16th December

No great change in either the birds or weather but plenty enough about to provide pretty decent entertainment for the middle of December. The Hume's Warbler remained on station with a Chiffchaff and a Siberian Chiffchaff also in the Avalanche area; 2 new Chiffchaffs were also at Sweethill where the Great Spotted Woodpecker remained. Redwings featured again: nocturnal passage had been much lighter but daytime sightings included 11 at the Bill, 12 at Southwell and at least 20 at Avalanche. Winterers included 5 Purple Sandpipers and a Black Redstart at the Bill and 13 Goosanders, 7 Black-necked Grebes and 3 Eider in Portland Harbour, whilst the sea came up with 10 Common Scoter and 2 Red-throated Divers through off the Bill.

Two Rusty-dot Pearl at the Grove were the night's only immigrant moth captures.

With perseverance the Hume's Warbler offered slightly better photo opportunities today © Mark Eggleton:

...and © Mike Trew:

And we managed a little bit of scene-setting video of it (...it does seem to be a past master at remaining just behind the first layer of branches and leaves wherever it's gleaning!):

The Siberian Chiffchaff also put in at least one appearance at Avalanche Road © Mike Trew:

Finally, Portland Harbour provided a Cormorant with ideas beyond its capabilities and the now seemingly well-settled Goosanders © Pete Saunders: