In light of the Yanks that seem to be turning up elsewhere (Orkney in particular), did my now annual 'big walk' - from Fleck, through Quendale Dunes, up the Eel Burn, around Quendale Mill, up Quendale Burn, the lower slopes of Fitful Head and out to Garth's Ness - and for what...? 10 Swallows, 370 Pink-footed Geese and a Merlin !! To be fair I wasn't expecting to see much, but with all these westerlies I was hoping for better than that. If the autumn continues like this on Shetland there may well be a pair of Leicas and a camera going on ebay !!!