19th December

A Grey Phalarope through at Ferrybridge was a good late year record today but the only other sightings were of a Great Skua and 10 Common Scoter lingering off the Bill and 2 Great Northern Divers in Portland Harbour.

The Portland Harbour Great Northern Divers © Pete Saunders:

It might not have been an outstanding year for numbers of Red Admirals but the date range of the records is quite likely longer than it's ever been: the first was in a moth trap at the Obs on 2nd January and this one - which at this rate won't be the last of the year - was still on the wing near Rufus Castle today © Gerry Hinde: