The wind was back in the south east this morning but it was very cold although mostly sunny. The early part of the day started with a bang when a very late Swallow flew through the obs garden, an excellent record, and there was a continuation of the constant parties of Starlings that have been flying over in the last few days, this time mostly travelling south instead of west, today totalling over 300 including a flock of 150. Five Skylarks passed over the shore. Mid- morning a Common Buzzard circled low over the obs before heading off south, and we make no apologies for including some pictures as although it is now a common sight on the mainland it is still very rare for a Buzzard to show over the islands. Three Chaffinches were in the paddocks, also 2 Song Thrushes but little else that was new. The group of 5 Dark-bellied Brent that arrived yesterday was on the whaleback with 168 of the pale-bellied form. A very brief sea watch produced 1 Red-throated Diver and 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, while 38 Bar-tailed Godwits were off the east side.