It's been quite the week, mainly for birding reasons but sadly not here! Dante has now departed for the winter but he'll be back next Spring for the season. While dropping him off in Kirkwall I managed to find Scotland's third Crag Martin while shopping, it would have been rather nice if it was flying round on here but I can't complain too much!
The constant factor here has been wind, rain and a bit more wind. This has meant that birding opportunities have been rather limited especially with quite a bit of work to do and short daylight hours. However we haven't been without birds and some early winter highlights haven't passed us by. For starters the Woodlark is still hanging on in there in the Funny Park and we're now harbouring hopes it might survive the long winter and make its way on 2021's year list! The Green-winged Teal is a constant presence and will no doubt continue to be so. Another late Ring Ouzel, this time a male was on the lawn at Kirbest on the 17th as was an Iceland Gull seen from the bar in the Obs, it happened to be the second Iceland Gull seen from the bar this year! A high count of 11 Goldeneye were on Bewan during really rough weather on the 21st while 10 Pink-footed Geese were with Greylags around Milldam and finally a lone Goldfinch was around Sandback on the 23rd. Other than daily sightings of Woodcock and the odd lingering Robin it's been quiet, but it's nearly December so that's to be expected really!