A Brunnich’s Guillemot was identified in Portland Harbour, Dorset, four days ago. This was the first opportunity I have had to get down there and luckily it was still there. We set off at 5am and arrived at first light. The bird was not seen for the first hour of daylight and I was beginning to think it had departed. Fortunately it was seen and eventually I managed to get a few pictures. It spent all the time I was there diving, coming up for a few seconds and then diving again and was therefore difficult to photograph.There was also a winter plumaged Black Guillemot, 2 Great Northern Divers and lots of Red Breasted Mergansers in the harbour. We also went to Portland Bill.
A good away trip to The Hive, Barnet’s new ground in Canons Park. This was looking to be a comfortable away victory on Boxing Day until Jonathan Smith had his leg broken. We did not have such a good second half even though Barnet were down to 10 but we still managed to hold out for a deserved victory. We went for a couple of pints in The Hive bar at the ground after the game where we spotted Edgar Davids the Barnet manager and former Dutch international. Luton had sold their full allocation of 1700 tickets for this game.
A day up north for the Baikal Teal at Crossens Marsh near Southport. It was always rather distant so the photos are not great. We then went to Crosby to see the statues on the beach. There was a bit of damage to the seafront here after the tidal surge a couple of days before. The lifesize statues on the beach here are known as Antony Gormley’s “Other Place”. As it was high tide when we visited I think some of the statues were under water. We then went into Liverpool and finished up at Hale Head Lighthouse.