19th February

Portland Harbour came up with the pick of the day's sightings, with first a Black Guillemot discovered off Sandsfoot Castle, and later a Velvet Scoter spotted from the same viewpoint during an otherwise unrewarded search for the guillemot; a thin scatter of the usual divers and grebes were also on offer in the harbour. At the Bill a Puffin was reported twice during the morning but, apart from a new Robin trapped at the Obs - most likely a migrant? - the land came up with no more than a few of the regulars that included singles of Short-eared Owl, Black Redstart and Firecrest.