Not even suitable for ducks!

Very heavy overnight rain left fields and roads awash. The rain continued, with some sleet till late afternoon, when it eased for a while. Light NNE breeze.

Middleton Nature Reserve
Just a quick look at the main ponds in passing.
The water level on the "no swimming" pond is 15cm higher than when it was frozen, probably explaining whey there were only 2 Gadwall remaining. The 2 Shoveler were still feeding, but they can feed deeper than the Gadwall.

The only other birds seen on the "no swimming" pond, were 3 Coot.
The 3 adult plus 4 juvenile Mute were back on the Main pond. No other wildfowl seen.

Saltmarsh as tide was covering it
Common Snipe 2 (presumably the newly flooded fields are providing alternative feeding areas)
Jack Snipe 4
Reed Bunting 3
Rock Pipit 1

Half Moon Bay beach and foreshore 
Rock Pipit 1
The beach out from Half Moon Bay has a very shallow gradient for the first 100m. This means that the ebbing tide, particularly these flood tides, very quickly exposes the mud surface, making it ideal for two different feeding techniques.
Godwits 8 - there were both Bar-Tailed accompanied by at least 2 Black-Tailed.
Black-Tailed on left, Bar-Tailed on right
These were after lugworm. The mud they are feeding on is very soft, as there is still lots of water below the surface, making it easier to reach deep into it for worms.