16th December

The nicest, most birdable conditions for a while were a treat today as Portland steered clear of a rain front that lingered in the Channel all day. The calm conditions allowed for decent scrutiny of Portland Harbour where 10 Black-necked Grebes, 6 Great Northern Divers, 2 each of Black-throated Diver and Slavonian Grebe, and singles of Eider and Common Scoter were on show; further divers included 3 Red-throated and a Great Northern through off the Bill. Elsewhere, the eastern Lesser Whitethroat showed again at Wakeham with 2 Firecrests and a Chiffchaff nearby at Pennsylvania Castle, a Black Redstart was at Fortuneswell and a Snipe at the Bill.

The good views of divers have been a treat on the few occasions it's been calm so far this winter - these Black-throated Divers were off Hamm Beach this morning © Pete Saunders: