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.