11th March

Our very needy cause wasn't aided by some pretty grim conditions today as swirling drizzle and reduced visibility put off all but the keenest fieldworkers. A Caspian Gull through amongst a small movement of routine gulls off Chesil was a fitting reward for the stalwarts who persevered at that most inhospitable of watchpoints. Elsewhere, 2 Gannets were in Portland Harbour, the Ferrybridge wader totals included 257 Dunlin, 14 Ringed Plovers, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits and a Knot, 20 Common Scoter were still settled off the Bill and the wintering singles of Grey Heron and Black Redstart remained at the Bill and Portland Marina respectively.