Eyebrook Reservoir, February

The winter wraith: Smew at EBR

The winter wraith: Smew at EBR

This morning’s count began in suitably cold conditions, but the windless, sunny skies soon warmed.

Numbers of Wigeon and Teal remained quite high, and 63 Goldeneye were joined by at least seven Smew (including three adult males). Last weekend there were at least six including four adult males, so in freezing February we can still enjoy watching them.

The biggest surprise appeared towards the end of the count: a Great White Egret with five Little Egrets at the inflow. This was the first individual of this former rarity which I have seen at EBR, and is still an exciting find.

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