28th February

A brutally cold day with the temperature at the Obs never getting above 0˚C all day and a raging easterly blowing through snow showers all morning. With blue skies just a short distance away over the mainland it looked as though most of what cold weather movement there was didn't impinge on Portland, with the day's tally of obvious refugees consisting of just 28 Golden Plovers and 7 Lapwings at the Bill, 7 Pintail through on the sea there and 6 Lapwings, 2 Wigeon and a Golden Plover at Ferrybridge. More routine fare included 2 Red-throated Divers through off the Bill, a Goldcrest at the Obs, the Blackcap at Wakeham, a Firecrest at Easton, 10 Black-necked Grebes in Portland Harbour and 64 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and a Pale-bellied Brent through at Ferrybridge.

Golden Plover and Lapwing at Ferrybridge © Pete Saunders...

...and Golden Plover and Pintails at the Bill © Joe Stockwell: