16th March

Relatively uneventful and for the most part rather unpleasantly chilly, with the dreary skies and occasional drizzle of yesterday a persistent feature again today. Four Firecrests and a Bullfinch remained in the Obs garden and, judging by the paucity of new captures in the mist-nets (singles of Chiffchaff and Goldcrest were the only new migrants ringed at the Obs), a good many of the 40 or so Wheatears at the Bill may have been lingerers as well; the wintering Black Redstart and Blackcap also remained at the Bill where a lone Red-throated Diver passed by on the sea. The only worthwhile reports from elsewhere were of additional Black Redstarts at Reap Lane and Blacknor.