Spent a couple of hours down the local reserve at Coombe Hill Meadows. The paths alongside the canal were very wet and muddy, requiring wellies rather than just boots, especially as the boardwalk to the Grundon hide is under about 10 inches of water. Many of the meadows are flooded so there is no dry land anywhere near the hide. There are thousands of ducks, geese, Lapwing etc there but all a long way off. There was also nothing about to put the birds up occasionally - no horse riders, dog walkers, joggers or even birds of prey - so it was essentially very quiet for photography. However, the return journey yielded a few hedgerow birds.
Wigeon and Teal
I left at 1615 and no Short Eared owls had shown by I left - whether it was the wind, the snow or a combination of both I don't know. There were only a couple of other people there and I haven't heard whether they showed even later or not.