much better day with lighter, southerly based winds and some good spells of
sunshine; a fine selection of wintering birds were found across the island
during the day which included 9 Herons, 273 Wigeon, 169 Teal, the Green-winged Tealstill, 3 Hen Harriers,
single Merlin and Peregrine again, a lone Knot on the rocks off Torness, 161
Purple Sandpipers, a Woodcock in Holland, 12 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Black-headed
Gull (scarce in the winter), 8 Skylarks, 17 Rock Pipits, 3 Robins, 3 Fieldfare,
3 Song Thrush, 60 Redwing, 75 Twite remaining in the Obs sacrificial crop and
25 Snow Buntings.