14th March

As so often seems to happen at this time of year a brisk, clear and chilly easterly airflow is beginning to get worryingly well established, and if today's meagre list of sightings are anything to go by the quality of the birding's going to take a dip. Visible passage was still ongoing - although consisted of little more than a trickle of pipits and wagtails - but grounded arrivals were very few and far between, with a White Wagtail at Barleycrates and a Firecrest at Suckthumb the only minor highlights. Yesterday's 2 Long-tailed Tits remained at the Obs, where the male was in song and they were looking at lot like settling down (...thus far, Long-tailed Tit has never bred south of Southwell), and 3 Purple Sandpipers and singles of Short-eared Owl and Black Redstart were also still about at the Bill. Six early Bar-tailed Godwits through off Chesil constituted the only sea interest.