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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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  DECEMBER 2012

MONDAY 31st
Single (different) Barn Owls were seen in daylight this afternoon on the gatepost at Moreton Cottage and Herriott's Pool.

SUNDAY 30th
A Bittern was seen in flight past Stratford hide this morning.

SATURDAY 29th
Two Greater Scaup (Moreton/Villice Bay), a Chiffchaff at Villice Bay, an adult Mediterranean Gull in the roost this afternoon, ten Goosander and 30 Wigeon were seen today.

FRIDAY 28th
A female/first-winter Red-breasted Merganser was seen off Heron's Green Bay/Nunnery this afternoon.

SATURDAY 22nd
Two first-winter Greater Scaup (Moreton/Stratford) were the highlights today; other birds seen were 11 Wigeon and six Goosander.

FRIDAY 14th
A female Red-breasted Merganser was seen at Moreton; nearby six Bramblings were with a Chaffinch flock between Moreton Cottage and Moreton Point.

SATURDAY 8th
At least 12 Goosanders and the male Red-breasted Merganser were seen today, also three Snipe, one Jack Snipe, 20 Wigeon and a Mediterranean Gull.

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