Sunday, February 05, 2006

Skogsøy 05 Feb 2006 - Great Northern Diver

The first visit of the year (!!) to Skogsøy was under somewhat unpleseant conditions: a couple of degrees, a strong SW and incessant rain made things uncomfortable; the associated poor visibility caused problems with auk identification.

In the course of an hour 490 auks ("guillebills" alke-lomvi), the vast majority probably Common Guillemots lomvi headed north in large flocks. Not much else passing, just a couple of Little Auks alkekonge, a Black Guillemot teist and three Black-legged Kittiwake krykkje heading south.

The best birds were a male Peregrine Falcon vandrefalk that came right past the lookout point and a superb Great Northern Diver islom feeding in the bay.

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