Shelduck

An irregular visitor to Chard reservoir.

male shelduck, baz stevens

12/01/68 - 2 birds

12/12/68 - Single bird. (DEP)

26/04/80 - 2 birds

18/03/84 - Single bird

04/12/87 - 7 birds

14/12/91 - 2 birds

18/12/94 - Single bird seen briefly, before flying off at 10:00 am

02/01/98 - Single bird

09/03/98 - 2 birds

??/12/98 - Single bird

03/01/99 - 2 birds

16/02/99 - 2 birds

13/05/99 - Single bird

19/12/99 - Single bird

30/01/00 - 2 birds

2001 - 2 birds on 21/01, then later some long staying juvenile birds starting with 5 on 18/08, 6 on 19/08 stayed for a few days, then decreasing to 2 by the end of August. One bird stayed through to 22/09

2002 - Ones or twos seen on various dates in February, March, April, May, September and December

2003 - One or two seen on 5 dates in February

2004 - 4 on 14/02, 3 on 18/07 and 7 immatures on 31/07

2005 - 2 on 08/03, 1 on 21/03 and 1 on 16/04

2006 - none reported

2007 - 2 on 01/02, 1 on 11/05 and 1 immature from 11/09 to 24/09

2008 - 1 on 01/07/08, 4 imm. on 19/07/08, 1 on 22-23/10/08 and 3 on 31/10/08

2009 - none reported.

2010 - none

2011 - 4 on 26/01, 2 on 31/01, 1 imm. stayed for 6 days from 31/07, 1 imm. on 18/09

2012 - none

2013 - 1 male on 18/05

2014 - none

2015 - 1 on 21/01 and 1 on 28/02

2016 - 3 on 13/09 and another 3 on 20/12