20th March

We can only hope that the equinox marks a transition to more favourable conditions: today's dreary skies and almost gale force westerly that preceded a short spell of rain had at least cleared through by evening, although far too late to perk up the day's meagre sightings list. Migrant-wise, there was a little more around, with both Wheatear and Chiffchaff just scraping into double figures at the Bill, but interest on the land mainly revolved around the continuing presence of the likes of the Hume's Warbler at Thumb Lane and 1 or more Short-eared Owls at the Bill. The sea was never busy, but 3 Sandwich Terns, 2 each of Red-throated Diver and Black-throated Diver and a single Teal made it worth a look off the Bill.