17th January

The quiet, dreary conditions that have become established got divers moving in their highest numbers so far this winter, with 58 Red-throateds and 3 Great Northerns through off the Bill; 16 Common Scoter and 2 Brent Geese also passed by there, with 10 Purple Sandpipers, a Grey Heron and a Black Redstart providing interest on the land. The only other reports were of 9 of the Goosanders back in Portland Harbour where 2 Eider were still present.

Southwell remains a happy hunting ground for the local Barn Owls © Pete Saunders: