6th March

The Ross's Gull made extended visits to Ferrybridge and Chesil Cove today and there was a varied selection of back-ups that included by the most incoming migrants to date. As usual in fair conditions this early in the season Meadow Pipits dominated, with more than one a minute heading north overhead at times; single figure totals of Skylarks, Pied/alba wagtails and Linnets were also heading through, a Rook straying out as far as the Bill was the first of the year there, 21 Red-throated Divers and a steady trickle of Common Gulls were on the move off the Bill and 2 Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest were grounded arrivals in the Southwell area. Cold weather left-overs included 14 Lapwings and 2 Golden Plovers at the Bill and 38 Fieldfares and 15 Redwings at Bumpers Lane, as many as 8 Short-eared Owls were considered to be spread about the Bill area, the Black Redstart was still at Chesil Cove and 20 Black-necked Grebes, 7 Great Northern Divers and a Common Scoter were in Portland Harbour.