Whereas migrants have been going through in the last few days on a south easterly, there were virtually none today in similar conditions, we suspect the wind was north or south west overnight until dawn. The meagre total today was 3 Pied wagtails and 2 Skylarks. There were no finches, even the resident Linnets were reluctant to show until noon. Highlight of the day was undoubtedly a Hooded Crow that flew west over the obs garden at about 07.40 and seemed to continue to Wales (top, record shot). More photogenic were four Eiders that stepped out on the east side of the island but did not stay too long (above), another pair were later seen flying off the west side. The sea was otherwise very quiet, just 2 Great Crested Grebes and 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and wader counts at high tide of 220 Turnstones and 14 Purple sandpipers.