Subject: [Tweeters] No Smew for you
Date: Apr 17 21:56:14 2016
From: Larry Schwitters - leschwitters at me.com
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
Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?
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