The weather looked awful this morning, and 4 class members dropped out, but it turned out to be a good day. The star bird was the drake Smew, which appeared for the morning crowd, but we couldn’t relocate it in the afternoon. We also had excellent views of Goldeneye (displaying), Shoveler, Gadwall, Pochard and Teal on the lakes; whilst a small flock of Wigeon flew past us on the Humber, and one whistling individual landed very close by. There were few waders with only Redshank & Curlew seen; but Bullfinches gave excellent views both morning & afternoon. There were at least 3 Great Crested Grebes – 2 in very plain winter plumage, but one already had well developed headgear! Shame about the Bittern, but Ken was here, so only to expected in the circumstances!