19th January

A reminder that there's an In Focus field event at the Obs between 10am and 4pm this Saturday, 21st January.

Clear and sunny again today although with an unwelcome edge in the form of a brisk and cutting easterly. The only reports were from the Bill where 11 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Northern Divers and a Brent Goose passed by on the sea and 9 Purple Sandpipers were about on the shore.

The Purple Sandpipers didn't make the dizzy heights of yesterday's 12, but those that were about today were showing nicely; incidentally, this little group are set to feature on next week's BBC Winterwatch (if we remember rightly they'll be on next Tuesday) © Pete Saunders (the flock) and Debby Saunders (the single):

Short-eared Owls are still about at the Bill although presently there doesn't seem to be as many in residence as there were at the turn of the year © Pete Saunders: