3rd January

The quest by a good many visitors for year-ticks ensured better coverage than might have been expected after the overnight return of soggy conditions. Sadly there were precious few new discoveries, with an almost identical list to recent days: 10 Brent Geese, a Red-throated Diver and a Great Skua passed through/lingered off the Bill, 3 Purple Sandpipers and a Blackcap remained on the land there, 2 Blackcaps and 2 Chiffchaffs lingered on at Pennsylvania Castle, 6 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Ferrybridge and the Black Guillemot was the highlight amongst the customary selection of divers, grebes and Eiders in Portland Harbour.

A reminder that the next In Focus field event at the Obs takes place between 10am and 4pm tomorrow, Sunday 4th January 2015.