12th April

Cloud cover and a chilly northwesterly came up with the goods and dropped a steady stream of new arrivals today, even if variety was nothing to shout about - for example, just 5 species accounted for all of the nearly 200 birds ringed at the Obs. The Bill area got the fullest coverage and returned totals of 400 Willow Warblers, 100 Wheatears, 75 Chiffchaffs, 25 each of Redstart and Blackcap, 6 White Wagtails and singles of Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat and Grasshopper Warbler; a Ring Ouzel at Suckthumb Quarry and singles of Garden Warbler and Pied Flycatcher at Southwell were the pick of migrants elsewhere. Although the sea was given plenty of attention 4 Red-throated Divers through off the Bill were the only sightings of note.