Goosander

An unusual yet regular winter visitor to the reservoir.

goosander, baz stevens 92

No records prior to 1961. (N.B. Usually visits during cold weather).

26/12/61 - 9 birds, an exceptional number, Seen also on 27/12.

09/12/62 - Single female.

01/01/63 - 10 birds. single bird seen on 13/01.

01/12/65 - 4 birds.

17/11/66 - 2 birds.

08/02/68 - Single female.

08/01/70 - Single female. Seen again on 22/01 & 19/03.

07/02/76 - 2 birds. Seen again on 08/02.

14/02/76 - 4 birds. Single bird present on 22/02.

31/12/78 - Single bird.

01/01/79 - 3 birds, increasing to 9 on 13/02, remaining until 21/03.

04/01/80 - 2 birds, inc. a male.

27/01/85 - Up to 6 females. Remained through until 22/02.

01/12/85 - 2 females.

28/11/87 - Single female.

22/01/88 - Single female.

15/10/92 - Single female for one day only & 1st record in the county during 2nd winter period.

08/12/96 - 2 birds, a male & imm. Female. (BS) & (DH).

25/12/96 - 11 females. Record count to date. 10 females on 26/12 & 5 males on 27/12.

15/01/97 - Single female. Seen again on 28/01 through until 27/02.

21/12/97 - 3 females, remaining until 25/12.

04/01/98 - Single female, remaining until 23/02 although not recorded every day.

15/11/98 - Single male. Seen again on 16/11. (AJB).

18/12/99 - Single pair.

21/01/00 - 4 birds. Single male & 3 females. 2 males & a female seen on 22/01 (at least 5 birds over the 2 days).

09/11/01 - Single male seen for 2 days

05/01/04 - Single female

29/11/04 - Pair

24/12/04 - Single female and again on 26/12, but not found on 25/12

18/11/07 - Single female seen for 2 weeks, but not every day

23/12/07 - 2 males

20/12/09 - Single female with 2 birds present for the next 3 days and another single on 31/12/09

2010 - Seen on a remarkable 60 dates from January through to mid April and from mid November through to early December with max 3 redheads and 2 drakes in December

2011 - Recorded on 27 dates with a single male through most of January and February, but also 3 on 06/01, a male on 16/12 and a redhead on 20/12

2012 - A single male during January, 2 males on 02/02 and a single redhead from 7-10/02. Recorded on 14 dates

2013 - A redhead on 31/01, a male on 23/03, a redhead on 02/08 and a redhead stayed from 18/11 to 28/11

2014 - A redhead on 12/01 and a redhead seen regularly from 10/11 to 31/12

2015 - The redhead that arrived on 29/12/2014 stayed from the begining of the year until 17/01