20th March

A gradual return to normality today saw just the odd little patch of sheltered snow remain once the temperature edged back up towards double figures. Whilst there were a few migrants about it was cold weather fare that made up the bulk of the day's numbers, with at least 220 Golden Plovers still at the Bill and a light scatter of Fieldfares and Redwings everywhere; the lone Teal was also still at the Bill. Migrant-wise, nothing was in any quantity but 11 Wheatears, 3 each of Chiffchaff and  Goldcrest, and 2 Black Redstarts were at the Bill, with further single Black Redstarts at both Reap Lane and Barleycrates Lane; 5 new Long-tailed Tits were also at the Bill, where 3 Firecrests and a Short-eared Owl lingered on and 6 Red-throated Divers passed by on the sea.

The Golden Plovers weren't doing too badly yesterday but they were doing even better today © Joe Stockwell:

Also doing well was this Southwell Barn Owl that was watched catching three voles in 25 minutes this evening - which would suggest that a Barn Owl that we picked up freshly dead at the Bill last week hadn't been struggling for food but perhaps came off worse in a scrap with a Short-eared Owl or a Buzzard © Nick Stantiford: