8th December

Even though it was pleasantly sunny throughout the fierce and very chilly northwesterly that was blasting across the island saw to it that forays into the field were pretty brief. Long-stayers putting in appearances included Firecrests at the Obs and at Church Ope Cove, the Black Redstart at Church Ope and the Goosanders in Portland Harbour; the Grey Heron reappeared at the Bill at the Bill for the first time for a while, whilst a Reed Bunting there was perhaps most likely a hitherto unnoticed winterer. A lone Red-throated Diver through off the Bill was the only seabird of note.