Woodlark (Photo: Sveinung Larsen)The month opened with a White Wagtail ssp. heard overhead.

A change in weather during the weekend of 3rd–4th pushed a few migrants in our direction: the first big flocks of Common Starling, Northern Lapwings in two figures, the year´s first Mistle Thrush, Dunnock, Eurasian Bullfinch and Common Reed Bunting, not to forget a Eurasian Treecreeper.

A good total of 262 Common Blackbirds were caught these two days. The best birds turned out to be two Greater White-fronted Geese albifrons on the southeastern fields.

On the 5th a Common Merganser was feeding in the northern harbour, 40 Eurasian Skylarks roamed the northern fields and seven Mistle Thrushes were in the southwest. The year´s first Common Chiffchaff appeared on the 8th, followed by Lesser Black-backed Gull on the 12th. A sizeable flock of 36 Western Jackdaws also on the latter date.

House Sparrows continued hiking with the ferry, with a male on the 14th and then one was seen flying off the boat while docking on the 18th. A max of 14 Lapwings in March can be compared with similar highs in the 1980s and 1990s (290 on 10th March 1985 and 280 on 16th March 1995).

Several new species for the year was noted over the weekend of 17th–18th, partly due to more people showing up for maintenance work, like Water Rail, Grey Wagtail, Common Linnet and Yellowhammer. One Stock Dove and two Woodlarks made for the icing on the cake.

White-tailed Eagle (Photo: Sveinung Larsen)Otherwise, four Eurasian Woodcocks, a couple of White Wagtails yarrellii and a rare Twite. No less than 19 Northern Ravens in three separate flocks passed over.

European Stonechat appeared for the first time this year on the 22nd with a female in the east of the island. On the evening of the 23rd a young male Northern Goshawk came in. A Hawfinch on the 25th.

The year´s first Northern Wheatear was a male on the 27th, with similar status given to Common Redshank and Bramling on the same day.

Two Bean Geese (one rossicus, one intermediate) (Øystein B. Nilsen et al.) took the risk and made a visit in the northerlies on the 29th. They stayed put on the southeastern fields until the month´s end.

Meanwhile, the Little Grebes have got their summer plumage. The Coal Tit from last period continued advertising at different places around the isle.

The month ended with a White Wagtail alba and a Barn Swallow seen over the lake, the latter Utsira´s first March record.