Fine weather at this time of year sometimes means that we miss all the migration that is going on - the birds just go straight over without stopping.
But this year the cold northerly and easterly winds have slowed the birds down just enough to encourage them to stop for a bit. This has been particularly noticeable amongst the migrating waders, such as this Whimbrel on its way to Iceland.
Whimbrel are very similar-looking to Curlew, and often feed alongside them on the coast in spring and autumn. When they are side-by-side the Curlew's larger size is immediately obvious. Both birds have very distinctive calls, but Whimbrels often do a version of the Curlew's call as well, so you have to be careful. This video shows a Curlew and it's beautiful call, filmed at Portland Harbour a couple of years ago.
Another arctic wader we see at this time of year is the Grey Plover, on its way to the northern coast of Russia. Here one is in the company of Black-tailed Godwits, which mostly breed in Iceland.