29th March

With the weather taking a further downturn as frequent rain and a westerly gale set in most of what few reports there were came from the sea: 36 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Red-throated Divers and 2 Common Scoter passed through off the Bill and a Great Skua lingered for several hours in Chesil Cove after having earlier passed over Ferrybridge. The only other news was of a Snipe at the Bill and the Black Guillemot again off Portland Castle.

Black Guillemot - Portland Harbour, 29th March 2015 © Martin Cade

...also today, this immature gull that has a more than passing resemblance to a Thayer's Gull created some interest at Chesil Cove; it seems that the current consensus is that it's most likely an odd Herring Gull (video © Sean Foote):