The spell of almost summer like weather that we had in February seems a distant memory at the moment, and these strong winds and sharp showers aren't the best conditions for bird watching!

Still, in the quieter moments this week we have seen the crossbills in flight across the new heath, a grey wagtail has been regular around the hide pools and HQ buildings and gardens, while a few siskins are passing through. We are still waiting for our first spring migrant, possibly a wheatear on Sandy Ridge or a sand martin heading over to the quarry, or a newly arrived chiffchaff constantly calling it's name.

At the moment it could be a gannet or kittiwake heading over after being blown well off course in the gales!

 Grey wagtail at the hide; Ray Piercy

 Bathing sparrowhawk; Ray Piercy.