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December 2005
The Slavonian Grebe was still in Heron's Green Bay this afternoon, although the most noteworthy sighting was of a diver sp. seen in flight behind Heron's Green Pool. It was eventually watched flying off towards Blagdon Lake. Other birds at CVL included five adult Bewick's Swans and two Aythya hybrids.

The Great Northern Diver was still on tank No.1 this morning.
Heron's Green Bay provided the best birds today, with Slavonian Grebe still (in the SW 'toe'), Black-necked Grebe (between Moreton Point and Nunnery Point), and a drake Smew on the north side of the bay with Pochards. Also a juvenile female Peregrine, at least one Raven and a Green Sandpiper.

The Great Northern Diver is still on No.1.
Apologies for the lack of updates in recent weeks. You didn't miss much. News for today is a Slavonian Grebe in Heron's Green Bay (in the 'toe'), and a Black-necked Grebe also in the bay.
The Red-legged Partridge and Ring-necked Duck were still present, but best bird of the weekend was saved until the last hour of the day - an adult Kumlien's Gull was found in the roost amongst a huge mass of Common Gulls. Presumably this is the same bird that has occasionally been seen in the roost over the last four or five winters. An adult Mediterranean Gull and two Dunlin were also seen from Nunnery Point this afternoon.

The Great Northern Diver was still present on No.1.
The female Ring-necked Duck, Black-necked Grebe and first-winter Velvet Scoter were all still at Moreton. Also present were three Dunlin, two Little Egrets, and the Red-legged Partridge still at East Shore.
The Red-legged Partridge was still at East Shore with a group of Pheasants this morning. A good selection of waterfowl included eight Bewick's Swans (Villice Bay, with two at Denny this morning), a juvenile Velvet Scoter, drake Red-breasted Merganser and female Ring-necked Duck at Moreton, and a drake Ring-necked Duck at Herriott's Pool. The Bittern was also seen at midday on Herriott's Pool. Of note, water levels are rising rapidly now.

A Hawfinch was seen again in a garden for ten minutes earlier this week.

The Great Northern Diver was still present on No.1.
We were due another good local patch bird, and today the quality came in the form of a fabulous Red-legged Partridge on East Shore - only the second CVL record. It was viewable from BK hide with some Pheasants (there are high numbers of the latter species around the lake at the moment!) Also today were a drake Ring-necked Duck on Herriott's Pool, and at Moreton, a Black-necked Grebe, plus a second Ring-necked Duck also reported there.

The Great Northern Diver was still on No.1 tank today.
A juvenile Great Northern Diver was a surprise find on No.1 tank this afternoon:
Great Northern Diver
Copyright Rich Andrews
Juvenile Great Northern Diver, Barrow No.1 Tank.
Up to eleven Bewick's Swans were still around today (No. 2 picnic site and Villice Bay), with the drake Red-breasted Merganser and Black-necked Grebe off Moreton Point. At Herriott's End this afternoon were 600 Lapwing, 20 Dunlin and an adult Mediterranean Gull, with a Little Egret in Heron's Green Bay. An unusual record was a group of 16 Pheasants in cut maize by the approach to Moreton Cottage.

Note that the fishing season is now closed.
A Black-necked Grebe was at Moreton hide, and two Dunlin were in Stratford Bay. Recently, up to 15 Bewick's Swans have been on the NE side of Denny, viewable from No. 2 picnic site.
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