5th March

A wholly grim day of constant buffeting wind and frequent heavy showers. At the Bill the only reports were from the sea, where 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Brent Geese and singles of Black-throated Diver and Common Scoter passed through; despite the conditions several single Meadow Pipits and a Pied Wagtail were also logged arriving in off the sea. Elsewhere, 24 Brent Geese were still at Ferrybridge where a wintering Kingfisher was also still about, and 2 Black-necked Grebes and singles of Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe and Common Scoter were in Portland Harbour.

The Ferrybridge Kingfisher © Pete Saunders: