19th March

A shocker of a day with drizzly rain setting in soon after dawn and thereafter coming and going until well after dark. Despite good soakings for the diehards making an effort they did achieve some modicum of success with a Serin dropping in briefly at the Obs and at least 1 new Firecrest at the Bill but common migrants were very poorly represented, with just odd singles of Wheatear and Chiffchaff here and there. Late in the day a Lesser Whitethroat was a surprise discovery in a private garden at Southwell.

Only seen briefly in the most challenging of conditions the Lesser Whitethroat at Southwell was surely not a newly arrived, ridiculously early migrant. There's nothing particularly helpful visible in the fortuitous few photographs obtained but you'd think that a hitherto unseen overwintering blythi Siberian Lesser Whitethroat would be the most likely explanation © Alan Mayell