6th January

A pleasantly bright and less windy day saw Red-throated Divers stage their best movement of the winter off the Bill where 20 passed by, but the rest of the day's news concerned a decent showing of the in situ regulars and one or two more furtive winterers tempted out by the nice conditions: 50 Common Scoter, 6 Purple Sandpipers and singles of Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler and Chiffchaff at/off the Bill, the Cirl Bunting at Reap Lane, a Firecrest at Pennsylvania Castle, 263 Dunlin, 26 Ringed Plovers, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits and a Shelduck at Ferrybridge and 6 Great Northern Divers, 4 Eider, 3 Black-necked Grebes and a Red-necked Grebe in Portland Harbour.