4th March

Although depressingly grey skies and the lack of any warmth in the air tried their damnedest to spoil proceedings there was a faintly interest little miscellany of sightings at the Bill today. The Hooded Crow was again on show (...although better views of some important areas of its plumage seemed to indicate it is indeed a hybrid), singles of Lapwing and Woodcock were new on the ground and the first sign of Meadow Pipit passage - 16 arriving in off the sea - was evident. A Cetti's Warbler at Culverwell was presumed to be the non-singing individual last recorded there back in December, the Black Redstart was still about and 2 Red-throated Divers passed by on the sea. Elsewhere, a Chiffchaff was new at Southwell and 11 Redwings headed north at Blacknor.