25th March

Another gloriously sunny, pleasant day albeit slightly tempered by more of a northeasterly breeze than yesterday. The migrant situation hardly changed, with no more than single or low double figure totals of grounded arrivals amongst which there were no surprises: at least 2 Black Redstarts did make the tally along with lingering singles of Merlin and Bullfinch, whilst 2 Short-eared Owls were again at the Bill (there was also belated news of a single at Barleycrates Lane yesterday evening that was additional to the 3 at the Bill). Overhead passage was less conspicuous than in recent days, with Meadow Pipits failing to top a 500 total on West Cliffs; 46 Wood Pigeons, 19 Stock Doves, 12 Siskins, 8 Sand Martins, 2 Swallows and a Brambling were the best of the vismig variety. Another 29 Red-throated Divers and a lone Little Egret were the pick of a limited selection from the seawatchers at the Bill.