11th April

The overnight showery outbreaks than accompanied a  passing weather front that introduced fresher, westerly weather did absolutely nothing for the quality of the birding, with migrant numbers taking a right tumble. At the Bill there were no more than single figure totals of any of the routine migrants, with a lone Redstart providing the only morsel of interest. Manx Shearwaters, of which 76 made the log, made up the bulk of numbers off the Bill, where 14 Common Scoter, 5 Sandwich Terns and a Red-throated Diver were the best of the rest.

Also an update from Nick Hopper on a couple more nights of nocturnal sound recording. After a night with a fair bit of activity on 5th/6th April Nick drew a complete blank on the night of 6th/7th - the first night during this project that there wasn't a single identifiable call logged! The following night was better with, amongst others, 10 Song Thrushes, a Grey Plover and a Redwing; however, the highlights were the fifth Coot of the week and a Moorhen - the latter calling nicely in the middle of a burst of activity from one of the nearby Little Owls.