Water Rail

A regular winter visitor to the reed beds of Chard reservoir. Normally single birds, sometimes 2, these shy & retiring Rails are usually given away by their harsh 'squealing' calls.

Water Rail Jan 18th 2004

10/10/57 - single bird.

22/10/59 - Single bird.

19/03/64 - Single bird.

20/10/66 - Single bird.

01/05/69 - Single bird.

13/11/69 - Single bird. Recorded again on 20/11.

1991 - Single bird recorded during 1st winter period.

18/10/92 - Single bird recorded over the winter, often seen from the hide.

18/02/93 - Single bird. Another bird recorded at nearby sewage works on 12/11.

28/11/94 - Single bird calling. Seen on 17/12.

06/01/95 - Single bird calling.

08/09/95 - Adult bird seen.

07/10/96 - Single bird seen & heard. Recorded as possibly being present since 24/09.

??/12/96 - 2 birds recorded.

??/01/97 - 2 or 3 birds present. Seen & heard on many dates.

??/10/97 - Single bird until year end.

??/01/98 - Single bird heard on many dates.

17/10/98 - Single bird present until year end.

1999 - Single bird heard throughout January, February & March.

27/09/99 - Single bird present until year end, joined by 1 or 2 more in December.

2000 - Recorded on 6 winter dates with notably 2 on 07/11 and 3 on 16/12.

2001 - Recorded on 11 winter dates with notably 2 on 21/01, 2 on 4 dates in November with possibly 3 on 17/11

2002 - Singles heard or seen on 10 winter dates.

2003 - Recorded on 11 winter dates with 2 on 31/10

2004 - Singles recorded on 10 winter dates

2005 - Singles recorded on 7 winter dates

2006 - None recorded

2007 - Just one reported on 23/12

2008 - Just one reported on 21/11

2009 - Single on 29/10/09

2010 - 1 on 08/01 and 1 on 27/11

2011 - 1 on 27/08 and 1 on 04/11

2012 - None recorded

2013 - 1 on 03/03 and 1 on 08/03, 2 on 09/03, 1 on 03/10, 1 on 26/10

2014 - 1 on 24/08

2015 - None recorded

2016 - None recorded