20th March

The mornings census was hampered by frequent snow blizzards, but just like yesterday a few new arrivals were logged. A female Stonechat near Howar and a Meadow Pipit at Bridesness were both firsts for the year. The White Wagtail was still at Bewan and at nearby Scottigar, presumably the same wintering Velvet Scoter reappeared, feeding offshore there with 10 Goldeneyes and a party of Long-tailed Ducks (42 were counted around the Island today). A Jack Snipe, 2 Lesser black-backed Gulls, 3 Woodpigeons, 4 Chaffinches and 3 Snow Buntings were the other migrants of note today.