3rd October

What looked set to be another quiet day was soon livened up with the discovery of a BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT at Neven early afternoon - first for Orkney. The few other migrants recorded were a goldcrest and chiffchaff at Holland, 22 snow buntings and 2 song thrushes. Wildfowl counts for today were a family of 4 whooper swan, 57 greylag geese, 42 wigeon, 7 gadwall, 102 teal, 75 mallard, 2 shoveler and 7 pintail.