10th March

As might be expected in such fair weather grounded arrivals certainly weren't numerous but the ever increasing volume of visible passage is providing ample indication of spring really kicking off. The numbers were all overhead, with a good 500 Meadow Pipits and 100 alba wagtails through over the Bill, where 5 Reed Buntings and a Brambling were also of note; a Redpoll through at Reap Lane was an addition from elsewhere. On the ground, 2 White Wagtails, a Black Redstart and a Firecrest at the Bill and another Black Redstart at Reap Lane were the best amongst a very thin spread of other expected fare. With the breeze having shifted toward an offshore north-easterly the only sea reports were of 3 Red-throated Divers and a Black-throated Diver through off the Bill.


  Goldcrest and Wheatear - Portland Bill, 10th March 2014 © Joe Stockwell Yet another birding blog (Goldrest) and David Rashley (Wheatear)   

  Firecrest and Wheatear - Portland Bill, 10th March 2014 © Martin Cade