20th January

Another lovely still, sunny day to be out enjoying the well-watched regulars but the only new arrival noticed was a Fieldfare over Blacknor; a Dartford Warbler at Barleycrates Lane was presumably the winterer in that area that had been unseen for a few weeks. Movement-wise, a Black-throated Diver and just 4 Red-throated Divers passed by off the Bill. Among the established regulars, the Cirl Bunting and Little Gull at Reap Lane, 10 Purple Sandpipers, the Cetti's Warbler and Black Redstart at the Bill and the 4 Eider in Portland Harbour were all on show at times.

The Black Redstart at the Bill was looking altogether lovelier than it had been on the grey days early in the week - and was seemingly intent on keeping itself well scrubbed-up © Geoff Orton: