19th March

Despite the forecast for similar conditions to those that precipitated yesterdays fall, today dawned with clearer skies resulting in a much quieter day for birds. Highlights on the passerine front included singles of Firecrest at both Culverwell and Southwell, a Bullfinch at the Obs and two Black Redstarts along the East Cliffs. Rails once again dominated the non-passerine highlights with the lingering Moorhen in Culverwell and a Water Rail in the garden. In a reminder that we're still in March, the Merlin that has overwintered on the island put in another show, as well as the lingering five Purple Sandpipers.