25th February

Some early damp didn't do the trick by dropping much in the way of new arrivals on the ground but the warm sunshine that emerged as the day went on was so pleasant that the dearth of birds didn't really seem like an issue to fret over. The only passerines of note at the Bill were a Pied Wagtail in off the sea and the first Rook that's made it all the way out to the south of the island so far this year. Elsewhere, an apparent Mealy Redpoll dropped in briefly at Ladymead and the Rosy Starling was still nearly at Channel View Road. The day's gull passage consisted of just a paltry 3 Mediterranean Gulls through off the Bill, where 7 Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver also passed and the 2 Eider remained in residence. Winter fare at Ferrybridge included 210 Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits and 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese.

The Ferrybridge Bar-tailed Godwits have presumably got a couple more months to gi before they think about leaving © Pete Saunders:

The odd few immigrant moths continue to show up: this Hummingbird Hawkmoth made a few fleeting visits to a Hebe in the Obs garden whilst another Dark Sword Grass was trapped overnight at the Obs © Martin Cade: