A Great Spotted Woodpecker heard from the garden in West Worthing was a notable record for the house.
While dropping Ingrid off at the airport (for a very quick Christmas trip to Edinburgh), news came through of a Ferruginous Duck at Hedgecourt Lake. Unfortunately, I had made the rookie error of leaving all my gear at home but nipped over anyway, under the assumption that at least one or two people will be looking and might be good enough to let me look through their scopes. There were two birders present, including Alan Goddard, but there was no sign of the duck. Only three Pochards seemed to be present, and two calling Water Rails were the highlight of the trip.