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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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January 2006
SUNDAY 15th
The Slavonian Grebe was still present in the SW 'lobe' of Heron's Green Bay this afternoon, and a female Greater Scaup was nearby, just off Moreton Cottage. A juvenile Peregrine was again in the dead tree near Moreton Point, and eleven Golden Plover flew over Moreton this morning. Of note when looking for either of the Scaups, beware that there are several apparent Tufted Duck x Pochard/Greater Scaups around the lake at the moment (both males and females). Despite ideal conditions, the gull roost only produced single Mediterranean and Yellow-legged Gulls this afternoon.

Due to 'logistical' reasons, there will be no further updates for a fortnight or so!
SATURDAY 14th
The gull roost this afternoon contained three Mediterranean Gulls (two adults and a first-winter), and the drake Red-breasted Merganser was watched off Nunnery Point displaying to female Goosanders. A pleasant surprise was a Barn Owl hunting along the Nunnery Point road at dusk - there have been a few sightings of this species at Chew this week, between Nunnery and Herriott's Bridge.

BARROW TANKS:
The juvenile Great Northern Diver (No.1) and the four Black-necked Grebes (No.3) are still present today.
FRIDAY 13th
The pair Ring-necked Ducks were in front of Moreton hide, and the first-winter drake Greater Scaup was still off the main dam. Two Golden Plover were with the Lapwings at Herriott's End, the Slavonian Grebe was still in the 'toe' of Heron's Green Bay, and two adult Mediterranean Gulls were in the roost this afternoon.
THURSDAY 12th
A good find in the gull roost this afternoon was an adult Ring-billed Gull; also present were two Mediterranean Gulls. The female Ring-necked Duck was off Moreton with Pochards again.
WEDNESDAY 11th
Most of yesterday's birds were still in place - the two Greater Scaup, the Red-breasted Merganser and the Slavonian Grebe, with the addition of a Green Sandpiper in Villice Bay, a Water Pipit at Stratford and two Mediterranean Gulls from Herriott's Bridge this afternoon. No sign, though, of either Ring-necked Duck or the Smew, and again no sign of the Bittern, which has been looked for but not seen so far this year.
TUESDAY 10th
The Slavonian Grebe was still in Heron's Green Bay today, but the rest of the good birds seen today were all ducks as follows: two Greater Scaup (male off the main dam, female in Villice Bay), drake Red-breasted Merganser, ten Goosander (Villice Bay), drake Ring-necked Duck (Stratford Bay) and redhead Smew (Herriott's End and east side of Stratford Bay). The female Ring-necked Duck was also seen briefly today.
SUNDAY 8th
The female Ring-necked Duck was in Stratford Bay off Moreton Bank this afternoon, and the drake Red-breasted Merganser was with Goosanders off Denny at dusk.
SATURDAY 7th
A redhead Smew on the east side of Stratford Bay was a new arrival today. The Slavonian Grebe was still in Heron's Green Bay, the drake Red-breasted Merganser was in Stratford Bay, and a Barn Owl was seen over the road verge and fields just east of Herriott's Pool at dusk this afternoon.
THURSDAY 5th
A third-winter Caspian Gull was at Herriott's Pool for a couple of hours today. Believed to be the 'controversial gull' of 2004, the bird has also been seen at Blagdon in recent days.
MONDAY 2nd
The Slavonian Grebe is the only bird of note reported so far, although commoner species included a male Stonechat (Nunnery Point), Siskin (heard calling at Nunnery Point) and an adult Mediterranean Gull in the roost.

BARROW TANKS:
The juvenile Great Northern Diver is still on No.1, but best birds were the four Black-necked Grebes still on No.3 tank (images below - click on the thumbnails to view).
Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
SUNDAY 1st
The Slavonian Grebe was still in Heron's Green Bay today.

BARROW TANKS:
The juvenile Great Northern Diver is still on tank No.1, and four Black-necked Grebes were reported on No.3.
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