Pleasant conditions of the 2nd tuned to wetter weather the next afternoon as the winds swung to the east-just what we wanted! The White-rumped Sandpiper remained faithful to Bewan Loch on both dates and 5 Black-tailed Godwits were the pick of other waders on 2nd. Late on that day a group of corvids including 3 Rooks, 13 Hooded Crows and at least 9 Carrion Crows headed out south. But it was during the afternoon on the 3rd that birds began to appear as the rain started. Singles of Redstart, 'flava' Wagtail and Whitethroat were all firsts of the year with 6 Lesser Whitethroats, 9 Willow Warblers, 8 Chiffchaffs, 4 Robins, a Brambling and a Kestrel hinting at things to come.