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Saturday 21st March 2015

Yet another cold and windy day, with light rain showers in between. Still very little signs of spring, when will this warm weather arrive?

Early this morning, 2 Woodcock put in an appearance but weren't seen again. This might be a sign of more to come, looking at the upcoming weather forecast - a cold weather front next week.

Offshore, 3 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Oystercatcher, 4 Shelduck, 12 Brent Geese, 21 Cormorant, 45 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull and 2 Ringed Plover were the best of the rest.

At the observatory, 5 Redwing, 7 Carrion Crow, 1 Jackdaw, 6 Pied Wagtail, 31 Starling, 4 Magpie, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Siskin, 1 Yellowhammer, 3 Grey Wagtail, 5 Chaffinch and 3 Song Thrush.

A Firecrest was heard briefly on-site and 3 Black Redstart are still with us, mainly favouring their time out on the nature reserve.

Interestingly, during the litter pick this morning, a decent sized piece of amber was picked up.

Ringing: 3 Blackbird, 2 Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Chaffinch.