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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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February 2006
SUNDAY 19th
A dreary day, with even less in the way of birds than yesterday. A female Greater Scaup was seen from Woodford Lodge this afternoon, and the Bittern was seen again at 17:40; it flew on to Herriott's Pool from the main lake.

The comparatively mild night produced a total of 13 moths at an actinic trap left overnight - twelve Early Moths, and one Tortricodes alternella - the first Chew record.
SATURDAY 18th
No sign of the Trumpeter Swan today; in fact little sign of anything until the gull roost was checked this afternoon, and was found to contain the adult Kumlien's Gull and at least five adult Mediterranean Gulls. The Barn Owl was again at Herriott's Bridge late this afternoon.
FRIDAY 17th
A Trumpeter Swan was a surprise find at Herriott's Bridge today - presumably the bird which has been seen at several sites in Somerset this winter. It was seen to fly off south late in the afternoon. Thanks to Simon Mackie for the photos.
Trumpeter Swan
Copyright Simon Mackie
Trumpeter Swan
Copyright Simon Mackie

SUNDAY 12th
Little of note again today - two Mediterranean Gulls were seen (one in the roost and one in Heron's Green Bay), and the Bittern was again seen briefly in flight over the E side of Herriott's Pool at 17:17.
Mediterranean Gull
Copyright Rich Andrews
Adult Mediterranean Gull, Heron's Green Bay
SATURDAY 11th
The only birds of note reported today were four Mediterranean Gulls in the roost this afternoon and 30+ Pintails on Herriott's Pool. The Bittern was seen in flight in the SE corner of Herriott's Pool at 17:25 this afternoon.

YATE:
Six Hawfinches were again at Brimsham Park this morning (see 2/2 entry for map).

BARROW TANKS:
Five Black-necked Grebes are still on No.3 tank, and a Ring-billed Gull was reported from the reservoirs early this afternoon.

BLEADON LEVEL:
The Great Bustard from the Salisbury Plain re-introduction scheme is still present by the River Axe. It gets with the Mute Swan herd, and can be viewed from Accommodation Road. Click here for a map.
WEDNESDAY 8th
The Slavonian Grebe was still present today.
MONDAY 6th
The first-winter Little Gull was still present today at East Shore, the first-winter drake Greater Scaup was still at the dam, and the female Ring-necked Duck was again in Stratford Bay. Five Chiffchaffs were along the River Chew by the sewage works.

YATE:
Still at least three Hawfinches this afternoon at Brimsham Park.
SATURDAY 4th
The drake Greater Scaup and drake Red-breasted Merganser were both still present, and one adult Mediterranean Gull was found in the roost.

YATE:
Still five Hawfinches this morning at Brimsham Park.
THURSDAY 2nd
The first-winter Little Gull was still present today, flying about over the breakwater at Nunnery Point late afternoon. Other birds included three Mediterranean Gulls in the roost, a juvenile Peregrine and a male Stonechat on the Parkland.

YATE:
At Brimsham Park, at least six Hawfinches were present in trees around the lake and play area on and off all day - there was a report of one here in December, and there have been a few reports recently from here, so these are probably the first 'twitchable' Avon ones in years. The grid reference is ST715842 - park at the end of Coopers Drive or Meadow Mead. Click here for a map.
WEDNESDAY 1st
A drake Ring-necked Duck was at Herriott's Pool this afternoon, with a Barn Owl there at 16:45 and 17:00.
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