22nd November

Today turned out to be a bit of a gull-fest, with both a 1st winter Caspian Gull and a juvenile Glaucous Gull dropping in amongst the mixed flock that typically congregate in the fields below Culverwell. Further up island, a juvenile Sabine's Gull was still lingering in Chesil Cove with 2 Little Gulls also present. Work on the ground continued to be tricky in the strong winds, with a total of just 3 Turnstones, 1 Purple Sandpiper and 1 Black Redstart, with a new Blackcap visiting the apples in the obs garden. At Portland Harbour, a single Leach's Petrel was observed mid-morning, as well as 2 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers and singles of Eider and Goosander. A total of 6 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Ferrybridge, where a Pomarine Skua was observed at close range drifting along The Fleet. 

Images from Portland Harbour today with this Eider © Debby Saunders 

And Goosander © Pete Saunders