17th December

A mild, dreary and breezy day saw most of the now standard selection make the list. The Barred Warbler, Black Redstart, Blackcap and 3 Purple Sandpipers remained at the Bill and 12 Black-necked Grebes, 5 Great Northern Divers, 4 Eider and the Black Guillemot were still in Portland Harbour; odd one and twos of Redwings scattered about may or may not have been new arrivals. The only news from the sea concerned 2 Red-throated Divers through off the Bill.