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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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  JULY 2012

TUESDAY 31st
Two eclipse male Greater Scaup were in front of Moreton hide this morning. Also an adult Little Egret and the juvenile Mediterranean Gull on the Heron's Green flash and two Redshank on the wall at Heron's Green Bay.

SATURDAY 28th
A juvenile Mediterranean Gull was at Heron's Green Bay today. Two Oystercatchers, one Redshank, 18 Lapwing, one Garganey, one Green Sandpiper, two Common Sandpipers, one Snipe and one Dunlin were at Heron's Green Pool/field.

FRIDAY 27th
Still high water levels flooding the fields at Heron's Green Pool, hence most of today's good birds were seen there - one Garganey, one Mediterranean Gull, two Dunlin, four Green Sandpipers, four Common Sandpipers, two Snipe and singles of Kingfisher, Hobby and Peregrine.

THURSDAY 26th
At Herons Green Pool were one Garganey, two Snipe, one Greenshank, one Common Sandpiper, one Turnstone and three Common Terns. Two Green Sandpipers and one Common Sandpiper were at the main dam.

WEDNESDAY 25th
A few waders still managing to find a few little corners of the lake to land - two Dunlin, two Green Sandpipers, one Common Sandpiper, four Snipe,one Black-tailed Godwit and one Turnstone.

MONDAY 23rd
A Nuthatch and at least two Spotted Flycatchers were seen behind the main dam near the pumping station.

SATURDAY 21st
A few waders today; unfortunately the four Oystercatchers and two Knot passed over without finding anywhere to land. Also seen were one Redshank, one Dunlin, seven Common Terns, three Common Sandpipers and a Kingfisher.

TUESDAY 17th
An adult Mediterranean Gull, a Hobby and a Wigeon were seen today.

SUNDAY 15th
The Greylag was in Heron's Green Bay today; otherwise, very quiet still.

THURSDAY 12th
Still quiet this morning but three Redshanks,at least two Nuthatches at Stratford and Water Rails calling at Stratford and Moreton were the highlights.

WEDNESDAY 11th
A typical July list, if you account for the fact that the lake is still at top level... six Common Sandpipers, two Yellow-legged Gulls, and one each of Greylag, Egyptian Goose, Redshank and Hobby. 267 Tufted Ducks were counted.

Recent rain has flooded the fields around Heron's Green Pool; perhaps a place to keep an eye on as the weeks progress.

MONDAY 9th
Two Nuthatches at Stratford alder wood today; an uncommon bird at Chew. One Common Sandpiper and at least one Barn Owl were seen at Heron's Green.

FRIDAY 6th
Two Common Sandpipers and 26 Great Black-backed Gulls were the highlights today; a single Pochard duckling was seen in Villice Bay. A male Red-crested Pochard and a Greylag were also seen.

THURSDAY 5th
A Redshank and three Common Sandpipers were of note today; also one Little Egret and two Yellow-legged Gulls.

WEDNESDAY 4th
The Egyptian Goose and Red-crested Pochard were still present today; also seen were one and HobbyWhimbrel, five Common Sandpipers, three Yellow-legged Gulls, a Kittiwake (an adult south), and one each of Sand Martin, Hobby and Peregrine.

TUESDAY 3rd
An Egyptian Goose was at No. 1 picnic site ; also seen were five Sand Martins, five Teal and a Yellow-legged Gull.

SUNDAY 1st
Three male Common Scoters were seen in the middle of the lake; also recorded were a male Red-crested Pochard, a Greylag and a Barn Owl.

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