During the past few days a Smew had been reported on nearby Chichester gravels Pits and as the sun shone yesterday afternoon I ventured out. It wasn't long before I met a couple of birders who told me that the bird was still present but a bit tricky to see at the far side of the pit. Once I had got past the breakers yard at Peckhams Copse I located it quite quickly amongst the many Gadwall, Shovelers and Pochard. It was a superb drake bird and although it was far too far away to get a decent image without a digiscoping outfit I got a (very!) distant record shot. You can just about make it out in the accompanying image.(Click on it to see large)
Lots of Redwings still about but apart from the Scaup on Pagham Lagoon...still asleep..not anything very different to report.
I understand Scaup feed at night...can anyone confirm this?