28th February

With most of the day washed out - yet again! - the only meaningful fieldwork came in the first couple of hours after dawn. A frustrating event at the Bill involved a Slavonian or Black-necked Grebe passing by a little too far offshore to be clinched - both these species are perfectly get-able in the harbour but are real rarities on passage off the Bill. The quiet, murky conditions overnight had looked promising for some audible passage of thrushes but in the event the nocmig recorder at the Obs logged just 12 Redwings calls between 10pm and dawn; the year's first Moorhen calling overhead shortly before midnight did however provide an on-cue minor highlight from the recording.

This single Pale-bellied Brent has turned up from time to time all winter at Ferrybridge but seems to do its own thing and doesn't associate with the family party that also drop in now and again © Pete Saunders: