5th December

Whilst not entirely bereft, the island was hardly jumping with newcomers which was a shame as it was a pleasure to be out in conditions that were a vast improvement on yesterday's damp and gloom. Five Redwings, a Little Egret and a Chiffchaff were fresh in at the Bill, where a Blackcap remained and 9 Common Scoter and 2 Red-throated Divers passed by on the sea. Singles of Pheasant, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest were at Southwell, 2 more Chiffchaffs were still at Pennsylvania Castle where the Firecrest tally increased to 3; a Black Redstart was also still at Blacknor. Finally, at least 2 new Eider joined the single already present in Portland Harbour.

If anyone's in the market for new binoculars or a camera lens we've just added some sale items to our noticeboard page

Pheasant, Chiffchaff and Eider - Southwell, Pennsylvania Castle and Portland Harbour, 5th December 2014 © Pete Saunders (Pheasant) and Mark Eggleton (Chiffchaff and Eider)