2nd March

On an increasingly windy and dreary day there was no sign of arrivals on the land but 5 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Divers and an Eider passed through off the Bill; 6 Purple Sandpipers were still about on the shore there.

Three Harbour Porpoise passed through off the Bill.

A Painted Lady was on the wing at the Obs and overnight the first Dark Sword Grass of the year was trapped at the Grove.

Portland - and for that matter most points east of here - has fared really poorly for immigrant moths just lately, with last night's Dark Sword Grass the first immigrant attracted to the traps since a Small Mottled Willow a fortnight ago © Martin Cade:

The island's always poor for resident moths at this time of year; the only very minor interest from last night's traps concerned what looks to be our earliest ever Fleabane Fanner Digitivalva pulicariae - they're a reasonably common resident here and overwinter as adults so this one's presumably been tempted out of hibernation early by the recent warm spell © Martin Cade:

With misty drizzle setting in late in the evening we thought last night looked to have some potential for nocturnal passage but in the event not a single thrush was logged over the Obs between midnight and dawn. A couple of parties of Oystercatchers were standard early season fare but the oddest thing picked up by the recorder was a flock of Dunlin through at 3.30am - Dunlin are pretty numerous night migrants here during appropriate seasons but we don't recollect (...although we do need to check this) the daily log showing up historic evidence of passage in early March: