2nd March

Another little glimmer of spring at the Bill today with the first Manx Shearwater of the year, along with 3 more inbound Carrion Crows and a trickle of arriving Meadow Pipits; as a sad reflection of their current status on the island, 4 Greenfinches at Culverwell were also worth a mention. Winterers still on station included Firecrests at Pennsylvania Castle (2) and the Obs. The harbour was busy once more with four species of grebe (Red-necked, Black-necked, Great Crested and Slavonian), a single Great Northern Diver, 4 Common Scoter and an Eider.

The non-avian highlight of the day came in the form of two Large Tortoiseshells at Church Ope Cove; a Brimstone butterfly - a minor Portland scarcity - was also there © Martin Adlam Port and Wey