6th March

Whilst there were welcome hints of passage gathering ground it was hardly a case of the flood-gates opening today. The first minor flurry of 'crests included 2 Firecrests at Avalanche Road and 2 Goldcrests at the Bill, a few Blackbirds and a Chiffchaff were new at the Bill and amongst a small incoming passage of alba wagtails a single White Wagtail made it to Reap Lane. Passage on the sea included 2 Pintails off Chesil Cove and 16 Red-throated Divers, 12 Common Scoter and a Glaucous Gull off the Bill. Among the lingerers still about there were again 2 Iceland Gulls at Chesil Beach/Ferrybridge, 2 Slavonian Grebes off Chesil and singles of Red-necked Grebe and Eider (along with reduced totals of other divers and grebes) in Portland Harbour.


Iceland Gull and Slavonian Grebes - off Chesil Beach, 6th March 2014 © Pete Saunders