Coot

A common  resident & breeding bird to the reservoir. Large flocks have been recorded in winters gone by but numbers have been decreasing in recent years.

coot, kev ilsley 87

21/03/35 - "Numerous". Bred this year

1937 - "The breeding population at the reservoir is about 18 - 20 pairs annually"

12/02/56 - Maximum count of 206 birds. (DEP)

24/11/57 - Maximum count of 170 birds

26/10/58 - Maximum count of 315 birds. Record count to date. (DEP)

18/01/59 - Maximum count of 250 birds

17/01/60 - Maximum count of 200 birds

27/12/61 - Maximum count of 210 birds

27/12/62 - Maximum count of 175 birds

22/12/63 - Maximum count of 94 birds. None bred this year

??/01/64 - Maximum count of 94 birds

??/12/64 - 54 birds. Several pairs bred this year

21/01/65 - Maximum count of 89 birds

16/12/65 - 71 birds. One pair bred this year

17/12/67 - Maximum count of 86 birds. 5 or 6 pairs bred this year

22/12/68 - Maximum count of 101 birds

1969 - 3 pairs bred this year

08/01/70 - Maximum count of 93 birds. 2 or 3 pairs bred this year

1971 - Maximum count of only 27 birds

17/12/72 - Maximum count of 40 birds

16/12/73 - Maximum count of 173 birds. Bred this year

13/01/74 - Maximum count of 125 birds. Little breeding success this year

1975 - Bred

17/12/77 - Maximum count of 80 birds. Bred

11/02/78 - Maximum count of 100 birds. 3 pairs bred this year

10/02/79 - Maximum count of 120 birds

31/12/79 - 90 birds. 3 or 4 pairs bred this year

01/01/80 - Maximum count of 80 birds, falling to 15 by March & up to 20 during 2nd winter period. Approx. 10 young reared this year

28/12/81 - Maximum count of 120 birds

16/01/82 - Maximum count of 150 birds

1983 - No count

1984 - Maximum count of 50 birds during February/March

No counts in 1985, 86 or 87

13/07/88 - Adult & 12 juveniles noted. No winter counts recorded this year

1989 - Family with 6 juveniles noted. No winter counts recorded this year

22/12/90 - 30 birds

22/12/91 - Maximum count of 54 birds

10/01/92 - Maximum count of 65 birds

29/12/92 - 44 birds

16/01/93 - Maximum count of 49 birds

14/12/93 - 28 birds

07/01/94 - Maximum count of 36 birds

09/12/94 - 22 birds

18/01/95 - 28 birds

28/01/96 - Maximum count of 31 birds

21/02/96 - 28 birds

26/12/96 - 18 birds

01/01/97 - Maximum count of 30 birds

02/02/97 - Approx. 20 birds

08/11/97 - 11 birds

04/01/98 - Maximum count of 19 birds. 2 pairs bred this year, 4 juveniles seen

??/10/98 - 12 birds

11/12/98 - 15 birds

12/01/99 - 19 birds

??/03/99 - 15 birds. 2 pairs bred this year, 8 juveniles seen

??/10/99 - 10+ birds

??/11/99 - 19 birds

??/12/99 - Maximum count of 20 birds

13/01/00 - 26 birds

24/12/00 - 14 birds

24/01/01 - 14 birds

21/07/01 - 11 birds

21/10/01 - 14 birds

17/03/02 - 15 birds

28/05/02 - 6 chicks

16/12/02 - 16 birds

03/01/03 - 11 birds

02/02/04 - 10 birds

02/07/04 - 10 adults and 5 young

01/11/05 - 7 birds

02/06/06 - Pair with 6 young

25/12/06 - 14 birds

12/01/07 - 17 birds

22/06/07 - 4 young seen

02/11/08 - 14 birds

29/10/09 - max 20 birds and 20 again on 22/12/09

2010 - Good numbers (for recent years) with very cold weather in December. 29 birds on several dates and max 33 on 05/12

2011 - 22 on 09/01/11, up to 19 in November

2012 - max 23 on 05/02, first 2 chicks on 26/04. At least one nest was washed out in April. 7 chicks were seen in one brood on 29/07 and were still all present on 22/08

2013 - up to 10 chicks seen in July. Max 14 birds 21/10

2014 - Bred. Max 22 birds 12/01

2015 - Bred with at least 4 broods. Max 34 on 01/09

2016 - Bred, first chicks seen 02/05. Max 29 on 25/01