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

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  AUGUST 2012

FRIDAY 31st
The Lesser Scaup was seen again in both Villice or Heron's Green Bays, and the Ferruginous Duck was in Stratford Bay. Also seen were a Wood Sandpiper, six Green Sandpipers, a Greenshank, five Snipe and a Whinchat at Heron's Green Pool, and a record flock of 62 Black-tailed Godwits flew W there. A juvenile Arctic Tern was on the main lake, and a Yellow Wagtail was on the main dam.

THURSDAY 30th
A Redshank, three Black-tailed Godwits and a Wood Sandpiper were seen on Heron's Green Pool. The male Lesser Scaup was seen in Villice Bay again before moving to Heron's Green Bay. The male Ferruginous Duck (previously at Blagdon) was located in Villice Bay this afternoon.

WEDNESDAY 29th
The Lesser Scaup was still in Villice Bay this morning and a female Greater Scaup was in Heron's Green Bay. An Arctic Tern was over the main lake.

TUESDAY 28th
An adult male Lesser Scaup was discovered in Villice Bay this afternoon. An Greenshank was at Heron's Green Pool.

MONDAY 27th
An Osprey was seen flying SE this afternoon.

SUNDAY 26th
Waders at Heron's Green Pool today were one Wood Sandpiper, four Green Sandpipers and four Green Sandpipers.

SATURDAY 25th
A Wood Sandpiper and a Dunlin were at Heron's Green Pool.

THURSDAY 23rd
A Ringed Plover and 11 Black-tailed Godwits were at Heron's Green Pool, and up to four Kingfishers were at Herriott's.

WEDNESDAY 22nd
Hoverfly news... Rhingia rostrata, a first for Chew, was found today at Nunnery Point.

MONDAY 20th
A Great White Egret was a nice, albeit not entirely out of the question find at Herriott's Pool this morning. Like the previous two CVL records, it was only seen briefly; it appeared to fly off south.


The Great White Egret at Herriott's Pool this morning (Sean Davies)

SUNDAY 19th
Twenty one Common Terns flew west through Heron's Green Bay this afternoon.

I've updated the Missing July news...

SATURDAY 18th
Seven Common Sandpipers were seen around the lake this morning, with most of the other noteworthy birds again on the floods at Heron's Green Pool - two Little Egrets, four Wigeon and single Garganey and Green Sandpiper.

THURSDAY 16th
A juvenile Mediterranean Gull was at Heron's Green; also there were a Green Sandpiper and a Little Egret. Four Common Sandpipers and a Yellow Wagtail were at the main dam.

WEDNESDAY 15th
A few waders arrived today with the downpours - one each of Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper and Dunlin, with two Ringed Plovers, four Redshank and three Common Sandpipers. A Little Egret and a Mediterranean Gull were also seen this evening.

TUESDAY 14th
One Common Sandpiper, one Black-tailed Godwit, and one Garganey were all on the flooded fields at Heron's Green Pool.

MONDAY 13th
The two Black Terns from yesterday flew off west at 14:00. Also seen were two Common Sandpipers, one Green Sandpiper, one Little Egret, one Sand Martin and one Swift.

SUNDAY 12th
Two Black Terns were the highlight (unusually, on Herriott's Pool), and a Spotted Redshank was heard in flight there. Also seen were two Hobbies, two Common Sandpipers and one Green Sandpiper.

WEDNESDAY 8th
Three Oystercatchers and five Common Sandpipers were on the main dam this morning. A Green Sandpiper and a few Swifts were also seen.

WEDNESDAY 1st
Two male Greater Scaup were in Villice Bay this afternoon. A juvenile Mediterranean Gull, three juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls and two Green Sandpipers were also present.

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