Shoveler

A common winter visitor to the reservoir. They used to breed, but now are generally not seen in the 4 months from May to August.

shoveler pair, baz stevens 93

1929 - "Breeds regularly". 2 pairs this year.

15/06/30 - Seen with young.

20/03/32 - Single male.

01/04/33 - 6 birds.

30/01/35 - Single male & 2 females.

No records between 1935 & 1952.

20/12/53 - 5 birds.

24/01/54 - 30 birds approx. Record count to date.

04/04/63 - Pair mating.

23/01/64 - 9 birds.

06/04/67 - Single male.

16/11/67 - Maximum count of 4 birds.

04/04/69 - Maximum count of 7 birds.

1970 - Up to 14 wintering.

??/04/71 - 1 or 2 pairs.

??/11/71 - Up to 5 birds.

06/04/72 - 2 birds. Seen again on 28/04.

17/12/72 - 5 birds.

1973 - Up to 20 birds between February & April.

17/10/74 - Maximum count of 18 birds.

??/04/75 - 15 birds.

??/12/75 - Maximum count of 21 birds.

??/02/76 - Maximum count of 20 birds.

??/10/76 - 6 birds.

11/02/78 - Maximum count of 12 birds.

01/01/79 - Maximum count of 10 birds.

1979 - 5 birds between October & December.

02/02/80 - Maximum count of 23 birds.

16/03/80 - 15 birds.

12/12/81 - 10 birds.

1984 - Generally less than 10 birds, except for 13 birds in April.

28/12/86 - 7 birds.

28/03/87 - 2 birds. Remained until 04/04.

15/11/87 - 10 birds.

06/12/87 - Maximum count of 11 birds.

08/02/88 - Maximum count of 23 birds.

11/03/89 - 8 males & a female.

08/12/90 - 10 birds. (5pairs).

26/12/90 - Maximum count of 18 birds.

03/02/91 - 6 birds.

23/12/91 - Maximum count of 11 birds. 7 males & 4 females.

1992 - Maximum count of 19 birds, present until March.

29/12/92 - 11 birds.

01/01/93 - 3 birds.

04/12/93 - Pair.

14/01/94 - 2 males.

02/10/94 - Pair.

30/10/94 - 2 birds.

24/12/94 - 2 males.

12/11/95 - 2 males & a female.

27/01/96 - 3 birds.

15/11/96 - Maximum count of 11 birds.

??/12/96 - 10 birds.

28/01/97 - Maximum count of 9 birds.

27/10/97 - 6 birds.

24/02/98 - Single male. Remained until 01/03.

01/04/98 - 3 pairs.

06/09/98 - 2 males.

21/09/98 - Maximum count of 6 birds.

30/10/98 - 5 birds.

10/01/99 - Pair. 3 birds on 11/01.

22/02/99 - 3 males & a female.

24/09/99 - 4 birds.

18/10/99 - Maximum count of 23 birds.

2000 - 1 to 3 recorded in each of the first 5 months, none through the 3 summer months then seen daily through September and October with monthly maximums of 5 on 21/09 and 21 on 21/10. Up to 5 seen on 7 dates through November and December.

2001 - 79 records this year with a maximum count of 29, the highest count since 1954. 3 on 19/01 then apart from 1 the next day none until 1 on 11/08, then seen almost daily from 25/08 to the end of the year. Monthly maximums of 9 on 31/08, 14 on 02/09, 20 on 30/10, 29 on 17/11 and 26 on 02/12.

2002 - 45 records this year with maximums of 20 on 01/01 and 11 on 13/10. None seen from April to July and none in December.

2003 - 66 records this year. None seen from April to July. Highest counts were 15 on 05/11 and 21 on 06/12.

2004 - 54 records, None in February, May, June or August. Mostly 1 to 5 birds, but increasing at the end of November with peaks of 12 on 30/11 and 16 on 24/12 and 27/12.

2005 - 91 records this year which may be a record, yet still no birds from May through until the second week in September. The maximum count was 18 birds on 27/03.

2006 - 31 records with max of 16 on 06/04.

2007 - 32 records - none through the summer, with max of 5 on several dates.

2008 - 50 records - max of 8 on 12/12/08

2009 - 29 records - max 10 on 11/01/09 in freezing weather

2010 - 26 records - max 11 on 17/11

2011 - 15 records of up to 4 birds, a poor year

2012 - 22 records of up to 5 birds. A pair seen mating on 08/03

2013 - 17 records of up to 4 birds

2014 - 25 records of up to 4 birds

2015 - 4 records of up to 4 birds

2016 - 84 records of up to 14 birds, but none in May, June, July and August