A fine bright day with just a hint of a northerly wind that swung slowly east as the day progressed. Brough was down on its bird numbers with the most notable absence Redwings, with just over a dozen around. A Blackcap and a Robin graced the garden throughout the day whilst patch hosted a Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, 2 Brambling, 5+ Robin and Goldcrest and 3 Song Thrush.
Decided to see if the Olive-backed Pipit had stayed the night at Vats-houll, and thankfully it had. Still quite flighty but with a little patience it showed fantastically well and at close quarters.
After lunch went a checked Isbister with yesterdays disappearing locustella still fresh in the memory. Whilst driving through Isbister flushed a Bunting from the roadside which fortunately flew just off the bonnet of my car then landed. Not the rare Bunting we all crave but a Lapland Bunting and the first i had seen on the isle.
No sign of yestrdays bird with only 6 Brambling, 4 Robin, 2 Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaff. On the way home called at Livister which also had 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and a Song Thrush.