17th January

Suddenly feeling pretty raw today in a fresh northeasterly and with hardly a glimmer of sunshine. The response from the birds included the winter's strongest movement of Red-throated Divers - 66 through off the Bill - a few extra waterfowl including a Velvet Scoter in Portland Harbour and a Dark-bellied Brent Goose though off the Bill, and 4 Golden Plovers and a Redwing at the Bill. Many of the regulars remained on station, including 11 Purple Sandpipers and 2 Black Redstarts at the Bill, another Black Redstart at Blacknor and the Black-throated Diver in Portland Harbour.

One of the two Black Redstarts currently at the Bill is a nice adult male © Martin Cade:

The majority of the day's Red-throated Divers followed the usual pattern for decent mid-winter movements: mob-handed, distant and heading west © Martin Cade:

Following on from yesterday's remarks about our recording area boundary, another bird that's often lurking around the northern periphery is the Kingfisher, with this individual a regular at the moment on the many suitable perches in the vicinity of Small Mouth © Pete Saunders: