Cormorant

A common bird at the reservoir that can be seen throughout the year. Numbers steadily increased to peak in 2000.

cormorant, baz stevens

No records between 1924 & 1951

25/10/52 - Single bird. 1st record (DEP)

16/01/65 - Juvenile bird. Seen again on 23/01

27/12/60 - 2 birds. Single birds were reported throughout the year

1961 - Single birds noted between January & March. Often shot by game keepers

1962 - Single birds recorded

1963 - Single birds recorded

16/04/64 - 2 birds

12/03/70 - Maximum of 6 birds

10/01/71 - 4 birds. Again on 14/01

25/01/71 - 2 birds

13/04/71 - 2 birds

09/12/71 - 2 birds

28/09/74 - Dead bird found. Had been 'ringed' at St. Margarets Island, Tenby on 28/07/74

1984 - Maximum count of 10 birds

23/05/87 - 2 birds

20/12/91 - Maximum count of 15 birds. Up to 5 birds have been normal

28/03/92 - 10 birds

13/09/92 - 8 birds

10/01/93 - 14 birds

09/07/93 - 15 birds

18/12/93 - 17 birds

27/12/94 - Maximum count of 18 birds

21/03/95 - 20 birds, including 2 of the 'continental' type, sporting a whitish head

24/08/95 - Maximum count of 24 birds

26/02/96 - 30 birds

13/03/96 - 38 birds

25/12/96 - 40 birds

23/01/97 - Maximum count of 30 birds

11/12/98 - Maximum count of 38 birds

27/01/99 - 43 birds. Highest count to date

30/01/00 - 49 birds a new highest count

07/12/01 - 32 birds

17/01/02 - 33 birds

26/12/03 - 28 birds

01/01/04 - 31 birds

25/02/05 - 20 birds

12/11/06 - 23 birds

07/02/07 - 18 birds

03/12/07 - 18 birds

13/11/08 - 26 birds

22/12/09 - 43+ peak of good numbers through December cold weather

10/02/10 - 33 birds

2011 - The previous record of 49 was beaten on 9 dates in December 2011 with max 56 on 11/12/11

2012 - 44 on 02/01 and 19/01 with a more normal max of 30 in December

2013 - 42 on 06/12

2014 - 22 on 20/11

2015 - 26 on 18/02

2016 - 37 on 15/11. 2 colour ringed birds were present in November. One had come from Holland and one from Cornwall