Ducks in the fog

We both had a small window of opportunity for a walk today and I had seen that there had been two female smew at Titchwell. So I persuaded Brenda that we should go there on a very cold a foggy day! The boardwalks were again closed so we headed down the main path toward the beach. I spotted a water rail again in the ditch by the path.

Visibility was pretty bad! We could hear pink-footed geese flying over but couldn’t see them, but we were able to make out wigeon, teal, shoveler, lapwing, golden plover, dunlin and more on the freshwater pools. We scanned everywhere for smew but with no luck. We therefore headed toward the main hide which was slightly closer to where the majority of the ducks were: And we got lucky, spotting, very briefly, a female smew before it flew off and we lost it.

A pair of smew, female on the left – the only photo I have of smew I’m afraid! (photo taken in Finland, 2017)

It was so cold that we headed back to the car fairly quickly and called it a day!

New species for December 2nd:
Birds: smew

Birds = 229
Moths = 256
Wildflowers = 291