19th March

Only the smallest of improvements in the migrant situation today, with none reaching double figure totals at the Bill, but an Iceland Gull was a new/reappearing oddity at Barleycrates Lane; nearby, the Hume's Warbler also remained at Thumb Lane. In a constantly blustery westerly most of the day's other reports came from the sea, with 200 Kittiwakes, 11 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Divers, a Great Skua and a Sandwich Tern through off the Bill; a further 8 Common Scoter were settled in Portland Harbour, where 2 Eider and a Slavonian Grebe were also still present. The rarities aside, a Bullfinch at the Bill was the only noteworthy arrival on the land.

The immigrant moth tally at the Obs consisted of singles of Rush Veneer, Dark Sword Grass and Turnip.

Although there have been plenty enough Iceland Gulls around the country to imagine that today's individual was new in, it also bears a more than passing resemblance to the bird/birds seen at the Bill in late February/early March © Martin Cade (video) and Pete Saunders (still):