11th April

A stunning clear but, at least until well into the afternoon, surprisingly cold day saw migrant action at a premium - perhaps everything passed over during the hours of darkness although the paucity of visible passage by day hinted at there being a bit of a blockage to the south. The clear sky was well scanned for raptors, with both Red Kite (still a good bird for Portland) and Hobby (2 singles) logged. Migrant variety on the ground, overhead and on the sea otherwise amounted to little more than a low-key smattering of the usual suspects, amongst which 2 each of Red-throated Diver and Yellow Wagtail were about as good as it got at the Bill, where 5 Purple Sandpipers and 2 Short-eared Owls were also still lingering on.