The day started well with a Short-eared Owl just east of the island off the North End, it looked to be heading east but then turned and went west, being lost to sight over the West Hoyle.
(Photo from 29 October 2018)
There was a good passage of Chaffinch with 120 logged within a couple of hours, with just one Goldfinch and 28 Starling. Two Song Thrush and 3 Blackbird were on the island.
A sea watch noted just 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Wigeon flying east, 2 Red-breasted Merganser flying west, 4 Great-crested Grebe and singles of Guillemot and Gannet.
A total of 3,542 Common Scoter were logged, an Eider was again between the islands and at least 160 Brent Geese were present.
Knot numbered 4,300, with 800 Dunlin, 27 Sanderling, 202 Grey Plover and 31 Ringed Plover, mostly to the east of the islands after tide.
Two Harbour Porpoise were watched for some time quite close to the North End.
Ringing: Blackbird [546-34]