8th January

More wind, more rain - and it doesn't seem like there's any end to it any time soon. There were one or two storm-driven rewards, notably a Grey Phalarope at Chesil Cove and 2 Little Gulls roaming between there and Ferrybridge; additionally, a couple of Kittiwakes were at Ferrybridge/Portland Harbour. At least 150 Kittiwakes, 2500 auks and 65 Common Scoter were off the Bill where another single Red-throated Diver passed by; elsewhere, odds and ends included a Black Redstart at Chiswell, 5 Shelducks at Ferrybridge and 3 Great Northern Divers, 3 Eider and a Black-throated Diver in Portland Harbour.

A serendipitous and seemingly unusual event at Ferrybridge was the brief appearance at point blank range of two Little Gulls amongst a melee of other gulls attracted to bread at Ferrybridge © Pete Saunders: