24th March

In an ever-freshening south-easterly ahead of rain that finally arrived late in the afternoon there were again pitiful numbers of grounded migrants: a Black Redstart was amongst the handful of Wheatears scattered at the Bill, where a single Firecrest was the only new bird ringed at the Obs; overhead, incoming alba wagtails were conspicuous, with a lone Crossbill also passing over at the Bill. Sea passage was steady but hardly spectacular: the first 2 commic terns of the spring and the Iceland Gull lingered off Chesil Cove, where 3 Shelduck, a Sandwich Tern and a Puffin also passed by, whilst 17 Black-headed Gulls, 7 Sandwich Terns, 3 Shelduck, 2 Great Northern Divers and singles of Red-throated Diver and Arctic Skua passed through off the Bill; one of the Black Guillemots was still in Portland Harbour.

Iceland Gull - Ferrybridge, 22nd March 2014 © Peter Moore Peter Moore's Birding Blog