29th March

Is the wind ever going to stop? It has seemed almost relentless since last November and today was no exception. Not a single new bird was trapped throughout an entire morning in the garden, and the only lingering bird was yesterday's Bullfinch. The sea was woefully quiet with just two Red-throated Divers, three Manx Shearwaters and 14 Common Scoter through off the Bill. Other migrants at the Bill were limited to five Song Thrushes (including a very grey individual) as well as six Wheatears. Random additions to the tally from elsewhere included singles of Mute Swan and Dunlin at Chesil Cove and 15 Black-headed Gulls and a Red-throated Diver through at Portland Harbour.