21st March

On a bright but distinctly chillier morning a Hoopoe was a nice find at Wakeham, where it remained for a few hours at least. A few new commoner migrants were also in evidence, with 2 extra Black Redstarts joining the long-stayer at the Bill, an Oystercatcher arriving in/off at the Bill, a Water Rail new in at the Obs, the first Blackcap of the spring at Southwell, a Goldcrest at Wakeham and a thin spread of Wheatears and Chiffchaffs everywhere. Lingerers still about included the Iceland Gull at Chesil Cove and the Black Guillemot at the Bill, whilst seawatching came up with 2 Red-throated Divers through off the Bill.
          Hoopoe - Wakeham, 21st March 2014 © Martin Cade