14th January

A good day for getting on with overdue management of the Obs garden but always a wee bit too windy for those in the field to get much reward from their legwork. A single Redwing was the first for a few days at the Bill where now customary fare included 4 Short-eared Owls, 2 Black Redstarts, 2 Firecrests and a Chiffchaff; another Black Redstart visited a private garden at Weston - a 'new' site for what's proved to be a good winter for this species. Two Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver and a Brent Goose passed by off the Bill and several Great Northern Divers remained in Portland Harbour.