Trip report: Chew Valley Lake (3rd September 2011)

Ten members met at Herriotts Bridge on a grey overcast morning for this walk around the various areas of the lake. At Herriott’s Bridge and Pool we observed Water Rail, a Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, and seven Ruff as well as Gadwall, Teal, Wigeon, Pochard, Shoveler and Tufted Duck. A Reed Warbler flew across the reed bed and a Wheatear was spotted by the bridge. Moving to Stratford Hide we saw a Greenshank feeding on the mud by the hide and a very large number of Great Crested Grebe. We walked around to Moreton Hide and noted four Common Tern, and a small flock of Ringed Plover. (No sign of any Pec Sand!) We then moved on to Heron’s Green Bay and Pool, which was the last stop and there saw Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, a Common Sandpiper, Common Snipe, two Little Stint and also a small number of Swallow and Sand Martin, 14 Little Grebe and a Grey Wagtail to finish off a good morning’s birding. Total number of species recorded for the morning was 36. Many thanks to Charles for leading and Richard Mielcareck for his help with an identification problem.

Charles Stapleton