20th January

A rather innocuous dawn belied what was to follow once persistent drizzly rain and a freshening and increasingly raw south-easterly set in. With precious few reasons to step outside after mid-morning the day's only reports were of both the Black Guillemot and Hooded Crow still about off Portland Castle and at the Grove pig farm respectively, 2 each of Black Redstart and Chiffchaff at Portland Castle, 4 Eiders, 2 Slavonian Grebes and a Great Northern Diver in Portland Harbour, 8 Purple Sandpipers and a Blackcap still at the Bill and 29 Red-throated Divers and a Common Scoter through on the sea off the Bill.

Purple Sandpiper, Common Gull, Guillemots & Razorbills and Red-throated Divers - Portland Bill, 20th January 2015 © Martin Cade