8th April

The weather did us no favours again today with a nasty weather system that had slipped in to western France overnight seemingly stopping the majority of overnight passage and, on its northern periphery, giving us a dose of rain that hampered birding opportunities for the best part of the morning. Odds and ends that did get through to make landfall included a Ring Ouzel and a Black Redstart amongst a thin scatter of Wheatears, Blackcaps and the two phylloscs at the Bill. Manx Shearwaters again numbered in the low hundreds off the Bill where 20 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Divers and singles of Little Egret, Whimbrel and Great Skua also passed by.

The lurky Ring Ouzel in the Strips at the Bill © Martin Cade:

Some lovely Adder variation at the north of the island today © Andy Mitchell: