A request from Philip for help in confirming a sighting he had yesterday. Having consulted various books he’s fairly sure that he saw a pair of Smew ducks yesterday opposite his house in the Flora fields. He described the markings in some detail (snow white plumage, with pencil-line markings in Y-shape). They were touching beaks, so he thought they might be a mating pair.
He and his wife have also recently observed:
- Heron paddling in Alder Pond (24th April) and one flying over ex-Gleesons Field (26th April)
- 5 lapwings (26th April, Flora)
- A hare (ex-Gleesons Field, 18th April)
Any help appreciated.