19th November 2020

North-westerly winds dropped in strength throughout the day from a peak of force 7 gusts at dawn; there were showers early on, with sunny intervals later, whilst temperatures reached a mere six degrees. These provided the first conducive seawatch conditions for several weeks, albeit the weather window was short: 58 Red-throated Divers, two Great Northern Divers, 1630 Kittiwakes, four Bonxies, a relatively late juvenile Arctic Skua and a Mediterranean Gull flew south, while a Little Auk and two Puffins headed north. A Nuthatch in South Dykes was the first sighting for several months; two Snow Buntings flew along the cliff top at North Landing.

Nuthatch, South Dykes, by Jo Hood