Ellen, youngest daughter, became animated and speechless (unheard of) finally blurting out "What's that!" and there was a Great Spotted Woodpecker on the peanut feeder. No red on back of head and tiny flecks of red in crown so presume this is a 1cy female.
Tree Sparrow still present.
Whilst trying to find the woody for visiting birders I turned up a Lesser Whitethroat in the garden next door which is a from the garden tick, and a tetrad tick. A late afternoon trip out to Birsay Links brought a flock of 18 Lapland Buntings which is I think the largest flock in the county away from North Ronaldsay other than in 2010.