A wet day, starting calm, but with a developing SW wind was not the most promising of conditions for new arrivals, but it turned out to be a great day for Pink-footed Goose migration. Several flocks were seen coming on off the sea and in the deteriorating conditions, many chose to settle at North Light. At least 1,040 were counted during the day, although with many flocks circling the island getting an accurate count is never easy and this is probably a conservative figure.
The Buff-breasted Sandpiper was seen again, after a brief appearance on the ‘golf course’ near Muckle Jorms Geo it was tracked down to the base of Malcolm’s Head with a small group of Turnstone and Ringed Plover before moving to the grassy area round Utra scrape. Also lingering were 2 Common Rosefinch and a Barred Warbler and there were 60 Golden Plover on the Rippack and 4 Storm Petrels seen from the Good Shepherd.