2nd January

The benignest conditions for what seemed like weeks - albeit with it feeling surprisingly cool at times without any cloud cover - were somewhat less birdy than might have been hoped, with little on show beyond the long-stayers. The Cirl Bunting drew quite a crowd at Reap Lane where it evidently still spent long periods being less than obliging, whilst Portland Harbour was also popular with the year-tickers who discovered an additional Red-necked Grebe - 2 instead of the usual 1 - together with 6 Black-necked Grebes, 4 Eider and 3 Great Northern Divers; nearby, a lone Little Grebe was amongst the oyster racks at Ferrybridge where there was also a good mid-winter total of 300 Dunlin. Among the other regulars, 30 Common Scoter, 5 Purple Sandpipers, the Cetti's Warbler and a Chiffchaff were at/off the Bill, another Chiffchaff was at Reap Lane and several single Black Redstarts were dotted about. By way of new arrivals, a Redwing was at the Bill, a passing Leach's Petrel offshore there was a surprise given the conditions and 10 Red-throated Divers also passed by on the sea.

Singles of Red Admiral at Weston and Painted Lady at Ferrybridge were on the wing today.

At least a dozen Common Dolphins were off the Bill early in the morning.

Today's Painted Lady at Ferrybridge © Steve Mansfield: