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SMEW - Mergellus albellus

 

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2017:

JANUARY: A 'redhead' was present on Chipping Sodbury Common Fishing Pools on the 2nd. MARCH: A winter female was once again present on Chipping Sodbury Common Fishing Pools late afternoon on the 2nd. APRIL: A female 'returned' to Chipping Sodbury Common Fishing Pools from the 11th - 14th and 22nd - 23rd.

 

2016:

A 'redhead' was found on Chipping Sodbury Common fishing pool mid-morning on March 12th where it remained throughout the day. It went unreported or missing until March 27th when it was noted again and remained faithful to the site until at least April 8th; A 'redhead' was reported from Tortworth Lake on May 1st.

 

2010:

A 'redhead' was present off New Passage between 13:15 and mid-afternoon on November 28th.

 

2006:

On January 29th a female was watched off Aust Warth late morning, it quickly floated off down river later to be seen off New Passage.

 

2003:

A female was found on January 11th off New Passage; A male was reported on February 8th off New Passage.

 

1991:

Five males were seen on February 13th off New Passage with four lingering into February 14th.

 

1855:

A male was ‘obtained' on February 12th at Dyrham Park. This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire. A male was 'obtained' at or near Oldbury-on-Severn sometime c.1855 though no date is available.

 

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