Thursday, 17 November 2011
Red-throated Diver at Rishton reservoir, Lancashire
November 13, 2011:
This bird which had arrived overnight didn't stay long as by mid-morning motor-boats were out on the reservoir and the resulting noise caused the bird to take flight and leave. It circled over the water for five minutes gaining height all the time and when finally a mere speck in the sky, flew off west. The Red-breasted Merganser also present earlier couldn't be relocated either. At least I managed to see these two birds, if only briefly; this contrasted with the previous day when I missed seeing the Richard's Pipit at Longridge by only ten minutes.