Wednesday, October 10, 2012

seawatching with the kids

With school closed for yesterday and a good NW wind on the go, we all packed into the car and headed for Yttre Kattvik mid-morning. Busy here with plenty of observers to go round and not much got past unnoticed I reckon. Plenty of birds going past too for a change. Highlights included; black-throated diver (1), fulmar (5), gannet (30), peregrine (1), great skua (1), little gull (4) and best of all a single puffin scuttling low over the waves on it's way west.

After three hours the kids had exhausted all the in-car entertainment they could dream up and I moved to Kattvik for another 1.5 hours where they could muck about outside without annoying the rarities committee. There was a great skua loafing offshore but things had quietened down at this point. Rather nice though was a 1K Caspian gull resting offshore, perhaps the same one as reported yesterday, although several were reported on the seawatch too. Five barn swallows fed around my head and a chiffchaff called in the trees nearby. A great day in the field with the kids with three BK year-ticks under the belt.

Things are looking a bit Siberian, so tomorrow will see me once again attempting to find a BK yellow-browed warbler...

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