8th February

Portland Bill Red-throated Diver 1w, Manx Shearwater 1w, Common Scoter 1w, Purple Sandpiper 11, Black-headed Gull 1e, Chiffchaff 1.

Blacknor Siberian Chiffchaff 1.

You had to have had the benefit of staring at the pretty uneventful sea for a couple of months to have picked up on today's almost subliminal suggestion of spring movement getting underway: the steady westbound procession of small parties of Kittiwakes, Common Gulls and auks just looked that bit more purposeful than all the random activity we've been watching in recent weeks...

...whilst further hints at the imminent changing of the seasons came in the form of two firsts for the year on the wing at the Bill, Peacock and Common Quaker © Martin Cade: