28th March

A day with some nice rewards on the scarcity front but, despite another dose of overnight rain that lasted on into the morning, precious little by way of numbers. The pick of the oddities were a Dartford Warbler on the Slopes at the Bill and a Red Kite over the centre and south of the island; a Ring Ouzel at the Bill was a first for the year, whilst 2 Greenshank on the oysterbeds at Ferrybridge were of note even if they were probably not strictly within the recording area. Six Redwings were amongst the small arrival of new common migrants at the Bill where 2 Purple Sandpipers and singles of Water Rail and Firecrest lingered on and 6 Red-throated Divers, a Manx Shearwater and a Sandwich Tern passed by on the sea.

This Dartford Warbler was a nice find in the 'Spectacled Warbler bushes' on the Slopes at the Bill and it was even more exciting to discover that it was colour-ringed - we believe it was originally marked in Devon but unfortunately the ringer is currently away from his records so we'll have to wait a few more days before discovering the full details © Martin Cade:

As usual, this morning's Red Kite caused consternation amongst the local inhabitants © Martin Adlam: