Frozen puddles and icy paths this morning. A sleet shower started just as I got out of the car at Big Waters, but luckily only lasted a few minutes. A good selection of duck on the pond, with Wigeon, Teal, Tufted, Pochard, Gadwall, Mallard and Goldeneye. It took a while to re-find the Smew, but eventually it gave good, though distant, views.
Back in Gateshead there were 2 Black-tailed Godwit at Shibdon and just one Goosander at Sled Lane. Half an hour hanging around outside McDonald's at Blaydon failed to turn up the 3 Waxwing that had been seen earlier. Redwing, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush and a Bullfinch were feeding on the central reservation.