1st February

Still a mighty swell running off the Bill today but with the wind reduced to little more than a waft of easterly Red-throated Divers were still relocating toward Lyme Bay in good quantity, with far less comprehensive coverage than yesterday producing another 59 during the morning; the Great Skua and 2 Eider were also still offshore, whilst 2 Redpolls and a Merlin were about on the land. Elsewhere, the Rosy Starling was at Easton, single Black Redstarts were at Blacknor and Verne Common Estate, a total of 210 was this winter's peak for Dunlin at Ferrybridge and the Red-necked Grebe was again amongst the waterfowl selection at Portland Harbour/Ferrybridge that also included 65 Red-breasted Mergansers - a good total in the current era of sawbill poverty.