6th December

Another lovely day produced quite a surprise in the form of the reappearance - right at dusk in the Obs garden - of the Barred Warbler that had somehow managed to escape attention for nearly four days. Newcomers were again thin on the ground, with 3 Redwings and a Blackcap the only obvious arrivals at the Bill; a Firecrest at Pennsylvania Castle, 2 Black Redstarts at Blacknor, the Black Guillemot off Portland Castle and 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and a Knot at Ferrybridge were about the best of the spread of long-stayers. News was also received of a Hoopoe found dead yesterday at Wakeham.

Red Admirals were on the wing at the Obs and Pennsylvania Castle.

Barred Warbler and Knot - Portland Bill and Ferrybridge, 6th December 2014 © Martin Cade (Barred Warbler) and Debby Saunders (Knot)