Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Species
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula). Drake. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon on May 11th 2008.
Drake. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon on May 11th 2008.
(1/160th sec at f14. Click image for larger version . © David Hastings)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula). Female. Taken at Scorborough, E. Yorks, on August 22nd 2010.
Female. Taken at Scorborough, E. Yorks, on August 22nd 2010.
(1/50th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 40 - 47 cm; WS: 65 - 72 cm

The Tufted Duck is a medium-sized diving duck. The male is black on the head, neck, breast and back and white on the sides. It has a small crest and a yellow eye. In flight it shows an obvious white stripe across the back of the wing. Females are uniformly dark brown.

It breeds in the UK across lowland areas of England, Scotland and Ireland, but less commonly in Wales, with most birds being residents. Numbers increase in the UK in winter because of birds migrating from Iceland and northern Europe.

It is versatile in its choice of breeding habitat; most slow-flowing or still waters are used.

Outside the breeding season the Tufted Duck is gregarious, forming large, dense flocks.

This species has amber status. Between 7000 and 8000 pairs breed in the UK. The winter population is around 120000 birds.

Sightings

16-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
07-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
30-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
24-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (250+)
13-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
09-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (250+)
02-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
30-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (80+)
28-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Aug-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
19-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (175+)
12-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (120+)
09-Jun-2018 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (10)
18-May-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (14)
13-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
09-May-2018 : Whelford Pools, Glos (20+)
04-May-2018 : Cors y Llyn NNR, Powys (2)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon
28-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (20+)
25-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (23)
22-Apr-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
19-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (40+)
15-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (42)
10-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (24)
05-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (38)
03-Apr-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (20+)
01-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (48+)
29-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (16)
26-Mar-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon
25-Mar-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
21-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (56+)
12-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
06-Mar-2018 : Baulking, Oxon (2)
04-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (70+)
24-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
23-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (48+)
15-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (40+)
12-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
04-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (32+)
28-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (40+)
18-Jan-2018 : Slimbridge, Glos
17-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
15-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
07-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
06-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon

30-Dec-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
26-Dec-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (250+)
18-Dec-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
16-Dec-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
23-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
19-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (350+)
16-Nov-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
05-Nov-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon
05-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
01-Nov-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
31-Oct-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (200+)
30-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
19-Oct-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
10-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk
22-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
20-Sep-2017 : Radipole Lake, Dorset
12-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
10-Sep-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (16)
05-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
31-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
27-Aug-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
20-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (15)
10-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (50+)
01-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
17-Jun-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (3)
30-May-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
14-May-2017 : Whelford Pools, Glos
29-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
18-Apr-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
02-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
26-Mar-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
19-Mar-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (8)
12-Mar-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon
19-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (12)
04-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
28-Jan-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (100+)
22-Jan-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (105+)
21-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
02-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon

26-Dec-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon (9)
24-Dec-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon
11-Dec-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (250+)
03-Dec-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
22-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (100+)
02-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (45+)
04-Sep-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (40+)
28-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (19)
19-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1f)
04-Jul-2016 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire
14-May-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (20+)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (10+)
27-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (20)
25-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (28)
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
06-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (26)
27-Feb-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon
21-Feb-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon (25+)
07-Feb-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (c15)
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
16-Jan-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (20+)
09-Jan-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (20+)
08-Jan-2016 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (12)
07-Jan-2016 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
04-Jan-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (c20)

28-Dec-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (25+)
06-Dec-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (160+)
28-Nov-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (c100)
22-Nov-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
12-Nov-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (6)
07-Nov-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
01-Nov-2015 : Baulking, Oxon
18-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (22)
09-Oct-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (7)
04-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (25+)
27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
13-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (50+)
12-Sep-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
06-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10)
30-Aug-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (11)
15-Aug-2015 : Rushy Common, Oxon (2)
01-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (14)
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (6+)
28-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (8)
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
19-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6+)
12-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (12)
10-Apr-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (8)
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (10+)
06-Apr-2015 : Stratfield Brake, Oxon (4)
05-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (8+)
08-Mar-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (12+)
04-Mar-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (4)
22-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
21-Feb-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (30+)
18-Feb-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (c12)
08-Feb-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (40+)
02-Feb-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (12)
29-Jan-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (c10)
17-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
02-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (c20)

13-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
06-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
03-Dec-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (4)
29-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
19-Nov-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (6)
09-Nov-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
01-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
27-Oct-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (4)
17-Oct-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (c.12)
28-Sep-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
21-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (44+)
10-Sep-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (16)
31-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
29-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
20-Jul-2014 : Calvert Jubilee, Oxon
02-Jul-2014 : North Cave Wetlands, E. Yorkshire
30-Jun-2014 : Tophill Low, E. Yorks
16-Jun-2014 : Whelford Pools, Glos (5)
25-May-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (12+)
24-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
11-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
26-Apr-2014 : Whelford Pools, Glos (100+)
17-Apr-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (7)
12-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (c16)
10-Apr-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (3m)
30-Mar-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (12+)
23-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
19-Mar-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (3m)
15-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
10-Mar-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (4)
09-Mar-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
05-Mar-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (12)
01-Mar-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
26-Feb-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (6)
22-Feb-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
02-Feb-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (80+)
22-Jan-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
19-Jan-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
16-Jan-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (16)
12-Jan-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
05-Jan-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
03-Jan-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (c15)
02-Jan-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (250+)