27th February

On what sounds as though it'll be the last day of the current unseasonably mild spell one of the Large Tortoiseshells continued to perform on occasions at Tout Quarry where a brief fly-by dragonfly was pretty certain to be a Vagrant Emperor even if a firm identification wasn't possible; Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Brimstone and Small White - all three firsts for the year - were also on the wing there.

Bird interest was pretty minimal, with 5 Meadow Pipits, 2 Skylarks, a Sand Martin and a Siskin through at the Bill where 6 Purple Sandpipers and 2 Short-eared Owls were still about.