So 1 down 1 to go, and this one is one of my top 3 birds. I was told that it was at either at Christmas Dell Hide, or Firth Hide so we drove around to Scott Hide and I then took a very slow walk. I scanned from here for about 20 minutes but nothing so I headed back. Now when I got back to the car for some reason I decided to pop into Scott Hide, call it a omen but when I entered and saw about 6 birders all looking in one direction I asked them what they was looking at and when they told me I thought "Yesss", and there it was out in front close to the Cormorant island the fragile looking drake SMEW. What a bird! So now I could relax and enjoy the other birds that was around. Apart from male and female GOLDENEYE I saw nothing unusual. The Marsh Harriers was have a tough time battling in the wind. I didn't go to the ARC Pit today I called it a day. The full list of species I saw was as follows:
G/B/B/GULL, L/B/B/GULL, HERRING GULL, COMMON GULL, B/H/GULL, CORMORANT, MARSH HARRIER, L/E/OWL, COOT, DABCHICK, G/C/GREBE, MUTE SWAN, CANADA GEESE, GREYLAG GEESE, MALLARD, POCHARD, TUFTED DUCK, GADWALL, TEAL, SMEW, GOLDENEYE, SHOVELLER, WIGEON, SHELDUCK, LAPWING, C/CROW, MAGPIE, JACKDAW, W/PIGEON, C/DOVE, STARLING, REED BUNTING, GREAT TIT, L/T/TIT, BLUE TIT, H/SPARROW, CHAFFINCH.
We went home via Walland Marsh because I had read that there was some new born lambs about, I love seeing them they are amusing, I think watching them cheer up anyone. We did see the, there are quite a few, including about 5-6 black ones, normally we only see 1 or 2.
So, my ** Bird of the Day** has got to be the one and only ** DRAKE SMEW.**