21st December

The shortest day of the year seemed even shorter than usual in frequent drizzle and under a constantly dreary sky. The Barred Warbler and 2 Blackcaps remained at the Obs and 7 more Red-throated Divers, 4 Common Scoter and 2 Brent Geese passed through off the Bill. The only other news came from Portland Harbour/Ferrybridge where 15 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 12 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes, the Black Guillemot and singles of Black-throated Diver and Grey Plover made the list.

A reminder that the next In Focus field event at the Obs takes place between 10am and 4pm this Tuesday, 23rd December.