This post has nothing to do birds, but I just wanted to record the fact that after nearly 4 years of living in Orkney this evening along with my wife Claire and good friends Marc and Penny we have all seen our first aurora.
It wasn't the best aurora in the world but you could definitely see changing shafts of light and intensities. The view wasn't helped by the varying cloud cover either.
I shall be keeping an eye on the sky for the next couple of hours or so just in case it gets better and I can maybe get a photo or two to post.
The only birding connection I can give this post is a reference to some Wigeon calling in the dark.