13th March

Maybe a tad disappointing today, with the onset of heavy rain and a chilly north-easterly - conditions that so often come up with the goods in spring - delivering only a minor flurry of newcomers. A small arrival was apparent in the rain through the morning, when Wheatears and Chiffchaffs in particular were dotted about the Bill tip, but this either overplayed the situation or things upped and left very quickly once it eventually dried up, for the afternoon came up with no more than 25 Chiffchaffs, 15 Wheatears, 4 Redwings, 4 Firecrests and singles of Golden Plover, Redshank, Fieldfare and Goldcrest around the whole Bill area. The wintering Black Redstart and Blackcap were also still there, a lone Red-throated Diver passed by on the sea, 2 more Redwings dropped in at Blacknor and the year's first Sanderling was at Ferrybridge.