6th December

The coldest night of the winter so far gave way to a much nicer, bright day that saw the arrival of a couple of new - presumably incoming - Blackcaps at the Obs and at Southwell; a Fieldfare passed over at Wakeham and a lone Redwing was also new at the Bill where 9 Red-throated Divers passed through on the sea. A few of the regulars made up the rest of the day's happenings: 2 Black Redstarts, the Merlin and the Great Spotted Woodpecker were at the Bill, the Iceland Gull put in another appearance at Portland Harbour where 2 Black-throated Divers and a Red-necked Grebe were still in residence and 3 Bar-tailed Godwits and a Knot were at Ferrybridge. 

Rarely an easy mid-winter bird in this area, this Knot looks to be settling in for the duration at Ferrybridge © Debby Saunders: