What to look for, NOW!
every week we'll highlight what to look for when you're out birding.
This week it's: SMEW
We are in the midst of 'Snowmageddon' or 'Apocalypse Snow', alternatively known as the effects of the 'Beast from the East', a big freeze with extra snow and ice coming from Russia or thereabouts. Inevitably, big continental freezes with strong icy easterlies will bring some interesting birds to the relative mild of or island climate. It may not feel mild, but compared to what they are getting in Fenno-Scandia and Russia it will seem balmy to some birds. One bird which often comes over here when there is extreme winter weather is the Smew. They are mainly birds of reservoirs and lakes in the east and south-east of England. Males are lovely little white ducks with black trimmings, while females (also called 'redheads') are grey bodies with a white-cheeked reddish brown head). Both are painfully shy ducks, so scan from a distance to check for Smew in your area. They often associate with Goldeneye.
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