25th February

Another absolutely glorious day albeit with the warm sunshine ever so slightly tempered by a noticeable easterly breeze. Migrant interest came in the form of a very early first Ring Ouzel of the season at Penn's Weare, another Swallow through at the Bill, a single Meadow Pipit in/off and a small increase in Stonechats (4 new ones) at the Bill and a Snipe at Shepherd's Dinner; 5 Canada Geese over the Bill were most likely relatively local birds with typical spring wanderlust. Winterers still about included 4 Purple Sandpipers, 4 Short-eared Owls and a Black Redstart at the Bill and another Black Redstart and a Firecrest at Church Ope Cove.

A Large Tortoiseshell (evidently first seen yesterday) was still at Tout Quarry, 4 Painted Ladys and a Red Admiral were at Church Ope Cove and another single Painted Lady was at the Bill.

One of the Painted Ladys at Church Ope Cove © James Phillips:

There probably aren't many places left where folk would be even mildly interested in fly-by Canada Geese but they are still quite infrequent visitors to the Bill - this morning's party were so close over the Obs that we could only get singles in the frame © Martin Cade: