1st March

The twelve hours of murky but drier conditions - midnight to midday - sandwiched between long spells of rain provided a few more signs of passage getting going at the Bill, with 83 Redwing calls logged by the nocmig recorder (nearly all between midnight and 4am), another 2 inbound Redwings during the morning, 2 more Siskins overhead and new singles of Robin and Chiffchaff trapped at the Obs. A lone Common Scoter passed by off the Bill and singles of Pale-bellied Brent Goose and Black-necked Grebe were still in Portland Harbour.

A warm welcome today to Jodie Henderson who took up her role as assistant warden for the season; Jodie comes to us after spending extended spells during the last few years on Skokholm Island, with exciting little interludes on the Azores and the Seychelles featuring amongst her other recent fieldwork experiences.