A Common Buzzard was the highlight of a good raptor day that also brought a Kestrel, a Peregrine and at least 8 Sparrowhawks, as well as another new Long-eared Owl and a Short-eared Owl. A Wryneck on the west coast was presumably fresh-in. The first 2 Barnacle Geese of the year and 3 Pink-footed Geese flew by, 87 Curlews passed north overhead and the 3 Common Scoters still remained. Finally, a whole-island count of Black Guillemots found 565 around the coast, which is just 3 birds fewer than were seen in the 2011 survey.
A remarkable evening ringing session resulted in no fewer than 6 new Sparrowhawks being caught in the mist nets.
Common Buzzard is a scarce migrant on North Ronaldsay, and today's bird was the first for more than a year.