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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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  JUNE 2013

SATURDAY 29th
The male Ferruginous Duck was at Herriott's End; other birds today were the Egyptian Goose family (still with five young), three Green Sandpipers, one Common Sandpiper, one Greenshank, two Lapwing, one Wigeon, a Hobby and a Little Egret. Mention should also be made of a Marsh Tit at the Bittern Trail - a tricky bird to see at Chew nowadays. The Goldeneye brood remains.

FRIDAY 28th
Mixed fortunes for our notable breeding species today. The Goldeneye family was still at Sutton Wick this afternoon just north of the hide, but the Great Black-backed Gulls appear to have lost their single chick during the course of the day. It was definitely there this morning!

A Nuthatch was heard calling in the alder wood behind Stratford hide (a scarce bird at Chew); other birds of note today were two Wigeon, a female Greater Scaup, one Redshank and 13 Sand Martins. The possible Todd's Canada Goose was on Herriott's Pool again.

WEDNESDAY 26th
Good news again this year with our third ever brood of Goldeneye; a female with two fairly well-grown young was found this morning off Sutton Wick.

Otherwise, more signs of return migration today - five Lapwing, one Green Sandpiper, two Curlew, one Whimbrel, one Greenshank, 15 Teal, one Wigeon, two Sandwich Terns and eight Sand Martins. Single Kingfisher and Water Rail were also seen, as was an Otter this evening, at first past Stratford hide, then again in Heron's Green Bay later on.

TUESDAY 25th
The possible Todd's Canada Goose was off Nunnery Point this evening.

MONDAY 24th
A female Greater Scaup and two Redshank were seen today; a small Canada Goose, perhaps Todd's Canada Goose was seen at Herriott's Pool.


The possible Todd's Canada Goose (rear) - (Keith Vinicombe)

SUNDAY 23rd
A Redshank was in Heron's Green Bay this afternoon.

FRIDAY 21st
A Red Kite was seen circling over Woodford Hill this morning. Also, more evidence of autumn migration beginning to start, with 19 Teal, one Green Sandpiper and a Wigeon.

Three Great Cresed Grebe broods was an encouraging sign after the blank years in 2011 and 2012, although despite the water level being favourable in 2013 there is clearly something 'up' with the lake. A few years ago we would have expected Great Crested Grebe broods to be dotted all around the lake.


The Chew Barnacle Goose families - (Keith Vinicombe)

WEDNESDAY 19th
The male Ferruginous Duck was seen between Stratford hide and Herriott's Bridge this morning.

TUESDAY 18th
A Curlew flew NW over Heron's Green Pool this evening. Four male Teal were another sign of autumn passage starting; the first juvenile Black-headed Gulls and Green Sandpipers should be with us in the next week or so.

MONDAY 17th
Exciting news! The first Great Black-backed Gull chick has hatched.

SATURDAY 15th
A windy day, and the expected flocks of Swifts were at the lake - an estimate of 5000 was made. A Hobby was seen over Herriott's Pool this evening, and the male Ferruginous Duck was again on the pool there.

FRIDAY 14th
The two first-summer Arctic Terns were still present today.

THURSDAY 13th
Strong westerlies brought a surprise or two in the shape of two first-summer Arctic Terns and four Mediterranean Gulls today. The Meds were seen over the lake for three quarters of an hour this afternoon but flew off west. Also seen today were one Hobby and a Dunlin. The five Egyptian Goose goslings are still with us.

TUESDAY 11th
A Common Tern and a pair of Hobbies today.

SATURDAY 8th
The male Ferruginous Duck was in Villice Bay this morning.

FRIDAY 7th
The male Ferruginous Duck has reappeared; seen at Sutton Wick and on Herriott's Pool this morning. It's the one with the damaged right eye. The Egyptian Goose brood is now reduced to five.

TUESDAY 4th
Ten Common Scoter today.

SUNDAY 2nd
A little bit of action today, unusual for June, with a Black-necked Grebe, a Redstart, two Wigeon, one Hobby, one Dunlin, and at least three Red Kites (a single bird, then a group of three towards the Mendip ridge). The Egyptian Goose family have now relocated to Villice Bay.

SATURDAY 1st
The six Egyptian Goose goslings had all jumped down the overspill this morning and were unable to get back to the lake; this afternoon they were rescued and released.


The Egyptian Goose family - (Keith Vinicombe)

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