19th March

Cold, dreary conditions certainly didn't enthuse but were enough to drop a small arrival of migrants in the Bill area in particular, where 20 each of Wheatear and Song Thrush, 15 each of Redwing and Chiffchaff, 6 Fieldfares, 3 Black Redstarts, 2 Goldcrests and a Firecrest made up the tally on the ground and the spring's first Swallow passed through amongst the light trickle of Meadow Pipits overhead. The only report from elsewhere was of 4 Woodlarks over Blacknor. The fresh breeze was still too offshore for the seawatchers, with 11 Common Scoter, 9 Brent Geese and 2 Red-throated Divers making up the meagre list from the Bill.