14th March

The murky conditions we mentioned yesterday eventually made it to Portland and the island was fog-bound for much of the day. The evidence seemed to suggest that the other side of the Channel was clear, since migrants were trickling in throughout the day. Three early House Martins were of particular note at the Bill, where 30 Chiffchaffs, 6 Wheatears, 6 Redwings, a presumed migrant Common Buzzard and a Black Redstart all made the list and there were some decent-sized gatherings of grounded Meadow Pipits by the afternoon; 6 more Redwings and 2 Grey Wagtails were at Southwell. The only other report was of the Iceland Gull still at Ferrybridge.


Grey Wagtails - Southwell, 14th March 2014 © Pete Saunders (top) and Nick Stantiford (bottom)