Coot (Fulica atra)
Species
Coot (Fulica atra). Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on February 2nd 2012.
Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on February 2nd 2012.
(1/200th sec at f16. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 36 - 42 cm

The Coot is an all-black bird with a white beak and white shield above the beak. It has strong feet, and long, lobed toes.

Coot can be found throught the British Isles with the exception of north-west Scotland.

They are mainly found on freshwater lakes, gravel pits, reservoirs, rivers and town park lakes when deep enough. Sometimes seen offshore, especially in winter if freshwater areas are frozen.

The Coot is much less secretive than most of the rail family, and can be seen swimming on open water or walking across waterside grasslands. It is an aggressive species, and strongly territorial during the breeding season. It is reluctant to fly and when taking off runs across the water surface with much splashing. It does the same, but without actually flying, when travelling a short distance at speed in territorial disputes. It bobs its head as it swims, and makes short dives from a little jump.

There are between 22000 and 28000 breeding pairs in Britain. Over 180000 birds over-winter here. It has green status on the British list.

Sightings

18-May-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
13-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
11-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
09-May-2018 : Whelford Pools, Glos (6)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
28-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
22-Apr-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
19-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
15-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
10-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
05-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-Apr-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
01-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
29-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
26-Mar-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon
25-Mar-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
21-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
06-Mar-2018 : Baulking, Oxon (2)
04-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
24-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
23-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
15-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
04-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
28-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
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
18-Dec-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
16-Dec-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
23-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
19-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
05-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
05-Nov-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon
31-Oct-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
19-Oct-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
22-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
18-Sep-2017 : Lodmoor, Dorset
12-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
05-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
31-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
27-Aug-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
26-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
20-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
01-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (200+)
29-Jul-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
18-Apr-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
19-Mar-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Mar-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon
04-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
28-Jan-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
22-Jan-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
21-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
02-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon

28-Dec-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
26-Dec-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon
24-Dec-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon
11-Dec-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-Dec-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
22-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
09-Oct-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon
02-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (150+)
18-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
04-Sep-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
19-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
04-Jul-2016 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire
14-May-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
27-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
06-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
27-Feb-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon
21-Feb-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon
07-Feb-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
16-Jan-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
09-Jan-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
08-Jan-2016 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
07-Jan-2016 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
04-Jan-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (20+)

28-Dec-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
06-Dec-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Nov-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Nov-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
07-Nov-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
01-Nov-2015 : Baulking, Oxon
24-Oct-2015 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk
18-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
09-Oct-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
04-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (5)
13-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Sep-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
06-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
30-Aug-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
02-Aug-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
29-Jun-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
01-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1+)
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
09-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
19-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
06-Apr-2015 : Stratfield Brake, Oxon
05-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
08-Mar-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
04-Mar-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
22-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
21-Feb-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
18-Feb-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
08-Feb-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
02-Feb-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
29-Jan-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
17-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
11-Jan-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
02-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon

13-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
06-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
29-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
19-Nov-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
09-Nov-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
01-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
27-Oct-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
19-Oct-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
17-Oct-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
28-Sep-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
21-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
10-Sep-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
31-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
29-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Aug-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
17-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Aug-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
03-Aug-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
01-Aug-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire
31-Jul-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire
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 (6)
06-Jun-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (7)
25-May-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
24-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
22-May-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
11-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
27-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
26-Apr-2014 : Whelford Pools, Glos (2+)
17-Apr-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
12-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
30-Mar-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
23-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
19-Mar-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
15-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
09-Mar-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
01-Mar-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
26-Feb-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
22-Feb-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (40+)
16-Feb-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
02-Feb-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (85+)
22-Jan-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
19-Jan-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
16-Jan-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
12-Jan-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
05-Jan-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
03-Jan-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
02-Jan-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon