15th March

With a nagging, chilly north-easterly now well established - an all too familiar event at this time of year - birding wasn't exactly a pleasure although the day did come up with a few slightly out of the ordinary sightings that included 2 Canada Geese over Ferrybridge, 2 Greylag Geese over Wide Street, the second Bullfinch of the week at the Bill and the 2 Scandinavian Rock Pipits still at Ferrybridge. Routine migrants didn't look to be at all plentiful at dawn but the generally heavily overcast skies and occasional spits of drizzle did drop a small flurry of arrivals as the morning went on; Wheatears were most numerous, including 40 at the Bill, whilst the mix of old and new also included 3 Redwings, 3 Firecrests, 2 Black Redstarts and the Blackcap at the Bill, another Blackcap at Barleycrates Lane and further single Black Redstarts at Southwell and Weston. The only sea news was of 2 Red-throated Divers through off the Bill.