It has been an incredibly mild winter. Today was unusual in that there was a light dusting of frost, and a few of the shallow puddles on the riverside track at Wheldrake Ings were frozen. I arrived at dawn and the light was magical as it grew in the east, silhouetting a quintet of Whooper Swans that flew in and landed on the refuge. Later, with lovely sunlight, I waded through hordes of ducks, but couldn't pick out anything unusual. As I walked back, 21 White-fronted Geese flew along the canal and east back towards East Cottingwith, and the four Tundra Bean Geese came in and landed on Swantail.