15th December

Much improved conditions saw clear skies and sunshine throughout even if the temperature continued to hover around freezing.

Portland Bill Red-throated Diver 4e, Great Northern Diver 1w, Grey Heron 2, Little Egret 1, Water Rail 1, Lapwing c100 grounded + 31e, Golden Plover c400 grounded, Snipe c20, Woodcock 1, Redshank 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Black-headed Gull c30, Redwing 13, Fieldfare 1, Mistle Thrush 1, Black Redstart 3, Cetti's Warbler 1, Dartford Warbler 1, Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 1.

Southwell Redwing 6, Black Redstart 1.

Church Ope Cove Black Redstart 3.

Mid-island Golden Plover scatter of small flocks on many suitable fields.

Ferrybridge Pintail 1, Lapwing 167, Golden Plover 61, Bar-tailed Godwit 1, Curlew 2, Redwing 2.

There's nothing like a bit of cold weather to jazz up what are usually pretty mundane day-lists in mid-winter - Pintail and Snipe were just two of today's bonuses © Pete Saunders:

The various wintering Dartford Warblers are either extremely mobile or there are more about than we realise: today's single in Top Fields was hundreds of metres away from the two earlier in the week in the Crown Estate Field © Martin Cade: