14th November

The favourable blip in the weather a couple of days is already seeming like a distant memory as unrelenting wind has returned to the fore. Another Leach's Petrel through at Chesil Cove was almost to be expected although there looked to be little else on the move, with a late Manx Shearwater through off the Bill the only other oddity to show from seawatch efforts; 8 Gannets making it right into Portland Harbour were also of note over the water, with 3 Great Northern Divers and a Black-necked Grebe there and a Pale-bellied Brent Goose and a Sandwich Tern at Ferrybridge providing additional interest in the vicinity. Singles of Merlin and Snipe were the best on offer from some cursory coverage of the Bill.

A Black-necked Grebe affording a flight view is a pretty rare sight anywhere © Pete Saunders: