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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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on 31.05.2007

June 2007

Three Common Terns and the female Goldeneye were present today.

A drake Common Scoter was the highlight today. Other birds were a first-summer Yellow-legged Gull and a Common Tern.

A colour-ringed Canada Goose seen on the dam today had apparently been ringed in Evergem, Belgium in June 1996. An eleven year-old Canada Goose from Belgium. Hopefully it will get more exciting than this.

Seven islandica Black-tailed Godwits were on Herriott's Pool this afternoon.

A limosa Black-tailed Godwit on Herriott's Pool today was a good find. Most of the birds we get (even in June) are islandica, although this is proving to be the time of year to see limosa at Chew - probably all CVL records of this race are in June.

The midsummer duck count took place today; post-breeding numbers of several species are now beginning to build up, eg 150 Gadwall and 1120 Coot now at the lake. There were some other birds as well - a Hobby at Villice, the female Goldeneye at Denny, and a couple of pairs of Kingfishers around the lake. Two Pochard broods were also found.

The drake Ferruginous Duck was again reported today, but was (as ever) rather elusive. The first juvenile Black-headed Gull of the year was on Herriott's Pool this evening - a very early record. There was also a juvenile Lapwing in Stratford Bay this morning, and CVRS have already trapped some early-fledging juvenile Reed Warblers in recent days. Other birds today were single Snipe, Redshank and Curlew, with the Cuckoo still calling near Stratford hide.

The drake Ferruginous Duck was reported on Herriott's Pool again today.

Typically, 'wildlife news' seems to get more of a mention than birds during June, this year being no exception. A boot through the meadow at Villice Bay produced a few noteworthies, including c.130 Common Spotted Orchids, a Four-spotted Chaser, the first Ruddy Darters of the year, and a couple of notable micro-moths (or at least their larvae - both on Dyer's Greenweed): Mirificarma lentiginosella and Leucoptera laburnella f. wailesella.

No sign of the Ferruginous Duck on Herriott's Pool this morning. A Common Tern was the only bird of any note.

Some warm overcast conditions overnight looked good for the moth trap, and this morning at least 57 species were recorded (plus a few that are awaiting IDs); new to Chew were Aleimma loeflingiana, Rhyacionia pinivorana, Hedya ochroleucana and Common Lutestring. Click here for the full list.

True to form, a Red-eared Terrapin was seen basking in the sunshine this morning, on the dead branches in the channel that flows out from under Herriott's Bridge.

A Kingfisher was at Sutton Wick early this morning, then it/another was seen on the dead willow branches looking north from Herriott's Bridge. A female Goldeneye was with Tufted Ducks on the shore at Wick Green Point. Numbers of Canada Geese are on the increase as moulting birds begin to arrive; there should be several hundred in about a month or so. The first-summer drake Ferruginous Duck was seen again on Herriott's Pool this morning, as was a second-summer Yellow-legged Gull. A Common Tern was also seen this evening.

A moth trap left overnight produced (approximately) 43 species with one or two to be determined. Amongst the non-lepidoptera was the assassin bug Reduvius personatus. Click here for the full list. The larvae of both Twin-spotted and Brown-veined Wainscot are now feeding inside Phragmites stems - any which have the tip and upper leaves brown and wilted are likely to contain a larva; the boardwalk behind Stratford hide is a good place to see the damaged stems at the moment. Water Ladybirds are fairly easy to see there as well at the moment.

A few good birds today - a Red Kite and a Hobby were seen over Burledge Hill this morning, and two Kingfishers and a Little Egret were at Stratford hide.

The real surprise of the day however was an Otter which appeared on the pool in front of Stratford hide late this evening. It then swam out of view under the reed-edge 10m in front of the hide, then appeared to go into the bay to the south of Moreton Bank.

A first-summer drake Ferruginous Duck was a surprise find on Herriott's Pool this morning. It later flew with Tufted ducks onto the main lake. Could it be last autumn's bird returning?

A Kingfisher on Herriott's Pool was the only bird of note early this morning.

An actinic moth trap produced a few moths overnight - best of which was a rather late Red-green Carpet. Click here for the full list. As usual, the best moth was found later in the morning elsewhere - at least three Psychoides filicivora were found around ferns in the wood at Sutton Wick. Also there were several Alabonia geofrella, a couple of male Nemophora degeerella fluttering about in a clearing, and an Eyed Ladybird.

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