The weather was wild, wet and windy, but the birding was generally quiet; nevertheless there were a few highlights.
Our third ever Merlin, a Whooper Swan, a Siberian Chiffchaff and a very late Swallow all brightened a dull period.
Highlights included a record count for Greylags, visits from Marsh Harrier and Raven, and the best showing of Yellow Wagtails for 30 years.
Bumper numbers of small birds, a long-staying Marsh Harrier, and our first Little Owl for five years.
A good period for waders, from small to very large, and encouraging numbers of warblers.
This period saw the first record of our 228th species, a Cattle Egret, and the second record of Common Crane.
In sharp contrast to last year the final week of February included some lovely warm spring days; sadly, the birds found were largely unexciting.
How did winter mortality, poor migrant return, and difficult breeding conditions affect the species we saw in 2018? Not as you might think!
It was very quiet during this period, with the highlights being Marsh Tit and Water Pipit. Even the everyday birds seemed to be scarcer than usual for the time of year.
Our second Great White Egret enlivened what otherwise continued a quiet year with below par numbers.