29th March

The turbulent conditions might be easing but a nasty squall during the morning and a vicious little weather front accompanied by thunder and lightning during the afternoon were more than enough to send those that were venturing out scurrying for cover. That migrants were beginning to get back on the move was evidenced by the light but steady arrival of Meadow Pipits, alba wagtails and Swallows in off the sea throughout the day, but grounded arrivals weren't exactly conspicuous, with not much more than 20 Wheatears, 15 Chiffchaffs, 3 Firecrests and singles of Dunlin, Short-eared OwlBlackcap, Goldcrest and Reed Bunting to show from the Bill; a passing Merlin at Blacknor was the best from elsewhere. The sea was never particularly rewarding, with little more than 53 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Common Scoter, 2 Sandwich Terns and a Great Skua through off the Bill; 2 Great Northern Divers remained at Ferrybridge.