25th February

A millpond calm day saw the water come up with most of the action. Seawatches at the Bill produced 13 Black-headed Gulls, 12 Red-throated Divers, 9 Common Scoter and 6 Mediterranean Gulls, with 8 Common Scoter also through off Chesil, 11 Black-necked Grebes and 6 Great Northern Divers in Portland Harbour and 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and 2 Great Northern Divers at Ferrybridge. Odds and ends from limited coverage of the land included 3 Black Redstarts and 2 Firecrests at the Bill, 6 Ravens and a Rook over Blacknor, another Black Redstart at Chesil Cove and 2 Chiffchaffs at Portland Castle.

A party of around a dozen Bottle-nosed Dolphins were off the east side of the island during the morning.

Mediterranean Gulls and Pale-bellied Brent Geese - Ferrybridge, 25th February 2016 © Sean Foote (Med Gull video) and Pete Saunders (PbBrents)