1st March

Despite nice calm birding conditions allowing for plenty of fieldwork it was a low-key start to the month, with 2 Chiffchaffs the only new arrivals at the Bill; 3 Red-throated Divers passed through on the sea there, a Black Redstart was still about at the Bill Quarry and further Chiffchaffs elsewhere on the island included 3 at the Merchant's Incline and 1 at Southwell.

We've had Chiffchaffs in residence all winter but on examination in the hand both of today's individuals were found to be carrying pollen around their foreheads - a good indication of them having spent the winter much further south © Martin Cade: