30th December

In the light of today's announcement that Dorset has been upped a level and will be placed in Covid Restriction Tier 3 our accommodation will be closed from tomorrow until further notice. Our car park will remain open for local members wishing to walk at the Bill and toilet facilities will continue to be provided in the Annexe. Tier 3 regulations expressly forbid meeting indoors in all circumstances likely to apply to visitors to the Obs so please don't come indoors other than to use the toilet in the Annexe.

The chilly theme was maintained today, with millpond calm conditions a particular benefit for anyone taking a look at the harbour that returned totals that included 6 Black-necked Grebes, 4 Brent Geese (heading east overhead), 3 Great Northern Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers and singles of Red-throated Diver (also east overhead), Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe and Common Scoter; nearby, 3 Pale-bellied Brents were at Ferrybridge. Singles of Red-throated Diver and Brent Goose passed by off the Bill, the 3 Redpolls and a lone Black Redstart were still about on the land there, another Black Redstart was again at Blacknor, a Grey Heron passed over at Southwell and the bountiful rewards on offer in one garden at Sweethill tempted in 2 each of Blackcap and Chiffchaff.