Lade - 1000hrs - Mild, cloudy, sw 6 - Final visit of the year at the local patch was hard work in the blustery, gusting to gale force south-westerly wind. South pit resembled a small sea complete with white horses atop the waves. Most of the wildfowl were sheltering in the willows or on north pit where 3 Goldeneyes and a redhead Smew were the highlights. Despite the winds Cetti`s Warbler and Chiffchaff noted in the willow swamp, plus calling Water Rail and a Green Woodpecker.
Couldn`t find any unusual ducks lurking in the flocks that may have been of interest for the NYDay bird count, so with rain on the way headed home with Barney to prepare for tomorrow.