Chard reservoir sign

Recent sightings

What to look for in February

Brief Highlights of 2023
15 Mandarins in January. 3 Med Gulls and a Great White Egret in February. The 2nd record of Red Kite in March. An Osprey in April. Possible Hobby in May. 2 Barnacle Geese and a long staying Great White Egret in June. Sedge Warbler (only 2nd in 10 years), In July, 7 Egyptian Geese visited and Great Crested Grebes bred. A Greenshank in August. Great White Egret and Common Tern in September. A Dunlin visited and a Pied Wagtail roost started in October. A Pochard, Goosanders, Water Rails and a Cetti's Warbler in November. 9 Egyptian Geese, 45 Teal and c.1500 Starlings to roost in December.

 


February 19th 2024

  • Mute Swan 1 pair north end
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Cormorant 1 with red ring
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Goldcrest 2
  • Marsh Tit 3 east side
  • Long-tailed Tit 2
  • Chiffchaff 1 singing
  • Nuthatch 2
  • Bullfinch 1 pair south end
  • Reed Bunting 1 pair SE reeds
 

February 18th 2024

  • Firecrest/Goldcrest
  • Pied Wagtail c.200 at 17:30

Firecrest reported by Merlin app repeatedly in woods near hide, but not seen.

The volume of the calls peaks at 7.6kHz for the technically minded.


February 16th 2024

  • Canada Goose 3
  • Mandarin 6
  • Cormorant 1 with red ring
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 18
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Goldcrest 1
  • Nuthatch heard
  • Reed Bunting 2 SE reeds

Malcolm Brown: Cormorant with a catch too big

February 15th 2024

  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Cormorant 1
  • Little Egret 6
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 18
very murky conditions

February 14th 2024

  • Cormorant 2
  • Little Egret 6
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 16
very murky conditions

February 13th 2024

  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Cormorant 1
  • Little Egret 6
  • Great Crested Grebe 18
 

February 12th 2024

  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Cormorant 3 inc red ring 111
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 18
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 adult
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

February 11th 2024

  • Mandarin 8
  • Tufted Duck 9
  • Cormorant 2
  • Little Egret 7
  • Great Crested Grebe 16
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 adult
 

February 10th 2024

  • Cormorant 4
  • Little Egret 3
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 16
  • Black-headed Gull 14
  • Herring Gull 12
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 adults
 

February 9th 2024

  • Canada Goose 2
  • Mandarin pair in flight
  • Teal 15
  • Cormorant only 1 to roost
  • Little Egret 9
  • Great Crested Grebe 22
  • Sparrowhawk 1
  • Buzzard 1
  • Kingfisher 1
Water level high again, no shoreline at south end

February 8th 2024

  • Mandarin 4
  • Mallard 60+
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Cormorant 7 inc. red ring 111
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 18
Midday visit (8 more Egrets have been flying in at dusk)

February 7th 2024

  • Mute Swan 2
  • Cormorant 8
  • Little Egret 9 at dusk
  • Great Crested Grebe 20
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 adult
  • Kingfisher 1
 

February 6th 2024

  • Canada Goose 2
  • Mandarin 6
  • Cormorant 15 inc. red ring 111
  • Little Egret 9 at dusk
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 19
  • Black-headed Gull 200+ flew over south without settling in strong SW winds
 

February 5th 2024

  • Canada Goose 3
  • Mandarin 1
  • Teal 1 at north end
  • Cormorant 19 inc. red ring 111
  • Little Egret 9 at dusk
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 20
 

February 4th 2024

  • Mandarin 2 1
  • Teal 36
  • Cormorant 19
  • Little Egret 9
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 15
  • Sparrowhawk 1
 

February 3rd 2024

  • Teal c.15
  • Cormorant 12
  • Great Crested Grebe 18
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 4 adults
 

February 2nd 2024

  • Canada Goose 6
  • Mandarin 3 1
  • Teal c.20 in flight
  • Gadwall 1
  • Cormorant 18
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 19
  • Coot 5
  • Moorhen 7
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 adult
 

February 1st 2024

  • Mute Swan 1 flew in at dusk
  • Canada Goose 4
  • Mandarin 1
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Cormorant 14
  • Little Egret 9 at dusk
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 14
 

January 31st 2024

  • Canada Goose 2
  • Mandarin 7
  • Cormorant 15 inc. red ring 111
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 15
  • Black-headed Gull 107
  • Herring Gull 28
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 adult
 

January 30th 2024

  • Canada Goose 2
  • Mandarin 7
  • Teal 26
  • Cormorant 15
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 18
  • Black-headed Gull 1
  • Herring Gull 44
  • Nuthatch 1
 

January 29th 2024

  • Mute Swan 1 pair
  • Mandarin 16
  • Teal 23
  • Cormorant 7
  • Little Egret 7
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 13
  • Kingfisher 1
 

January 28th 2024

  • Mute Swan pair flew in at dusk
  • Mandarin 3
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Cormorant 10
  • Little Egret 7
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 15
  • Mediterranean Gull 1 adult summer
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 adults
 

January 27th 2024

  • Canada Goose 3
  • Mandarin 15 flew in
  • Teal 31
  • Cormorant 10
  • Little Egret 7
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 15
  • Black-headed Gull 6
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
 

January 26th 2024

  • Canada Goose 1 pair
  • Mandarin 8 displaying to 2
  • Teal 22
  • Cormorant 9
  • Little Egret 7 flew in at dusk
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 15
  • Buzzard 2
  • Black-headed Gull 2
  • Common Gull 1
  • Herring Gull 84
  • Nuthatch 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1
 

January 25th 2024

  • Canada Goose 1 pair
  • Mandarin 6
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Cormorant 11
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 13
 

