8th April

Popular opinion ventured that there was a more than evens chance of a decent drop of birds today - but what do we know about it? In the event the happenings didn't get beyond the very mundane at the Bill: only Wheatear and Chiffchaff managed double figure totals on the ground, singles of Redstart and Bullfinch provided minor interest and almost nothing was on the move overhead; 34 Common Scoter, 28 Mediterranean Gulls, 10 Red-throated Divers and 5 Eider represented a less than impressive return from the sea. Elsewhere, Portland Castle hosted the year's first Brambling and second Pied Flycatcher.