4th March

Nice variety again today with new migrants and relocating cold weather refugees bulking out a list that also included two - and perhaps three - reappearances of the Ross's Gull, that showed well but briefly at Ferrybridge early in the day and very distantly off Chesil Cove at midday; sadly, the potential third sighting of it passing the Bill during the morning couldn't quite be clinched due to distance and dodgy light. The sea also came up with a steady up-Channel passage of Gannets and Kittiwakes, along with 21 Red-throated Divers, 2 Little Gulls and a Sandwich Tern through off the Bill and another Little Gull lingering off Chesil Cove. New arrivals of note on the land included 5 Stonechats and singles of Grey Plover and Corn Bunting at the Bill and a Merlin through over Blacknor, whilst a light scatter of plovers and thrushes and a single Dunlin lingered on at the Bill. Winter fare still about included 3 Short-eared Owls at the Bill, a Black Redstart and a Blackcap at Pennsylvania Castle/Church Ope Cove and 10 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers and a Red-necked Grebe in Portland Harbour.

The Ross's Gull put on a nice albeit brief show at Ferrybridge this morning © Pete Saunders:

And a short video - of pretty well no merit beyond showing that it was there and was hugely distant - of the Red-necked Grebe in Portland Harbour © Martin Cade:

Finally, from the peak of the cold weather a few days ago a little clip of some winter thrush action at Southwell © Debby Saunders: