7th January

There's certainly a feeling setting in that without a jazzing-up in the weather - bitter cold or very stormy - this winter's going to fizzle out rather uneventfully. Today saw a noticeably fresher breeze after a long quiet spell but the only reports were of 3 Red-throated Divers and a Common Scoter through off the Bill and a Snipe flushed up on the land there.

In calm, mild conditions overnight lighted windows at the Obs were festooned with Winter Moths but the only capture in the couple of traps operated was a lone Diamond-back Moth.