COOT Fulica atra
Resident breeder, passage/winter visitor.
The species is ever-present, particularly on lakes and watercourses in urban areas. Seven locations feature in reports (although others went unrecorded) with counts made in both winter periods. The maxima were as follows:
First winter period (maximum) Second winter period (maximum)
Harold Park, Wibsey 24th January 40 17th October 61
Knotford Nook 16th January 25 2nd December 36
Lister Park, Bradford 11th January 18 27th December 15
Otley Wetland 19th January 93 15th December 43
Park Dam, Low Moor 15th January 50 24th October 61
Redcar Tarn, Keighley 14th January 31 9th December 25
Yeadon Tarn 9th February 25 1st November 15
Breeding pairs were reported at these sites, with 30 chicks seen. Notably, Redcar Tarn had three broods and eight chicks and Lister Park three broods and 12 chicks. At eight other likely places, birds were seen and breeding probably took place. No records were submitted from eight other locations where birds were known to present. Once more careful observation of Coots at Redcar Tarn showed that three of them carried coloured rings. These birds were seen at various stages throughout the year. One, present in January, returned in October, another with an injured leg remained for five months and the third was the bird mentioned in the 2014 Report which was seen in February and November.