This Smew redhead was on a pool near Sandiway at Newchurch Common .The Smew is a small compact diving duck with a delicate bill.Its a winter visitor in small numbers from Scandinavia and Russia.Sometimes birds move here from Holland and Denmark to escape freezing weather there .
This Loggerhead Turtle was found on Porth-hellick beach on Sunday and was still alive .
But loggerheads thrive in warmer waters, but will stop feeding when sea temperatures drop below about 15C. "As the seas cool down these turtles will suffer from acute hypothermia. "If they are lucky, they may strand alive on a beach, and if found in time they can be rescued and rehabilitated back to health with specialist treatment". He added the loggerheads would most likely "perish" in the South West inshore waters, which are cooling down to below the 15C threshold.
I went out in the Punt today with Higgo one of the local birders and found this 1st winter Drake Surf Scoter the 1st one for over 10 years , we also saw 8x Grey Plovers and 2x Purple Sandpipers and 12x Great Northern Divers .