Up at 0430 to a superb sunrise to the east as I made my way to the seawatching point at the lighthouse. Tree pipits were calling overhead as they migrated north while the sun climbed over the sea and allowed enough light for seawatching. Eiders were pouring past by the hundred as I scanned through them for other species. The next three hours were memorable for many reasons, the first being a summer plumaged White-billed Diver flying passed the tip and 06.40, a lifer for me and a species I had held out a little hope of seeing this week. It didn't dissapoint me, a cracking bird while thrilled me as it made its way northeast. a short while later an owl was picked up over the sea a kilometre out making its way steadily towards the island. I followed it in an identified it as a Long-eared Owl as it flew past me at two metres range and astounded me by landing on the rocks beside me and a swedish birder, utterly exhausted.
In addition the following was also noted; 206 Velvet Scoter, 219 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Black Guillemot, 32 Razorbill, 8 Arctic Skua, 19 Common Scoter, 12 Red-throated Diver, 4 Black-throated Diver, 12 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Redshank, 1 Gillemot, 37 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 35 Greylag Goose.
Passerines noted during the day included Redstarts, 1 Waxwing, Whinchats, 8 Wheatear, Willow warbler, Goldcrests and ChiffChaff. A Wryneck was a nice bird to come across feeding on ants on a large flat rock.
Photos; Oystercatcher, Dawn Photo, Whinchat colour sketch, Wheatear.