BLAGDON LAKE BIRDS

2009 News

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Review of the Year

There was a high count of 7 Greater Scaup Aythya marila on 14th March. We had a visit by a juvenile Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus on 25th May and the locally rare Narrow-bordered Bee-Hawk  Hemaris tityus was found on the North Shore suggesting that there is a breeding colony still present. On 8th June Roy Curber found the first ever Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis at the lake, which after giving us the run around for a while was relocated at Hellfire Corner where it appeared to roost in lakeside Willows, but had gone by the morning.

Tawny Owls Strix aluco bred at the lake and a Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis turned up in September but only stayed a couple of days. Then, on 4th October I found a drake Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris which stayed for the remainder of the month during which a Northern Gannet, a juvenile, flew through after visiting the other large Bristol Reservoirs. The year closed with a visit from a Great Northern Diver Gavia immer found by Sean Davies on 30th December.