Status: Breeding resident, migrant (prone to hard weather movements), post breeding and winter visitor.
Highest Count: 3000 on January 15th 1955 followed heavy snow and 3000 at the beginning of the 1962/63 freeze up
Population Trends: Breeding population fluctuating between two and 25 pairs from 1930 to present. Up to 22 pairs in 1950' s and 25 pairs in 2003 following targeted conservation measures.
Post breeding/wintering flocks declined since highs of the 1950s and 1960s (often up to 600). Another step down from annual maxima of 200-300 in the mid 1990s to 110 to 170 in the last decade.