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This page brings you the latest bird and wildlife sightings from Chew Valley Lake (and occasionally elsewhere). Most updates will be on a weekly basis, although they will probably be more frequent at busy times. Records are taken from various sources and should be regarded as unconfirmed.
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WATER LEVEL
61%
on 26.07.2005
July 2005
SATURDAY 30th
One Little Egret (the juvenile) was still in front of Stratford hide today. Other birds included Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper and three Black-tailed Godwits on Herriott's Pool. The murky conditions produced a fair number of House Martins and Sand Martins.
FRIDAY 29th
Still slow-going, but a few birds are to be found around the muddy margins - one Redshank in Villice Bay, three Green Sandpipers and two Common Sandpipers were in Heron's Green Bay, a Whimbrel was seen in flight and a Common Tern put in a brief appearance.
SUNDAY 24th
Both Little Egrets (an adult and a juvenile) were still in Stratford Bay this afternoon, along with one Dunlin, one Common Sandpiper, a Snipe and a juvenile Water Rail.
SATURDAY 23rd
One Little Egret was on Moreton Bank this afternoon; nearby there were four Dunlin, and a Green Sandpiper flew over Moreton Bank field.
Wednesday 20th
The first Mediterranean Gull of the autumn, a juvenile, was at Twycross; other birds included eight Yellow-legged Gulls (seven of which were also at Twycross), four Common Sandpipers, one Green Sandpiper, one Redshank, a Little Egret and two Ravens.
SUNDAY 17th
A Little Egret was in front of Stratford hide again this evening; other birds included one Redshank (Denny) and at least two Yellow-legged Gulls.

Three new micro-moths for the Chew list today - the pyralids Pyrausta aurata and Evergestis pallidata, and Batrachedra praeangusta. The former species is common around Mentha and has clearly been overlooked.

The second Chew record of Essex Skipper was found near Spring Bay this morning - another species which has most likely been under-recorded at the lake.
Little Egret
Copyright Rich Andrews
Little Egret  Stratford Bay
SATURDAY 16th
The two Little Egrets were still in Stratford Bay, on the bund in the main reedbed. Also present today were three Dunlin, an Oystercatcher (Moreton Bank) and one Common Sandpiper (Heron's Green Bay).

The first Ruddy Darters are now on the wing at various locations around the lake, as are Emperor and Southern Hawker.
FRIDAY 15th
Two Little Egrets in Stratford Bay were new-in today, as were four Black-tailed Godwits (Herriott's Pool). Also recorded were three Yellow-legged Gulls, a female Goldeneye, and two Little Owls along Moreton Lane.
WEDNESDAY 13th
A Common Tern, two Snipe (Stratford), two Green Sandpipers (Villice), a Common Sandpiper (main dam) and the first Wigeon of the autumn were present today.

A Scarlet Tiger was an unexpected sight flying past Villice hide this evening. This is the third CVL record, following one about a week ago in the trapping area, and two also in Villice Bay last year.
MONDAY 11th
A Little Egret in front of Stratford hide was the highlight; otherwise the best birds were single Dunlin and Common Sandpiper at Moreton and two Green Sandpipers in Villice Bay.
SUNDAY 10th
A hot day with little activity on the bird front. The exposed shoreline at Twycross seems to be good for checking colour rings at the moment; today two Cormorants and a Herring Gull were both found with colour rings. The Herring Gull had been ringed at Stoke Orchard tip, Glos, on December 4th last year, and the two Cormorants were both ringed as fledglings on the same day (June 16th 2003) on The Denny in the Severn Estuary. Four Great Black-backed Gulls also at BK hide were noteworthy.

A micro-moth new to the Chew list today was the plume Marasmarcha lunedactyla - four were swept from a small patch of their foodplant (restharrow) in Villice Bay.

LORD'S WOOD
A few miles from Chew, White Admirals are now on the wing at this site near Pensford. Silver-washed Fritillaries should also be out there any day now. A small group of Crossbills were seen in flight over here yesterday, with 38 in Somerset at Stock Hill - it may be worth keeping an eye/ear out for this species if there is a small influx underway.
White Admiral
Copyright Rich Andrews White Admiral  Lord's Wood
THURSDAY 7th
Two Black-tailed Godwits, a Redshank and two Pintail were on Herriott's Pool today.
SUNDAY 3rd
Three Green Sandpipers and seven Black-tailed Godwits were the wader highlights, whilst two Pintail (the first of the autumn) and a female Goldeneye were on Herriott's Pool.

At least five Purple Hairstreaks were on the wing in the usual place by the mound in the car park by the entrance to the Parkland.
FRIDAY 1st
A Curlew was seen in flight over Stratford Bay this evening.
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