Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Skogsøy 09 May 2006 - Blistering

Raven ravn panting in the heat

The smell of sun block is not what birders from the Bergen area associate with Skogsøy but it was a necessity again today. Scorching sun and no wind is not normally considered "good" seawatching weather either, but it didn't stop today being yet another memorable day.

All four diver species logged today with over 200 Red-throated smålom, 2 Black-throated storlom (an uncommon species on migration in these parts) and singles of both Great Northern islom and White-billed Diver gulnebblom.

Bird of the day was without doubt a male Marsh Harrier sivhauk that upset the local gulls and Oystercatchers as it made a pass over their breeding colony.

Other birds included the first Black Guillemots teist for a while, a Shelduck gravand, a few Greenshank gluttesnipe, small numbers of Whimbrel småspove both heading north and resting on the rocks. Two Lapwing vipe heading south may have been failed breeders.....
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