14th April

A very mixed day with sprinklings of magic in an otherwise very ordinary morning. Despite the dearth of birds in the garden (it took a herculean effort to reach the grand total of 8 birds trapped in the nets between 6:30am and 3pm) there were a couple of real spring highlights across the Bill. The first Cuckoo of the year was heard singing then seen being mobbed by a flock of angry Meadow Pipits, the second singing Grasshopper Warbler for the Bill was reeling away below the coastguards station and the Bill Quarry was harbouring three Chat species. Other minor highlights included the lingering Hooded Crow, eight Purple Sandpipers under the Pulpit Rock and an arrival of Bar-tailed Godwits at Ferrybridge with 31 in the afternoon, accompanied by four Knot.

There was a veritable Chat-fest happening in the Bill Quarry ©Erin Taylor: