23rd December

One or two unexpected happenings at the Bill today where a Merlin was a good mid-winter record and 39 Brent Geese headed up-Channel. The Barred Warbler lingered on at the Obs for another day, whilst more mundane fare included 2 Purple Sandpipers and a Blackcap at the Bill, 8 more Red-throated Divers and a Great Skua through on the sea there, the Black Guillemot and Eider still off Portland Castle, 59 Oystercatchers at Ferrybridge and singles of Red-throated Diver and Great Northern Diver through overhead there.

Eider - Portland Harbour, December 2014 © Martin Cade