14th March

If it weren't for the surprise discovery of a Large Tortoiseshell hibernating in a garage at Fortuneswell today would have been largely forgettable. Just 1 Wheatear - along with a couple of Chiffchaffs and a Black Redstart - graced the Bill area, further singles of Wheatear and Black Redstart were at Church Ope Cove and a Swallow bombed through at Fortuneswell. A glimmer of action at sea included 14 Manx Shearwaters, 9 Brent Geese and a Red-throated Diver through off the Bill.

Despite the continuing blasting northwesterly singles of Dark Sword Grass and Turnip provided a sniff of immigrant interest in the Obs moth-traps.

The capture of a couple of immigrant moths overnight reminded us that we'd never got round to mentioning the Red Sword Grass trapped last weekend at the Obs. Despite now turning up pretty well annually we guess this species is still just a stray to the island © Martin Cade: