14th February

A few snippets of minor interest today included a Fieldfare and the first Rook of the season at the Bill where a noticeable eastbound movement of small gulls offshore - 93 Kittiwakes, 43 Common Gulls, 32 Mediterranean Gulls and 7 Black-headed Gulls - was presumed to relate to early movers; 2 Red-throated Divers also passed by on the sea. Elsewhere, improved coverage saw wintering singles of Black Redstart at Freshwater Bay and Goldcrest at Avalanche Road reported for the first time in a while.

Today's balmy, windless and misty dawn at the Bill looked more like something out of April or May than February © Martin Cade: