Thursday, 1 December 2011

Greenland White-fronted Geese at Rishton Reservoir

December 1, 2011:
Two adult Greenland White-fronts arrived here overnight on a field adjacent to the reservoir. There has been a large influx into various part of the country over the last week or so but to have some here is quite exceptional.

The birds kept together and could only be viewed at long range (400 metres or more) on the field beyond the western bank of the reservoir. For a while they were resting, asleep, but soon began to graze in the pasture. One of them remained especially alert but neither appeared disturbed by the noise of a passing train. This is another good record for the site following the Red-throated Diver present here (see below) a few weeks ago.