26th December

Better coverage on a lovely bright Boxing Day. One of the Black Brants showed up again at Ferrybridge where 200 Mediterranean Gull were settled; the 13 Goosanders, along with 2 Eider, were also about in Portland Harbour. Random wandering around the middle of the island came up with 12 Redwings and a Chiffchaff at Avalanche Road and another Chiffchaff at the Grove Stadium. Following a couple of windier days Kittiwake numbers off the Bill had built up to over 300.

A lone White-speck was the only immigrant moth trapped overnight at the Obs.

Despite what seems to have become the now customary pre-New Year departure of many of the Dark-bellied Brents one of the Black Brants put in another appearance at Ferrybridge this morning © Debby Saunders: