5th March

Feeling chillier today in a brisk northeasterly. After of a night with virtually no detectable overhead passage it wasn't a surprise when grounded arrivals weren't at all conspicuous, with no more than a handful of Chiffchaffs and a Redwing at the Bill and a Siskin at Pennsylvania Castle to mention. The conditions were conducive for a dribble of visible passage to get going but, typically for this early in the season, this consisted of just Meadow Pipits heading up West Cliffs. Winterers on show included one of the Blackcaps at Southwell, the Great Spotted Woodpecker and Firecrest at Pennsylvania Castle and the Red-necked Grebe in Portland Harbour. The only sea reports were of 9 Common Scoter and 3 Red-throated Divers through off the Bill.