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If you are lucky enough to live near a large reser­voir or lake, then you are prob­a­bly al­ready aware that they make great ad­di­tions to any ‘patch’. Water bod­ies draw in birds and larger water bod­ies drawn in larger num­bers of birds. Re­ally large wa­ter­bod­ies, such as Rut­land Water and Grafham Water, reg­u­larly pull in species which are more fa­mil­iar as seabirds, whether blown off course, or rest­ing and feed­ing while cross­ing the coun­try. These in­clude divers, scarce grebes, plus the chance of skuas, auks, sea­d­ucks, Kit­ti­wakes and even tubenoses. Big water bod­ies re­ward reg­u­lar scan­ning, not only of the water sur­face but also the air above it. They also of­ten draw in birds which are not nec­es­sar­ily ben­e­fit­ting from the large amount of water. This in­cludes wad­ing birds on the shore, which find them­selves nat­u­rally at­tracted to the edge of de­cent-sized lakes. So, check out a sub­stan­tial reser­voir or lake near you.

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