5th April

A lovely sunny day but, without much of a headwind, probably too fair to have dropped anything in quantity. Another Osprey passed through - this one over Weston and Fortuneswell - and a Green Woodpecker was a surprise turn up at the Obs, whilst the assortment of migrants at/over the Bill included 30 Swallows, 15 Blackcaps, 10 Chiffchaffs, 4 Short-eared Owls, 4 Goldcrests, 2 Wheatears, 2 Black Redstarts and singles of Yellow Wagtail, Firecrest, Brambling, Siskin and Bullfinch; the only other reports from the land concerned 2 Black Redstarts at Reap Lane and the 'Eastern' Lesser Whitethroat still at Southwell. Apart from a trickle of Manx Shearwaters seawatching at the Bill returned just 7 Common Scoter and a single Red-throated Diver.

The Short-eared Owls have got so fed up with long lenses being poked up their a***s all winter that they've taken to sneaking about on foot to avoid the circus © Roger Hewitt: 

And as record shots go this one of the Green Woodpecker must be about as bad as it gets © Martin Cade: