6th January

Calm, sunny conditions in mid-winter usually see Red-throated Divers get moving/relocating offshore so today's highest total of the winter - 115 - came as no great surprise; 3 Great Northern Divers and an Eider also passed by there. Otherwise there was precious little change: singles of Snipe and Redwing were likely a product of better coverage at the Bill, whilst 6 Purple Sandpipers and a Black Redstart were still there, 2 Black-throated Divers and a Red-necked Grebe were still amongst the waterfowl selection around Portland Harbour, 140 Dunlin, 45 Ringed Plovers and 8 Shelduck were at Ferrybridge and several Black Redstarts were scattered about at other sites.

Great Northern Diver at Portland Harbour and Black Redstart at the Bill © Matt Cooper: