16th January

A welcome upturn in the weather: blue skies, pleasant sunshine and very little wind for the best part of the day. Fieldwork came up with many of the regulars but not a great deal else besides, with 6 Linnets and a Fieldfare at the Bill, 2 Rooks at Ferrybridge and an increase to 7 Great Northern Divers in Portland Harbour being the best of a motley selection of additions. Five Purple Sandpipers and 2 Blackcaps were at the Bill, where 3 Red-throated Divers passed through on the sea, 2 Goldcrests and singles of Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail and Firecrest surfaced in the sunshine at Pennsylvania Castle/Church Ope Cove, a Black Redstart was still at Portland Castle and 4 Eider, a Red-necked Grebe and the Black Guillemot were in Portland Harbour.

Black Guillemot and Grey Wagtail - Portland Harbour and Church Ope Cove, 16th January 2015 © Pete Saunders (Black Guillemot) and Martin Cade (Grey Wagtail)