28th March

What an extremely wild day: we haven't seen official figures for the afternoon wind strength but it seemed like it might have been gusting up well past 60mph in some violent squalls that followed torrential rain through the morning - all in all, really grim. Seawatching at the Bill from dawn before the heaviest rain set in did produce the spring's first Whimbrel, along with 5 Red-throated Divers and singles of Great Northern Diver and Arctic Skua, but the less said about the rest of the day the better.

Whimbrel, Arctic Skua and Kittiwake from the dawn seawatching session © Pete Saunders: