Midday daily inspection: didn't expect much, Canada Geese all present and correct, ditto Little Grebes, hello what's that at the far end of the pond? Drake Smew, ..... what?! Did I have my camera? Had several looks and kicked myself a few times, but clearly no illegal substances involved.

Fortunately, as I drove out, there on the bridge was Sue Bruce, so we went back to confirm, and it was hauled out on the island preening, no apparent rings. Slightly off-white breast plumage, but otherwise a real cracker.

Went up to Exmoor (above North Molton) saw Tree Pipit and Redstart, but no Whinchat or Cuckoo. Returned to the reserve with camera, and no sign of Smew.... 

Looks like tomorrow will be Dartmoor again, could be a crowd!

Posted May 20th, 2016 at 5:21 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News