Sunday, 27 February 2011
Bird race swotting
The bird race is next weekend so as a member of the reigning champion team some serious preparation was required. I've also got a long list of jobs to do at home so it was all a bit of a balancing act. However, vital species like Snow Bunting, Shoveler, Pintail, Barnacle Goose and Red-throated Diver have now been nailed down; here's hoping they don't bog off before next Sunday.
Bird of the day was a tie between a smart Blue Fulmar moving west off the Brough car park this morn in a fairly heavy Fulmar passage and the Short-eared Owl which performed for 5 minutes or so in fields below the garden late this afternoon.
In the afternoon, whilst the new puppy was kipping, we had a family trip to Marwick, huge waves, thousands of Guillemots and aerobatic Fulmars were enjoyed by all.