31st March

The quality of the birding in recent days has been, frankly, abject and today brought no upturn in fortunes for the island residents undertaking constitutional walks that were reported to be almost devoid of migrants, both on the ground and overhead. Chiffchaff just about made a double figure total at the Bill, where 2 Redwings, a Snipe and one of the overwintering Firecrests provided the only high spots amongst the thinnest of migrant tallies; elsewhere, a White Wagtail at Reap Lane was as good as it got. With the stiff breeze remaining firmly in the northeasterly singles of Red-throated Diver and Arctic Skua were the only rewards from the sea at the Bill.

A Large Tortoiseshell was again on the wing at Church Ope Cove.