4th January

Windy and dreary again today but at least the rain held off. Pretty well all the action was again at sea, with 2 Little Gulls and a Great Skua off Chesil and a Storm Petrel in Portland Harbour the pick of the day's sightings; the Bill was again busy with routine fare, including a further increase in auk numbers, with 2 more passing Red-throated Divers also worth a mention.

As usual on a dreary winter day there was a touch of fifty shades of greyness about proceedings offshore but there was still plenty to see. The wintering flock of Common Scoter were constantly back and forth off the Bill...

...where auk numbers look to have picked up a fair bit since New Year © Martin Cade:

These two Little Gulls were lingering off Chesil © Joe Stockwell: