10th March

Today was record-breaking, although not in the bird sense. The wind on Portland managed to gust at a mega 70mph. These were not ideal conditions for birding as the daily log showed with the land totals of three Chiffchaffs, a lone Blackcap and nine Lesser-black Backed Gulls the best we could muster. The sea didn't fare much better with the only highlight our second Manx Shearwater of the year.

Some deeply upsetting news today from our counterparts in the North, our thoughts are with Fair Isle Bird Observatory and we hope everything will be pulled together after the fire. 

Greenfinches have become a rare breeding bird on Portland in recent years so the appearance of singing birds across the Obs area and into Southwell are a hopeful sign ©Andy Mitchell