7th March

An unexpectedly pleasant day despite the roaring winds. Today saw the first trickles of Spring since the warm spell at the end of February. The usual selection of Purple Sandpipers, Turnstones and a lone Black Redstart were still at the Bill but with the addition of a small influx of Chiffchaffs across the whole recording area amounting to eight individuals. The warm weather also brought out the first vestiges of Meadow Pipit movement overhead as well as a worn looking Painted Lady. Elsewhere, 5 more Chiffchaffs and a Black Redstart were at Church Ope Cove/Pennsylvania Castle and the Harbour was maintaining its standard winter fare accompanied by a pair of Black-necked Grebes.

A couple of the species enjoying the change in weather...© Erin Taylor