21st February


A reminder that there's an In Focus field event at the Obs between 10am and 4pm this Saturday, 23rd February.

Barring a bit of mid-morning cloud today was by far the nicest day of the year to date and it almost didn't seem a surprise when a Swallow appeared over the Obs during the afternoon. Passage was otherwise limited to 6 Red-throated Divers (up-Channel passage now looks to be taking over from the hitherto random movements),  a trickle of Common Gulls and 2 Black-headed Gulls through off the Bill, whilst regulars included 3 Short-eared Owls, 3 Greenfinches, 2 Black Redstarts and a Water Rail at the Bill and 2 Black Redstarts and 2 Goldcrests at Church Ope Cove/Pennsylvania Castle.

Hot on the heels of the island's first Swallow of the year a couple of days ago and looking to be full of the joys of spring under a cloudless sky: today's Swallow over the Obs © Martin Cade