31st March

A largely dry day was very welcome indeed even if it did remain pretty comprehensively dreary throughout. The improvement brought with it a slight response on the migrant front that included the spring's best arrival to date of Wheatears and a couple of visible Ring Ouzels. The Wheatear tally at the Bill was a minimum of 200, with 25 each of Blackcap and Chiffchaff, 5 each of Willow Warbler and Goldcrest, and a single Reed Bunting making up the rest of the migrant totals; a lighter scatter of the same variety elsewhere did come with the bonus of the 2 Ring Ouzels at Barleycrates Lane. With the breeze in an unhelpful northwesterly direction seawatching at the Bill came up with just 19 Common Scoter, 10 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Red-throated Divers and 2 Sandwich Terns.

A party of at least 8 Bottle-nosed Dolphins were off the Bill for the best part of the day.

The Barleycrates Ring Ouzels were at times quite good performers © Roger Hewitt: