5th January

There's been some cracking weather in recent weeks and today was another lovely sunny day. The sea was much quieter, with just 7 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Divers and a Grey Heron through off the Bill; 10 Purple Sandpipers on the shore at the Bill constituted the highest count of them there so far this winter, whilst the regulation wintering Black Redstart was still about. Another of the regular wintering Black Redstarts was also at Chesil Cove where it was joined by a second individual; the only other report from the day was of 17 Redwings at Avalanche Road.