A Green Sandpiper at Herriott's Pool was the first of the 'autumn' (a day earlier than last year); other birds there included nine Teal, 143 Gadwall, two Great Black-backed Gulls and a drake Pochard x Tufted Duck. There is now a good number of birds at the southern end of the lake, including at least 300 Canada Geese, and lesser numbers of Coot and Great Crested Grebe. The hybrid Pochard x Red-crested Pochard was in Stratford Bay again this morning.

This evening, a Barn Owl was seen just south of Herriott's Pool, along with the first juvenile Black-headed Gull of the year.
Pochard x Red-crested Pochard
Copyright Rich Andrews
Female Pochards and Pochard x Red-crested Pochard. 20th June 2004
The female Pochard x Red-crested Pochard was off Moreton bank this evening.

BARROW TANKS: The drake Ring-necked Duck was on No.3 Tank today.
A pair of Garganey was reported at Herriott's Pool today.
The drake Ring-necked Duck was again on Herriott's Pool, and a Common Tern was still on the main lake.
A drake Ring-necked Duck made an expected appearance at Herriott's Pool this morning, although by lunchtime it had moved into Stratford Bay. Also present were a second-summer Common Tern and three first-summer Yellow-legged Gulls. The female Pochard x Red-crested Pochard was again present; photos of the bird can be seen at  Paul Burrows' Nature Photography.
The female Red-crested Pochard is again at Herriott's Pool, although it should be noted that there is now some disquiet as to it's precise lineage! A Common Tern was on the main lake.

A Silver Y along Moreton Lane was the first sign of any lepidoptera immigration at CVL this year, although further signs of movement happened nearby in Whitchurch, with four Plutella xylostella and a single Bordered Straw trapped today. A Painted Lady was also seen near Winford.
The female Red-crested Pochard was again at Herriott's Pool today (asleep on the overspill), along with four Greylags.

The water-level at CVL has dropped several inches in the last few weeks - the lake is now 92% full, compared to 87% this time last year (BW); water levels never reached 100% over the winter following the dry autumn last year.
The female Red-crested Pochard was still in the Herriott's/Stratford Bay area this morning.
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