2nd December

The grey geese that perhaps might have been expected given events elsewhere didn't materialise but one early-riser got a nice surprise when 2 Whooper Swans passed low overhead soon after dawn at Easton. Sadly, it was downhill all the way after that with the lovely calm conditions of the morning revealing precious little bar the expecteds or the regulars that included the Iceland Gull straying into Portland Harbour where the Red-necked Grebe was again the pick of the waterfowl selection, 3 Redwings, 3 Redpolls, 2 Black Redstarts, the Merlin and a new Chiffchaff at the Bill and 5 Red-throated Divers and 2 Eider off the Bill.

We're rather conscious that we rarely make enough of the many ringing recoveries that we receive, but today we were notified of one that's well worth a mention: a Firecrest ringed at PBO on 12th April 2018 that was controlled by a ringer in Poland on 26th August 2019 - the precise location being a coastal site a little east of Gdansk. From what we can make out this can't be too far from the northeastern-most limit of their breeding range and is certainly the furthest east that a British-ringed Firecrest has been recovered; in fact, it looks like there's only ever been one other movement of a ringed Firecrest to or from Poland.