16th March

We're not at all sure what we're doing wrong right now but the upshot of it is that migration is not far off a non-event despite the influence of a well-established and seemingly promising mild airflow. Three Wheatears, 2 Goldcrests and singles of White Wagtail, Blackcap and Chiffchaff were the sum total of the grounded tally at the Bill/Southwell, where a trickle of alba wagtails arrived overhead and 6 Red-throated Divers and a Manx Shearwater passed by on the sea. A selection of winterers - including 8 Purple Sandpipers and 2 Black Redstarts at the Bill and a Black-necked Grebe in Portland Harbour - remained on station.

Single Silver Ys provided overnight migrant moth interest at the Obs and the Grove.

Goldcrest at Southwell © Alan Mayell...

...and Black-necked Grebe and Great Northern Diver at Portland Harbour © Pete Saunders: