Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Pochard (Aythya fuligula). Drake. Taken at Slimbridge, Glos., on November 27th 2011.
Drake. Taken at Slimbridge, Glos., on November 27th 2011.
(1/500th sec at f14. Click image for larger version . © David Hastings)
Pochard (Aythya fuligula). Female. Taken at Tophill Low, East Yorks, on June 7th 2008.
Female. Taken at Tophill Low, East Yorks, on June 7th 2008.
(1/200th sec at f14. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Duckling. Taken at Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk on June 24th 2013.
(1/200th sec at f13. © David Hastings)


L: 42 - 49 cm; WS: 67 - 75 cm

The Pochard is a stocky diving duck. The male is pale grey with a rusty red head and neck, and a black breast and tail. The female is brown with a dark head and blotchy cheeks.

It breeds in eastern England and lowland Scotland, and in small numbers in Northern Ireland, with numbers increasing, perhaps helped by the creation of more gravel pits and reservoirs.

Its breeding habitat is eutrophic lakes and marshes with sufficient open water at least 1m deep.

British breeding birds disperse in winter, some to Europe, and many birds move here in winter from northern and eastern Europe. Over 85000 birds spend the winter here.

This species has amber status on the British list, owing to the small breeding population of around 500 pairs.


12-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
19-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
09-Jun-2018 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (2)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
26-Mar-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
25-Mar-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
24-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
04-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (7)
18-Jan-2018 : Slimbridge, Glos (100+)
17-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)

05-Nov-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon (4)
01-Nov-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (4)
10-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk
09-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk
30-May-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
29-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2m)
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1m)
19-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (15)
04-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (15+)
28-Jan-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1m)
02-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)

26-Dec-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon (2)
28-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1m)
19-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1m)
14-May-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1m)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (4m,3f)
07-Mar-2016 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
27-Feb-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (4)
16-Jan-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)

01-Nov-2015 : Baulking, Oxon (c20)
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
21-Feb-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (3)
18-Feb-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (3)
12-Feb-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
29-Jan-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (3)

06-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
03-Dec-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (3)
19-Nov-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
19-Oct-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
17-Apr-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
01-Mar-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
16-Feb-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (6)
19-Jan-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
16-Jan-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (4)
12-Jan-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (6)
05-Jan-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
03-Jan-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (c12)
02-Jan-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)