13th January

The breeze dropping right away ensured it remained heavily overcast but did allow for better coverage today. Three Fieldfares, a Knot and a Redwing were new at the Bill, 2 Common Scoter joined the rather lowly selection of winterers in Portland Harbour and the Mediterranean Gull tally at Ferrybridge topped 1100 - the highest total there this winter. Routine fare included 18 Red-throated Divers through off the Bill, 5 Purple Sandpipers, 2 Black Redstarts and singles of Water Rail and Short-eared Owl at the Bill, a Goldcrest at the Grove, 3 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes and a Red-necked Grebe in Portland Harbour and 7 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 3 Shelducks and 2 Mute Swans at Ferrybridge.

The Shelduck and family group of Pale-bellied Brent Geese at Ferrybridge © Pete Saunders:

The Knot on East Cliffs at the Bill was an extremely confiding bird © Martin Cade:

With the temperature up a degree or two on recent nights the Obs porch attracted half a dozen Winter Moths overnight © Martin Cade: