14th February

The quantities of rain and strength of the southerly wind that accompanied the arrival of milder air scuppered a fair bit of the day's activities but there was still time for some fieldwork. A Manx Shearwater passing through off the Bill had got a little ahead of itself if it thought spring had arrived and there certainly weren't any other premature arrivals, with oddities such as the 2 Snipe and single Teal lingering at the Bill reminding us of just how cold it was only yesterday. Routine fare padding out the day list included the Rosy Starling at Easton, 3 Great Northern Divers in Portland Harbour, 2 Eider settled off the Bill and 2 Red-throated Divers passing by there.