[Tweeters] No Smew for you

Larry Schwitters leschwitters at me.com
Sun Apr 17 21:56:14 PDT 2016



There’s a good chance the 2 Smews is some sort of Ebird error.
Here’s a complete 4/17/2016 South Beach (San Juan Island) Ebird report from Heather Murphy.

10 species total

4
Surf Scoter
10
Red-breasted Merganser
3
Horned Grebe
1
Red-necked Grebe
1
Bald Eagle
1
Red-tailed Hawk
4
Glaucous-winged Gull
4
American Crow
1
Dark-eyed Junco
1
Song Sparrow

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes


Could there be a separate report awaiting Ebird Smew review?

The last Smew that showed up in California inspired this poetry.

Ode to a Merganser

I think that I may never view
a bird as lovely as a Smew,

a duck so rare, it won't be found
in half the field guides that abound

a-fishin' Hawkins Pond in Soulsbyville,
a fool's gold prospect in 'them thar hills';

whether captive loose, or wildly lost,
those flocks of birders count no cost

for ogling such a stunning sight
of Nature's sculpted black-on-white.

©Sal Salerno, Modesto, CA

Larry Schwitters
Issaquah

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