2nd January

Weather-wise, this year's got off to a pretty dreadful start with today's uniformly gloomy sky and frequent showers hardly encouraging long sessions in the field. A Woodcock at the Obs was a surprise newcomer but the rest of the day's sightings were routine: 2 Purple Sandpipers and a Water Rail at the Bill, 5 Common Scoter and a Red-throated Diver through on the sea there, a Chiffchaff at Southwell and 5 Goosanders, 4 Great Northern Divers, 3 Black-necked Grebes and a Bar-tailed Godwit at Ferrybridge/Portland Harbour.

Photography's been a bit of a challenge in the prevailing dreary conditions but a few of the regulars obliged yesterday at Ferrybridge/Portland Harbour © Pete Saunders: