2nd April

With the strength of the wind dwindling and heavy cloud cover rolling in overnight migrants were at last downed in some quantity today. The hours of darkness had seen a steady passage of Redwings develop - 151 calls were logged at the Obs with a strong peak in the couple of hours of darkness - and it was they that proved the harbingers of things to come as dawn broke when 45 greeted the early risers around the south of the island; 21 Fieldfare and 20 Blackbirds also made rapid departures at this time. Willow Warblers made up the bulk of the numbers amongst the summer migrants, with 150 at the Bill alone; also there, Chiffchaff and Blackcap reached 50 each, Wheatear was rather  under-strength at just 40 and none of the other also-rans managed a double-figure total. Visible passage was surprisingly light but did include a Common Buzzard arriving in off the sea at the Bill. Sea passage continued to improve, with a year peak of 42 Red-throated Divers through off the Bill; 90 Common Scoter and singles of Brent Goose and Sandwich Tern were also of note there, whilst off Chesil singles of Black-throated Diver, Lapwing, Curlew and the season's first Little Ringed Plover added variety to the mix. Thirteen Common Scoter and a Great Northern Diver were also still about at Portland Harbour.

Redwing, Blackcap and Redshank were among the migrants that featured today © Martin Cade, Debby Saunders and Joe Stockwell respectively:

It's many, many years since they've bred at Portland so, away from the Ferrybridge carpark, Rook is always a rather appreciated and strongly seasonal visitor to the island © Pete Saunders: