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This page gives you the latest bird and wildlife news from Chew Valley Lake (and sometimes elsewhere if there's something good about). Records are taken from various sources and should be regarded as unconfirmed.

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  APRIL 2009

THURSDAY 30th
The drake Ferruginous Duck popped up in front of Stratford hide this afternoon, and in the rain 100 Swifts, 50 House Martins and a Hobby were seen. I've updated some detail below on the Montagu's Harrier, on 24th.

TUESDAY 28th
A couple of late Snipe and a Yellow Wagtail were seen in the Stratford/Moreton area.

MONDAY 27th
Two Black-necked Grebes were seen from Stratford hide today. Also present were seven Arctic Terns, two Common Terns, two Hobbies, an Oystercatcher, 250 Swifts and 500 or so hirundines.

SUNDAY 26th
A Garden Warbler was trapped at CVRS this morning which was ringed here in 2006.

SATURDAY 25th
A first-winter Little Gull was off Nunnery Point this afternoon, and a Black-tailed Godwit was at Herriott's Pool.

FRIDAY 24th
An adult male Montagu's Harrier was seen in flight over the main reedbed today; it was watched from a fishing boat in Stratford Bay at 14:00.

THURSDAY 23rd
The male Ferruginous Duck was present again today; also seen were an adult Little Gull, four Common Sandpipers, two White Wagtails, two Little Egrets and a Goldeneye.

WEDNESDAY 22nd
Three Whimbrel were seen over Heron's Green Bay, and two Garden Warblers were heard at Villice.

MONDAY 20th
One Common Tern was on the main lake, and a few more warblers are now being reported - today four Reed Warblers, one Sedge Warbler and one Lesser Whitethroat.

SUNDAY 19th
No sign of the Purple Sand today, but a male Garganey was seen on Herriott's Pool this evening.

SATURDAY 18th
No sign of the scoters today, but a new bird on the causeway at Heron's Green Bay was a real rarity for Chew - a Purple Sandpiper. Only the fourth lake record, and the first in spring. Other birds today were the male Ferruginous Duck at Herriott's Pool, an adult Little Gull still on the main lake, 20 Swifts, two Common Sandpipers, and a Wood Warbler at Sutton Wick. A male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker seen on the East Shore in the last week or two, and again today has been seen to be wearing a metal ring - quite likely to be the bird trapped at CVRS last September.

BARROW TANKS:
A Gannet this afternoon was an unexpected find.

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper (Gary Thoburn).

FRIDAY 17th
Three Common Scoters were on the Roman Shallows today, along with two Little Gulls. At least six Common Sandpipers were also seen.

TUESDAY 14th
A Common Tern was seen this evening.

MONDAY 13th
Three Little Egrets were present today.

SUNDAY 12th
The Ferruginous Duck was seen again in front of Stratford hide this morning before flying off, and a male Garganey was at Herriott's Pool.

TUESDAY 7th
A Common Tern at Moreton this morning was another new species for the year; other birds today were one Common Sandpiper, the Ferruginous Duck (briefly at Herriott's), a Peregrine, one Swallow, c.100 Sand Martins, a Fieldfare and five Willow Warblers.

MONDAY 6th
A few more signs of spring this morning, with three White Wagtails (Nunnery), a Common Sandpiper (Heron's Green Bay), a Little Ringed Plover (in flight over Heron's Green Bay), four singing Willow Warblers, five Blackcaps and the Little Gull still.

SUNDAY 5th
An early Reed Warbler was singing near the ringing station this morning. The first-winter Mediterranean Gull was still amongst the migrant Black-headed Gulls on the main lake, and a Little Owl was seen by the B3114 between Heron's Green and the Blue Bowl - this once reliable species has become difficult to find around the lake in recent years.

SATURDAY 4th
Two Black-tailed Godwits were seen in flight over Herriott's Bridge this morning; also seen today were the Mediterranean Gull and Little Gull still, and a Green Sandpiper at No.1 picnic site.

FRIDAY 3rd
An adult Little Gull and a first-winter Mediterranean Gull were feeding over the Roman Shallows today, and two Willow Warblers were in the Stratford/Moreton area.

THURSDAY 2nd
One or two Hawfinches have spent the last two winters just a mile down the road at Chew Stoke, so it came as only a moderate surprise to hear that one was seen in flight over Moreton this evening. Sadly, this major Chew rarity was only seen by one observer, who added insult to injury by being one of the few Chew birders to have already seen one at Chew! (thirty years and two days ago, to be precise).

The Ferruginous Duck was still at Herriott's Pool, where there were one Swallow, one House Martin, 15+ Sand Martins and a Green Sandpiper. Two Little Gulls were reported on the main lake.

WEDNESDAY 1st
The male Ferruginous Duck was still displaying to the Tufted Ducks at Herriott's Pool this morning. Also around Chew today were c.200 Sand Martins, 12 Snipe, a Curlew, three Green Sandpipers, a Barn Owl and the first Willow Warbler of the spring.

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