Saturday, 13 February 2016
February 3rd 2016 - No Smews is not good Smews
I don't need to be at work till 9 o'clock, so I get the early bus and head off to Holme Pierrepont. A redhead Smew has been seen in the Blotts area on and off, and it would be a nice one for the year list.
I'm there for first light and head for the viewing screen, where I get good views of lots of Goldeneye at close quarters. There's a lot of Coot, but despite searching thoroughly, no Smew. Knowing it gets on the smaller pit on the Sky Larks reserve, I check that out, but again no luck!
I wait for my taxi to work and get a little consolation in two flyover Little Egrets and an Oystercatcher 'kleeping' over the rowing course.