11th April

An entirely unpredictable day saw sun, rain, snow and cloud descend in turns upon the island - always with the accompaniment of a chilly breeze. There was a noticeable increase in Blackcap numbers with over 50 across the island, whilst a Redstart appeared at Portland Castle and the three Ring Ouzels and lone Merlin continued their respective long stays. Overhead remained relatively quiet with just two Yellow Wagtails and a Siskin being bested by an afternoon Osprey. The sea was quiet and calm with just a Great Skua, four Manx Shearwaters and a handful of Common Scoter of note. 

The Portland Castle Redstart and the Bill Merlin © Pete Saunders: