26th March

It was again a real struggle to get much reward anywhere other than on West Cliffs where visible migration maintained decent momentum under the clear, sunny sky and an increasingly brisk northeasterly. The Meadow Pipit tally reached four figures, with 350 Linnets, 87 Wood Pigeons, 37 Siskins and 15 Stock Doves all worthwhile list padders. With the notable exception of 8 Black Redstarts it was frankly pitiful on the ground with no more than lowly single figure totals of a limited range of expected fare. The sea was a tiny bit better, with 17 more Red-throated Divers moving alongside a surge in non-local auks that saw 300 - seemingly mostly Razorbills - head up-Channel; elsewhere on the water the Red-necked Grebe remained in Portland Harbour.