10th April

Another day that offered what looked to be some hope of a fall out of migrants on the land and a bit of a seawatching, both of which almost completely failed to materialise. It wasn't utterly dead but numbers were far, far below Portland's usual spring standard, with barely double figures of even the commonest passerines on the ground, no visible passage overhead and just 3 Red-throated Divers through off the Bill. Ferrybridge chipped in with 27 Sandwich Terns, 5 Great Northern Divers, 4 Shelduck and 3 Canada Geese over.

It wasn't just us getting wet in the recurring drizzy, mizzly or worse outbreaks - this male Wheatear in song at the Bill was looking far below its usually dapper best © Matt Ames:

Sandwich Tern and the Canada Geese overhead at Ferrybridge © Pete Saunders: