The alert posture was caused by our local Kestrels flying by, calling
I could walk to within a few feet of this bird
The apple on the stick trick
Midday brought more excitement in the shape of a second Great Spotted Woodpecker for the garden for the year. I think this is only the third county record this year, the only one not in our garden being on North Ronaldsay; in any event this species is pretty uncommon here.
Down on The Shunan there was a Goldeneye as well as the semi-resident Tuftie.
Loch of Bosquoy produced just a Short-eared Owl and four Shoveler amongst the legions of Wigeon.Of more interest was the large gull flock just outside Kirkwall, at Hatston. Despite giving them a fiar bit of scrutiny I couldn't dig out anything of note, maybe tomorrow...