1st February

More of the same on the weather front with it remaining pretty cold, albeit always under decent sunny skies. It's a measure of how little movement there is of Mute Swans between southern England and the Continent that sightings off the Bill are really infrequent, so today's duo that looked as though they might have been arriving from across the Channel were certainly the sighting of the day. Seawatching there also came up with 3 each of Red-throated Diver and Common Scoter, and 2 Brent Geese, whilst 4 Purple Sandpipers, 2 Blackcaps and singles of Merlin, Black Redstart and Chiffchaff made up the list from the land. Elsewhere, the Hooded Crow was again at the Grove pig farm and 12 Black-necked Grebes, 11 Slavonian Grebes, 5 Great Northern Divers, a Black-throated Diver and the Black Guillemot were at Portland Harbour.