26th January

One of the nicest days of the year so far with plenty of sunshine and just a waft of a breeze. The flurry of resultant fieldwork didn't really come up with many surprises but a decent selection of the regulars were on view: 3 Short-eared Owls, a Merlin and a Great Spotted Woodpecker at the Bill, singles of Red-throated Diver and Brent Goose through off the Bill, 2 Firecrests, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Blackcap at Pennsylvania Castle, singles of Black Redstart, Blackcap and Chiffchaff at Blacknor/Weston and 11 Black-necked Grebes, 4 Great Northern Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers and 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese at Portland Harbour.

One of this evening's Short-eared Owls at the Bill © Martin Cade: