Some birds did however manage to arrive. The first Golden Oriole of the year was seen on Monday in Devon, and more Hoopoes were seen - this could prove to be one of the best springs ever for this species. New in, was an Iberian Chiffchaff in Norfolk, two Red-rumped Swallows in Kent and two Bee-eaters in East Yorkshire.
On Thursday the wind turned southerly and dropped in strength, this was the signal for birds to begin moving again . With this in mind I got out in search of grounded migrants at Dungeness, Kent. I didn't experience a classic rush of migrants but did find plenty of grounded birds where the day before there had been none. My tally included 20 Common Whitethroats, 15 Willow Warblers, 6 Wheatears, and single Lesser Whitethroat, Redstart and Ring Ouzel.
Above: Wheatear by Jill Pakenham