16th March

A promising day that saw the rapid onset of heavy rain entirely scupper attempts at meaningful fieldwork. The heavily overcast skies of dawn dropped a decent little flurry of 40 or more Chiffchaffs at the Bill, with early looks there also coming up with a few Wheatears and a Redwing on the land and 6 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Divers and a Great Northern Diver through on the sea. Once the rain set in  Meadow Pipits could been seen trailing in off the sea in some quantity (more than 200 were grounded by the end of the day) and singles of Brambling and Black Redstart dropped in at Southwell and Ferrybridge respectively.