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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 25.09.2007

September 2007

Three Little Gulls (two adults and a second-winter) were off Wick Green Point this morning; at least two juvenile Arctic Terns and the Black-necked Grebe were also present.

A drake Lesser Scaup was found off the main dam this afternoon.

Two Kittiwakes dropped in briefly this afternoon.

More Arctic Terns today - six, plus a Common Tern. A first-winter Mediterranean Gull, a Black-tailed Godwit and 23 Pintail were on Herriott's Pool this evening.

More wind today; three Arctic Terns and two Black Terns (all juvs) were present today. The Black-necked Grebe was still showing well (uncharacteristically so for this species at Chew) in front of Stratford hide, 30 Pintail were on Herriott's Pool and a Hobby was seen at Nunnery Point.

A few more birds today in the strong westerlies - two juvenile Arctic Terns and a Black Tern, 29 Black-tailed Godwits (Herriott's Pool), plus the Black-necked Grebe and the drake Ferruginous Duck still in Stratford Bay.

The Black-necked Grebe was close in front of Stratford hide this afternoon, and a Little Egret flew past there.

A Black-necked Grebe was in the Stratford Bay/Roman Shallows area this afternoon.

The water level on Herriott's Pool has dropped a few inches since the weekend. Not much, but enough to attract most of the lake's Shoveler, Gadwall and Pintail - there were still at least 29 of the latter there this evening.

The monthly WeBS count was made today; notable counts included 1480 Tufted Ducks, 1730 Coot, 635 Great Crested Grebes, just over 300 Teal, 180 Shoveler, 160 Gadwall and 35 Pintail. Otherwise two Black-necked Grebes and the male Ferruginous Duck at Stratford Bay, two Yellow-legged Gulls, a Yellow Wagtail, a juvenile Cuckoo at the picnic site, a Raven, two Hobbies, a Common Sandpiper, and one Snipe.

The juvenile Black-necked Grebe was still in Stratford Bay this afternoon, also seen were two Snipe, a Common Sandpiper and a Hobby. There are still plenty of Acrocephalus warblers in the reedbeds around the lake.

Still three Black Terns present today, also the Black-necked Grebe at Stratford and a juvenile Cuckoo at Moreton.

Five Black Terns were present this evening. A Red-rumped Parakeet was seen at No.1 picnic site this morning (landing on cars and being bullied by Mallards) before it flew off.

Ten Pintail were on Herriott's Pool this morning. This afternoon, a juvenile Peregrine was hunting over the main lake, and a Hobby was watched over the east shore.

A Black-necked Grebe (Roman Shallows/Stratford Bay) and nine Pintail were the only birds of note reported today.

A first-winter Mediterranean Gull was on the main dam this morning, and elsewhere a few good birds were seen around the lake - a juvenile Little Gull, two Whimbrel a Black-necked Grebe, a Greenshank and two Hobbies.

Thanks for Andy Davis for the Mediterranean Gull photo (right).

Well done, well done

The juvenile Osprey reappeared over Herriott's Pool this morning and again showed well whilst it was there. Also from the bridge this morning were at least three Hobbies, four Pintail, a Garganey, a Yellow Wagtail and two Kingfishers. Up to seven Ravens were seen during the course of the day. A Little Egret was seen briefly on the dam wall at Heron's Green Bay this morning, along with a single Common Sandpiper. A juvenile Common Tern was present all day, and the drake Ferruginous Duck was close-in off Stratford hide again this morning. This afternoon, a Black-necked Grebe was in Heron's Green Bay, a Garganey was seen at Stratford hide (probably the Herriott's bird) and an Arctic Tern was seen briefly. Of course the highlight of the weekend was a colour-ringed drake Tufted Duck, ringed in Nov/Dec 2003 at Radipole Lake.

Copyright Rich Andrews
Oversharpened Osprey.

A juvenile Osprey was at Herriott's Pool for most of the day - it was watched fishing and perched in the alder wood at the back of the pool; it was even sat on the Osprey platform at one point. It was also seen from Picnic Site No.1 this afternoon. Two Pintail and three Hobbies were also on Herriott's Pool.

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