3rd January

Although the wind had abated somewhat from the 'official' 80+mph gusts recorded overnight birding was never going to be straightforward today and it was no great surprise when the day-sheet at the Obs was still completely blank well into the afternoon. The odds and ends that did eventually get reported were all from the relative sheltered waters of Portland Harbour, where a scatter of the regular divers and grebes were sheltering close to the causeway and a lone Kittiwake passed through.

Black-necked Grebes and the Kittiwake at Portland Harbour this morning © Pete Saunders: