28th February

Still chilly and not really feeling very migranty but odd morsels of interest did manage to put in appearances. Two Canada Geese over Ferrybridge were a first for the year and a Redshank was the first there for a while, whilst on the passerine front a few more Meadow Pipits trickled in and at least 2 new Stonechats showed up amongst the winterers. Routine fare included a Black Redstart at Chesil Cove, 2 Short-eared Owls, 2 Firecrests and a Chiffchaff at the Bill and 4 Red-throated Divers and 3 Common Scoter through on the sea there.
Finally, Nick Hopper has been in touch with some nocturnal passage news from his stay at the Obs last week, when the recording gear logged 12 Redwings, 7 Song Thrushes and singles of Oystercatcher, Dunlin and Skylark on Wednesday/Thursday night (24th/25th) but no likely migrants on Thursday/Friday night.

Canada Geese, Redshank and Black Redstart - Ferrybridge and Chesil Cove, 28th February 2016 © Pete Saunders (Canada Geese) and Debby Saunders (Redshank and Black Redstart)