21st January

A truly grim dreary and cold day did at least provide a few morsels of interest, notably a Siberian Chiffchaff at Blacknor and some very minor signs of a few birds moving in response to the cold: at least 7 Lapwings dropped in at the Bill where the first Reed Bunting for more than a month also showed up. Routine fare there included 6 Purple Sandpipers, a Grey Heron and a Black Redstart, with 18 Common Scoter and 4 Red-throated Divers through on the sea; elsewhere, 2 Eider were still in Portland Harbour.

The Short-eared Owls continue to entertain © Abi Jacobs: