2nd January

Today's main interest concerned a big increase in seabird numbers offshore: the auk total in the first hour of daylight was in the region of 15-20000, whilst Kittiwakes numbered c400 and Gannets c100; another 6 Red-throated Divers also passed by there and a Black-throated Diver passed through off Chesil. The only other reports were of 4 Redwings, 3 Turnstones, 2 Short-eared Owls and 2 Purple Sandpipers at the Bill and single Black Redstarts at Church Ope Cove, Blacknor and Chesil Cove.

The wintering Black Redstart at Church Ope Cove © Martin Adlam Port and Wey Blog