4th December

Far less coverage today than at the weekend which was a shame since the mild, millpond-calm conditions were perfect for birding. Two Bramblings and a Redwing dropped in at the Obs where a Great Spotted Woodpecker that showed up was most likely the individual that's been at Southwell for a while; 2 Firecrests at the Obs and another at Thumb Lane were the pick of the selection of 'crests and Long-tailed Tits found ensconced at various spots around the centre and south of the island. Seawatching at the Bill came up with 5 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Divers and singles of Great Northern Diver and Great Skua, whilst 20 Black-necked Grebes, 8 Goosanders and a Black-throated Diver were in Portland Harbour.

An unseasonable Hebrew Character and a Double-striped Pug were the only moths trapped overnight at the Obs.