21st December

It was perhaps fortunate that there were so few hours of daylight today since it limited the time that the few stalwarts making an effort had to endure the uninspiringly dreary and mild conditions - even the birds seemed to keeping their heads down, with several of regulars not showing up. Firecrests did put in appearances at the Obs and Church Ope Cove, the Blackcap was still at Weston and 4 Great Northern Divers and 2 Black-throated Divers were still at Portland Harbour/Ferrybridge. Six Red-throated Divers and a Common Scoter passed through off the Bill.

Perseverance at Ferrybridge has paid off with some nice diver fly-by opportunities this winter - today it was the turn of a Great Northern to put on a show © Pete Saunders: