18th March

Unexpected overnight rain - that appeared to be absent from both the weather forecasts and rainfall radars - dragged on for a while after dawn but dropped a far more underwhelming selection of migrants than had been the case yesterday. Single figure totals of grounded arrivals included just an extra Firecrest of note at the Bill, where 7 Long-tailed Tits were also new at the Obs and the season's first Swallow was the pick of the trickle of expected fare dribbling through overhead. Offshore, an Arctic Skua through off the Bill was another first for the spring; 16 Red-throated Divers and 2 Manx Shearwaters were the best of the rest there.

Four Dark Sword Grass and a Silver Y spread between the Obs and Grove moth-traps provided some more migrant moth interest.