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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 04.03.2007
March 2007
A flock of 350 Sand Martins this evening was the highest count so far this spring; other birds were 116 Goldeneye, a Greylag, three Goosanders and four Green Sandpipers.
The drake Garganey was still in the Moreton/Stratford area this evening.
An elusive drake Garganey at Moreton was the highlight of the day - spring is on the way! Also seen today were a Ringed Plover on the causeway at Heron's Green Bay, and a Green Sandpiper on the main dam.
A hint of spring, despite the weather with two Blackcaps this morning - one trapped in the Nature Reserve, and the other singing along Moreton Lane. Four Curlews were seen flying NE, and the White-fronted Goose was still present, off Woodford Bank.
Another quiet day - a pair of Pintail and the White-fronted Goose were the birds of note this afternoon, but there was a little more quality this evening with an adult Ring-billed Gull in what was otherwise a truly woeful gull roost.
White-fronted Goose
Copyright Rich Andrews
A typical March day at the lake, with little in the way of bird activity. There were c.90 Sand Martins over the lake in the cold wind today, a first-winter Mediterranean Gull on Herriott's Pool and eight Goosanders off Nunnery Point this evening. A few discarded Mallard egg-shells were found in the Nature Reserve over the weekend - no sign of any ducklings yet though.

The drake Lesser Scaup was still present today, again in the Bell's Bush/Top End area.
At least 70 Sand Martins and 144 Goldeneye were present this evening.
Two Red Kites were the highlight today; soaring over Burledge Hill at 16:15, then lost to view 20 minutes later as they continued south down the valley.
The adult-type Little Gull remained in the sailing area all day, and two Water Pipits were in the field behind Moreton hide. At least seven Chiffchaffs were seen/heard around the lake today.

A Hummingbird Hawk-moth was also seen in the Moreton area.

The Lesser Scaup was still present today.
The Brent Goose and White-fronted Goose were both with the small Canada Goose flock on the Parkland this afternoon, and the Little Gull was still over the main lake off Nunnery Point this afternoon. The only new birds reported were three Redshank on the main dam this afternoon. In the gull roost this evening, the majority of the birds were Lesser Black-backed Gulls; virtually all the small gulls have evidently moved on, with less than 100 Black-headed and Common Gulls present shortly before dusk. In a cruel twist of irony, the 'False Lesser Scaup' (the hybrid Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck) reappeared with a pair of Tufted Ducks off Nunnery Point this afternoon.

A drake Lesser Scaup in the Top End area of the lake this afternoon was a surprise find. It spent most of the afternoon ranging quite widely around the east end of the lake with a pair of Tufted Ducks. Now there have been three Lesser Scaups at Blagdon, all found in the same place by the same person. All we ever get at Chew are hybrids!
Copyright Rich Andrews
The adult-type Little Gull was still off Nunnery Point this afternoon, and six Sand Martins flew through. The Brent Goose was again with the Canada Goose flock on the Parkland, but another new arrival was a European White-fronted Goose in the field behind No.1 Picnic Site.
Two more Sand Martins were here today, along with an early Swallow, a Dunlin and a Little Gull.
The White Wagtail was again seen in the Moreton stubble field today.
The first Sand Martin of the year was seen today; other birds seen were the Brent Goose and a Green Sandpiper.
An actinic moth trap run overnight produced three March Moths, and singles of Shoulder Stripe, Early Moth, Small Quaker and The Satellite.
The Dark-bellied Brent Goose was still present with the Canada Goose flock at the Parkland, along with a Greylag Goose. The drake Red-breasted Merganser was again off the point with the Goosanders.

There was a lunar eclipse tonight:
Lunar Eclipse
Copyright Rich Andrews

A surprise today was a female White Wagtail in the stubble field behind Moreton - the earliest ever Avon record. Early records of this species are often treated with some sceptiscism, but this one was seen by an experienced bird-spotter.
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