17th February

Another nice mild day saw some more spring action: nearly all the 27 Red-throated Divers were moving up-Channel, as were 16 Mediterranean Gulls, 8 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Brent Geese and an unquantified trickle of Common Gulls and Kittiwakes; by contrast, the 24 passing Common Scoter were still mostly heading the 'wrong' way. Three more Carrion Crows arrived from the south and 3 Short-eared Owls, 3 Purple Sandpipers and 2 Black Redstarts were still about at the Bill. The only other news was of the Hume's Warbler still being seen now and again at Thumb Lane.