10th October

Still quiet with unfavourable birding conditions, however there were a couple of island scarcities today which included a velvet scoter passing on a seawatch hide, 4 pale-bellied brent geese toured the island and to a lesser degree a grasshopper warbler was amongst the irises at Viggay. A blackcap and a chiffchaff were at the Surgery, with another of the latter still at Holland where 2 robin remain. Still at Nether Linnay are 54 barnacle geese and 106 greylag geese. A Greenland redpoll is at Greenwall, a grey plover is at Stennabreck and thrushes seen today were just 1 redwing and 5 song thrush. 2 red-throated diver were in Nouster Bay, a total of 58 snow bunting were seen and purple sandpiper are still in strangely low numbers with just 7.