22nd December

The Barred Warbler - now beginning its fourth week in residence - continued to provide the principal interest, with few signs that the prevailing Atlantic-influenced weather is going to do us any other favours in a hurry. The day's other reports consisted of 3 Purple Sandpipers and at least 1 of the Blackcaps still at the Obs, 2 Common Scoter and a Red-throated Diver through on the sea at the Bill, singles of Pheasant, Grey Wagtail and Chiffchaff still about at Southwell, the Black Guillemot still of Portland Castle and 1200 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 6 Pale-bellied Brents and a Bar-tailed Godwit at Ferrybridge.