10th March

A day of wall-to-wall fog didn't bode well but, at the Bill at least, came up with a small arrival of new grounded migrants. Variety was still very limited but 22 Stonechats, 15 each of Blackbird and Chiffchaff, and 2 Fieldfares suggested that some migration momentum was at last gathering. Two Black Redstarts and a Short-eared Owl were also still at the Bill and 2 Mallards were in Portland Harbour.

A lone Dark Sword Grass was the first immigrant moth of the year in the Obs moth-traps.

When this was all that could be seen of the Obs from just across the road in the Crown Estate Field it wasn't really a surprise that migrant-hunting was pretty hard work:

Nearly all of the day's new Blackbirds were males:

Although no doubt anything will do after a long flight, the still leafless trees and general air of dank gloom hardly looked very inviting for today's crop of new migrants: