1st January

Not the most auspicious of starts to the new year with rain for the best of the morning before a clearance did at least allow for some perfunctory coverage. The Yellow-browed Warbler at Pennsylvania Castle made it onto a second month list and there were still 2 Firecrests there. Great Northern Divers increased to 14 in Portland Harbour, where 18 Black-necked Grebes, 5 Goosanders, 2 Black-throated Divers and a Red-necked Grebe were still about. Two Great Northern Divers at Ferrybridge might have been additions to the harbour tally, with 105 Dunlin, 2 Redshanks and a Bar-tailed Godwit also there. The only seawatch report was a lone Great Skua through off the Bill.