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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.

When you visit Chew, please remember that you'll need a permit to enter the lake enclosure or use the hides. You can get one from Woodford Lodge, the Tea Rooms, or by post. See my access page for full details. Seen anything good? Please contact me.

     


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  DECEMBER 2013

SUNDAY 29th
A total of 730 Wood Pigeons flew south between 0830 and 08:45 in four flocks. Huge numbers of Wood Pigeons have been recorded in autumn in recent years in the UK, but there are few, if any records of movements at Chew other than the usual roost flocks.

SATURDAY 28th
The female/first-winter Smew was again in Villice Bay late afternoon (all birds flushed earlier from the bay by some eejit with a dog inside the enclosure), also seen today were the two Pink-footed Geese, one adult Mediterranean Gull, one Green Sandpiper, two Egyptian Geese and 26 Goosanders. No recent reports of the Black-throated Diver.

THURSDAY 26th
A female/first-winter Smew was a nice find in Villice Bay this afternoon. Also around the lake were one Jack Snipe, 25 Snipe, two Pink-footed Geese, two (pair) Red-breasted Mergansers, 38 Goosanders, one Common Sandpiper, four Green Sandpipers and five Little Egrets.

SATURDAY 21st
A Jack Snipe was seen in the ringing area this morning; otherwise the bird list had a familiar feel - two Pink-footed Geese, two Red-breasted Mergansers, one Common Sandpiper and the Black-throated Diver still.

TUESDAY 17th
At least six overwintering Chiffchaffs were found around the lake today.

MONDAY 16th
The Black-throated Diver was still present at Woodford today.

SUNDAY 15th
A Woodcock seen by the boats at Woodford Bank was a very unusual sighting - they're normally only seen on the wing at Chew.

SATURDAY 14th
Still a good selection of winter birds around... Black-throated Diver (Woodford and also in Heron's Green Bay today), 21 Goosanders, two Egyptian Geese (the four young are presumably the birds that have appeared at Portishead Boating Lake), two (male and female) Red-breasted Mergansers, a female Greater Scaup, one Stonechat, two Pink-footed Geese, the Long-tailed Duck (main dam) and singles of Peregrine, Common Sandpiper and Mediterranean Gull.

WEDNESDAY 11th
The Black-throated Diver was still present at Woodford today.

WEDNESDAY 4th
The two Pink-footed Geese were still at Herons Green Pool. Also two Red-breasted Mergansers (female, Woodford; male, Moreton).


The male Red-breasted Merganser today. (Andy Davis)

TUESDAY 3rd
The juvenile Black-throated Diver was still present off Woodford Bank today; also present were a female Red-breasted Merganser and 15 Goosanders.

MONDAY 2nd
The Bittern was seen again at Herriott's Bridge this morning; it landed in the main reedbed between there and Sutton Wick.

SUNDAY 1st
A Bittern was seen in flight at 16:05 over Herriott's Pool.

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