10th March

Quiet, fair and at times quite warm in the sun: today's conditions couldn't have been in starker contrast to yesterday's weather excesses. The clear skies and northerly breeze looked rather promising for migrants but the birds seemed to think otherwise, with a very light trickle of passing Redwings (including 11 at the Bill and 8 at Suckthumb), Meadow Pipits and alba wagtails everywhere, 8 Stonechats, a Chiffchaff and 2 likely White Wagtails at Blacknor and 2 Chiffchaffs and a Grey Wagtail at the Bill the best on offer on the ground and overhead; 2 Firecrests, a Short-eared Owl and a Black Redstart also remained at the Bill. Reports from the water included 3 Great Northern Divers and 2 Common Scoter in Portland Harbour, 2 Mallards through off Chesil and a Red-throated Diver through off the Bill.

Mammal interest came in the form of 2 Harbour Porpoises off the Bill and an unidentified bat persistently hawking over the Obs pond in broad daylight.

unidentified bat - Portland Bill, 10th March 2016 © Martin Cade