Rishton Reservoir 29th Dec
With reports of the Black-necked Grebe coming past the promenade yesterday, I headed out to the reservoir in the bitterly cold east wind and the oncoming gloom. There were plenty of birds again, and most pleasingly the two Great Crested Grebes had returned.
Three drake Shovelers and eight Tufted Ducks sailed out from the yacht club briefly. Fifteen teal were perched up on the dam wall whilst seven Goosander and 17 Cormorants fished the reservoir. Most obvious was a site record count of 299 Canada Geese on the far bank along with 120 Lapwing, 300 Starling and 16 Coot.