8th March

Today's bright and blustery conditions were punctuated by a few hefty showers and migrant activity remained at a premium. A handful of pipits and wagtails continued to trickle in off the sea but a single Chiffchaff at the Bill was the only grounded migrant of note. Four Red-throated Divers passed by off the Bill and 4 Black-necked Grebes and a Great Northern Diver were still in Portland Harbour.

We received an interesting message from an island resident today reporting this Lesser Whitethroat that's been visiting their garden feeders for the last couple of months; although not enough detail is apparent on these images we wouldn't mind betting that this is the same 'eastern' bird that was present at Pennsylvania Castle/Wakeham back in November and December - by the look of the provisions on offer at its new haunt it's no surprise that it's stuck around there: