Had to go over to York today to pay a long overdue (5+ years) trip to the Dentist. I decided to see if I could find the Drake Smew that had been reported from Fairburn Ings. The weather was atrocious! Heavy rain and cold. I asked at the visitors centre and they told me it hadn't been reported for a couple of days. Still, it might be around somewhere? I checked the moat area and then made my way down the flashes ending up in Lyndyke hide.
No Smew unfortunately but I enjoyed the short walk...in the rain!
The weather didn't dampen this couples ardour...
Just before I left a distant Great-crested Grebe drifted into view...
...and so to Duff...
I only had a good hour due to Dental visits but the sun came out and I managed to add a few species to my year list...
Tufted Duck (c30)
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Also impressive numbers of Golden Plover (c500) and Lapwing (c1500).