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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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November 2006
A Little Egret in Villice Bay and a Mediterranean Gull on Herriott's Pool were the only birds of note reported today. Despite the rain during the week, water at Chew is being actively pumped from the lake, and the level is still slowly dropping; BW advise that this is likely to be the case until the end of the month.
Still a few odds and ends around the lake - an adult drake Ferruginous Duck was at Stratford, as were a Little Egret and a Water Pipit. A Green Sandpiper was at Moreton.
An adult drake Greater Scaup, two Little Egrets and a Water Pipit were at Stratford.
Not much to report today, or for the whole weekend, for that matter. The drake Red-breasted Merganser remained, as did a Water Pipit and a Little Egret.

There were still two or three Common Darters on the wing in a few sheltered, sunny spots today.
Again, the two Ferruginous Ducks remained, as did the drake Red-breasted Merganser. The large Aythya flock in Stratford Bay included an adult drake Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck, and what appeared to be (after a brief view) a drake Ferruginous Duck x Pochard. Yesterdays Goldeneye count appeared to be a flash in the pan with only 35 birds being counted this afternoon. Also around the lake were one or two Water Pipits (in flight in Stratford Bay and over Herriott's Bridge late afternoon), a female Stonechat (Moreton Bank), five Snipe (Stratford), a Little Egret (Moreton), three Little Gulls, and a Kingfisher (Herriott's Bridge). A notable Chew record was of between one and three Woodcocks, flushed from a damp part of the Nature Reserve this afternoon - either three different birds, or the same one flushed three times!
Both Ferruginous Ducks were still present this morning; the first-winter drake from Herriott's Bridge, and the adult female from Stratford hide. There has was heavy disturbance from pike fishing boats today, at one point concentrating over 1000 Aythyas into Stratford Bay, along with the eclipse drake Red-breasted Merganser, and at least 90 Goldeneye - a high count for so early in the winter. Other sightings were 30 or 40 Fieldfares in the trees at the bottom of Stratford Lane, a Green Sandpiper on Stratford Islands, Kingfishers at Herriott's End and Moreton hide, and an adult Peregrine which killed a Starling over Herriott's Bridge late this afternoon.

Two Common Darters and a Red Admiral or two were still on the wing today, despite the frosty weather during the week.
A Psittacula sp., almost certainly a Ring-necked Parakeet was seen near Moreton hide today. What was likely to have been this bird has been heard by Bob Handford in the area for about a week.
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