Monday, 3 February 2014
Little Ormesby Broad birds
Arriving at Filby broad car park at lunchtime today, Monday 3rd February at 12.45pm, having failed to see the Cranes near Billockby (the farmer was digging in a field just behind the usual spot), a tweet from John H and meeting him a few minutes later we walked to the viewpoint to look for 2 birds John had just found, a fine redhead Smew at the back which dived occasionally seen mainly right of the cut in front of the end of the long line of reeds on the water at the back. Left of us in mid- distance were several 8 Tufted Ducks and on the left of them asleep was a female Scaup-like duck, she work up sporting a thick white band at the base of the bill darker brown head and mucky brown back, but the possibility of hybrid origin cannot b ruled out. She eventually swam back a little way. meanwhile in front of the hide was a line of 6 Great crested Grebes.