23rd March

Weather-wise, a bit of a grim day with drizzly rain coming and going throughout; this, in combination with a shift in wind direction to brisk north-easterly, promised a few new arrivals and while no delivering anything in numbers came up with some variety. A good 25 Chiffchaffs moved through quickly at the Bill, where 2 each of WheatearBlack Redstart, Blackcap and Goldcrest were grounded and singles of Redshank, Short-eared Owl and Swallow passed over amongst the steady trickle of incoming Lesser Black-backed Gulls, alba wagtails and Meadow Pipits. The only reports from elsewhere were of 28 Ringed Plovers, 5 Dunlin, a Redshank and a Sandwich Tern at Ferrybridge, where an overflying Buzzard was an oddity.

A lone Silver Y was the only immigrant that made it into the Obs garden moth-traps overnight.