The improved conditions did indeed deliver some birds, with the highlight of the day being an unexpecetd fourth spring record of Pectoral Sandpiper. Found in a ditch near Stackhoull by Richard on census, it showed well until mid-afternoon at least.
|Pectoral Sandpiper and dubious Mallard|
|Osprey from the Obs kitchen window, being pursued south by Oystercatchers as it gradually builds up courage to head North.|
There were also a few more waders, including Greenshank, 13 Whimbrel, 4 Dunlin, 3 Sanderling and a Knot. Two Shelduck, a Tufted Duck and a slight increase in Arctic Skua (to 9) were also noted.
With a couple of days of south-easterly winds to come, there'll hopfully be more to report again tomorrow.