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Smew (Mergellus albellus)

Smew (Mergellus albellus) 

Three pairs in the main garden. The males are largely white with some black lines on the body and head. The females have a mottled greyish brown body, rusty red on top of the head and white below. Egg clutch is 6-9 creamy white eggs and ours nest in a hollowed out tree stump. Lovely to watch them dive and swim underwater.

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