16th November

This morning saw the first day of significant finch passage over the Bill since the 3rd of the month with over 650 Chaffinches and 400 Goldfinches before midday, along with 18 Siskins, 17 Linnets and six Bramblings; a late pulse of 380 Wood Pigeons also headed over Portland Harbour whilst, in keeping with events this late autumn, a Merlin was seen chasing the finch flocks out to sea and back off the Bill. The sea itself was of some interest with a Red-necked Grebe adding to the local influx (a further two birds have been seen at Lodmoor today), the loitering four Eiders and three Red-throated Divers. At the northern end of the island, Ferrybridge saw the return of the Black Brant, as well as a visit from a Long-tailed Duck, whilst the harbour held eight Great Northern Divers, singles of Red-throated Diver and Black-necked Grebe and two Kingfishers

The coves and bays around the island have started playing host to regular Black Redstarts © Geoff Orton:

The gardens of Southwell are still providing food and shelter for some overwinters including Goldcrests and Grey Wagtails © Nick Stantiford

For Sale: 

Nikon Nikkor 500mm f4E FL ED VR AF-S

Genuine Nikon UK import, owned from new and has only seen very light and careful use. In absolutely pristine condition throughout. Complete with all original accessories and in its dedicated flight case with two keys. Neoprene camo lens coat fitted since new (removed for photo) which is included in this sale together with a Kirk Arca/Wimberley quick release plate.

Stunning Lens - £6,700 ovno  (Current new price £9,200)

Telephone 01305 826758 (Portland) for further information and more photos.