10th April

In the face of a poor weather forecast many visiting birders eschewed the chance of another day in the field and ended up missing out on easily the best passerine arrival of the spring - all dropped, rather ironically, by the very weather that had put everyone off; the almost night-long rainfall ended up lasting a couple of hours into the morning, but once it had cleared the south of the island was veritably jumping with new arrivals. Sadly, coverage was woefully inadequate to glean a full picture of what was going on but 50-100 totals each of Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler around the Obs, 100 or more phylloscs at Avalanche Road and 80 Wheatears and 8 Yellow Wagtails at Reap Lane were snippets that hinted at some decent totals of these and other arrivals. No particular oddities were unearthed, but 2 Grasshopper Warblers and the season's first Reed and Sedge Warblers were of note; the Hoopoe at Weston Street also put in another appearance. The ever-strengthening wind ensured the sea got good looks but the rewards were fewer than in recent days, with 9 Red-throated Divers, 2 Arctic Skuas and a Garganey the best off the Bill; terns off Chesil and in Portland Harbour included 7 Arctics at the latter.