1st January 2020

The new year begun much as last year had finished: 7 Red-throated Divers, 4 Teal and a Shelduck through off the Bill, the Blackcap still at the Obs, a Mallard at Reap Lane, a Firecrest at Chesil Cove, 2 Great Northern Divers, a Black-throated Diver and an Eider in Portland Harbour and 4 Shelducks at Ferrybridge.

The only immigrant moth interest came in the form of a Rusty-dot Pearl settled on the Obs front door in the early hours.

The wintering Grey Heron was again at Southwell today...

...and the same garden has been hosting another slightly out of the ordinary visitor: this Common Buzzard has taken a liking to perching on a children's swing just lately © Nick Stantiford:

A Kingfisher providing a nice splash of colour along the Portland Harbour shore today © Joe Stockwell:

The super abundance of Mediterranean Gulls at Ferrybridge still never ceases to amaze - this was a small part of yesterday's tally of 860 there © Pete Saunders:

The lighted glass in the Obs front door is often more productive than the moth-traps at this time of year - this Rusty-dot Pearl joined the throng of Winter Moths in the early hours © Martin Cade: