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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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March 2005
Another early Osprey was the highlight - it flew west with a fish at 13:00. A Green Sandpiper and four Water Pipits at Stratford were also seen, with c.50 Sand Martins over the main lake.
Two Tree Pipits at Nunnery Point were good find today - other birds were fairly predictable - a first-winter Little Gull, the female Geater Scaup and six Water Pipits.
Up to 300 Sand Martins and two or three Swallows were present today; other birds included an adult Little Gull, a Redshank, one Greater Scaup, eight Water Pipits and the drake Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck.
Highlight today was an early Osprey which flew past Stratford hide at 18:10 - there are very few March CVL (or Avon) records. The female Greater Scaup was still in Stratford Bay, along with four Sand Martins and a Little Egret briefly this morning.
Two first-winter Little Gulls were present today, as was the female Greater Scaup. Two Willow Warblers were along Moreton Lane, and a Curlew was in Moreton Bank field. A second-winter Mediterranean Gull was in the roost.

An Otter was seen in front of Stratford hide this evening - an excellent CVL record following the first modern record last autumn.
Three Little Gulls (a first-winter and two adult-types) were new-in today. The female Greater Scaup was still in Stratford Bay, and a Peregrine was seen along Moreton Lane. There were at least 100 Sand Martins this evening.
A predictable, yet scarce spring migrant at Chew is Rock Pipit - two were on Nunnery Point today (the best bit of Rock Pipit habitat for miles around!). The female Greater Scaup was still in Stratford Bay, as were five Water Pipits.
Up to seven Water Pipits were reported in front of Stratford hide this afternoon, but no sign there of yesterdays LRPs.
A warm spring day with temperatures reaching 19c. Two Chiffchaffs were heard singing, and an early female Little Ringed Plover was on the island in front of Stratford hide; she was joined by a male late this afternoon. A partial summer-plumage Water Pipit was also there, with the four Greater Scaup also present. The gull roost numbered less than a couple of thousand birds this evening.

Five Small Tortoiseshells were on the wing at Nunnery Point this afternoon.
The adult Iceland Gull and an adult Mediterranean Gull were in the roost tonight. In contrast to yesterday, Goldeneye couldn't quite manage three-figures this evening.
Yesterdays Sand Martin flock had already increased to 100 birds by this evening, whilst a check of the (markedly diminished) gull roost produced three Mediterranean Gulls (two adults and a second-year) and the summer-plumage adult Iceland Gull again, albeit at very long range. The first day of the fishing season often has a strange effect of the local Goldeneye, and today was no exception - there was a single flock of 178 roosting on the Roman Shallows tonight.
15 Sand Martins were seen today - the first of the spring. Other highlights included what has been a rare bird this winter - a Siskin, along with the four Greater Scaup and the Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck, 13 Goosander, 14 Pintail, a Curlew, a Green Sandpiper and two Water Pipits.

A Brown Hare on the Parkland was another lake rarity.
Only three Mediterranean Gulls seen in the roost tonight from Moreton, and four Greater Scaup also there.

A reminder also that opening day for fishing is Thursday 17th at both Chew and Barrow. Blagdon opens on Thursday 24th.
Just to prove last night wasn't a flash in the pan, eleven Mediterranean Gulls were seen in the roost this evening (nine adults, a second-summer and a second-winter), including at least three birds not seen yesterday. The adult Iceland Gull was also present.

LANSDOWN: The Great Grey Shrike was still present this morning in fields just below Prospect Stile, although I'm not aware of any reports of it after mid-morning.
Quantity rather then quality at the gull roost this evening, with a new record count of at least ten Mediterranean Gulls (seven adults and three second-summers). Unusually, first-winter birds have been rather scarce so far this year. Other birds from Nunnery Point this afternoon included the three Greater Scaup (two males and a female) and the male Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck. An adult Little Gull was also seen earlier in the day.

BARROW TANKS: The adult Iceland Gull was on no.3 tank briefly this afternoon before flying off north-west.
LANSDOWN: A Great Grey Shrike was just below Prospect Stile (ST713683) by Bath Racecourse this afternoon.
A quiet day - three Greater Scaup were still in Heron's Green Bay, with other birds seen including 13 Goosander, 40 Linnets, 15 Meadow Pipits and a Raven.
The adult Iceland Gull was again in the main roost tonight, along with two Mediterranean Gulls.
The Red-breasted Goose was still on the Parkland with the Barnacle Geese...
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis
Copyright Rich Andrews
Red-breasted Goose - Parkland
Goosander Mergus merganser
Copyright Rich Andrews
Drake Goosander - Nunnery Point
Still at least three Water Pipits in front of Stratford hide. Low water levels have meant that this species has been particularly reliable this winter here. Two adult summer Mediterranean Gulls were seen in the roost off Nunnery Point.
Six Mediterranean Gulls (five adults and a second-winter) were in the roost this afternoon, with four Water Pipits in front of Stratford hide.
Today there were four Water Pipits at Stratford, and a Marsh Tit in the wood behind the hide. A pair of Stonechats were on Moreton Bank, with c.30 Meadow Pipits in the field behind Moreton hide.
Highlight today was a group of three Oystercatchers near Moreton Point. Otherwise, the four Greater Scaup were still in Villice Bay and the Red-breasted Goose was still on the Parkland. A Raven over Villice Bay was also more or less expected, following recent form.
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