18th January

Portland Bill Red-throated Diver 2e, Purple Sandpiper 9.

Pennsylvania Castle Great Spotted Woodpecker 1.

There's plenty of owl activity to get amongst just at the moment but the majority of it is passing most visitors by. The Southwell Barn Owl(s) are regular performers but catching up with it/them usually requires a late-ish visit to viewpoints beside the Eight Kings Quarry or the footpath between Bill Hill and the barn. The Bill Short-eared Owls are often even more tricky and have rarely been getting out on the wing until way after sunset - yesterday they finally appeared at 5.30! © Pete Saunders: