Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
Species
Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus). Taken at Tophill Low, E. Yorks, on June 30th 2014.
Taken at Tophill Low, E. Yorks, on June 30th 2014.
(1/200th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus). Juvenile. Taken at Tophill Low, E. Yorks, on June 30th 2014.
Juvenile. Taken at Tophill Low, E. Yorks, on June 30th 2014.
(1/320th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 27 - 31 cm

Moorhens have a dark brown back and wings and a bluish-black belly, with white stripes on the flanks, and long, greenish-yellow legs.

They are found in most of the British Isles, except for north-west Scotland.

They are common on small lakes, ponds, pools and rivers with dense vegetation cover.

The Moorhen is usually a secretive bird, but in some places they are quite bold and will feed in the open.

There are around 270000 breeding pairs in Britain. It has green status on the British list.

Sightings

26-Jun-2018 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (1)
09-Jun-2018 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (1)
06-Jun-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
18-May-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
09-May-2018 : Whelford Pools, Glos (4)
05-May-2018 : Cors y Llyn NNR, Powys (h)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
25-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
03-Apr-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
29-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
26-Mar-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
21-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
12-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (5)
04-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
24-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
23-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
15-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
12-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
04-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (3)
25-Jan-2018 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (3)
18-Jan-2018 : Slimbridge, Glos
03-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)

26-Dec-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
18-Dec-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
04-Dec-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
16-Nov-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
05-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
30-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
19-Oct-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
09-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (6)
03-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
20-Sep-2017 : Radipole Lake, Dorset (3)
18-Sep-2017 : Lodmoor, Dorset (1)
16-Sep-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (3)
13-Sep-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
12-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
06-Sep-2017 : Folly Park, Faringdon, Oxon (8)
05-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
31-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
26-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
20-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
10-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
03-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (7)
17-Jun-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
18-Apr-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
02-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
02-Mar-2017 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1)
19-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (5)
22-Jan-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
21-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
05-Jan-2017 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (2)
04-Jan-2017 : Hinksey Park, Oxford, Oxon (1)

28-Dec-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
26-Dec-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon (1)
24-Dec-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
22-Dec-2016 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (1)
11-Dec-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
03-Dec-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (6)
01-Dec-2016 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (2)
13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
22-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
18-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
11-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
04-Sep-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
04-Jul-2016 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (1)
05-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
14-May-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
05-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
27-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
25-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
06-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
27-Feb-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
21-Feb-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon (1)
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
16-Jan-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
09-Jan-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
04-Jan-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)

28-Dec-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
22-Nov-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
07-Nov-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
24-Oct-2015 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (2)
22-Oct-2015 : Snettisham, Norfolk (1)
04-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
07-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
30-Aug-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
23-Jul-2015 : Mesta River fishponds, Bulgaria
21-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
01-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (3+)
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
16-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (5)
06-Apr-2015 : Stratfield Brake, Oxon (1)
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
22-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
18-Feb-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
18-Feb-2015 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (2)
11-Jan-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
02-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)

13-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
29-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
09-Nov-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
01-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
19-Oct-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
28-Sep-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
21-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
13-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
31-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
28-Aug-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
01-Aug-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire
31-Jul-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire
20-Jul-2014 : Calvert Jubilee, Oxon (1)
30-Jun-2014 : Tophill Low, E. Yorks
24-Jun-2014 : Mesta River fishponds, Bulgaria
20-Jun-2014 : Golobradovo, Bulgaria
25-May-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (5)
06-May-2014 : Skomer, Pembrokeshire (1)
27-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
17-Apr-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
12-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
30-Mar-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
09-Mar-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
01-Mar-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
16-Feb-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
16-Jan-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
05-Jan-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)