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.