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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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May 2005
A Black-tailed Godwit was on Herriott's Pool again today, and one or two Hobbies were over Herriott's Pool and the east shore later this afternoon. A Barn Owl was at Herriott's. The first broods of Pochard and Mute Swan have now appeared.

After Chew was a fair way short of normal capacity throughout the spring, water levels have now been dropping again for the last few weeks (and will presumably continue to do so through until the autumn).
No sign of the scoters today, but a record flock of 58 Black-tailed Godwits were on Herriott's Pool. A Marsh Harrier was also present over the pool and Stratford Bay this evening.
Three Common Scoters (a male and two females) were on the Roman Shallows this morning.
After a week with very little in the way of bird activity - obviously the lull before the (rarity) storm, the drake Garganey was again in front of Moreton hide this evening. It was reported on Heron's Green Pool yesterday.
A drake Garganey was in front of Bernard King hide, and another was reported in Heron's Green Bay. The Black-tailed Godwit was still in Villice Bay, and a Dunlin was in Heron's Green Bay.

A Small Copper was on the wing at Moreton.
A Black-tailed Godwit was in Villice Bay.

The first Azure Damselflies of the year are now on the wing in Spring Bay, and another micro moth went on the list today - Glyphipterix forsterella.
14 Common Terns and two Black Terns were new in today - the only other birds of note in the stiff breeze were loads of Swifts.

A few moths of note were recorded today; new to the Chew list were Adela reaumurella (several at Wick Green Point), Syndemis musculana (Wick Green Point), Coleophora lusciniaepennella (larval cases at Sutton Wick) and Metznera metzneriella (two adults emerged from knapweed heads collected in April). None of these are particularly uncommon; it's only now that a little more fieldwork is being done that the microlepidoptera of the lake are being recorded.

Also, late news of another addition to the Chew list (almost) - a dead Polecat was found by the road in Chew Stoke on April 29th. A post-mortem showed it to be a male, and a true Polecat (not a Polecat x ferret hybrid) - it may be the first proven record from the 'south Avon' area.
Copyright Rich Andrews
Common Swift, Stratford Bay, 14th May
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One Black-tailed Godwit still on Herriott's Pool, but highlight was the reappearance of the drake Ring-necked Duck there.
Only one Black-tailed Godwit on Herriott's Pool today, but three Hobbies feeding over the main lake were noteworthy. An Oystercatcher and ant least one female Goldeneye were in front of Stratford hide.
32 Black-tailed Godwits on Herriott's Pool today.
A drake Garganey was on Herriott's Pool this afternoon, along with six Black-tailed Godwits. An apparent Pochard x Ferruginous Duck was in Villice Bay.
Still 27 Black-tailed Godwits on Herriott's Pool today, and three Dunlin elsewhere on the lake.
A single Arctic Tern was off Nunnery Point this afternoon, and a flock of 39 Black-tailed Godwits were on Herriott's Pool. A female Goldeneye was still in Stratford Bay.
A pair of Black-necked Grebes were in Stratford Bay this morning (East side).
An Oystercatcher was seen in flight over Herriott's Pool, and the Bar-tailed Godwit was still in Villice Bay.
A scarce bird at Chew is the Bar-tailed Godwit, and today a single bird was in Villice Bay (along the old road). Nearby a Lesser Whitethroat was at Nunnery Point, as was a Cuckoo. Two Whimbrel were on the island in front of Stratford hide.
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