The undoubted biggie of the month concerned a stunning Baillon's Crake on Great Saltee Island, Co. Wexford (Ireland). It was twitched extensively from across Ireland on its first day where it was ridiculously confiding and those who managed to get onto the island on the first day were treated to brilliant views. I attempted to see it on the first possible day from mainland Britain on 25th but as soon as we arrived on the island our hearts sunk. Realising the lack of suitable of habitat, clear sky, and the fact the mainland was still insight we knew immediately there was no way in hell the Crake would have stayed another night! A thorough search revealed no sign but some early migrants were very scant consolation (Short-eared Owl, Swallow, Sand Martin, Chiffs, Willow Warblers, White Wagtail, Sandwich Tern and Black Redstarts) and you could clearly see the potential this island has for attracting early spring overshoots!! This was my first big dip in a while.
On the last day evening I was in Cumbria (28th) I went to an undisclosed site where at least 2 Long-eared Owls were displaying well. Once back in Hampshire on the last day of the month (31st) for Easter break I did the rounds at Needs Ore with Lee Fuller with nothing really out the ordinary, then onto the wintering Rose-coloured Starling at Hordle where this bird showed frustrating well but constantly deep inside a bush where photographic opportunities were limited somewhat.