January 24th 2024

  • No Swans
  • Mandarin 4
  • Teal 34
  • Gadwall 3
  • Cormorant 7
  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 9
  • Black-headed Gull 40 over high (just 1 settled)
  • Herring Gull 76
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Jay 1 south wood (KGH)
  • Goldcrest 1 south end (Rob Taylor)
  • Treecreeper 1 south end (Rob Taylor)
  • Fieldfare c.25 over chacking
  • Bullfinch 1 south wood
 

January 23rd 2024

  • Mandarin 2
  • Teal 34
  • Cormorant 7 inc one with red ring
  • Little Egret 2
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Herring Gull 10
  • Long-tailed Tit small flock
  • Siskin call reported by Merlin app
 

January 22nd 2024

  • Mandarin 9 5
  • Cormorant 10 inc. red ring 111
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 10
 

January 21st 2024

  • Mandarin 12
  • Teal 59
  • Cormorant 6 inc. red ring 111
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 3
  • Common Gull 1 adult
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 adult
Ice mostly gone. Also 3 Roe Deer along east shore

January 20th 2024

  • Mute Swan pair flew in at 16:00 and landed on ice
  • Canada Goose 8
  • Teal 31
  • Tufted Duck 3
  • Shoveler 1 pair
  • Cormorant 11
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe none seen
  • Black-headed Gull 35+
  • Herring Gull 74
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Res 70% frozen

January 19th 2024

  • Canada Goose 63
  • Mandarin 18
  • Shoveler 1 pair
  • Tufted Duck 15
  • Cormorant 4
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Great Crested Grebe none seen
  • Black-headed Gull 78
  • Herring Gull 97
Res 85% frozen

January 18th 2024

  • Mute Swan 1 pair
  • Canada Goose 15
  • Mandarin 13
  • Teal 65
  • Shoveler 5
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Cormorant 13
  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 10
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Black-headed Gull 56
  • Common Gull 1
  • Herring Gull 62
  • Long-tailed Tit 2
  • Nuthatch 1

Kevin Harris: With most water frozen, this Crow is eating ice.

Reservoir 50% frozen, puddles all frozen


January 17th 2024

  • Mute Swan 1 pair
  • Teal 26
  • Cormorant 19
  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 18
  • Herring Gull 68
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

January 16th 2024

  • Mandarin 9+
  • Teal 42 stood on ice
  • Tufted Duck 7 2
  • Cormorant 18
  • Little Egret 2
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 17
  • Black-headed Gull 80+
  • Herring Gull 57
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Pied Wagtail 1
 

January 15th 2024

  • Mute Swan 2
  • Canada Goose 2
  • Mandarin 6
  • Teal 45
  • Cormorant 16
  • Little Egret 3
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 19
  • Sparowhawk 1
  • Buzzard 1
  • Black-headed Gull 40+
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
  • Herring Gull 56
  • Kingfisher 1
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Jay 1 south wood (KGH)
  • Raven 1 over
  • Coal Tit 1
  • Long-tailed Tit 2
  • Nuthatch 1 south wood
  • Grey Wagtail 1

Water level much reduced with reasonable shoreline after a good number of dry days

Some years there are now only one or two sightings of Jay which used to be a regular resident bird here


January 14th 2024

  • Mute Swan 1 pair
  • Mandarin 2 pairs
  • Teal 29
  • Cormorant 18 inc. red ring 111
  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 17
 

January 13th 2024

  • Mute Swan 1 pair
  • Mandarin 5
  • Mallard 80+
  • Teal 1
  • Cormorant 15
  • Little Egret 5
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 17
 

January 12th 2024

  • Mandarin 1 pair
  • Teal 6
  • Cormorant 11
  • Little Egret 4
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 18
  • Black-headed Gull 25
  • Herring Gull 123
 

January 11th 2024

  • Cormorant 12 inc. red ring 111
  • Little Egret 2
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 16
  • Black-headed Gull c.160
  • Moorhen 5+
 

January 10th 2024

  • Canada Goose 3
  • Teal 2
  • Comorant 11
  • Little Egret 2
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 16
 

January 9th 2024

  • Cormorant 13
  • Little Egret 2
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 14
  • Black-headed Gull c.160
  • Herring Gull c.160
 

January 8th 2024

  • Canada Goose 5
  • Mandarin 1 pair
  • Tufted Duck 2 1
  • Cormorant 7
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 14
  • Black-headed Gull c.20
 

January 7th 2024

  • Teal 33 in front of hide
  • Tufted Duck 2
  • Cormorant 4
  • Great Crested Grebe 11
  • Herring Gull 45+
Water level very high

January 6th 2024

  • Mute Swan 1 pair flew in at 16:20
  • Tufted Duck 4
  • Cormorant 3
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 3
  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Herring Gull 20
  • Kingfisher 1 north end
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
  • Raven 1 low over south wood
  • Marsh Tit 1 east woods
Water level very high but 6 inches lower than yesterday. Dry weather predicted at last.

January 5th 2024

  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Cormorant 4
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 16
  • Herring Gull 60
 

January 4th 2024

  • Mute Swan 1 pair
  • Tufted Duck 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Black-headed Gull 4
 

January 3rd 2024

  • Mandarin 1 pair
  • Cormorant 4
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 12
  • Coot 5
  • Grey Wagtail 1
 

January 2nd 2024

  • Cormorant 5
  • Little Egret 1
  • Grey Heron 2
  • Great Crested Grebe 11
Storm Henk

January 1st 2024

  • Mute Swan 1 pair
  • Cormorant 3
  • Little Egret 1
  • Great Crested Grebe 11
 

Previous Years


If anyone has information or observations on the wildlife at Chard reservoir:

email sightings to: kevbirder@gmail.com


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