27th November

The calm of dawn didn't last, with a stiffening breeze and occasional drizzly outbreaks featuring by the afternoon. Although 4 Black Redstarts, 2 Blackcaps and 2 Chiffchaffs remained at the Bill newcomers there were limited to 16 Starlings arriving from the south, 2 Redwings, a Snipe and Fieldfare. Richer rewards around the middle of the island included 3 Black Redstarts 2 Blackcaps and a Siberian Chiffchaff at Weston and a late Wheatear near the Windmills. The Eider and Black Guillemot remained in Portland Harbour.

The calm, dreary conditions overnight were much more favourable for moth-trapping, with 8 Rusty-dot Pearl, 5 Diamond-back Moth, 2 each of Dark Sword Grass and Pearly Underwing, and a single Silver Y making up the immigrant tally at the Obs.

Little Owls - Portland Bill, 27th November 2014 © Martin Cade
...considering that they're really just dodgy introductions that you probably shouldn't get all that excited by, Little Owls are pretty good value birds that certainly add a hatful of interest to the often rather barren winter months at the Bill. In the lovely calm conditions last night the Obs Quarry pair were really active, with both birds quite often perching together - as in our torch-lit photo above - on the electric pole beside the Obs garden; since we assume they're paired up we're not quite sure why they're so noisy at the moment but for whatever reason they've been dominating the nocturnal soundscape now that the migrant thrushes seem to have fizzled out: