Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Skogsøy 23 May 2006 Skuas

Dark phase Pomarine Skua polarjo - note NO telephoto lens, just a normal camera!

Finally the wind went into the north! Within 10 minutes of starting the first of nine Pomarine Skuas polarjo and a White-billed Diver gulnebblom had passed. A superb Long-tailed Skua fjelljo, six Arctic Skua tyvjo and four Great Skua storjo also headed north; most birds came by at close range.

Once again the skuas are showing an intriguing pattern - the Pomarine Skuas seem to pass early in the day whilst the Arctic Skua take over later on. There can be a number of possbile explanations for this and I am curious as to whether similar differences in timing occur at other seawatching localities.

Green = Pomarine Skua, Orange = Arctic Skua

This is not a new phenomenon and further details can be seen here. It really does seem to be a case of "the early bird gets the pom..."

New for the year at Skogsøy was a flock of around 50 Red Knot polarsnipe heading north.

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