11th March

Blue skies and a very slight drop in the wind saw a very small influx in the early morning including singles of Redwing and Song Thrush in the garden (judging by results of noct-mig sessions across the south-coast there was a large passage of thrushes over night); also within the garden, a new Firecrest joined 2 of the overwinterers. The sea provided some entertainment with a Bonxie that settled both on the sea and then the rocks by the obelisk; the second Manx Shearwater of the year was joined by one Red-throated Diver, eight Mediterranean Gulls and 16 Common Scoter. A steady trickle of commoner migrants joined the foray with 87 Meadow Pipits, 11 Stonechats and four alba Wagtails arriving in off the sea through the morning.

Sometimes the best part about living on an island is getting watching the sea during a spring tide with a big swell rolling in... © Erin Taylor:

Grounded migrants were again very thinly spread but a new Firecrest did show up at the Obs where it joined at least two overwinterers still present. These lingering Firecrests did provide a nice example of how easy it is to get the wrong end of the stick with numbers: we'd have put money on there being no more than two wintering Firecrests at the Obs (in fact we only saw two birds on one occasion back in January - all the other sightings this winter have been of singles) but now that the mist-nets have begun to be opened more regularly we've retrapped three birds that were all first ringed last autumn and now wouldn't be at all surprised if even more don't come out of the woodwork © Martin Cade: