4th February

With the best will in the world today's cold weather arrivals - 2 Golden Plovers and a Snipe at the Bill and another Golden Plover over Weston - couldn't be described as being in the least bit significant, but they did add a tiny bit of variety to what had become very samey day-lists just lately; rather more unexpected was the arrival of 2 new Black Redstarts - one joining the winterer at the Bill and another at Reap Lane. Routine fare included 9 Red-throated Divers and 7 Common Scoter through off the Bill, 3 Purple Sandpipers, 2 Blackcaps and a Merlin on the land there and the Black Guillemot still off Portland Castle.

Golden Plover - Portland Bill, 4th February 2015 © Martin Cade