5th April

A lower key day than yesterday but pleasant enough to be out birding in unbroken warm sunshine. The northerly breeze was probably just a bit too light to have downed migrants from the crystal clear night sky and only Blackcaps were grounded in any quantity, including at least 50 at the Bill; both phylloscs managed 20ish totals there but, as in recent days, Wheatear remained a real cause for concern with just 3 logged at the Bill. Odds and ends of interest on the ground included 4 Redstarts and singles of Ring Ouzel, Redwing and Firecrest. Meadow Pipits and hirundines trickled through overhead but, overall, visible passage was lighter than might have been expected. The only report from elsewhere concerned the spring's first Tree Pipit through over Blacknor.

A Vagrant Emperor dragonfly showed well for a short while at Suckthumb Quarry.

A Hummingbird Hawkmoth by day at the Bill and a Dark Sword Grass trapped overnight at the Obs were the only immigrant moths logged.