17th January

Another very blustery day but with rain holding off until after dark there was a little more enthusiasm for fieldwork, even if the rewards were much as in recent weeks. Three Purple Sandpipers and a Short-eared Owl were at the Bill where a lone Red-throated Diver passed by on the sea, a Barn Owl was showing at both ends of the day at Southwell, singles of Blackcap and Chiffchaff were at Weston and 4 Great Northern Divers and 4 Black-necked Grebes at Portland Harbour.

Some of the Portland Harbour Black-necked Grebes have been showing far better this winter than is usually the case © Pete Saunders: 

There have been Barn Owls about all winter at the Bill where, as is usually the case, they seem to be very strictly nocturnal; however, when they venture up to Southwell they do often show when there's just enough light for photography © Pete Saunders (top two photos) and Nick Stantiford (bottom photo):