Pochard

A regular winter visitor to Chard reservoir. Numbers have greatly declined in recent years.

male pochard, baz stevens 93

1929 - Several visit in the winter months

15/06/30 - Single male

20/03/32 - 45 birds

12/02/36 - 25 birds

27/03/39 - 15 birds

25/03/40 - 6 males

10/04/40 - Pair

17/06/60 - Maximum count of 60 birds

25/01/62 - 22 birds

1965 - 'Small numbers'

27/01/66 - Maximum count of 50 birds

03/11/66 - 2 birds

19/01/67 - 34 birds

10/12/67 - Maximum count of 42 birds

1968 - Maximum count of 54 birds

29/11/69 - Maximum count of 29 birds

??/12/70 - Maximum count of 48 birds

??/02/72 - 42 birds

??/12/72 - Maximum count of 65 birds

??/02/73 - Maximum count of 50 birds

??/12/73 - 34 birds

01/12/74 - Maximum count of 95 birds. Record count to date

??/01/75 - Maximum count of 20 birds

??/01/76 - Maximum count of 37 birds

??/10/76 - 23 birds

??/01/78 - 20 birds

??/12/78 - Maximum count of 80 birds

??/01/79 - 40 birds

??/11/79 - Maximum count of 90 birds

1980 - Up to 35 during both winter periods

18/01/81 - Maximum count of 53 birds

19/12/81 - 36 birds

16/01/82 - 31 birds

30/11/82 - Maximum count of 50 birds

??/02/83 - 12 birds

17/12/83 - Maximum count of 45 birds

1984 - Maximum count of 30 birds during February & March

??/10/84 - 14 birds

17/02/85 - Maximum count of 25 birds

1986 - No count?

25/01/87 - 5+ birds

1988 - No count?

30/06/89 - 3 birds

08/12/90 - Single male

13/12/91 - Maximum count of 22 birds

25/01/92 - 9 birds

10/01/93 - 5 birds

14/12/93 - Maximum count of 14 birds

14/01/94 - Maximum count of 13 birds

10/04/94 - Single bird

24/12/94 - 2 birds

01/02/96 - Maximum count of 23 birds

15/11/96 - 19 birds

27/12/96 - 18 birds

28/01/97 - Single bird

14/12/97 - Maximum count of 12 birds

02/01/98 - 2 males

23/02/98 - Single female

11/10/98 - 4 birds

03/01/99 - 2 males

??/02/99 - 2 birds

25/10/99 - 2 birds

31/10/99 - Maximum count of 11 birds

16/11/99 - 5 birds

03/12/99 - 2 birds

2000 - 9 birds on 24/07.Also a few singles in winter

2001 - Only winter records with max 11 birds on 23/12

2002 - 1 or 2 in winter with 7 on 07/01 and 5 on 11/01

2003 - maximums of 5 on 22/01 and 5 on 15/10. Singles through December with 4 on 05/12

2004 - fewer reports than 2003 with maximums of 3 on 19/01 and 3 on 22/08

2005 - Just one report of a single on 17/12

2006 - Just one report of a single on 05/02

2007 - Just 3 on 18/11

02/11/08 - 1 pair

07/11/08 - 3 birds

21/11/08 - 1 female

02/01/09 - 1 male, the only report this year

2010 - singles on 4 occasions in October and November. 4 on 2/12

2011 - 1 on 10/01 and a pair on 08/02

2012 - 1 female on 28/02 and 1 male on 4 dates in November and December

2013 - 1 male on 23/04. 1 male on 06/12 stayed for 3 days

2014 - No records

2015 - Singles on 05/04, 18/04 and 08/05

2016 - 1 male on 14/04 and 2 birds on 23/10