Tuesday's seawatch and a Common Scoter, uncommon at Birsay was followed by a smart DD morph Blue Fulmar. Also on Tuesday a trip to The Loons found that there were still 15 Greenland Whitefronts and good numbers of Pink-feet.
Wednesday I made a big effort to finish the track and collected three loads from the quarry. Ruff on The Shunan was nice.
There have been up to four hanging around
Thursday I intended to go seawatching again but got to Palace and there was a huge scrum of gulls by the beach feeding on the high tide and the massive rollers that were driving on to the beach. I found an adult Iceland Gull fairly promptly but it as quickly disappeared and then took a further 40 mins or so to relocate it for some record shots. I did eventually go seawatching but it was a session of maybes; a maybe GND, a distant flock of grey geese that maybe were of interest and then a maybe Velvet Scoter, all very distant and nothing tickable for a year tick on the patch. Loch of Boardhouse did produce Slavonian Grebes and Red-throated Divers though.
Adult Iceland Gull
After the seawatch I went for a bit of a wander.
Then in the garden in the afternoon some non-birdy things...
First Yellow Dung Fly ( Scathophaga stercoraria) of the year, note black antennae
Rooks and a rabbit from the kitchen window
Glaucous Gull having a drink
Still very pleased with the Kowa bins, they are brighter than the Nikons and seem a tad sharper too. The close focus will be useful when the hover season starts, none yet here.