2nd March

Since it again damped and drizzled until nearly lunchtime and a fresh easterly breeze was a less than enjoyable feature throughout there wasn't a lot to commend in the day's weather. However, there was just a little solace to be found in the birding, with 3 new Chiffchaffs and a Redwing grounded at the Bill, where 334 Gannets (a sample 90 minute total of presumed migrants heading up-Channel), 3 Black-headed Gulls, a Common Scoter, a Curlew and a Great Skua passed by on the sea.

The first 'pollened' Chiffchaff of the spring was a sure sign that at least some of the new arrivals were of distant origin © Peter Morgan: