4th March

After a really dreary, damp week it was a pleasure to at last have a day of almost unbroken sunshine even if the quality of the birding didn't improve in tandem. Migrant interest at the Bill consisted of 52 Redwings and a Curlew through overnight, single figure totals of Chiffchaffs, Redwings and seemingly new Stonechats on the ground by day and a couple of vismig Carrion Crows arriving in off the sea; 6 Mediterranean Gulls and 3 Black-headed Gulls through offshore - together with 6 Common Scoter and 3 Red-throated Divers - also looked to be passing migrants. In situ winterers included 7 Purple Sandpipers at the Bill and a Black Redstart at Blacknor.

The local inhabitants were looking good in the sunshine but there was little to excite by way of new arrivals today © Martin Cade: