14th March

A gradual improvement in the weather saw the strength of the wind finally begin to drop just a little, with a surprise Snow Bunting at Ferrybridge the pick of the day's discoveries. A Swallow through at Southwell and a Sandwich Tern settled at Ferrybridge - both first sightings of the spring - were hopefully a taster for what really ought to be a more conspicuous arrival of migrants in the coming days than what's been on offer in the last week or so; as an example of the current meagre fare, a single Chiffchaff at the Bill was today's only other grounded arrival! Portland Harbour provided something of a step back into winter, with 3 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers and singles of Black-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe and Common Scoter amongst the waterfowl selection revealed during the WEBS count. Other odds and ends making the list included 2 migrant Carrion Crows in off the sea at the Bill and 2 Purple Sandpipers and a Black Redstart still about on the land there.

Snow Buntings have become really infrequent visitors to the island in their formerly more regular autumn season, whilst spring records have always been far less than annual © Joe Stockwell...

...and a little bit of context © Martin Cade: