11th February

A little bit more on offer today with sunshine tempting a few weekend visitors into the field even if the constant blasting northwesterly took the edge off their enjoyment. To a great extent the list consisted of regulars resurfacing, with 4 Purple Sandpipers and singles of Water Rail, Short-eared Owl and Firecrest at the Bill, 5 Red-throated Divers through off the Bill, the regular Barn Owl at Southwell, the Black Redstart at Chesil Cove and 10 Black-necked Grebes and a Slavonian Grebe in Portland Harbour; a small change came in the form of a continuing steady increase in Ringed Plovers at Ferrybridge - up to 44 today.

The resident birder-photographers at Southwell have been getting plenty of mileage out of the Barn Owl(s) regularly hunting there at dawn and dusk, with today's show a particularly good one © Nick Stantiford:

...and from a different angle © Debby Saunders: