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Smew

Observed: 8th January 2013 By: Bill HendersonBill Henderson’s reputation in BirdsBill Henderson’s reputation in BirdsBill Henderson’s reputation in BirdsBill Henderson’s reputation in Birds
Smew
Smew_3
Description:

I came looking for Whooper swans but had to make do with this.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

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ophrys's picture

Smew

"Looking for Whooper swans but had to make do with this."

You poor thing! Fantastic birds...

1 Smew = 500 Whoopers?

Depends on where you live, I suppose.

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Disappointment

Ian

I was thrilled; believe me. I only started to look at bird last January when I couldn't have told you the difference between a banana and a yellow hammer. I could be hooked :-)

Bill

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Difference

You can't peel a yellowhammer.

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Re - Difference

Ian

That me me chuckle :-)

Thanks

Bill

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Key to yellow organisms

1 Outer surface peel. Peels easily, taste and texture like a banana. Sings rarely ..........Banana

2 Outer surface feathered. Peels considerably less easily than a banana, taste and texture unknown. Sings about low fat wheat-based products ...............Yellowhammer

I hope this helps anyone who finds themself in the position you were last year.
I know the feeling!

Great bird, by the way. We get relatively regular Smew through the Lee Valley here and only very occasional Whooper, though I'd still agree with Ophrys' reckoning

Jeremy

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Yellow key

You've cracked it, Jeremy! No more wrong IDs for me, now... :)

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