18th December

Lovely still and sunny conditions tempted the Pennsylvania Castle Yellow-browed Warbler into view for at least a while during the afternoon. Limited other coverage found few changes: 15 Red-throated Divers, 7 Common Scoter and a Brent Goose passed through off the Bill, 3 Purple Sandpipers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a Redwing were dotted about on the land at the Bill, 4 Goldcrests, a Black Redstart and a Firecrest were at Pennsylvania Castle/Church Ope Cove and the Black Redstart and Blackcap were both still at Weston where a Siskin also passed over.

The party of 10 or so Bottle-nosed Dolphins were off the Bill again during the morning.

Despite multiple visits over the nearly fortnight that it's been present we only caught up with the Yellow-browed Warbler at Pennsylvania Castle for the first time yesterday - and then only managed almost unidentifiably poor views. Today's lovely conditions lent themselves to getting to grips with something of this ilk but even then it took two visits before we more or less walked straight into it © Martin Cade: